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Courses

The MDT Program of Certification consists of comprehensive post-grad course work to best prepare the clinician for the Credentialing Examination - the primary level of MDT Certification. Upon certification, providers become part of a patient referral network and will be required to maintain MDT Certification Continuing Education standards (CCES Policy Details).

Change in Delivery Models
The Institute is fully committed to the development of comprehensive online MDT education. With so many factors diminishing options for onsite events, our initial Hybrid Model concept has been modified to a fully online course utilizing the Schoology LMS platform.

Complete online delivery will allow students to progress through MDT training at the earliest opportunity. The Faculty-Guided work through Schoology will be conducted by two instructors thereby giving students ample support throughout the process.

Our aim will be to resume traditional, onsite courses when and where permitted in the months ahead. In addition, we expect to maintain either the Hybrid model or fully online delivery options as well.

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Part A – MDT: Lumbar Spine

An introduction to the concepts and applications of the McKenzie Method® of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy® (MDT) focusing on the lumbar spine.

Course Outline includes:

  • Epidemiology and predisposing factors
  • Evidence for MDT in the lumbar spine
  • Classification, examination and management of Derangement, Dysfunction, and Postural syndromes, and subgroups of OTHER
  • Understanding pain and disability drivers and their relationship to MDT Classification
  • Pathoanatomical considerations, movement and loading
  • MDT Procedures: Rationale, clinical reasoning and application
  • Patient demonstration, analysis and discussion

Standard Course:

Online Course:

Instructional Level: Basic Instructional Level: Basic
Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 16:1 Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 15:1
Program Goals, Objectives and Schedule:
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Program Goals, Objectives and Schedule: 
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Eligibility: click here
Registration Details: click here
Eligibility: click here
Registration Details: click here
Total Course: 26 hours Total Course: 26 hours
Standard Live Course Structure:
Prerequisite Online Component (Day 1) & 3 live, in-person days (Days 2, 3, 4)
Online Course Structure:
Prerequisite Online Component and Faculty-Guided online through Schoology’s LMS platform and live Zoom sessions over five weeks.
Course Description:
The course begins with a comprehensive prerequisite online session, followed by a three-day live course. The online component allows you to work at your own convenience and learn from an interactive blend of visuals, audio and video designed to familiarize you with the general principles, terminology and more to prepare you to participate in the live course.
Course Description:
The course begins with a comprehensive prerequisite online session available to start immediately upon confirmation of registration.
Following completion of the prerequisite component, students access Schoology's LMS platform.

While offering flexibility on your time, this is an ACTIVE learning experience with mandatory assignments due that will include video podcasts, quizzes, discussion boards, and three live sessions with faculty that are spread out over five weeks as described in the Course Timeline.
Course Timeline:
Day 1:
Online Prerequisite
(Approx. completion time 5 hrs. Must be completed no later than the Wednesday prior to the start of Day 2.)
Day 2: 8:00am - 5:30pm
Day 3: 8:00am - 5:30pm
Day 4: 8:00am - 1:15pm

Note: Timelines may vary based on patient scheduling. etc. View the 'Details' online via the Course-Exam Schedule Locator
Course Timeline:
Online Prerequisite
(Approx. completion time 5 hrs. Must be completed prior to admittance to coursework in Schoology)
Schoology:
Week 1: Self-guided learning via pre-assigned tasks, access to Procedure videos, concluding with live 4-hour Synchronous Session 1 on Saturday.
Week 2: Self-guided learning via pre-assigned tasks, quiz, discussion board.
Week 3: Self-guided learning and quiz via pre-assigned tasks concluding with live 4-hour Synchronous Session 2 on Saturday.
Week 4: Techniques - Review & practice; Group work and posted videos of selected techniques.
Week 5: Techniques - Review & practice; Group technique videos reviewed with feedback followed by live 2-hour Synchronous Session 3 and conclusion of course.
Standard Course Fees:
First Time:
$650
Audit (Retake): $325
Online Course Fees:
First Time:
$650
Audit (Retake): Not offered at this time.
Member Discount:
MIUSA members eligible for 10% discount
per course
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Member Discount:
MIUSA members eligible for 10% discount
per course
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REQUIRED TEXT: Part A Course Manual

The complete course manual will be provided digitally for all courses.
Two access points: 1) in the Schoology Resources section and 2) in your online Profile/Course History section when you log in to the MIUSA website.

Suggested Course Preparations:

  • Take the free online Overview Course
  • Read the textbook, THE LUMBAR SPINE: Mechanical Diagnosis & Therapy. You can purchase this text through OPTP.
  • Onsite Courses/Exams: Dress is business casual; lab appropriate allowing for easy access to move and provide exposure to back, trunk or extremities


You will also be given access to these great resources relevant to the Part A curriculum:

Upcoming Part A Schedule
Find one of our educational courses near you.

