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Graduation Spotlight: Riley Hogge, Physical Therapy

Written By: Lasha Markham | May 13, 2024

Riley in graduation gownMeet Riley Hogge. After graduating from USF, she knew she wanted to pursue a Doctor of Physical Therapy and, eventually, become a physical therapist. During her time at UCF, she has been active in the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and Florida Physical Therapy Association (FPTA), as well as volunteered her time to RunDisney, Special Olympics, UCF Aphasia House and Go Baby Go!, among others. She was awarded the Outstanding PT Student Award by the UCF Division of Physical Therapy, and received accolades from FPTA, including winning the Top Abstract Submission in the student section at the FPTA annual conference, and receiving the Steven Levine House of Delegates Student Grant. After graduation, she plans to move to Columbus, Ohio to complete her Orthopaedic Residency at The Ohio State University. She is one of 10 students in her cohort who will go on to a post professional residency program, a record high for the program.


Hometown: Port St. Lucie, Florida

Degree: Doctor of Physical Therapy


What will you be doing after graduation? 

I will be completing Orthopaedic Residency at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio.


What are your long-term career plans?

My long-term career plans revolve around the pursuit of teaching. I aim to become an educator within the DPT program and/or residency mentor within the Orthopaedic Residency program. I hope to receive my master’s in education in later years to help me attain this goal.


What accomplishment from your time at UCF are you most proud of?

I am most proud of my capstone research project with my groupmates Madison Mascheri and Dimitri Shurik and our amazing research advisor Dr. Abigail Anderson. After a year of project development, IRB approval, and data collection we were able to present our findings at the Florida Physical Therapy Association’s Annual Conference and win the Top Abstract Award at the state level.


Riley working on patient laying on a table. What did you love the most about your time at UCF?

Although this list could be very long, I have most loved the lifelong friendships that I have made with my classmates at UCF DPT. During the past three years, I have been surrounded with the smartest, kindest, and most motivating group of friends that I could have hoped for. They have helped me get through the rigorous challenges of this program and pushed me to be my best self. They have been my best roommates, pickleball partners, gym buddies, study partners in computer lab, and so much more.


What was your favorite class, professor, or experience at CHPS, and why?

My favorite class/experience at CHPS was cadaver lab during my first two semesters of DPT school. During this time, we had the opportunity to learn anatomy and kinesiology while also being in cadaver lab. Being able to parallel what we were learning in these courses to the actual human body is something that was vital to my learning and treatment of future patients.


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