Medical Screening for Differential Diagnosis

Course Description:

This course will focus on developing advanced clinical reasoning skills related to determining a patient's appropriateness for therapy. The course will build on concepts gleamed from clinical practice. Participants will learn to identify conditions that mimic musculoskeletal dysfunction. Medical screening procedures that are useful to physical therapists to identify non-musculoskeletal pathology will be discussed. In addition, laboratory and diagnostic procedures commonly used in the medical diagnosis of non-musculoskeletal disease will be incorporated.

Upon completion of this course participants will : 

1. understand medical screening evaluations of clients. 

2. be able to identify clusters of signs and symptoms of systemic origin affecting the cervical, thoracic, and 
 lumbar spine, sacroiliac, hip, shoulder, and chest

3. learn the referred pain patterns originating from visceral organs. 

4. appreciate the importance of sensitivity and specificity of clinical tests. 

5. learn to screen efficiently and effectively for cancer. 

6. identify which conditions would require immediate medical referral (differentiate red flags and yellow flags).

Take the entire 8-hour course or take each 2-hour module separately. Modules include:

-Medical Screening for Systemic Pathology (Alerts & Alarms)
-Medical Screening of Pediatric and Adolescent Patients
-Medical Screening of Adult Patients
-Medical Screening of Geriatric Patients

Registration fee: 8-hour course: $150.00

Registration fee: 2-hour module: $40.00

Course Approvals:
Pennsylvania State Board of Physical Therapy all hours approved for Direct Access Certificate (PTCE007132)

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About the Instructor:

Dawn Gulick, PhD, PT, ATC, CSCS

Dawn Gulick, PhD, PT, ATC, CSCS is a Professor of Physical Therapy at Widener University in Chester, PA. Her areas of expertise are orthopedics, sports medicine, modalities, & medical screening.

As a clinician, she has owned a private orthopedic/sports medicine practice. She has also provided athletic training services from the middle school to the elite Olympic level.  As a member of the Olympic Sports Medicine Society, Dr. Gulick has provided medical coverage at numerous national, international, Olympic, & Paralympic events.

Dr. Gulick is co-owner of Therapeutic Articulations, LLC which developed iOrtho App for Android & Apple devices.

As a scholar, Dr. Gulick is the author of 4 books (Ortho Notes, Screening Notes, Sports Notes, Mobilization Notes), 4 book chapters, & over 30 peer-reviewed publications in 20 different journals.  She has over 40 professional & civic presentations.  Dr. Gulick is the recipient of 9 modest research grants.  Dr. Gulick is the Chapter President of Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society

Dr. Gulick earned a Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training from Lock Haven University (Lock Haven, PA), a Master of Physical Therapy from Emory University (Atlanta, GA), & a Doctorate of Philosophy in Exercise Physiology from Temple University (Philadelphia, PA).  As a licensed physical therapist, she has direct access authorization.  She is also a certified strength & conditioning specialist.