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It’s a Jeopardy-style event for NIU Physical Therapy Faculty

February 18, 2021

NIU Doctor of Physical Therapy program faculty members Dawn Brown, Nicole Bettin, Bob LeBeau and Joy Robackouski showed they’re experts in the field during a virtual competition held Jan. 15.

In celebration of American Physical Therapy Association’s (APTA) Centennial anniversary, the American Council of Academic Physical Therapy (ACAPT) and APTA’s Academy of Education hosted a Jeopardy-style game night via Zoom which drew teams from across the country.

“I decided to enter the NIU Doctor of Physical Therapy program into the virtual Jeopardy-style game as a means of having fun and testing our knowledge,” said Brown, who was the team captain. “I recruited several faculty members, and we were on a four-way phone call during the game so we could discuss answers to the questions.”

About 20 teams representing physical therapy programs from across the U.S. participated in the event. Teams were presented with a total of 25 questions within five separate categories related to physical therapy education and the physical therapy profession.

“We didn’t really prepare, simply relying on our knowledge of the profession’s history as well as our expertise in physical therapy patient management,” Brown said. “The game was a little intense because the rounds were held at lightning speed, but we all had fun as we scrambled to find the answers to the questions.”

Was it a job well done?

The NIU team earned second place, which included a winning prize of two free registrations to the APTA Combined Sections Meeting (CSM) conference which takes place throughout February. The team opted to gift the prize to two Huskie students in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program, and after a lottery drawing, students Mishka Harrisingh and Nick Pedraza were awarded the conference prizes.

“After all, what good is winning if you can’t pay it forward?” Brown said.

Learn more about NIU’s Physical Therapy program.