Course Directors

Dr. Rory A. Cooper

Distinguished Professor, FISA/PVA Chair, Department of Rehabilitation and Technology, University of Pittsburgh 
Director, Human Engineering Research Laboratories
VA Rehabilitation Research and Development Center of Excellence fore Wheelchairs and Associated Rehabilitation Engineering
Pittsburgh, PA

Contact Information
Human Engineering Research Laboratories
VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System
6425 Penn Avenue, Suite 400
Pittsburgh, PA 15206
(412) 822-3700 

Rory A. Cooper, PhD received the BS and MEng degrees in electrical engineering for California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo in 1985 and 1986, respectively. He received the Ph.D. degree in electrical and computer engineering with a concentration in bioengineering from University of California at Santa Barbara in 1989. He is FISA & Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) Chair and Distinguished Professor of the Department of Rehabilitation Science and Technology, and professor of Bioengineering, Mechanical Engineering, Physical Medicine & Rehab, and Orthopedic Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Cooper is Founding Director and VA Senior Research Career Scientist of the VA Rehabilitation Research and Development Center of Excellence in Pittsburgh. He is also the Co-Director of the NSF Quality of Life Technology Engineering Research Center, a joint effort between the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University.

He is the Editor of the journal Assistive Technology and the AT Research Book Series of IOS Press. Dr. Cooper serves or has served on the editorial boards of several prominent peer-reviewed journals in the fields of rehabilitation and bioengineering. He has received multiple prestigious awards to include the Olin Teague Award, Paul Magnuson Award, U.S. Army Outstanding Civilian Service Medal, James Peters Award, Maxwell J. Schleifer Award,DaVinci Lifetime Achievement Award, Veteran’s Leadership Program Veteran of the Year, and a member of the inaugural class of the Spinal Cord Injury Hall of Fame. Dr. Cooper has authored or co-authored over 200 peer-reviewed journal publications. He has ten patents awarded or pending. Dr. Cooper is the author of two books: Rehabilitation Engineering Applied to Mobility and Manipulation and Wheelchair Selection and Configuration, and co-editor of An Introduction to Rehabilitation Engineering, Care of the Combat Amputee, and the Warrior Transition Leader Medical Rehabilitation Handbook. Dr. Cooper is an elected Fellow of the Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA), the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE), and the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES). Dr. Cooper has been an invited lecturer at many institutions around the world, for example the National Academies of Sciences Distinctive Voices Lecture, and was awarded Honorary Professor at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University and Xi’an Jiatong University. He has also been elected to Eta Kappa Nu, Tau Beta Pi, and Sigma Xi honorary societies.   

Dr. Cooper is a former President of RESNA, and a member of the RESNA/ANSI and ISO Wheelchair Standards Committees, and IEEE-EMBS Medical Device Standards Committee. In 1988, he was a bronze medalist in the Paralympic Games, Seoul, Republic of Korea. He was on the steering committee for the 1996 Paralympic Scientific Congress held in Atlanta, GA, and the Sports Scientist for the 2008 U.S. Paralympic Team in Beijing, China. In 2009, Dr. Cooper was featured on a Cheerios cereal box for his many achievements. He has been a member of theU.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services – Medicare Advisory Committee, Steering Committee of the Academy of PM&R on Research Capacity Building. and Chair of the National Advisory Board on Medical Rehabilitation Research, National Institute of Child Health & Human Development, and National Academy of Sciences Keck Foundation Initiative on Human Health Span Steering Committee. Dr. Cooper is a U.S. Army veteran with a spinal cord injury and a Director of the Paralyzed Veterans of America Research Foundation. He currently serves as a member of the U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Prosthetics & Special Disability Programs Advisory Committee, U.S. Department of Defense Health Board Subcommittee on Amputation and Orthopedics, and the Board of Directors of Easter Seals. Dr. Cooper has actively collaborated with the Indian Spinal Injuries Centre on increasing access to quality services and devices for people with disabilities in India and throughout developing countries.

