Z 06/17/21: Back to Better: Post-Pandemic Education, Research, and Clinical Care in Rehabilitation

The United States is currently on pace to hit herd immunity from COVID-19 this summer. For the first time in more than a year, organizations are actively exploring how the post-pandemic world should function. All of our new habits and processes for clinical care, human-subject research studies and education within the field of rehabilitation need to be reviewed. But rather than just snapping back to “normal,” how do we “build back better” as Dr. Ngozi Ezike recently asked?

In this 60-minute panel discussion with rehabilitation leaders from Chicago, South Carolina, and New York City, we will explore how we can capitalize on what we have learned and what we look forward to reintroducing as the world reopens. We will discuss how the adoption of technology, such as video conferences and telehealth has enhanced our program delivery and clinical care, and where it is falling short. Finally, we will compare how these programs from across the country are re-introducing in-person programming. Come prepared to ask questions and share insights from your own institutions. 

DATE: June 17, 2021, 4 PM CST

LOCATION:  Online - Log-in details will be emailed before the course date. 


  • Moderated by Jules Dewald, PT, PhD - Professor and Chair of Northwestern University’s Department of Physical Therapy and Human Movement Sciences (PTHMS), Feinberg School of Medicine; and Professor, McCormick School of Engineering & Applied Sciences
  • Akin Beckley, MD - Assistant Professor, Director of Vascular and Amputee Rehabilitation, Columbia University Irving Medical Center, Medical Director, Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit, Associate Program Director, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Residency, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital   
  • Peggy Kirk, RN – Chief Operating Officer and Senior Vice President, Shirley Ryan AbilityLab
  • Rick Segal, PT, PhD, FAPTA  – Professor and Chair, Department of Rehabilitation Sciences, College of Health Professions, Medical University of South Carolina; Education Director, National Center of Neuromodulation for Rehabilitation (NM4R)



This symposium is ideal for Physicians, Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants, Registered Nurses, Physical Therapists, Physical Therapist Assistants, Occupational Therapists and Occupational Therapy Assistants. 


Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Identify what changes implemented due to COVID-19 that clinical, academic and research centers expect to retain, such as Telehealth, hybrid and on-demand learning, remote and flexible working schedules, etc.
  • Discuss the challenges and benefits of re-opening clinics, medical programs and research studies.
  • Compare the experiences and practices of rehabilitation in programs across the country as they start to figure out re-opening plans.
  • Discuss the impact that the COVID-19 pandemic had on resident and fellowship training and how that can be addressed over the next year.


There are no relevant financial relationships to disclose.  

Webinar Planning Committee Members & Disclosure Information

  • Rebecca Bagdy – States she has nothing to disclose
  • Julius Dewald, PT, PhD – States he has nothing to disclose 
  • Melissa C. Kolski, PT, DPT – States she has nothing to disclose


Physical Therapy 

This 1.0 hour webinar has been approved by the Illinois Physical Therapy Board for 1.0 contact hour. Approval #216-000069

The Shirley Ryan AbilityLab is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board of Physical Therapy as an approved provider of physical therapy and physical therapist assistants continuing education.  This webinar has been approved for 1.0 contact hour. 

Occupational Therapy

Shirley Ryan AbilityLab is an approved provider for the American Occupational Therapy Association to offer continuing education in occupational therapy. Course approval ID# 02509. This 1.0 intermediate level program awards occupational therapists 0.1 CEUs or 1 contact hour. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.  AOTA CLASSIFICATION CODE: CATEGORY 2: Professional Issues.


Accreditation Statement: The Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation Statement: The Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of  1.0  AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

FSM’s CME Leadership and Staff: Clara Schroedl, MD, Medical Director of CME  Has nothing to disclose. Sheryl Corey, CME Director  has nothing to disclose. Allison McCollum, Senior Program Coordinator has nothing to disclose. Rhea Alexis Banks, Administrative Assistant 2 has nothing to disclose.


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