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One PT’s journey from physical therapist to PhD student

Mar 31, 2020

After completing her doctorate in physical therapy as a first-generation college student in her family, Dana McCarty moved on to complete a residency in pediatrics and then began working in a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) in North Carolina. In 2015, she became a director of clinical education (DCE) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and pursued her interests in research.

She recently received a KL2 Grant from NIH’s National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) to study physical therapy for preterm infants. In January 2020, Dana was accepted into a PhD program in public health.

Check out her article: Choose Physical Therapy” for Neonatal Abstinence Syndrom: Clinical Management for Infants Affected by the Opioid Crisis.

Dana demonstrates what a talented, motivated individual with the right drive, resources and support can achieve. We hope her story will inspire future PT education researchers!

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