USD physical therapy professor named national fellow

VERMILLION, S.D. -- A faculty member in The University of South Dakota’s Department of Physical Therapy has been selected to take part in the National Rural Health Associations’ Rural Health Fellows Program of 2010.

As a fellow, Patrick Cross, PT, DPT, assistant professor, will engage in a year-long, intensive program. Participation includes attending a policy institute meeting in January and an annual conference in May of next year as well as a graduation ceremony in January 2011. Cross was selected from a deep pool of applicants for the third year of the program. Fellows were judged on their purpose for applying, educational background, capacity for becoming a rural advocate and understanding of rural issues. Seven fellows were selected for 2010.

“This is a great honor for Patrick,” said Lana Svien, PT, DPT, chair of the physical therapy program. “We’re thrilled that his good work is being recognized and his leadership efforts are being recognized.”

The program is aimed at developing leaders who can articulate a clear and compelling vision for rural America. These ambitious learning and skill development objectives are accomplished through a combination of experiential and action learning, exposure to premier faculty and seasoned practitioners and reinforcement through executive coaching and structured team assignments.

“This speaks highly of Patrick,” added Brian Kaatz, PharmD, dean of the School of Health Sciences. “It also reflects the growing reputation of our physical therapy program.”

A photo of Cross is available for download at www.usd.edu/urelations/images/Patrick_Cross.jpg.