Student & New Professional Subcommittee

Our Mission

The APTA Oncology Student and New Professional Subcommittee is a community developed by and for student PTs/PTAs and new professionals with a common interest in oncology rehabilitation. We engage members through the sharing of resources, engagement in educational opportunities, networking, mentorship, and opportunities for involvement within the Academy and in the field of oncology rehabilitation. We are here to support the growing number of students and new professionals interested in oncology rehabilitation, to facilitate the transition from student PT/PTA interested in oncology rehabilitation to new professional, and ultimately to oncology rehabilitation specialist.

We work to increase membership and promote advocacy of the oncologic physical therapy profession starting early in our careers. We are always open to new members and new ideas — join us and share your thoughts!

Now accepting applications for SNP Subcommittee Leadership

Applications are now being accepted for leadership positions within the SNP Subcommittee. Getting involved as a leader in this Subcommittee is a great way to contribute to this exciting profession – and it’s a great resumé builder!

As a member of the SNP Subcommittee leadership, you’ll help make decisions about how to engage other students and new professionals, what content is needed to further educate your peers, and you’ll be part of an energetic group leading a vital component of APTA Oncology.

Check out the details to the right and fill out an application today!



Application deadline: December 5, 2021

New leaders announced: December 19, 2021

Click here more information, job descriptions, and to apply!


SNP Leaders

Emma Schaberg O’Brien, PT, DPT, CLT
Emma Schaberg O’Brien, PT, DPT, CLT


University of Vermont
Chesterfield, MI

Stefanie Stoller, SPT
Stefanie Stoller, SPT

Director of Professional Development

Duke University (2022)
Durham, NC

Shai Sewell, PT, DPT, CLT
Shai Sewell, PT, DPT, CLT

Co-Director of Mentorship

University of Miami (2018)

Mikaela McGuire, PT, DPT
Mikaela McGuire, PT, DPT

Co-Director of Mentorship

University of New England

Dara Liebeskind, SPT
Dara Liebeskind, SPT

Director of Education

Columbia University (2021)
New York, NY

Sarah Barwig, SPT
Sarah Barwig, SPT

Director of Membership

The Ohio State University (2021)
Dayton, OH

Allison Lebwith, SPT
Allison Lebwith, SPT

Director of Communications

Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions (2023)
Boston, MA


Below, you’ll find numerous resources to assist in growing your knowledge of oncology rehabilitation. Check back often as these resources will be updated frequently!

Academy Resource List

This list was developed for YOU! The list is comprised of Academy members who have volunteered to share their time and expertise with you. Feel free to reach out to the mentor of your choosing. You do NOT need to be a member of APTA Oncology to utilize the resources on this list. For formal mentorship opportunities for members, see below.

Academy resource list

Mentorship Program

APTA Oncology offers a formalized mentorship program for students and new professionals who are members of the Academy. Mentees will be paired with a mentor for a 6-month or 12-month mentorship and meetings will be held throughout the year to provide learning opportunities within leadership and oncologic rehab. Learn more and find out when you can apply.

Please note: You will need to log in with your APTA credentials to learn more and apply to the Mentorship Program. If you are not a member but would like to become one or to learn more, please reach out to APTA Oncology’s Executive Director, Suzie Callan.

Clinical Internships:

APTA Oncology is continually compiling a list of oncology rehab-focused clinical internships across the country. Check out the map to see if there is one that might work for you. Know of one that’s not listed? Let us know! Email Secretary, Steve Wechsler:

Residency & Specialization:

Interested in pursuing a residency in oncology PT? Considering sitting for the Oncology Specialist Certification Exam through ABPTS? APTA Oncology has compiled information to support you in both of these pathways. Check out the Residency page as well as the Specialization page for resources and documents that will help you on your way!

OncRehab Blog:

These blog posts are written by students and new professionals FOR students and new professionals! Check back often for new posts and let us know if you have an idea for a post! Always welcoming guest contributors.



Dx Downloads:

Bite-sized information created by the SNP Subcommittee to boost your oncology rehab knowledge! Check back often and follow us on social media as we create and share new content.

Journal Club:

The SNP Subcommittee will host regular journal clubs to highlight and discuss important clinical topics. Discussion summaries will be posted here for reference. We encourage you to use or adapt discussion points for use in your own journal clubs at your school or workplace. Please reach out to us if you’re interested in leading our next journal club!

