Student Affairs
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Welcome MD Class of 2017 and DPT Class of 2016

The 2013 AAMC Matriculating Student Questionnaire (MSQ) is now open. The information you provide is an important part of your MD student matriculation to the Morsani COM. The MSQ helps us evaluate MD programs and policies, and aids in ongoing research in medical education. Please complete the voluntary survey via the unique URL link sent by msq@aamc.org to the email address submitted to AMCAS.

Congratulations to the recently accepted members in the MD Class of 2017 and DPT Class of 2016. The Office of Student Affairs is pleased to welcome you to the University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine and we look forward to meeting you. Our staff includes the individuals listed below. Please feel free to contact any of us if you have questions or need assistance.

Steven Specter, Ph.D., Associate Dean for Student Affairs sspecter@health.usf.edu
Danielle Schutz, M.A., Director for Student Affairs dschutz@health.usf.edu
Phyllis Ridgeway, Office Manager pridgewa@health.usf.edu
Chad Whistle, M. Ed., Program Coordinator cwhistle@health.usf.edu
Linda Krausman, Administrative Specialist lkrausma@health.usf.edu
Willie Mitchell, Staff Assistant wmitchel@health.usf.edu
Michelle Williamson, Director of Financial Aid miwillia@health.usf.edu
Barbara Muffly, Financial Aid Specialist bmuffly@health.usf.edu
Marrissa Cook, Registrar mcook@health.usf.edu
Macaulay Heldreth, Assistant Registrar mheldret@health.usf.edu

Please make note of the following important information, dates, and requirements pertaining to your upcoming enrollment. Attendance at the outlined events is mandatory for all students in the MD Class of 2017 and DPT Class of 2016. Closely read this entire section taking immediate steps to comply with all requirements; many take significant time to complete.

COMMUNICATION

E-mail is our primary means of communication with students prior to matriculation, but we may also send mailings via the U.S. mail system. MD students must communicate e-mail or U.S. postal mail address changes to the Office of Student Affairs (Ms. Linda Krausman – lkrausma@health.usf.edu) and they must also be updated on the AMCAS website. DPT students must communicate e-mail or U.S. postal mail address changes to the School of Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Sciences (Mr. Matt Smith – msmith4@health.usf.edu).

USF ID NUMBER (YOUR U#)

Your U Number is your unique identifier at USF. You will need it to request your Health account. If you are a former USF student and already know your U-number, please skip.

  1. Access the U-number retrieval (https://netid.usf.edu/tools/lookup_usfid/public/)
  2. Enter your date of birth (mm/dd/yyyy) and Social Security Number (no dashes)
  3. Write it down

USF MD/DPT STUDENT BADGE/ID CARD AND COMPUTER ACCOUNTS

In order to access secure USF computer sites you must do the following in this order:

  1. Apply for a USF Medical/Physical Therapy Student Badge/ID card at the USF Card Center located in the Marshall Student Center, Room 1505. Hours are Monday-Thursday, 9:00am-6:00pm, and Friday, 9:00am-5:00pm. For more information please call (813) 974-2357.
  2. Apply for an HSCNet Computer Account (a.k.a. Health account).
  3. Activate your USF NetID.

Your Health computer account will provide access to the Health network and e-mail. Apply for this account. Have your Health username and password available before you apply for the USF NetID (Blackboard/CANVAS). If you already have a non-HSC e-mail address registered in NetID, see item 6 under “Activate Your USF NetID” for information on changing the address.

