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FAL-WIN 2018

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PHYSICAL THERAPY is challenged. His passion for evidence, his openness and collegial spirit inspire his colleagues in academia to push boundaries to advance the field as well. "It is fair to say that Dr. Cleland has accomplished more in his short career than most faculty members accomplish in a lifetime," Mintken said. "Almost all his publications are novel contributions to our field that force us to rethink what we do and why we do it." A Balanced Career Leaning back in his chair, Cleland holds up three fingers and counts off what he believes are the three key elements essential to a balanced program and a balanced career. "Teach. Treat. Research," Cleland said. "Clinicians have to be educators — they're teaching patients every day." As a professor, Cleland believes his students push him with their questions, their perspectives and their challenges to his thought process, making him a better teacher, a better clinician and a better researcher. On the importance of research, Cleland is passionate. "e field of physical therapy has changed significantly over recent years," he reflected. "It used to be that an MD gave a patient a prescription for a specific physical therapy protocol. Now they're more likely to diagnose a problem and the PT will determine the best course of action." As clinicians become more autonomous, they must also become sophisticated users of research-based evidence for the safety and effectiveness of treatment. A Bond With His Students e unique bond that Cleland has with his students starts with his sincere interest in who they are. at's one reason he said he was so touched to receive the Dorothy Baethke-Eleanor J. Carlin Award. It recognizes exceptional Joshua Cleland was named a Catherine Worthingham Fellow of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) at the association's annual NEXT conference in June 2018. The designation is the association's highest honor, recognizing unwavering efforts to advance the physical therapy profession. Cleland also received the Dorothy Baethke-Eleanor J. Carlin Award for Excellence in Academic Teaching from APTA, recognizing exceptional teaching effectiveness, distinctive expertise, and excellence as a role model for students, faculty and clinicians. In recent years, Cleland has received the prestigious David Lamb Memorial Award from the International Federation of Orthopaedic Manipulative Physical Therapists, and was ranked as the world's sixth-leading medical expert on neck pain management. He has received the Rothstein Golden Pen for Scientific Inquiry Award , APTA's Rose Award in Research, Orthopaedic Section for three consecutive years, as well as the Excellence in Research Award from the Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy. Award Winner 28 PIERCE FALL / WINTER 2018 It is fair to say that Dr. Cleland has accomplished more in his short career than most faculty members accomplish in a lifetime. Almost all his publications are novel contributions to our field that force us to rethink what we do and why we do it. — DR. PAUL MINTKEN

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