Internship Site News
TCNJ HES Interns continue to impress faculty and internship evaluators with their projects. This year was no different.
Below are highlights of three students/projects that made a huge impact.
Marisa Priolo – Rehabilitation literature review and advocacy presentation at Capital Health
Physical Therapy. Marisa conducted a thorough review of the last 6 years’ peer-reviewed literature on pre-operative orthopedic surgery prehabilitation programs to synthesize data on their effectiveness on post-surgical outcomes. Her findings were compiled into an evidence-based presentation given to the Capital Health staff (Surgeons, Doctors, Nurses, Administrators, Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists) in order to advocate for an implementation of rehabilitation programs at the facility.
- 88% of the audience responded that the presentation was “excellent”, 12% responded “good” in regard to meeting learning objectives, effectiveness of visual aids, pertinence to practice, and overall success.
- “95% responded that the presentation advocated effectively
- After the presentation the audience rated the potential effectiveness of a Prehab Program at the facility to be 4.7 out of 5.
Joe Paton – Invention of “Stim-Ray”, apparatus for simultaneous cryotherapy and electrical stimulation at TCNJ athletic trainer.
Joe conducted a needs assessment at the TCNJ athletic training room and found efficiency could be improved by combining e-stim and cryotherapy (application of cold packs) into a simultaneous modality, which would save time and effort for almost every single patient visit. Joe invented a cold therapy pack with an incorporated waterproof electrical simulation apparatus. The device was tested with hundreds of real on-body trials to determine success.
- Lead conductance averaged 4.9/5
- Cold conductance averaged 8.1/10
- Anti-leakage averaged 4.5/5
- Wear and tear resistance averaged 5/5 (virtually no discoloration, tears, fraying)
Jackie Oram – Invention of “Oram’s Optics Board”, apparatus for concussion physical therapy treatment at Robert Wood Johnson Physical Therapy.
Jackie’s exposure to her internship site’s concussion specialist and he own interest in concussion therapy influenced her to invent an apparatus to streamline and improve physical therapy modalities for concussed patients. The apparatus is portable, easy to use and set up, and enhances the efficiency of performing the exercises.
- Concussion patient reported a decrease in post-concussion symptoms from 10 to 6.
- Reported increased enjoyment and motivation in performing exercises.
- Reported subjective reductions in dizziness, and decrease in time needed to recover from
We look forward to seeing the impressive projects future interns will implement.