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John W. Sharpe Wed, 08/31/2016 - 09:25
I sustained a severe TBI in a MVA in 1990. I was airlifted to Virginia Commonwealth Univeristy (VCU) where I was in ICU ina comatose state for approximately 40 days. Once my Subdural hematoma was stabilized, I was transferred to McGuire VA Medical Center in Richmond, VA. The is where I can recall my first memory; sometime during the second week of September 1990. I have no memory of the accident, the airlift to the hospital, or the time I spent in ICU at VCU (July 22, 1990-Sept. 14, 1990). I spent 3.5 months in inpatient rehabilitation at the McGuire VA Medical Center and then was transferred to a transitional living center for another 3 months. I was medically discharged from the Air Force on March 29, 1991.
After becoming a service-connected veteran, I was eligible for VA's Vocational Rehabilitation program in 1993. I decided to pursue a Master of Science in Physical Therapy (PT) degree and initially began taking prerequisit classes at VCU I needed in order to apply for a PT program. I initially started taking one class for two semesters, then for semesters 3-6, I took two classes during a single semester. After not scoring well and a few exams, I realized after comparing my notes with a classmate that I was missing a good portion of the lecture notes. My neuropsychological evaluations suggested I had a slow rate of processing inofrmation, a weak aauditory recall memory and increased attention deficits. I sought out Disability Services at VCU and showed them my neuropsych results and was provided the ability to tape record my lectures and to take my exams in isolation with additional time limits.
I attend VCU from June 1993 to July 1996 where I had achieved 78 prerequisit credits with a 3.56 GPA and able to apply to a PT program. I applied to four universities, VCU's Medical College of Virginia, University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Duquense University and Thomas Jefferson University (TJU). I was turned down by three of the schools and put on the wait list for TJU. In July 1996, I received a call that TJU had a spot for me in the PT program.
I attend TJU from Auguest 1996 to Sept. 1999 and graduated with a Master in Science in PT with a 3.53.GPA. I have enough information I can tell you but it will be a lot of information. It may be better if you contacted me and I will be more than happpy to explain to you more about my successes in school/universities. I received a second masters degree, an MBA in August 2007. I am Board Certified as a Physical Therapist in Virginia and I am Board Certified in Health Care Manaagement as a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.
Please contact me to learn more. John W. Sharpe, FACHE, MSPT, MBA