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College of Nursing and Health Sciences

CNHS Physical Therapy Student Wins Scholarship from VT Chronic Fatigue Immune Dysfunction Syndrome Association

Chronic Fatigue Immune Dysfunction Syndrome remains difficult to diagnose and treat, but Catherine Marshall, a second-year Physical Therapy student, is poised to help patients suffering from the complicated symptoms. For her essay that discusses the history and treatment of the disorder, she won the Dr. Kenneth J. Friedman Student Scholarship from the Vermont Chronic Fatigue Immune Dysfunction Syndrome (CFIDS) Association. She includes a case study in her essay and also outlines some of the strategies she might use as a physical therapist to help her patients.

"As a future PT, I think it's important to utilize the full hour that we have with patients to treat them on the whole," she said. "More and more PTs are helping with the primary diagnosis of pathology, partly because we get to spend more time with the patients. Researching this topic will help me be sensitive to a unique syndrome that probably affects more people than we think it does because there are no good treatments available."