  1. Access the New Account Request.
  2. Select your Role at USF Health: Student
  3. Enter your Date of Birth.
  4. Enter your Student U-Number.
  5. Enter your own password. Strong passwords are required, this means the password must be at least seven characters in length and contain three of these four types of characters: one or more upper case characters, one or more lower case characters, one or more numbers, and/or one or more special characters (example: !, @, #, $, %...). We recommend using “pass phrases”. To do this pick a phrase, then use the first character of each word. For example: “My cat has nine lives and four legs”. Password is: “Mch9la4l”.
  6. Enter two security questions that only you will know (i.e. Elementary School and a Four Digit Pin). Note: Our help desk cannot retrieve this for you, so make sure to remember this information.
  7. Create your Account. An Account will be created instantly. Note: Your e-mail will be enabled and accessible in two days.
  8. The Health account allows you to utilize the local network at USF Health. You will have access to e-mail and calendar via MS Exchange and a personal folder for the storage.

Note: You can use your health e-mail account to access any NetID systems two business days after account creation. Simply put your entire e-mail account into the username field (i.e. zzmith2@health.usf.edu) and your password will be the same as your Health account password.
If you plan to receive financial aid these next steps are required to ensure that you receive your financial aid information on time. This step can only be completed 48 hours after your account is created.

  1. Go to the USF NetID single Sign-on at least 2 days after you create your Health Account: https://webauth.usf.edu/login
  2. Use your Health account (i.e. nstudent@health.usf.edu) as the NetID.
  3. Use the password you created in step 5 above.
  4. On the ribbon on the landing page, click “OASIS”.
  5. Select “Personal Information” from the menu.
  6. Select “Update Addresses and Phones” from the menu.
  7. Choose “Permanent (stable, long term)” as the type of address to insert. The minimum to fill out is Address line 1, City State/province, and Zip/postal code for USA addresses. Foreign addresses require Address line 1, City, and Nation.
  8. Click “Submit”.
  9. Then, in the upper right corner, choose “Return to Menu”.
  10. Select “Update E-mail Addresses” from the menu.
  11. If the e-mail reflected there is not a USF e-mail address, select an e-mail to insert, then click “Submit”.
  12. Enter your USF Health e-mail address (ending with @health.usf.edu) and click “Submit”.

COMPUTER AND PRINTER REQUIREMENTS

All USF Morsani College of Medicine (MCOM) MD students and Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) students are required to own a notebook computer and optionally purchase a color laser printer for instructional purposes (highly recommended).
Students must also have a high-speed internet connection at their residence in order to access online course information.
** SELECT MD Program students (only) are also required to have a compatible webcam (minimum of 2 megapixels) for use during Mentorship/Coaching sessions. This webcam should either be built into your notebook, or be a portable model.
Students must have your network computer available for use on the following dates:

  • SELECT MD Program students Monday, July 29, 2013
  • Doctor of Physical Therapy students Wednesday, July 31, 2013
  • Core MD Program students Monday, August 5, 2013


Please follow the timeline for purchasing, receiving and configuring your notebook computer and software by USF Health Information Systems (813) 974-6288 to assure you will be prepared for classes:

  • May 20, 2013 – begin placing orders with the USF Computer Store located in the Marshall Student Center or via the website or phone (813) 974-1779.
  • July 8, 2013 – last day to place computer orders with the USF Computer Store to be sure it will be ready for classes. Computer Store staff will contact you when your order arrives and to arrange payment and pickup of the equipment.
  • July 23, 2013 – last day for SELECT MD Program students to bring your computer to USF Health I/S for set-up/software installations to be assured it will be ready by July 26, 2013.
  • July 23, 2013 – last day for Doctor of Physical Therapy students to bring your computer to USF Health I/S for set-up/software installations to be assured it will be ready by July 26, 2013.
  • July 26, 2013 – last day for Core MD Program students to bring your computer to USF Health I/S for set-up/software installations to be assured it will be ready by August 5, 2013.

