Division of Physical Therapy Education
University of Nebraska Medical Center
984420 Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha, NE 68198-4420
Interim Program Director, Division of Physical Therapy Education, UNMC, 2008-2010
Assistant Program Director, Division of Physical Therapy Education, UNMC, 2007-2008
Associate Professor, Division of Physical Therapy Education, UNMC, 2002-present
Assistant Professor, Division of Physical Therapy Education, UNMC, 1995-2002
Instructor, Division of Physical Therapy Education, UNMC, 1990-1995
PhD, Cell Biology and Anatomy, UNMC, 2006
MS, Anatomy, UNMC, 1994
BS, Physical Therapy, 1987
OCS (Orthopedic Certified Specialist), American Board of Physical Therapy
CSCS (Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist), National Strength
and Conditioning Association, 1996-present
Primary Teaching Responsibilities:
Structure and Function of the Human Body PT 3 Anatomy TA elective
PHYT 606, Musculoskeletal III (course coordinator)
PHYT 727, Differential Screening for Physical Therapists (course coordinator)
PHYT 740, Critical Inquiry II
Research interests: Primarily musculoskeletal clinically related topics and educational outcomes.
Articles published in scholarly journals:
Willett GM, Buresh TL. T-1 Radiculopathy. Journal of Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy. 2012;42(8):739.
Willett GM, Wachholtz NA. Patient with Internal Carotid Artery Dissection: A Case Study. Physical Therapy. 2011;91(8):1266-1274.
Willett GM, Johnson GC, Jones KJ. The Effect of a Hybrid Continuing Education Course on Outpatient Physical Therapy for Acute Low Back Pain. The Internet Journal of Allied Health Sciences and Practice. 2011;9(1).
Willett GM, Sharp JG, Smith LM. A comparative evaluation of teaching methods in an introductory neuroscience course for physical therapy students. Journal of Allied Health 2008:37(3);pp177E-197E.
Bilek LD, Venema DM, Willett GM, Lyden ER. Use of the human activity profile for estimating fitness in persons with arthritis. Arthritis Care & Research. 2008;59(5):659-664.
Meyer KP, Willett GM. Are physical therapy clinical instructors teaching the Institute of Medicine core competencies? An exploratory investigation using student perceptions. Journal of Allied Health. 2007;36(4):e293-e312.
Willett GM, Norton NS. Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis. xPharm, Exec. Editors: D.B. Bylund and S.J. Enna, Elsevier Inc., NY, 2004. http://www.xpharm.com/citation?Article_ID=1130
Willett, GM. Development of a prototype computer-based instruction module: Foundational neuroscience for physical therapy students. The Internet Journal of Allied Health Sciences and Practice. 2004;2(2). http://ijahsp.nova.edu/articles/Vol2num2/willett_PT_TRAINING2.htm
Karst GM, Willett GM. Effect of specific exercise instructions on abdominal muscle activity during trunk curl exercises. Journal of Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy. 2004;34(1):4-12.
Keim SA, Spittgerber R, Willett GM. To teach embryology before or after gross anatomy, that is the question. Poster presentation at 30th Annual Meeting of the American Association of Clinical Anatomists. Denver, Colorado, July 9-13, 2013.
Willett GM, Keim SA, Lomenth CS, Shostrom VK. Effect of illiotibial band transection on Modified Ober’s test results in lightly embalmed cadavers. Poster presentation at 30th Annual Meeting of the American Association of Clinical Anatomists. Denver, Colorado, July 9-13, 2013.
Willett GM, Karst GM. A Comparison of Three Methods of Instruction on Student Attendance and Exam Performance in a Neuroscience Course. Poster presentation at CSM 2010. San Diego, CA, February 17-20, 2010.
Willett GM, Keim SA, Lomneth CS, Shostrom VK. The Effect of Illiotibial Band Transection on Obers Test Results in Lightly Embalmed Cadavers. Poster presentation for CSM 2014. Las Vegas, NV, Feb. 3-6, 2014.
Willett GM, Johnson GC, Jones KJ, Skinner A. Using Kirkpatrick’s Taxonomy of Training Criteria to Evaluate the Effectiveness of a Continuing Education Course. Poster presentation for CSM 2014. Las Vegas, NV, Feb. 3-6, 2014.
Listing of Recent Continuing Education Courses/Lectures Given
1) “Gross Anatomy Review of the Shoulder, Hip, and Knee for Physical Therapists: A Laboratory course,” sponsored by UNMC Alumni Association and UNMC PT Education. Omaha, NE, 7/20/13.
2) “Preparing for the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties Orthopedic Clinical Specialist Examination,” sponsored by Excel Physical Therapy Inc. Omaha, NE, 1/29/13.
3) “Lower Limb Mobilization for the Older Patient,” sponsored by Hillcrest Physical Therapy and Homecare, Bellevue, NE, 6/28/11 & 7/12/11.
Member, American Physical Therapy Association 1986 - present
Member, Orthopedic Section 1995 - present
Member, Nebraska Physical Therapy Association, 1986 – present
Member, Student Liaison Committee, 1988-2000.
NPTA delegate (elected), National APTA House of Delegates, 1999-03
Manuscript reviewer for Physical Therapy
Volunteer, Nebraska Special Olympics-Summer Games, 2008-present.
UNMC Sharing Clinic, 2005-present
YMCA Youth Basketball Coach, 2003 - 2008.
City of Papillion Recreation Organization: Youth Soccer Coach, 1998-2008
Primarily outpatient orthopedics
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