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Blue Devil Excellence

Each Spring Advanced Medical heads to Tobacco Road, a location made famous for its proximity between 2 proud College Basketball programs.  There lies the renowned Duke University in Durham, North Carolina.  A short distance away is the top Public University in the state, UNC.  The 2 schools have shared an intense rivalry on the hardwood for decades, while both schools are covered in prestige.  When we head to Duke for the annual Career Fair, we know to expect a classy and professional group of students.  The Duke DPT program is consistently ranked in the top 10 nationally and dates back to 1943 when it started a 9 month post-baccalaureate program.  The program became a full-fledged Doctoral Program in 1999.  Duke lies in the heart of the “research triangle” an area that boasts world class research facilities, and leading organizations in the fields of Life Sciences and Technology. Just recently, Duke welcomed in a new Division Chief.  Michael Landry comes over from the University of Toronto with 17 years of experience in the areas of global health, humanitarian aid, and health service research.  One of the things that makes Duke such a top-flight DPT destination is its proximity to Duke University Medical Center, which ranks as one of the finest in the nation.  The faculty takes prides in a number of honors and awards.  For example, just recently Chad Cook was selected by the APTA as the winner of the Dorothy E Baethke Carlin Award for Excellence for doing innovative work in the field of Manual Therapy.  Duke also believes in International experiences;partnering with Bergen University in Norway and Honduras for student exchange programs that focus on evidence-based practice.  Upcoming are developing initiatives in Shanghai and Singapore.  Duke DPT makes it a priority to give back, both locally and nationally.  Cerebral Palsy, Homelessness, and Senior Citizen Health Education are just a few of the areas where Duke DPT performs community service.  The Duke program admits up to 75 students per class and last year placed 100% of their students into the workforce.  Staff Assistant Heidi Oehme always does a terrific job setting up the April career fair.  With highly engaged students, a warm staff, and a delicious buffet, the Duke show is truly a delight.  There is also no better time to be in North Carolina than the spring.  We look forward to continuing our mutual friendship with the Duke DPT program.

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