Plan that your computer will be with the Health I/S group from 1 to 3 days, depending on the number of computers awaiting setup. Health I/S normally finishes most within a day. Health I/S will install: Office 2010 or 2012 from disc bundle purchased with the laptop, Connectra VPN Client, ExamSoft, Image Scope, Adobe Reader, webcam and videoconference software (as appropriate), and approved Antivirus software. The computer will also be configured to work with the USF Health Wireless networks, and any other software requested by the student will be installed.
For students who do not purchase a Dell branded computer, all services will be available to them with the exception of onsite hardware replacement. If you have any technology issues or questions in the future, please contact USF Health Information Systems through one of the following methods:
Health IS Live Chat Portal: https://livehcat.health.usf.edu
Health IS Support Email Address: support@health.usf.edu
USF Health Information Systems provide full technical support for all students (http://health.usf.edu/is).
The latest version of the Movi client is 4.4.3, but as long as you have at least version 4.3.12 then you should not experience any compatibility issues. Configuration of the client (server and connection settings) will need to be performed by USF Health I/S to ensure any potential issues are kept to a minimum.
*** USF Health I/S is located in the Faculty Office Building (FOB) at 13220 USF Laurel Dr., 2nd Floor.
Note:

    1. Most software installations can be done by you through links provided on our Health I/S website, including the Movi desktop conferencing client. It is not mandatory that I/S perform this installation; however, they are more than happy to accommodate anyone who would like assistance. (You will need your USF Health Email ID and Password to access these downloads) You can contact USF Health IS at support@health.usf.edu, or through the live chat portal at https://livechat.health.usf.edu, and also on the phone at (813) 974-6288 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday – Friday.
    2. If you already own computers with Windows XP, Windows Vista or Windows 7, you should not have any compatibility issues. We strongly recommend Windows 7 as Microsoft has phased out support for XP and will be doing the same for Vista before the year is over. Windows 8 is not recommended at this time due to software incompatibility issues.
    3. If orders are placed with the USF Computer Store, Health I/S recommends that you pick up, verify your order is complete and meets your satisfaction before delivery to Health I/S for setup and software installation.

Financial Aid Recipients: If you need to have any component of a new computer and/or printer purchase added to your cost of attendance budget for financial aid, you must provide the Financial Aid Office with copies of purchase receipts for the required computer components.

Primary Recommendations for Computing:

  • It is strongly recommended that you purchase a Windows-based PC notebook.
    • While we have listed below specifications for a MAC (Apple), please be aware that USF Health I/S and Lehigh Valley Health Network I/S (*SELECT MD Program students) primarily supports PC units.
    • Students will be using ExamSoft software for computer-based examinations. A Mac Version of ExamSoft is available, and is currently used here at USF Health along with the Windows version. If you would still prefer to run Boot Camp with a purchased copy of Windows 7 on your Mac that is supported as well.

 

  • Recommended MAC and Windows computer models for MCOM Core MD Program and SELECT MD Program, and DPT students (USF Computer Store pricing):
    • Dell Inspiron 15 - $834.99
    • Dell Latitude E6430 - $1595.99 (Recommended model)
    • Dell Latitude E6530 - $1087.99 (Recommended model)
    • MacBook Pro 15” Retina - $1999.00

(SELECT MD Program students) When purchasing any of the above systems, or using a laptop that does not have a built in webcam then a webcam should be purchased. Please refer to the MAC and Windows PC Specifications section below. Most if not all of these items can be purchased from the USF Computer Store http://computerstore.usf.edu/ online or in person.
If a student already has a laptop, or wants to buy a non-Dell machine then these are the minimum recommended specifications:
Minimum MAC and Windows PC Specifications:

    • Intel Core I3, I5, or I7 family of processors or AMD A8 or A10 series processors
    • 2.2 Ghz or higher processor (CPU) speed
    • 14” or higher display running 1366 X 768 resolution or higher
    • 4 Gigabytes of RAM
    • 250 Gigabyte Hard Drive
    • Ethernet connection (wired)
    • Wireless B/G/N connection
    • SELECT MD Program Students – Compatible HD webcam (minimum of 2MP video conferencing with conferencing software)
    • Microsoft Windows 7 Operating System

