The New Normal

The New Normal

It’s great to see so many people on social media giving thanks on Veterans Day for the service and sacrifice of strangers and loved ones who served in the military for our protection.  And while those accolades are important, it’s also critical that we make sure these brave men and women have access to state-of-the-art technology and treatment to ensure they are reaching the highest level of function possible. Veterans with traumatic limb loss are learning what it means to return to their work and home lives following an amputation. But they aren’t altering their life goals or downgrading their plans – rather, they are relying on state-of-the-art technology and advancements in patient care to help them reach optimal clinical outcomes, whether it’s running again or attending to activities of daily living. They are veterans like Travis Mills, a retired U.S. Army staff sergeant and one of five Afghanistan war veterans to survive a quadruple amputation. There’s many words to describe him, but one of the most powerful ones is runner. Fitted with specially made running blades, Mills can now run more 1 1/2 miles. He plans to do a 5K. In a story for Runner’s World, he describes his first experience on the blades this way:  “I was so excited to get running, I broke one in half one of the first times I put them on. I drove two hours that same day to get it replaced. I wanted to keep at it.” Mills is an example of a veteran seeking the highest level of function possible – a goal that should be the norm for all people with limb loss. It’s this “new normal” that offers...
Student veterans

Student veterans

New webpage organizes information on support, services for student veterans at UD University of Delaware student veterans, current members of the military and those who support them now are able to visit the new Student Veterans and Service Members webpage on the University’s site. Recognition of the need for such a webpage arose from discussions in the Campus Veterans Working Group, a team of staff members and students committed to more effectively serving these important members of the UD community, an effort organized by the Office of the Dean of Students. This new site provides a one-stop landing page for students who have served in the military — and those who currently serve — at every step of their educational journey. Links to key resources, many tailored specifically for those who serve, are gathered in one place, including information on navigating rules and regulations and links to information on academic, financial and personal support on campus, in the community and beyond. These links are organized for quick retrieval of important information: Applying to UD Managing the transition to UD Resources for Current Student Veterans Resources for Faculty and Staff Supporting Student Veterans Additional Resources for Veterans and their Families With assistance from members of the Blue Hen Veterans registered student organization, members of the Campus Veterans Working Group developed the page, which was implemented by Jeff Chase, senior art director in Communications and Public Affairs. “The initiation of the Student Veteran page signals the University’s strong commitment to the veterans in our midst and will assist the UD community in developing an ever-stronger support system for military veterans who...
David Tulsky joins University of Delaware

David Tulsky joins University of Delaware

David Tulsky, an expert in outcomes assessment research and measurement of cognitive functioning in individuals with neurological impairment, has joined the faculty in the College of Health Sciences at the University of Delaware. Tulsky, who was formerly Irving Geist Professor of Rehabilitation Medicine at New York University’s Langone Medical Center, will provide support to a broad range of programs including the BADER Consortium and the Center for Translational Research ACCEL Program. “David Tulsky is a very significant hire for the ACCEL program, the University of Delaware, and the Delaware Health Sciences Alliance for our partners in the biomedical community in Delaware,” said Kathleen Matt, dean of UD’s College of Health Sciences and executive director of the Delaware Health Sciences Alliance (DHSA). “David’s expertise in outcomes research will bridge our academic and clinical institutions and will help facilitate translation of interdisciplinary research into diagnostics, evaluation, and interventions that maximize health outcomes in our community. “ Tulsky’s hiring by the Department of Physical Therapyis the first step toward the establishment of a Center for Assessment Research and Translation at UD. “We want to change and improve the way outcomes measurement is being done in medicine and especially in rehabilitation,” Tulsky said. “The University of Delaware offers a fantastic opportunity to really build an entity across multiple colleges and departments.” Stuart Binder-McLeod, director of the ACCEL Program, said Tulsky is a nationally recognized expert in the analysis of clinical outcomes data, particularly for underrepresented populations, including racial minorities and people with physical and neurological disabilities. “We’re really excited to have him here at Delaware to provide assessment tools for a variety of...