Continuing Education

The Columbia University Programs in Physical Therapy present:

The Role of Exercise in Spinal Muscular Atrophy: Recommendations and Clinical Applications

May 18, 2019, 8AM-5PM
Vagelos Education Center, New York, NY

Course Directors:

Jacqueline Montes, PT, EdD, Board Certified Neurologic Clinical Specialist; Assistant Professor, Rehabilitation & Regenerative Medicine, Programs in Physical Therapy, Columbia University Irving Medical Center, New York, NY

Bart Bartels, PT, MS; Reserach Pediatric Physical Therapist, Division of Pediatrics, Wilhelmina Children's Hospital, Utrecht, Netherlands

Recognizing the growing need to better understand the role of exercise as an integral part of spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) management, this one-day course will review the evidence, explore possible mechanisms for exercise as an intervention and review how to apply exercise in a clinical setting. The international faculty includes prominent clinicians and researchers in the fields of SMA and exercise physiology.

Learn complete course details and how to register. You may also email for further information.


Recap of Spinal Muscular Atrophy: Evaluation and Management for the Rehabilitation Specialist, held October 20 and 21, 2017 at CUIMC

The purpose of this conference was to (1) educate health providers on the broad phenotypic spectrum of pediatric and adult SMA, the natural history of the disease, recent updates to the standards of care, standardized clinical outcome measures and the implications of approved and investigational therapies, and (2) to prepare clinicians outside of specialized SMA centers to manage rehabilitation care and administer and monitor progress using standardized SMA clinical assessments. View videos of the presentations and discussions.

The Columbia University Programs in Physical Therapy and Columbia RunLab are hosting a one-day conference on Saturday, June 1, 2019, entitled: 
The Columbia University Running Symposium--Science Meets Practice:
Managing Injuries and Optimizing Performance

This comprehensive full-day course reviews the most effective methods to identify biomechanical patterns and performance variables linked to increased risk of injury in the running athlete.  Faculty will provide evidence support for best-practice examination and treatment approaches in endurance runners and explore considerations for specialized running populations. 

Course participants will have the opportunity to refine their skills through interactive case presentations, and will gain comprehensive understanding of state-of-the-art advances to manage musculoskeletal conditions seen in the running athlete. The primary course goal is to equip the clinician with the skills and knowledge to effectively manage running injuries and to optimize performance.

Tuition of $150 includes continental breakfast, course materials, interactive cases, educational sessions and expert panel discussions. The course will be held at the Columbia University Irving Medical Center.

For additional information, see the course brochure.  Registration and payment can be made here. You may email the Course Director, Colleen Brough, PT, DPT, MS at with any additional questions.

We’re excited to announce that throughout 2019, the Columbia University Programs in Physical Therapy will be hosting a series of continuing education courses presented by the North American Institute of Orthopedic Manual Therapy (NAIOMT). This enriching on-campus opportunity will guide PTs of all levels toward clinical excellence in manual therapy.  Please feel free to pass this information on to your colleagues and students.

Click on the links below for more information and to register.

Upcoming 2019 Courses:

Level II C-611 Lumbopelvic Spine II September 21-22, 2019

Level I C-511 Lumbopelvic Spine I October 5-6, 2019

Level II C-616 Cervical Spine II November 9-10, 2019

Level I C-516 Cervical Spine I December 7-8, 2019

Second- and third-year PT students receive a significant registration discount, and registrants in need of lodging will enjoy a reduced rate of $189/night at the Edge Hotel, conveniently located just 2 blocks from our course location at the CUIMC’s Georgian Building. PT friends from out of town are welcome!

If you have any questions please feel free to contact Susan Windsor, NAIOMT Executive Liaison for Courses and Events at

 If you are interested in having the Columbia University Program in Physical Therapy host a course, please contact Continuing Education Chair Dr. Jean Fitzpatrick Timmerberg:

The Columbia University Program in Physical Therapy is approved by the New York State Department of Education Office of the Professions as a sponsor of continuing education for physical therapists and physical therapist assistants.