  • Aug 18, 2020Topic: Leukemia. Article: Zhou et al. Efficacy of Exercise Interventions in Patients with Acute Leukemia: A Meta-Analysis. . 2016; 11(7): e0159966
  • July 10, 2020. Topic: Cardiotoxicity. Article: Gilchrist et al. Cardio-Oncology Rehabilitation to Manage Cardiovascular Outcomes in Cancer Patients and Survivors. Circulation. 2019;139:e997–e1012

Social Media:

The best way to stay up-to-date with the SNP Subcommittee is to follow us on social media! We’ll be sharing educational content, opportunities to get involved, and more.

Volunteer with us!

We encourage anyone who is interested to get involved with the SNP Subcommittee. Opportunities range in time commitment and we will work with you to help you complete any task you’re interested in! Check out our volunteer form for the latest available opportunities. 

Join the Conversation

We’ve created a listserv dedicated to students and new professionals. Through this free email messaging system, you can network, ask clinical questions, seek career advice, and connect with others who share an interest in oncology rehab. Click here to sign up and to browse archived messages. Once you receive email confirmation of your subscription, simply send your message to! It’s that easy. Welcome to the conversation! 

Career Chats:

What does a career in oncology rehab look like? What are the different paths to take? These are the questions that our Career Chats series answers. Tune in for video interviews with professionals as we illuminate different career paths and perspectives within the world of oncology rehab.

Town Halls:

The SNP Subcommittee hosts regular town hall events for students and new professionals to learn from clinicians working in the oncologic physical therapy setting. Presentations involve didactic content and case studies specific to special topics in oncology rehabilitation. Previous town hall recordings and slides are posted below. Please reach out to us with future topics of interest and join the listserv to stay up to date on live presentation dates!

  • 9/8/2021: ‘Adult Bone Marrow Transplantation’ with Shai Sewell, PT, DPT, CLT (PDF) (Video Recording)
  • 6/29/2021:Breast Cancer‘ with Paula Stout, PT, DPT, CLT-LANA, Board-Certified Oncology Clinical Specialist
  • 4/28/2021: ‘What is Oncology Rehab?’ with Scott Capozza, PT, DPT, Board-Certified Oncology Clinical Specialist (PDF) (Video Recording)

SNP Subcommittee Event Calendar

The APTA Oncology Student and New Professional Subcommittee is dedicated to providing members with resources and opportunities to advance their skills, develop professional networks, and engage in the field of oncologic rehabilitation. With this aim, we have developed the following series of events, including Town Halls, Career Chats, and Journal Clubs (please see above for links to recordings and resources from past events).

No Events on The List at This Time

Interested in joining the Students & New Professionals Subcommittee?

Member Awards

Know of a member who deserves recognition? Nominate them for an APTA Oncology Member Award! Deadline: October 1

Join the APTA Oncology ListServ

APTA Oncology's General Listerv is a very productive messaging system for answering your practice questions. In addition, we maintain specialized listservs for our special interest groups.

Resource Guide for Specialization

This document, prepared by APTA Oncology, is designed to help you in your preparation for the Oncology Specialist Certification Examination.


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Partners Program

Any PT or PTA living in a country other than the US or a healthcare provider from another discipline, not eligible for APTA membership, can take advantage of our membership benefits by becoming a Partner of APTA Oncology.


APTA Engage

Want to get involved? Check out APTA Engage for the latest volunteer opportunities within APTA Oncology. Check back often as new opportunities arise!

Clinical Research Grant

A clinical research grant is available to APTA Oncology members to assist with a one-year research study that investigates a question(s) of importance to adult or pediatric oncology or human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) physical therapy.

Internship & Mentor Opportunities

Oncology rehab facilities across the country that are willing to offer clinical affiliations, and mentors who have volunteered to share their time and expertise.

Host a Regional Course in Your Area

APTA Oncology has several course offerings looking for partners to host. Click here to learn more.

Look Inside the Oncology Toolbox

What's in your Physical Therapy Bag of Tricks? Find more and contribute some.

Sign Up to Become a Volunteer

This Academy survives and thrives on it's exceptional line of volunteers. From experienced to clincians; if you want to be a leader, we have a position.