Marshall University School of Physical Therapy
Lesage, West Virginia
Jacob Adkins is a recent graduate of Marshall University School of Physical Therapy where he received his Doctor of Physical Therapy. In addition to a thorough education centered around evidence based practice, his tenure in graduate school granted fortunate opportunities including clinical internships, graduate assistantship, and volunteerism. The luxury of interning alongside clinicians at Central Texas Medical Center in San Marcos, Texas and at Select Physical Therapy in Fort Myers, Florida has exposed Mr. Adkins to a comprehensive range of rehabilitative environments and demographics. Research in conjunction with the university resulted in him working alongside his faculty advisor and peers to conduct a study concerning persons with Parkinson’s disease. Working as a gross anatomy and neuroanatomy graduate assistant was an apropos position that allowed Mr. Adkins’ didactic desire to manifest through the instruction of first year graduate students. Volunteer opportunities led to the advocating of Alzheimer’s disease research, pediatric rehabilitation services, and sports activities for athletes with physical and intellectual disabilities. He had also been given the great privilege of involving himself at multiple clinics and events to administer free physical health screenings. Mr. Adkins’ volunteer efforts did not originate in graduate school. His commitment to philanthropic endeavors sprouted while working for his Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences at Marshall University. As an undergraduate, being a philanthropy chairman for The Ability Experience had given Mr. Adkins the opportunity to orchestrate fundraisers, volunteer at developmental disability camps, and organize events to raise awareness for those with developmental disabilities. Due to him and his team’s altruistic efforts with The Ability Experience, they were given an award for outstanding dedication to the philanthropy. Along with his propensity towards philanthropy, he focused on STEM education by being a member of Americorps as an undergraduate, in which he focused on arranging service learning projects for the local community.