Samuel James, a member of the 2020 Doctor of Physical Therapy class, has been named a 2021 Presidential Management Fellowship finalist. He is among 551 finalists selected for this flagship leadership development program among 6,800 applicants. 

The PMF program was created more than three decades ago with the goal of developing a cadre of potential government leaders. Through the program, James – who grades with his classmates in the DPT program on Jan. 8 – will work two years for a federal agency, receiving governmental leadership training and mentorship. He expects to use his clinical background to inform healthcare police and participate in outreach efforts related to the promotion of healthy lifestyle choices. 

“I’ve always had an interest in governmental public service and, when I found out about this fellowship, it seemed to be the perfect opportunity to merge my educational background and public service interests,” James said. 

James said earning his DPT in the top-ranked Department of Physical Therapy has given him a unique clinical perspective and an appreciation for the impact that leadership has on producing positive change. 

I look forward to the opportunity to use my clinical expertise gained at UD to affect positive policy change in the U.S. government,” he said. 


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