Physical therapy students introduce high schoolers to PT field

Friday, September 01, 2017

Group photo of Physical Therapy students

Associate Clinical Professor Sarah Pawlowsky and physical therapy (PT) students in the UCSF/SF State Graduate Program in Physical Therapy shared their excitement for physical therapy with high school students in UCSF’s Program for Investigation and Training Careers in Health (PITCH) this summer.

PITCH provides opportunities for incoming high school juniors, particularly those who may be the first in their families to pursue a four-year college degree, to spend three weeks at UCSF, exploring careers in health care and their educational pathways, while learning professional skills to help them on their chosen paths. PITCH students are mentored by current UCSF students in the Graduate Division as well as dental, pharmacy, medical and nursing schools. PITCH focuses on exposing students to health care careers, assisting students in understanding the college search and application process, and working on a group research project on a specific disease.

three PT students

Twenty Doctor of Physical Therapy students from across the three years of the PT program participated in the event. After an introduction to physical therapy and the academic pathway to PT school, second-year PT students Katherine Kempkey, Sandra Hon and Rachel Klas shared their personal paths to PT school with the PITCH students. The 20 PT students then led the PITCH students in an interactive lab that included posture, range of motion, strength, and balance testing. The PT students enjoyed exciting others about the field of physical therapy, while collaborating with PT students across the three years of the program.