COL Paul F. Pasquina


Colonel (RET), U.S. Army Medical Corps
Residency Director and Chair, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation  
Director, Center for Rehabilitation Sciences Research
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
Walter Reed National Military Medical Center

Contact Information
Center for Rehabilitation Sciences Research
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
Walter Reed National Military Medical Center
8901 Wisconsin Ave.
Bethesda, MD 20889


Paul F. Pasquina, M.D. is the Residency Director and Chair, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and Director of the Center for Rehabilitation Sciences Research at Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.  Dr. Pasquina retired from the United States Army Medical Corps in 2012 as Chief of the Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and the Director of the Center for Rehabilitation Sciences Research (CRSR) at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS).   He is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point and USUHS.  In addition to being board certified in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (PM&R), he is also board certified in Electrodiagnostic Medicine and Pain Medicine.  He completed a fellowship in sports medicine and remains interested in all aspects of musculoskeletal medicine especially as it applies to individuals with disabilities.  He is the specialty consultant to the Army Surgeon General for Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and a Secretarial appointee on the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Advisory Committee for Prosthetics and Special Disabilities Programs.  Dr. Pasquina has authored multiple book chapters, journal articles and policy papers.  He has served as the PM&R Residency Program Director and Medical Advisor to the North Atlantic Regional Medical Command for quality healthcare. He has received multiple military awards, as well as awards for teaching and mentorship, including the U.S. Army’s “A” Proficiency Designation for academic excellence, the Order of Military Medical Merit, and Honorary Fellow of the Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA).

Guest Leadership

BG Clark

Brigadier General Jeffrey B. Clark, MD
Medical Corps, United States Army
Director, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center


BG Jeff Clark was born in LaGrange, North Carolina and is a graduate of Davidson College, East Carolina University School of Medicine, the US Army Command and General Staff College and Army War College. BG Clark earned a Master of Public Health at the University of Washington and a Master of Strategic Studies at the Army War College. He is board certified in Family Medicine.

Following Family Medicine Residency at Silas B. Hays Army Community Hospital, Fort Ord, California, BG Clark served as Family Physician and Flight Surgeon, 543rd General Dispensary, Taegu, Korea from 1987-1989. While at Fort Bragg, he served as staff Family Physician at the 1st Corps Support Command Clinic, Faculty and Clinic Director of the Womack Army Community Hospital Family Medicine Residency, and Senior Medical Officer of C Co, 307th Medical Battalion, 82nd Airborne Division during Operation Desert Shield/Storm. BG Clark served as 82nd Airborne Division Surgeon from 1993-95. He commanded the 168th Area Support Medical Battalion, Korea from 1997-1999 and served as Chief of Primary Care and Family Medicine at Womack Army Medical Center, Fort Bragg from 1999-2001.

While assigned to the Wuerzburg MEDDAC/67th CSH from 2001-2004, BG Clark served as Deputy Commander for Clinical Services and as Commander of Task Force Medical Falcon, Kosovo. While in command of the 21st Combat Support Hospital, 2005-2007, BG Clark led unit deployments to New Orleans in support of the Hurricane Katrina Relief Operation and during OIF 06-08 as TF 21 MED provided detainee health care for the Iraqi theater of operations. Following his assignment as Chief of Preventive Medicine for Darnall Army Medical Center, Fort Hood, Texas, BG Clark served as Commander, 65th Medical Brigade / USAMEDDAC-Korea and as USFK/UNC/CFC Surgeon from 2008-2010. He served as Chief of Medical Corps Branch, Human Resources Command, Fort Knox, Kentucky prior to commanding Landstuhl Regional Medical Center from 2011-2012. He commanded Europe Regional Medical Command and served as US Army Europe Command Surgeon until July 2013.

BG Clark’s awards and decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit (2 OLC), Bronze Star (1OLC), Meritorious Service Medal (7OLC), Combat Medical Badge, Expert Field Medical Badge, Flight Surgeon Badge, and the Parachutist’s Badge. He is a member of the Order of Military Medical Merit and recipient of the Republic of Korea Order of National Security Merit, Samil Medal.  Sue and Jeff Clark were married September 4, 1982.  They have three children. Anna serves with Wounded Warrior Project; Warren teaches English in Istanbul; John graduated from college in May 2013 and plans to serve with the Peace Corps.

