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Elizabeth Mostrom earns PT honor

CMU program’s founding director of clinical education named Worthingham Fellow


mug-mostrom.jpgPhysical therapy faculty member Elizabeth Mostrom is Michigan’s fifth Catherine Worthingham Fellow of the American Physical Therapy Association.

Mostrom received the honor June 22 at the APTA conference in Boston, where 15 inductees joined 207 members of this elite group in an organization of 95,000 members.

Worthingham Fellow designation is reserved for those who have advanced the physical therapy profession for more than 15 years. Nominees must have published articles; presented national and/or international lectures, addresses or symposia; provided service to the association; and demonstrated excellence in advocacy, education, practice, or research.

Mostrom began her CMU career as the founding director of clinical education in 1994 and maintained that position until fall 2016 while teaching a full class load and overseeing student research. In her current professor role, she monitors students in clinical education, oversees their research and continues to publish articles.

Prior to her service to CMU’s doctoral program in physical therapy, Mostrom served as the director of clinical education at Grand Valley State University and was a member of the Oakland University physical therapy faculty. Mostrom has dedicated much of her career to researching best educational practices in physical therapy education.

Mostrom has also received many honors over the years including the President’s Award, Pauline Cerasoli Lecturer Award, Lucy Blair Service Award, and Mary McMillan Scholarship Award for Doctoral Student, all from the APTA; an Excellence in Teaching Award from CMU; the Richard E. Darnell Research Award from the Michigan Physical Therapy Association; and a doctoral research grant from the Foundation for Physical Therapy.

She and her husband, Herm Triezenberg, CMU professor emeritus, created and have personally sponsored a Professional Values Award Scholarship given to a student within the CMU program who best exemplifies the professional values of the APTA.

Graduates of CMU’s doctoral program in physical therapy, part of The Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow College of Health Professions, are highly recruited, leading to a 100 percent job placement rate.


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