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21st Virtual PRAT Grand Rounds: Update on Rehabilitation Engineering in Clinical Practice

Program ID Number: CRS000686
CEU Course ID: P271.15
Webinar Length of Time: 1.5 hour

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Carmen DiGiovine, PhD, ATP, RET
Carmen is a Rehabilitation Engineer and is currently a Clinical Associate Professor in the Occupational Therapy Division-School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at The Ohio State University. He is also the Program Director for the Assistive Technology Center at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. Dr. DiGiovine has over 15 years of experience in the field of rehabilitation engineering and is an active member of RESNA.

Brian Burkhardt, MSEE, ATP
Brian has been the rehabilitation engineer for the Assistive Technology Program at the Hunter Holmes McGuire Veterans Administration (VA) Medical Center for the past 4 years. Over the past 13 years as an Electrical Engineer he has designed devices ranging from ambulatory EKG monitors to missile telemetry systems. At the VA Medical Center Brian specializes in Electronic Aids to Daily Living (EADLS), adaptive computer access, speech generating devices, and power wheelchairs. His role as an engineer involves the integration of these technologies in the rehabilitation process for Veterans with diagnoses including spinal cord, traumatic brain injury, Parkinson's, and Multiple Sclerosis.

Ben Salatin, MS
Ben is a graduate of the Masters in Rehabilitation Science & Technology program at the University of Pittsburgh and completed his Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering at Old Dominion University.  He has been working as a clinical rehabilitation engineering for the past 4 years in the Assistive Technology Program at McGuire Veterans Hospital in Richmond, VA.  During this time, he pioneered the use of 3D printing for assistive technology.  Working together with therapists and veterans, he has created multiple devices that are being used by veterans in their daily lives.

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.


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 has integrated Clinical Rehabilitation Engineering services into clinical services. This need was 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. This transition created 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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0.15 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) will be awarded to individuals for viewing 1.5 hours of instruction.

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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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Updated | 03.26.2015