Guest Faculty

Janine Canty

Janine Canty, BA
Senior Case Manager
Semper Fi Fund │ America’s Fund



Ms. Canty was raised in Pensacola, Florida and graduated from the University of West Florida with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics. 

In October 2006, Janine became a case volunteer for the injured Marine Semper Fi Fund and came on staff as a case manager in 2008.  Now, as the Senior Case Manager for the Eastern Region, she is responsible for managing her caseload.  Her duties include visiting Walter Reed National Military Medical Center Bethesda, MD on a weekly basis and meeting the ill and injured service members and their families.  Janine plans, organizes and attends events put on for the wounded and their families.  She and her husband Dan have been married for twenty seven years.  They have four children; a daughter Ashley 23, a graduate of Christopher Newport University, a daughter Christine, 21, a daughter Rachel, 19 and a son Michael, 17.

William R. Cole

William R. Cole, MPA
Management Analyst/ PMF
Office of Public Health │ Veterans Health Administration

Twenty-nine days after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks Will enlisted as a U.S. Marine. He attended basic and specialized training in San Diego and Camp Pendleton, CA in 2001 and 2002. During the fall of 2002 Will was assigned to 4th Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion (4th LAR), Alpha Company. In February of 2003, Will and his fellow Marines deployed to Kuwait as one element of the 1st Marine Division’s Regimental Combat Team 5 (RCT 5). While in Iraq the Marines traveled extensively through the country and conducted security and stability operations, raids, and reconnaissance and surveillance missions in areas such as Al Hillah, Yusufiyah, Mumandiah, Sadr City, Al Kut, and areas near the Iranian and Saudi borders.

Will and his fellow Marines deployed again in 2006 to support operations in the Horn of Africa at Chief Joint Task Force base Camp Lemonnier in Djibouti, Africa. Will was responsible for commanding platoon sized area, route, and reconnaissance patrols on a regular basis throughout a ten mile radius outside of the base. In 2007, Will was honorably discharged as a Sergeant.

Following discharge from service, Will began studies at the University of California at Santa Barbara (UCSB) and earned a BA in Philosophy with a concentration in Ethics and Public Policy in 2011. Members of the Student Veterans of America (SVA) chapter at UCSB helped Will through the social reintegration process and connected him with resources to address two disabilities. Will began studies at the University of Pittsburgh (Pitt) in 2011, where he had the privilege of serving as President of the SVA chapter—Pitt Vets. Will completed a Master of Public Administration (MPA) in 2013. Cole currently serves as a Presidential Management Fellow (PMF) at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) within the Office of Public Health (OPH) in Washington, D.C.

Hannah Fairman

Hannah Fairman, MA
Health Policy Analyst
Wounded Warrior Project

Ms. Fairman is a Health Policy Analyst with Wounded Warrior Project, a national veterans’ service organization dedicated to empowering those wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan.  In that capacity, she engages in advocacy and does research and policy development for WWP’s Washington, DC Office of Policy and Government Affairs.  Previously, she managed several research projects on PTSD, risk and resilience, and treatment efficacy and adherence at the Minneapolis VA Medical Center in the Center for Chronic Disease Outcomes Research (CCDOR).  

Ms. Fairman holds a Master’s degree in Psychology from the University of Saint Thomas.  She is also a military spouse; her husband is an Army veteran.   

Stacy Fidler

Stacy Fidler
Mother of Wounded Warrior Marine CPL. Mark Fidler


CPL Mark Fidler grew up on a Pennsylvania farm and joined the Marine Corps in the delayed entry program at the age of 17. In 2011, he deployed to Afghanistan with 3rd Battalion, 7th Marines. On September 23, 2011, while on foot patrol in the Sangin district, he stepped on a pressure plate IED resulting in the removal of both of his legs by bilateral hip disarticulation. While Mark’s injuries are devastating, he considers himself fortunate, as he was the first to survive injuries this severe.  Stacy is a divorced mother of four, and was full time laborer at a dairy farm. When Mark was injured, she left her job, house, and grandchildren. She has been at Walter Reed for over two years as a full-time caregiver to Mark.

