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"Evidence Based Medicine (EBM) has been defined as "the conscientious", explicit, and judicious use of current best evidence in making decisions about the care of individual patients. The practice of evidence based medicine means integrating individual clinical expertise with the best available external clinical evidence from systematic research" David Sackett et. al "Evidence Based Medicine: What it is and What it isn't" BMJ 312 No. 7023 (1996).

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CERTIFIED OCCUPATIONAL THERAPISTS From the American Occupatonal Therapy Association

About Specialist Certification

The purpose of AOTA Board Certification and Specialty Certification is to provide a framework for professional development that is specifically geared to occupational therapy. Occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants are challenged to communicate the immediate effectiveness of their interventions and demonstrate continuous professional growth. Through its Board Certification and Specialty Certification programs, AOTA provides formal recognition for those who have engaged in a voluntary process of ongoing, focused, and targeted professional development. Both programs are voluntary-neither certification is required for practice. For more information on how to become certified or available specialties log on to the AOTA board specialty website.

The mission of the Hand Therapy Certification Commission is to support a high level of competence in hand therapy practice and to advance the specialty through a formal credentialing process. It recognizes occupational therapists and physical therapists that have achieved an advanced level of professional knowledge in the practice of hand therapy and promotes professional development and continuing education in this area of practice. More information on this specialty may be found on the commission's website .

**Upon receiving certification from the AOTA or HTCC, USPHS Therapist Officers are entitled to NBCP pay (Non-physician board certified pay). To apply for board certified pay please refer to CCPM regulations.

Board Certified Gerontology CAPT Frances Oakley

Board Certified Pediatrics< CAPT Rebecca Parks

Certified Hand Therapist

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Cintas HL, Siegel KL, Furst GP, Gerber LH: Brief assessment of motor function: Reliability and concurrent validity of the gross motor scale. American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation 82(1):33-41, 2003.

Croarkin E, Parks R, Berman AW, Mannan N, Steinberg SM, Swain SM: Changes in Neurologic Function Tests May Predict Neurotoxicity Caused by Ixabepilone. Journal of Clinical Oncology 24:2084-2091, 2006.

Dickerson AE, Oakley F: Comparing the roles of community-living persons and patient populations. American Journal of Occupational Therapy 49(3):221-8, 1995.

Gerber L, Hoffman K, Chaudhry U, Augustine E, Parks R, Bernad M, Mackall C, Steinberg S, Mansky P: Functional outcomes and life satisfaction in long-term survivors of pediatric sarcomas. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 87:1611-7, 2006.

Oakley F, Khin NA, Parks R, Bauer L, Sunderland T: Improvement in activities of daily living in elderly following treatment for post-bereavement depression. Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica 105(3):231-4, 2002.

Oakley F, Sunderland T: Assessment of motor and process skills as a measure of IADL functioning in pharmacologic studies of people with Alzheimer's disease: a pilot study. International Psychogeriatrics 9(2):197-206, 1997.

Oakley F, Kielhofner G, Barris R: An occupational therapy approach to assessing psychiatric patients' adaptive functioning. American Journal of Occupational Therapy 39(3):147-54, 1985.

Mansky P, Arai A, Stratton, P, Bernstein D, Long L, Reynolds J, Chen D, Steinberg S, Lavende N, Hoffman K, Nathan P, Parks R, Augustine E, Chaudhry, U, Derdak J, Wiener L, Gerber L, Mackall C: Treatment Late Effects in Long-term Survivors of Pediatric Sarcoma. Pediatric Blood and Cancer 48:192-199, 2007.

Lee J, Low J, Croarkin E, Parks R, Berman A, Mannan N, Steinberg S, Swain S: Changes in neurologic function tests may predict neurotoxicity due to ixabepilone. Journal of Clinical Oncology 24(13):2084-2091, 2006.

Parks R, Cintas H, Chou Chaffin M, Gerber L: Brief assessment of motor function: Content validity and reliability of the fine motor scale. Pediatric Physical Therapy 19:315-325, 2007.

