Michael J. Moore Receives the Freddy Kaltenborn “Teach I Must” Award

The American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists (AAOMPT) is a national organization committed to excellence in Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy practice, education and research. Fellows of the AAOMPT provide the highest level of musculoskeletal care through advanced manual therapy practice.   Through its Freddy Kaltenborn “Teach I Must” award, the organization recognizes outstanding instructorship in an American Physical Therapy Association (APTA)-credentialed clinical fellowship in orthopedic manual physical therapy.

The title “Teach I Must” stems from a phrase by the famed Irish anatomist M. A. MacConaill and coined by Freddy M. Kaltenborn, PT, OMT.  Kaltenborn is a Norwegian professor and physical therapy clinician who introduced the principles of orthopedic manual therapy throughout Europe, North and South America, Korea and Japan beginning in the 1960’s. The scope of his outreach is demonstrated by the fact that his books are published in eight languages. In the late 1980’s Kaltenborn was the catalyst to form a national body of leading manual physical therapists, which would later become the AAOMPT. In 1996 it decided to present an annual award honoring Kaltenborn  perpetually with the “Teach I Must “ award.

For Michael the award has added significance because Kaltenborn was a principle mentor during his Orthopaedic Physical Therapy residency in Oslo, Norway in 1979-80. Additionally, because of Michael’s long-term commitment to teaching other physical therapists over the last three decades, Kaltenborn chose him to be one of eight teachers invited to the seminal AAOMPT meetings, thus becoming a founding, and now lifetime member.

Candidates for the award must be nominated by a current or previous student and seconded by another student, accompanied by a statement highlighting how the instructor has influenced his/her process of learning and applying OMPT principles and techniques to patient care. The number and quality of such support letters, in addition to the significance of the instructor’s influence on the process of learning and applying OMPT principles are the criteria for selection.

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Michael J. Moore Receives Alumni Excellence Award


September 2015 marks the 150th anniversary of UCSF, and so it is recognizing 150 outstanding alumni from the four schools (Medicine, Nursing, Dentistry, Pharmacology) and its Graduate Division (which includes the physical therapy curriculum) with its Alumni Excellence Award .  From almost 900 nominees, 150 alumni were chosen for distinction in their field of research, clinical care or education, and for their contributions to business and/or public service.

All 150 winners of the Alumni Excellence Awards will receive a physical prize, and their names will be commemorated on a permanent installation at the UCSF Faculty Alumni House at 745 Parnassus Ave. A celebration will take place at the annual UCSF Alumni Weekend on May 29 and 30, 2015 UCSF Alumni Weekend