Software

    • Operating Systems
      • PC- Windows 7 or Windows 8 32 bit or 64 bit (64-bit preferred)
      • MAC OS X 10.6 or higher
    • Microsoft Office*
      • PC – Microsoft Office 2010 or 2013
      • MAC – Office 2011
    • Adobe Acrobat Reader X
    • Antivirus software (Symantec is provided free of charge through the USF website with NetID) http://www.usf.edu/it/services/software-and-security-downloads.aspx
    • Connectra VPN Client
    • Image Scope
    • ExamSoft – PC or MAC (Mac Boot Camp is not required)

Printer

  • HP LaserJet Pro 200 M251nw Color Printer (or equivalent) – ~$259
  • Any Color LaserJet Printer will suffice if other brands are preferred as the computer store may not stock all versions

Webcam

  • Logitech C910
  • Logitech C920

Notes:

    1. Dell models have 3-year parts and labor, or the 3-year accidental damage coverage warranty. Depending on which option is chosen the price can change, so please make sure you verify which one you are purchasing.
    2. Systems are subject to change as new models are introduced, but comparable pricing and specs will be maintained throughout the "Back to School" rollout period.
    3. *Microsoft Office 2010 and Windows 7 are now available to all MCOM Core and SELECT MD, and DPT students at the USF Computer Store for a deeply discounted price (under $50) due to an agreement negotiated between USF Health IS and the USF Computer Store. Contact USF Health IS through our live chat portal https://livechat.health.usf.edu, via email support@health.usf.edu, or on the phone (813) 974-6288 from 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Due to recent software updates from Apple, Mac Mail may not function properly on the USF Health Network at this time, and Microsoft Office 2011 for MAC is the recommended email client on the Apple platform.

RESPONSE CARD RF LCD

All students must purchase a ResponseCard RF LCD from Turning Technologies at the USF Health Bookstore for a cost of $50 (including tax).

EXPECTED COMPUTER COMPETENCIES

Students must be able to demonstrate basic computer skills upon entry into medical school including the ability to:

  1. Launch a computer application.
  2. Save work to a computer file.
  3. Print a file.
  4. Copy a file for use on another computer.
  5. Use a standard word processing program to create and edit a formatted document using tables and graphics.
  6. Use e-mail effectively, including proper etiquette.
  7. Access and use the Internet.
  8. Create a PowerPoint presentation.
  9. Students not proficient in these skills are invited to participate in any of the training workshops offered by USF Health Information Services.

STUDENT HEALTH REQUIREMENTS

The Morsani College of Medicine has the following four (4) health related requirements that must be met prior to matriculation:

  1. Students must have health insurance in effect at all times during enrollment at USF MCOM. During orientation you will be required to sign a statement certifying you have health insurance coverage. Annual recertification is required throughout your enrollment. Information on basic health insurance policies will be available at orientation for students who do not have current health insurance.
  2. Medical students only must have disability insurance in effect at all times during enrollment at USF MCOM. The policy will be purchased at registration on August 5, 2013 for $72.96 and is to be renewed annually. DPT students do not need disability insurance.
  3. Students must undergo a physical examination prior to starting school. Complete the Physical Exam Verification form (last sheet in the packet) and take it to your health care provider for completion of their section. Return the form to Linda Lennerth, RN, Associate Director, Medical Health Administration (address on form) as soon as possible, but no later than July 12, 2013.
  4. Students must complete and provide documented evidence of immunity to specified communicable diseases listed on the Communicable Disease Prevention Certification form. All immunity documentation must have the student’s name clearly identified on every page/sheet; particularly when submitting documents in a “book” format. A list of acceptable documentation is provided on the Communicable Disease Prevention Certification form. Return the form and documentation to Linda Lennerth, RN, Associate Director, Medical Health Administration (address on form) as soon as possible, but no later than July 12, 2013.
Students in the SELECT MD Program: All immunizations must be up to date at the time of matriculation on July 29, 2013. Students in the DPT Program: All immunizations must be up to date at the time of matriculation on July 31, 2013. Students in the Core MD Program: All immunizations must be up to date at the time of matriculation on August 5, 2013. Students are not permitted to begin classes or to work in any of our hospitals or clinics without providing the required evidence of physical examination and documented immunity to the diseases listed.

