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Clarkson University Physical Therapy Student Receives Samuel B. Feitelberg Fellowship

Clarkson University doctor of physical therapy student Paul Colbert has received the Samuel B. Feitelberg Physical Therapy Endowed Fellowship for 2016-2017.

Paul ColbertColbert, of Potsdam, N.Y., received his bachelor of science degree in psychology from Clarkson University in 2014.

Supported by the fellowship, Colbert plans to expand his cultural competency as a physical therapist through an internship in Italy. He said he is aware of the importance for all health care providers to have understanding, empathy and compassion, and he believes his internships will better prepare him to serve diverse populations.

"Through understanding of personal identification, language, thoughts, actions, customs, beliefs, values and the many other components of cultural competence, we as a profession will surely be able to reduce the amount of health disparities and increase the effectiveness of our care to a host of individuals who otherwise may have been 'left out in the cold,'" Colbert wrote in his fellowship application.

The Feitelberg Physical Therapy Endowed Fellowship was established by the first chair of Clarkson University physical therapy program, Professor Emeritus Samuel B. Feitelberg, who has a passion for promoting physical therapists to be culturally proficient in their professional and personal lives. The fellowship is awarded to Clarkson University doctor of physical therapy students in good standing to assist students to develop cultural proficiency through a variety of activities particularly clinical internships.

Clarkson University educates the leaders of the global economy. One in five alumni already leads as an owner, CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. With its main campus located in Potsdam, N.Y., and additional graduate program and research facilities in the Capital Region and Beacon, New York, Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university with signature areas of academic excellence and research directed toward the world's pressing issues. Through more than 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, education, sciences and the health professions, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and innovation with enterprise.

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