Kansas City, Mo.— Diana Dickey, PT, GCS, GTC, recently completed her Board Certification
in Geriatrics by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS).
Dickey has worked in the St. Joseph Medical Center Outpatient Rehab clinic
for ten years.
The specialization through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties
is a process by which a physical therapist builds on a broad base of professional
education and practice to develop a greater depth of knowledge and skills
related to a particular area.
Applicants must submit evidence of 2,000 hours of direct patient care in
the specialty area within the last 10 years, 25 percent of which must
have occurred within the last three years. A final exam is required that
is designed to objectively measure the application of advanced knowledge
and skills required of physical therapy clinical specialists. For Dickey,
the process took over three years.
“I was very relieved when the whole process was over,” says
Dickey. “It was very arduous and took up a lot of time, but I’ve
learned a lot.”
Dickey obtained her Physical Therapy degree from Washington University
in St. Louis and is currently working on her transitional D.P.T. (Doctorate
of Physical Therapy) through the University of Montana.
In 2009, Dickey received her Geriatric Training Certification (GTC) through
Great Seminars, a program that required the completion of 8 continuing
education classes and a review course in Washington DC.
St. Joseph Medical Center is an acute care facility of Carondelet Health
(CarondeletHealth.org) which also includes St. Mary’s Medical Center,
three long-term care facilities and home care services. Carondelet Health
is dedicated to the healing ministry of Jesus Christ. Our commitment to
human dignity compels us to provide compassionate, quality healthcare
for body, mind and spirit, with a special concern for the poor. We are
responsible stewards serving the needs of all people from conception to
death. Carondelet Health is a member of Ascension Health, the nation’s
largest Catholic and nonprofit health system.