Parks R, Oakley F: Occupational Therapists' role on U.S. Army and U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps disaster mental health response teams. American Journal of Occupational Therapy 62(3): 361-364, 2008.

Parks RA, Danoff JV: Motor performance changes in children testing positive for HIV over 2 years. American Journal of Occupational Therapy 53(5):524-8, 1999.

Parks RA, Oakley F, Fonseca M: Play development in children with HIV infection: a pilot study. American Journal of Occupational Therapy 52(8):672-5, 1998.

Small GW, Rabins PV, Barry PP, Buckholtz NS, DeKosky ST, Ferris SH, Finkel SI, Gwyther LP, Khachaturian ZS, Lebowitz BD, McRae TD, Morris JC, Oakley F, Schneider LS, Streim JE, Sunderland T, Teri LA, Tune LE: Diagnosis and treatment of Alzheimer disease and related disorders. Consensus statement of the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry, the Alzheimer's Association, and the American Geriatrics Society. Journal of the American Medical Association 278(16):1363-71, 1997.

Smith MR, Danoff JV, Parks RA: Motor Skill Development of Children with HIV Infection Measured with the Peabody Developmental Motor Scales. Pediatric Physical Therapy 14(2):74-84, 2002.

If you have conducted/participated in any research in the past and would like your study to be included, please forward authors names, study title, journal published, publication volume/page, and year. Submit all research contributions to

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COURSE TITLE: Management of Combat Stress Casualties

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course prepares participants to work effectively in the six functional mission areas of Combat Stress Control (CSC). The intended audience is Army occupational therapy personnel but is open to other members of the military behavioral healthcare team (physician assistants, physicians, nurses, psychologists, social workers, mental health specialists, etc.). Going beyond typical classroom instruction, this course employs experiential learning via rotating leadership positions, student lead presentations, debriefings, and casualty management scenarios conducted during a field training exercise. Instruction is conducted under austere conditions at Camp Bullis, Texas. The course utilizes a scenario driven exercise, placing students in a notional CSC Detachment deployed to central Asia as part of a fictitious peacekeeping exercise that escalates into a high intensity conflict. From the time of reporting for training, students function in alternating staff and leadership positions as a member of a deployed CSC unit. Training also includes two days of instruction in "Critical Incident Stress Management - Basic Group Crisis Intervention" provided by instructors sanctioned by the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation.

COURSE LOCATION: Camp Bullis, San Antonio, TX

COURSE COST: Free tuition. Arrange with OPDIV to secure funds for transportation and 1st week of lodging.

COMMENTS FROM ATTENDEES: The course was outstanding and exceptional! I would highly recommend it to any OT that expresses interest. The first week was held at the San Antonio Doubletree Hotel and consisted of 4.5 days of didatic education. The second week was held at Camp Bullis in a Field Training Exercise (FTX) setting. I found it to be an enlightening and completely worthwhile experience. It was fantastic and as long as MAJ Gonzales is leading the training I am certain the quality of the coruse will remain. The training is evidence-based and incorporates the latest in Army doctrine. I have the internet links to the training manuals if anyone would care to peruse the information prior to attendance. Also, I would be happy to impart whatever information may be helful to anyone contemplating attendance in the future. I would relish the opportunity to train again with the Army OTs I have met. LCDR Jodi Tanzillo OTR/L

Any comments or recommendations for any course that promotes Evidence Based Practices should be forwarded to LCDR Christina Eaker please include the above information and limit to 2-3 lines for comments.

If you are interested in attending a military-sponsored course, please contact LCDR Christina Eaker. You may review current course offerings at the education subcommittee website.

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CAT EXPRESS: Critically Appraised Topics and summaries of peer-reviewed literature summarized by USPHS Therapists.

Contributions are welcome to develop this section and keep it current. Forward contributions to In constructing a new Critically Appraised Topic, please use the CATmaker link for guidance.

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EVIDENCE BASED MEDICINE LINKS - some sites may be blocked from government worksites. If so, please consider accessing from home.

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