REGISTRATION AND ORIENTATION

Registration and Orientation Day for students in the Core MD Program, SELECT MD Program, and DPT Program will be on Monday, August 5, 2013 in the LVHN Learning Center of the Morsani College of Medicine; Room MDA 1209. We will begin with a Welcome Breakfast from 7:00 a.m.-7:45 a.m. followed by a series of short presentations and registration activities from 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. It is essential for all new medical and physical therapy students to report on this date and remain in attendance throughout the entire day until 5:00 p.m. Students must dress appropriately professional (i.e. men should wear a shirt and tie; jacket is not necessary). Pictures will be taken for your class composite.

PROFESSIONS OF MEDICINE

Your USF doctor of medicine and doctor of physical therapy school experiences will begin with a weeklong orientation to teamwork and interprofessional education. Twenty-first century health care is not delivered by individuals but by teams, and the first week will give you the chance to work with a group of students from multiple disciplines in multiple tasks, both academic, experiential (in the community, with patients and healthcare providers), and recreational (a ROPES course). In doing this we hope you will begin your studies with an appreciation for how health care depends on many partners, and how your awareness of who your partners are and what they contribute to patient care will be critical to your success as a physician or physical therapist. It should also be a lot of fun!

Frazier Stevenson, M.D.
Associate Dean for Undergraduate Medical Education
Professor of Medicine

William S. Quillen, PT, DPT, PhD, FACSM
Associate Dean
Director-School of Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Sciences

NAME TAG

The Office of Student Affairs will make name tags for each new student, which you will be required to wear daily during the first 2 weeks of school.
Name tags will contain your official name as reflected in your BANNER registration. If you prefer an alternate name (i.e. middle name, or nickname) and wish to have that name printed on the name tag in lieu of your first name, please email Ms. Danielle Schutz (dschutz@health.usf.edu) no later than July 12, 2013. Changes will not be made once school begins on August 5, 2013.

DPT STUDENT FAMILY INFORMATION SESSION

Family Day for doctor of physical therapy (DPT) students will be held on Friday, August 2, 2013, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the USF School of Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Sciences. Students are invited to bring whomever they consider their support team to learn about their program and tour the School.

MD STUDENT FAMILY INFORMATION SESSION

A Family Information Session for students in the SELECT MD Program will be held from 9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m. in the Hillsborough Room, 2709, of the USF Marshall Student Center on Friday, August 16, 2013.
A combined Core MD Program and SELECT MD Program Student Family Information Session will be held from 10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. in the Oval Theatre of the USF Marshall Student Center on Friday, August 16, 2013. This session is designed to provide information about the USF medical curriculum and to answer questions about medical students’ experiences over the next four years. This session is targeted toward parents, spouses or significant others of medical students.

MD STUDENT WHITE COAT CEREMONY

On Friday, August 16, 2013 at 1:30 p.m. MD students in the Class of 2017 will be participating in a White Coat Ceremony in the Royal Palm Ballroom of the USF Marshall Student Center. The ceremony is designed to introduce new medical students to the characteristics of the complete doctor and to provide a contract for professionalism and empathy in medicine. Each student will receive a white coat signifying their transition into the medical profession. Immediately following the ceremony everyone is invited to attend a light reception. All students in the MD Class of 2017 are expected to participate in this ceremony.

DPT 2016 students will participate in their Commitment to Professionalism – White Coat Ceremony in October 2013.

CAMPUS PARKING

A valid USF Parking Permit is required on all vehicles parked on campus. Morsani College of Medicine students must purchase a Non-resident Student Permit. If you are unable to secure your Non-resident Student Permit prior to Orientation on August 5, 2013 make sure you purchase a Visitor Permit on the morning of August 6th as explained below.