Mark is still at WRNMMCB for rehab and further surgery. His outlook is very optimistic and he is enjoying life by going hunting which is his passion. In the future, he wants to buy a small farm in Berks County, PA, and work on classic cars. 

James Fischl

James Fischl
Director of Field Services
Paralyzed Veterans of America



John Hanson

John Hanson, MA
Senior Vice President
United Service Organization (USO)


Mr. Hanson joined the staff of the USO in 2002, after working nearly 20 years on behalf of veterans and their families.  He led the USO’s media and branding efforts, and now serves as senior advisor to the President and CEO of the USO.

He previously served as Assistant Secretary for Public and Intergovernmental Affairs at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs from 1998-2001, and was the VA’s spokesperson and media advisor for the Secretary. Before that, he was VA’s Deputy Assistant Secretary for Intergovernmental Affairs.  John also worked at The American Legion’s National Headquarters office in Washington, D.C., first as deputy director for public affairs, and later as director of veterans’ affairs and rehabilitation. He frequently represented the Legion in the media and before congressional committees. He helped lead the Legion’s efforts to address the needs of an aging veteran’s population and to support veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress and exposure to Agent Orange.

His service to veterans earned him the Secretary of Veterans Affairs Exceptional Service Award and two VA Scissors Awards for finding ways to streamline VA’s services and processes.  He was an aircraft mechanic in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War.

A native of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, he attended the University of Alabama and is a graduate of Georgia State University, with a degree in journalism and political science.

Karen Hetherington

Karen Hetherington, MA
Senior Case Manager
Semper Fi Fund │ America’s Fund


Ms. Hetherington grew up in Winston-Salem, NC, and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a BA/MA in English. 

In December 2010, Karen became a case volunteer for the injured Marine Semper Fi Fund and came on staff as a case manager in June 2011.  Her duties include visiting ill and injured service members and their families at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center several times a week.  Karen assists with the financial difficulties families face while remaining bed side with their loved ones, as well as the needs of service members as they recuperate. She helps service members discover “recovery through sport” by introducing them to Team Semper Fi and Team America’s Fund.

Karen and her husband Alex, a retired Marine, have been married for sixteen years. They have four children; daughter Sarah, 13, and triplet sons, 12, Thomas, Matthew, and William.

Kimberly M. Mitchell

Kimberly M. Mitchell, MS
Co-Founder and President
The Dixon Center

Ms. Mitchell is the co-founder and President of the Center for Military and Veterans Community Services (Dixon Center), President of her own consulting company, Consult Alliances, and Vice President of Sutherland Partnership.  Kim speaks at conferences across the country, corporate conferences, and is a vocal advocate for our military service members, veterans, military families, and families of the fallen.

Kim served in the United States Navy for 17 years as a Surface Warfare Officer serving onboard surface ships and at shore commands.  Her last 2 years on active duty were as the Deputy Director for the Office of Warrior and Family Support.  In this capacity, she visited hundreds of communities and has assisted thousands of organizations and together with Colonel David Sutherland, has created a nationwide network of support utilizing grassroots solutions to address the challenges of transition and reintegration for our service members, veterans and military families.

Kim received various personal and unit awards while serving in the Navy.   She also received recognition from the Assistant Secretary of State for her work with United Nations Policies in Iraq and United Nations Peacekeeping programs in the Middle East, and recognition from the Deputy Director, Defense Security Cooperation Agency for her work in the Middle East region in Foreign Military Sales to Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Bahrain and Yemen.

Kim holds a Bachelor’s degree from the United States Naval Academy in Ocean Engineering and a Master’s degree from The George Washington University in Organizational Management.

Kim lives in Washington DC, and has a 5 year old Yellow Lab named Trouble who thinks he is human.

