Medical Facilities of America is dedicated to our students’ success and wants to highlight students for their efforts. MFA has selected Jamie Hammer as the Student of the Month for March.
Name: Jamie Hammer
Hometown: Lynchburg, Va.
Undergraduate degree and school: BS in Exercise Science from VCU; MS in Health and Movement Science from VCU
What the faculty are saying about him:
“One of the great joys of teaching in our physical therapy program is that we don’t have to mold physical therapists from scratch. Instead, we simply uncover the physical therapist that already resides within the student. This has never been truer than with our current student of the month, Jamie Hammer. Jamie was born to be a physical therapist. In baseball we talk about five tool players. Jamie is a five tool student – intelligent, curious, hard-working, determined, and compassionate. Jamie consistently earns among the highest grades on assessments, but more importantly, he demonstrates a love of learning that is uniformly appreciated by the faculty. He asks intelligent questions that move beyond the realm of content and into the realm of application. At any time, Jamie is a ubiquitous presence around the building, whether he is studying alongside his classmates or helping patients in the community health clinic. He is fearless in his learning, and he brings with him a sense of maturity that is grounded in family and in the quiet confidence that he is doing exactly what he was meant to do. I am proud to play even a small role in helping Jamie realize his dream.”
Price S. Blair, PhD
What sparked your interest in physical therapy?
When I was sixteen, I was in a pretty bad car accident after which I was hospitalized for one month and bedridden for another month after returning home. With the help of my physical therapists, I saw slow but steady progress from being bedridden, to walking down my hallway using a rolling walker, to using crutches and being able to go outside, to finally being able to walk independently. But it was the day I put cleats on and was back on a baseball field, which I was not sure would ever happen again, that I knew that I was going to be a physical therapist.
What’s the most exciting part of the DPT program?
The best part of being in the DPT program is that I learn so much each day that is directly applicable to the career path that I have chosen. I also have the opportunity to directly apply what we are learning by treating patients in our Community Health Clinic. I have also been humbled by the support and encouragement that we, as students, have received both from our faculty and from each other.
What do you hope to do with your degree?
I hope to promote overall health and wellness to the community and provide not just rehabilitative care, but also preventative care as well.
What are some of your hobbies?
Keeping up with my two children — they are 7 and 4 years old and go 100 miles per hour all the time. Crossfit — so that I can keep up with my two children, and home improvement/repair projects. I enjoy working with my hands and problem-solving.
What is your favorite quote?
“It’s not about how hard you can hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward.” – Rocky Balboa
Anything else that you’d like to share?
I am such a nerd for Star Wars that my children learned the alphabet from a Star Wars ABC book (i.e., W is for Wookie).