  1. Non-resident Student Permit – Online sales for 2013-2014 will be available starting on July 15, 2013. If you already have a parking account you can log into myUSF with your NetID, and under the Services tab click on the Parking link to access your account. If you do not have a parking account, please visit Parking & Transportation Services to Create an Account. At the time of purchase you will be able to print out a temporary parking permit to use until the permanent permit arrives via U.S. mail. Allow one week for delivery. Temporary permits are valid for 14 days. For more information please call (813) 974-3990. You are strongly advised to purchase your permit online prior to the start of school. The cost for an annual Commuter Student Permit will be $183 plus tax.
  2. Visitor Permit – This is available from Parking Pay Stations located in Lot 19 on USF Magnolia Drive by the Moffitt Child Care Center. The cost is $5/day plus tax and payable by Visa, MasterCard or Discovery only.

Note: Students should purchase an annual permit, not a semester permit. An annual permit is effective for a 12-month period from August 2013 to August 2014. The effective dates for a semester permit do not extend through the end of the first-year curriculum in 2014. A semester permit would not allow you to park on campus during the final 2 to 3 weeks of school.
The Non-resident Student Permit allows you to park in any lot/garage designated “S” (Non-resident Student). Lot 32 on USF Hawthorn Drive is the closest lot to the medical school with over 450 spaces available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Lot 33T on USF Health Drive has over 100 “S” spaces available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Overflow student parking is accommodated in Lot 19 on USF Hawthorn Drive by the Moffitt Child Care Center and in the Laurel Garage on USF Laurel Drive next to the Morsani Health Center and is serviced by the Bull Runner B route. The most economical parking permit is the “Y” (Park-n-Ride), and Lot 43 on USF Laurel Drive is the closest “Y” designated parking to USF Health, and is serviced by the Bull Runner B route.

HOUSING AND ROOMMATE LIST

On-campus dormitories at USF are not-well suited for MCOM professional degree program (MD/DPT) students due to differences in the academic calendars. We recommend students obtain nearby housing off-campus and room with another medical/physical therapy student. USF Health has affiliated with a housing service to assist students looking for housing in the Tampa Bay area. Visit USF Health Real Estate with Honors for more information. To facilitate the possibility of your rooming with another MCOM student, we will compile a list of MCOM students seeking roommates. Please e-mail Ms. Linda Krausman (lkrausma@health.usf.edu) with your name and applicable contact information (address, home phone number, cell phone, and e-mail address).

FINANCIAL AID

Financial Aid information and instructions were e-mailed to you under separate cover. Award notices will be sent to you as your application packets are completed. If you have questions or need further assistance please contact Ms. Michelle Williamson (miwillia@health.usf.edu) or Ms. Barbara Muffly (bmuffly@health.usf.edu).

MD STUDENT TUITION, FEES AND OTHER EXPENSES

Various fees will be collected at Orientation on August 5, 2013 so be sure to bring your checkbook. We cannot accept cash, credit or debit cards. Tuition for the 2013-2014 academic year is ESTIMATED to be $35,300 for in-state students in the Core MD Program and $55,000 for the SELECT MD Program and out-of-state students. The yearly amount is split into 2 installments. The first installment, an estimated amount pending approval, and the due date will be determined by the Florida Board of Governors. The second installment will be due in January 2014. Your tuition assessment will be available online approximately 30 days prior to the start of classes. An e-mail with your login information will be sent at that time by Marrissa Cook, Morsani College of Medicine Registrar. Other approximate expenses during the first few weeks of school include: Books - $1000; Turning Point remote - $50; disability insurance - $70, and miscellaneous supplies and lab coats - $400.

