RST CE Seminars

7th Virtual Grand Rounds, "Rehabilitation Engineering in Clinical Practice"

Recorded November 1, 2010

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Carmen DiGiovine, PhD, ATP, RET

Carmen is an Assistant Professor at The Ohio State University. He has a joint appointment with Dodd Rehabilitation at The Ohio State University Medical Center and the Division of Occupational Therapy within the School of Allied Medical Professionals. He attained a Doctorate in Bioengineering and a Certificate in Rehabilitation Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh. He has over 12 years of experience as an engineer focusing on assistive technology, including 7 years of experience working directly with individuals with disabilities as a clinical rehabilitation engineer an in assistive technology service delivery model. Carmen is currently serving on the National Spinal Cord Injury Association (NSCIA) Board of Directors and the Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North American (RESNA) Professional Standard Board.

Edmond LoPresti, PhD, ATP

Ed is President of AT Sciences, LLC in Pittsburgh, PA. AT Sciences is dedicated to research and development of innovative assistive technologies, including reminder systems for people with cognitive impairments. Dr. LoPresti received his Bachelor's Degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University and his Ph.D. in Bioengineering from the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. LoPresti has developed vocational cognitive assistants for people with mental retardation, and is currently developing an automated task guidance system for people with traumatic brain injury. Dr. LoPresti has also developed sensor systems which provide navigation assistance to wheelchair users. Dr. LoPresti recently completed a four-year term as chair of the cognitive disabilities and assistive technology special
interest group of the Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA) and is on the expert panel of the Beach Center of Disability's NIDRR-funded Disability Rehabilitation Research Center on Assistive Technology and Cognitive Disability

John Coltellaro, MS, ATP

John is a United States Air Force Veteran who has been working in the field of Rehabilitation Engineering since 1990 with a focus on direct service delivery to individuals with disabilities. John is a Clinical Instructor in the Department of Rehabilitation Science & Technology at the University of Pittsburgh and assessed individuals for computer access, worksite modifications, and ECUs through the Center for Assistive Technology at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. John holds a Master's Degree in Biomedical Engineering, a Bachelor's Degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering and an Associate's Degree in Electronics Technology. He has been a member of RESNA since 1990, and was ATP (Assistive Technology Professional) certified in 1997.

Note: 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 nonprofit or government organizations and non-healthcare related companies.

* No conflicts have been disclosed.

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Rehabilitation Engineering as a profession has matured significantly over the past 40 years with professionals working in the medical, educational, and vocational settings as part of the AT service delivery process, as well as manufacturing and research settings in developing appropriate technologies for individuals with disabilities. The Department of Veterans Affairs has been instrumental in utilizing Rehabilitation Engineering Services to meet the needs of the Veterans with disabilities. Due to market changes in the assistive technology and rehabilitation technology field, the Department of Veteran Affairs is poised to integrate Clinical Rehabilitation Engineering services into clinical services. The need is based on the advancement of technology which has allowed the rehabilitation engineer to transition from a focus on design and fabrication to that of customization, integration and application. The transition creates numerous untapped opportunities for incorporating personalized healthcare within the service delivery process through the increased integration and utilization of technology, evidence-based practice and clinical pathways. The Clinical Rehabilitation Engineer is the assistive technology champion who focuses on the functional requirements of the Veteran while collaborating with all stakeholders in the service delivery process. Given the VA's service delivery model, the Clinical Rehabilitation Engineer, in collaboration with other rehabilitation professionals, is poised to maximize the Veterans function within the home, workplace and community environments.


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Learning objectives:

Upon attending this seminar, participants will be able to:

  • Compare and contrast the differences among assistive technology, rehabilitation technology and rehabilitation engineering
  • Define rehabilitation engineering.
  • Describe the professional pathway to become a rehabilitation engineer
  • Describe at least 3 areas of clinical practice.
  • List 3 traits of the Rehabilitation Engineer in clinical practice.


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CEU Registration and Program Cost

0.15 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) will be awarded to individuals for attending 1.5 hours of instruction.

Cost: $59

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The University of Pittsburgh, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences awards Continuing Education Units to individuals who enroll in certain educational activities. The CEU is designated to give recognition to individuals who continue their education in order to keep up-to-date in their profession. (One CEU is equivalent to 10 hours of participation in an organized continuing education activity). Each person should claim only those hours of credit that he or she actually spent in the educational activity.

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