Susan Reid

Susan Reid, BA
Senior Manager, Donor Relations
Semper Fi Fund │ America’s Fund



Ms. Reid comes to the Semper Fi Fund with a wealth of non-profit and public administration experience.

Born and raised in Bridgeport, West Virginia, Susan attended Hood College in Frederick, Maryland, where she majored in both Management and Art History and minored in Social Science Research. Upon graduation, Susan worked for a public agency in Onslow County in communications and marketing. Following her husband to Parris Island, South Carolina, she worked as a community outreach coordinator for a community development agency before joining NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Beaufort County as their Executive Director.

In 2008 Susan joined the Fund as a volunteer grant writer and eventually came on staff part-time. After taking a break to raise their daughter, Maggie, Susan rejoined the Fund in 2012 as a grant writer before becoming the Senior Manager of Donor Relations.

Susan has been an active volunteer in the military community assisting with various family readiness groups and military-related initiatives.  Susan brings a unique perspective to her job as her husband, an active duty Marine, was wounded in action in Iraq in 2003. Susan currently resides in Northern Virginia with her husband and daughter.

Randall L. Rutta

Randall L. Rutta, MS
Chief Strategy Officer & Executive Vice President, Public Affairs
Easter Seals

Mr. Rutta is Easter Seals’ Chief Strategy Officer and Executive Vice President for Public Affairs. As CSO, he collaborates with Easter Seals’ Chief Executive Officer and senior leaders to advance the creation, execution, and assessment of strategic initiatives at all levels of the organization. He also heads its Office of Public Affairs, located in Washington, D.C., and oversees a government-relations team actively involved in federal and state legislative and regulatory activities and grant development.

Rutta oversees Easter Seals’ Center for Military and Veterans Services and provides leadership support to Dixon Center at Easter Seals to assist military service members, veterans, their families and the families through a national network of direct services and supports, and leadership to improve community-centered systems that help organizations find veterans, focus on their needs, and make employment, education and health-related solutions more accessible to veterans and their families.

He manages activities of Easter Seals’ Business Innovation and Growth and Program Services Department, which together support service innovation and mission-based growth at Easter Seals through research-to-practice collaboration, professional training, technical assistance, and information dissemination in all major areas of life activity affecting people living with disabilities and chronic conditions. 

Rutta joined Easter Seals in 1981.  He holds a Bachelors of Arts degree in Sociology and a Masters of Arts degree in Politics, focusing on international health policy.  His career experience has been in acute care, health care quality assurance, and health policy development and implementation.

Paula T. Smith

Paula T. Smith, PT DPT LTC SP
Health Director
Soldier for Life │ United States Army


Dr. Smith is a native of Cape Cod, Massachusetts and has thoroughly enjoyed being a Soldier, a Medical Provider, an Army Spouse and a Mom during her career that has spanned 17 years.  She is currently the Health Director for the Soldier for Life Program under the Office of the Chief of Staff, U.S. Army. 

LTC Smith entered the Army as a Direct-Commission officer in 1996 and attended the Army-Baylor University Graduate School in Physical Therapy at Fort Sam Houston.  Since her graduation in 1998,  she has served in numerous clinical and Branch immaterial positions at Fort Riley (Kansas), Seoul (Korea), Fort Campbell (Kentucky), Fort Jackson, (South Carolina), and Fort Stewart (Georgia).  Highlights include serving in Company Command of Fort Jackson’s Fitness Training Company (2004-2006), deploying as a PROFIS Brigade Physical Therapist with 3HBCT, 1CAV,  Fort Hood, TX (2008-2009) and serving as Chief, Department of Surgery/Chief Physical Therapy/Installation Physical Therapist for Winn Army Community Hospital, Fort Stewart (2009-2012).

LTC Smith earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from The University of Iowa, a Masters in Physical Therapy from Baylor University and a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from University of St. Augustine.  She is currently completing a second Masters in Health Services Administration. Her last publication, entitled, “Discrepancies in Clinical Definitions of Stress Fractures: Implications for the United States Army” was published in Military Medicine in 2011. 

