Deborah Doerfler, PT, DPT, PhD, OCS
Assistant Professor
University of New Mexico School of Medicine
Division of Physical Therapy
Deborah Doerfler, PT, DPT, PhD is Assistant Professor in the Division of Physical Therapy at the University of New Mexico (UNM) School of Medicine. She is a board certified clinical specialist in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy. She has practiced physical therapy in the areas of acute care, orthopaedics, sports medicine and gerontology. Currently, her clinical practice focuses on the complex needs of the geriatric client at the UNM Senior Health Clinic providing consultation as part of this multidisciplinary clinic. She teaches Evidence-Based Practice, Musculoskeletal Interventions, and Gerontology. She is a member of the Interdisciplinary Educational Geriatric committee and serves as a faculty facilitator during the case-based learning activities. Her research interests include examining factors associated with functional independence and fall risk in sedentary compared to active older adults. She is currently a co-investigator in a study examining the relationship between different types of sport participation and performance on single and dual task walking in athletes who participated in the 2020 National Senior Games.

Presenting at the Nexus Summit:

During this lightning video, the presenters will discuss the development and deployment of an interprofessional transition of care case from the emergency department to an assisted living facility, involving pharmacy, physical therapy and occupational therapy students in an online video 170-minute classroom session. Highlights will encompass the evolution of the case development and educational delivery from face-to-face to an online format. The discussion will also cover a description of the scheduled activities including team break-out rooms where students explored unique and common roles…