DPT STUDENT TUITION, FEES AND OTHER EXPENSES

Various fees will be collected at Orientation on August 5, 2013 so be sure to bring your checkbook. We cannot accept cash, credit or debit cards. Tuition and fees for the 2013-2014 academic year are ESTIMATED to be $22,100 for in-state students and $29,000 for out-of-state students. The yearly amount is split into 2 installments. The first installment, an estimated amount pending approval, and the due date will be determined by the Florida Board of Governors. The second installment will be due in January 2014. Your tuition assessment will be available online approximately 30 days prior to the start of classes. An e-mail with your login information will be sent at that time by Ms. Marrissa Cook, Morsani College of Medicine Registrar. Other approximate expenses during the first few weeks of school include: Books $1000; Turning Point remote $50, and miscellaneous supplies $400.

TECHNICAL STANDARDS

Medical students were provided a copy of the Technical Standards for Admission, Academic Progression and Graduation from the MD curriculum during the interview process. DPT students were provided a copy with their acceptance letter. Students must advise the Office of Student Affairs in writing of any accommodations that may be needed to assist in accomplishing the requirements specified in the technical standards. Letters must be addressed to Dr. Steven Specter, Associate Dean for Student Affairs.

MORSANI COLLEGE OF MEDICINE PEER ADVISORY COMMITTEE

The Morsani College of Medicine Peer Advisory Committee (COMPAC) is a group of twelve second-year MD students and two second-year DPT students dedicated to welcoming new MD and DPT students into the USF Morsani College of Medicine. You will receive communications from them throughout the summer about planned events.

SUGGESTED FILMS and BOOKS

MD Students: Health Humanities and Medical Ethics

Please view and think about each of the following films prior to the beginning of classes. All faculty will be alerted about this assignment and can refer to the film story in separate courses. Some related specifically to ethics and some are about suffering. All are about our common journey from birth to death and reveal poignant information about human complexity, ambiguity, and nuance.

The Sea Inside
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
Precious
Wit
The Doctor
The Color of Paradise
Sessions
Silver Linings Playbook

Optional but highly recommended:
The Intouchables (French subtitles)
Dirty Pretty Things
The Elephant Man

DPT Students: Societal Responses to Illness & Disability

One of the key themes woven into the DPT curriculum is that of disability and its limitation on a person’s ability to participate in activites. It is important to recognize that, even within an interprofessional healthcare team, different types of practitioners have different perspectives about disability. Over the course of the three-year DPT program, students will examine several models for considering disability and the extent to which these models have been adopted by the various healthcare professions. To start our discussion, however, we will look at the broader societal perspective: How do Americans think about persons with illness or disability? Is there a difference between conditions that are permanent vs. temporary? Congenital or acquired? Are there subcultures within American society that have further variations in how they vew healthcare conditions?

During Fall Preview activities (July 31 to August 2), students will analyze and discuss the history of disability in America, the overt and covert messages about disability in pop culture, and the methods used to create them by film-makers in particular. In preparation for the discussion, each student will be assigned to read one of the following selections (to be made available electronically during Fall Preview) and will be expected to view one or more of the films listed below prior to arrival on campus.

Assigned Viewings (Sign up to select your film at www.SignUpGenius.com/go/20F0E4DA5AE2BAB9-film):

Avatar (2009)
The Avengers (2012)
The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005)
Source Code (2011)

Assigned Readings:

  • Hockenberry J. Roll Model. Moving Violations: War Zones, Wheelchairs, and Declarations of Independence. New York, NY: Hyperion; 1995:135-144
    and
    Hockenberry J. Sealed Rooms. Moving Violations: War Zones, Wheelchairs, and Declarations of Independence. New York, NY: Hyperion; 1995:311-333.
  • Shapiro J. Tiny Tims, Supercrips, and the End of Pity. No Pity: People with Disabilities Forging a New Civil Rights Movement. New York, NY: Three Rivers Press; 1994:12-40.
  • Johnson HM. Honk if You Hate Telethons. Too Late to Die Young: Nearly True Tales from a Life. New York, NY: Picador; 2005-47-75
  • Longmore P. (2005). The Cultural Framing of Disability: Telethons as a Case Study. Publications of the Modern Language Association of America. 2005;120(2): 502-508.