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Elizabeth Ruckert Receives Outstanding Young Alumni Award

Congratulations to Elizabeth Ruckert, DPT, NCS, GCS, assistant professor of physical therapy and health care sciences at the George Washington (GW) University School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS), who received the Outstanding Young Alumni Award from Ithaca College this fall.

Ruckert was recognized as an emerging leader in the field of neurologic physical therapy. Her work and experience with individuals with neurologic disorders across the health care continuum (intensive care, medical-surgical care, acute rehabilitation, and outpatient rehabilitation) is invaluable to the students she trains at GW SMHS. This year, Ruckert also received the Outstanding Faculty Award from the GW physical therapy class of 2013 for her contributions to teaching.

Ruckert has given peer-reviewed presentations at national conferences on graduate physical therapy education and is currently involved in a grant on developing clinical decision-making modules for acute physical therapy practice. An advocate of post-graduate physical therapy education, Ruckert worked with administrators at MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital to develop the MedStar National Rehabilitation Network/The George Washington University Neurologic Residency Program earlier this year. She is the director of the program’s pilot year.

Ruckert is an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association and has served on the Neurology Section's Member and Public Relations Committee. She also serves on the Credentialing Services Committee of the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties. Ruckert is a board-certified clinical specialist in neurology (2009) and geriatrics (2012) through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties.

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