LTC Smith has been awarded the coveted 9A Designator for leadership and occupational proficiency by the Army Surgeon General and the Iron Major Award for outstanding leadership and mentorship by the Army Medical Specialist Corps.  Decorations include the Bronze Star, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal and Army Achievement Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal Campaign Star, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and the Korean Defense Service Medal.  LTC Smith also earned the Air Assault badge (Honor Graduate) from the Sabalauski Air Assault School, Fort Campbell.

LTC Smith is married to her best friend, MAJ Jeremy Smith, and they have three wonderful and resilient children: Ava Karyl (11), Harley Ellis (7) and Melody Katrina (4).

Scott Trimarchi

Scott Trimarchi
Assistant National Service Director
Disabled American Veterans



Mr. Trimarchi, a disabled veteran of the U.S. Air Force, was appointed Assistant National Service Director for the 1.2 million-member Disabled American Veterans (DAV) in March 2007. Mr. Trimarchi works at DAV National Service & Legislative Headquarters in Washington, D.C., where he helps assist and supervise the DAV National Service Program, which employs more than 400 professional National Service Officers (NSOs) and 30 Transition Service Officers (TSOs) at 100 offices in the United States and Puerto Rico.

Mr. Trimarchi is a native of Bay Shore, N.Y., and a graduate of Brentwood Sonderling High School. He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1987.

Following basic training at Lackland AFB in San Antonio, Texas, he attended technical training school for Telecommunications and Cryptographic Maintenance at Sheppard AFB in Wichita Falls, TX. In May 1988 he was stationed at Wallace Air Station in the Philippines. In December 1989, he was assigned to Castle AFB, Atwater, Calif., where he remained until being medically retired, due to nerve paralysis in his left arm in August 1992.

Mr. Trimarchi began his DAV career in January 1994 as an NSO Trainee at the DAV National Service Office in New York City. In August 1996, he was promoted to Assistant Supervisor at the Newark, N.J., office and to Supervisor of the office in May 1997. He was assigned as Supervisory NSO at the Milwaukee office in May 1999, and reassigned as Assistant Supervisor at the New York City office in January 2001.   In November 2001 Mr. Trimarchi was promoted to Supervisor at the Los Angeles, Calif., office. He was further appointed to National Area Supervisor for Area 9 in 2002. In October 2005 he was assigned as Assistant Supervisor at the St. Petersburg, Fla., office and later transferred to the Boston office to serve as the Supervisor. He was also appointed National Area Supervisor for Area 1 and served in these capacities until his current appointment in March 2007.

Mr. Trimarchi is a life member of DAV Chapter 39 in Lancaster, Calif., and Chapter 10 in Arlington, Va. He and his wife, Barbara; and children, Alexandra and Hunter, reside in Stafford, Va.




Faculty Disclosure

Faculty for this activity have been required to disclose all relationships with any proprietary entity producing health care goods or services, with the exemption of non-profit or government organizations and non-health care related companies.

No significant financial relationships with commercial entities were disclosed by:

COL Paul F. Pasquina, MD, Course Director
Shelly R. Brown, MEd, Course Coordinator
Janine Canty, Senior Case manager
William R. Cole, MPA, Management Analyst/ PMF
Hannah Fairman, MA, Health Policy Analyst
Stacy Fidler, Panelist
James Fischl, Associate Director of Operations
John Hanson, MA, Senior Vice President
Karen Hetherington, MA, Senior Case Manager
Kimberly M. Mitchell, MS,  Co-Founder and President
Susan Reid, MA, Senior Manager │ Donor Relations
Randall L. Rutta, MA, Chief Strategy Officer
Paula T. Smith, PT DPT LTC SP, Health Director
Scott Trimarchi,  Assistant national Service Director

The following information was disclosed:

Rory Cooper, PhD, Course Director. Patent Agreements: AT Sciences; Three Rivers Holdings


CME Accreditation and Designation Statement 

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint sponsorship of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and the Center for Rehabilitation Science Research at the Uniformed Services University for the Health Science.  The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 6.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Other health care professionals are awarded 0.6 continuing education units (CEU's) which are equal to 6.7 contact hours.


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