Dates Type Location Instructor(s) Seats Open
Apr 10 – May 15, 2021 Part A Online, ** Dykes / Maguire FULL
May 1 – Jun 5, 2021 Part A Online, ** Oliver / Chase 2
May 15 – Jun 19, 2021 Part A Online, ** Suprun / Kidd 30
Jun 5 – Jul 10, 2021 Part A Online, ** Body / Aytona 9

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Part B – MDT: Cervical and Thoracic Spine

This course examines how McKenzie MDT applies to the cervical and thoracic spines, utilizing the same teaching format as Part A and also begins with a comprehensive online session, followed by a three-day live course.

Course Outline includes:

  • Pathophysiology and biomechanics of the cervical spine
  • Subjective / objective assessment
  • Review and treatment of the three syndromes
  • Cervical headache and trauma ('whiplash')
  • Complications, contraindications and outcome predictors
  • Thoracic spine: anatomy, pathology, examination and treatment
  • Patient demonstration, analysis and discussion

Standard Course:

Online Course:

Pre-requisite: Completion of Part A,
or Parts A and C
Pre-requisite: Completion of Part A,
or Parts A and C
Instructional Level: Basic Instructional Level: Basic
Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 16:1 Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 15:1
Program Goals, Objectives and Schedule:
click here
Program Goals, Objectives and Schedule: 
click here
Eligibility: click here
Registration Details:
click here
Eligibility: click here
Registration Details:
click here
Total Course: 26 hours Total Course: 26 hours
Standard Live Course Structure:
Prerequisite Online Component (Day 1) & 3 live, in-person days (Days 2, 3, 4)
Online Course Structure:
Prerequisite Online Component and Faculty-Guided online through Schoology’s LMS platform and live Zoom sessions over five weeks.
Course Description:
The course begins with a comprehensive prerequisite online session, followed by a three-day live course. The online component allows you to work at your own convenience and learn from an interactive blend of visuals, audio and video designed to familiarize you with the general principles, terminology and more to prepare you to participate in the live course.
Course Description:
The course begins with a comprehensive prerequisite online session available to start immediately upon confirmation of registration. Following completion of the prerequisite component, students access Schoology's LMS platform.

While offering flexibility on your time, this is an ACTIVE learning experience with mandatory assignments due that will include video podcasts, quizzes, discussion boards, and three live sessions with faculty that are spread out over five weeks as described in the Course Timeline.

Course Timeline:
Day 1:
Online Prerequisite
(Approx. completion time 5 hrs. Must be completed no later than the Wednesday prior to the start of Day 2.)
Day 2: 8:00am - 5:30pm
Day 3: 8:00am - 5:30pm
Day 4: 8:00am - 1:15pm

Note: Timelines may vary based on patient scheduling. etc. View the 'Details' online via the Course-Exam Schedule Locator
Course Timeline:
Online Prerequisite
(Approx. completion time 5 hrs. Must be completed prior to admittance to coursework in Schoology)
Schoology:
Week 1: Self-guided learning via pre-assigned tasks, access to Procedure videos, concluding with live 4-hour Synchronous Session 1 on Saturday.
Week 2: Self-guided learning via pre-assigned tasks, quiz, discussion board.
Week 3: Self-guided learning and quiz via pre-assigned tasks concluding with live 4-hour Synchronous Session 2 on Saturday.
Week 4: Techniques - Review & practice; Group work and posted videos of selected techniques.
Week 5: Techniques - Review & practice; Group technique videos reviewed with feedback followed by live 2-hour Synchronous Session 3 and conclusion of course.
Standard Course Fees:
First Time:
$650
Audit (Retake): $325
Online Course Fees:
First Time:
$650
Audit (Retake): Not offered at this time.
Member Discount:
MIUSA members eligible for 10% discount
per course
Become a Member
Member Discount:
MIUSA members eligible for 10% discount
per course
Become a Member

REQUIRED TEXT: Part B Course Manual

The complete course manual will be provided digitally for all courses.
Two access points: 1) in the Schoology Resources section and 2) in your online Profile/Course History section when you log in to the MIUSA website.

Suggested Course Preparations:

  • Please review your Part A materials, especially Modules 3-4, as the Part B manual refers back to it on occasion.
  • Read the textbook, THE CERVICAL AND THORACIC SPINE: Mechanical Diagnosis & Therapy. You can purchase this text through OPTP.
  • Onsite Courses/Exams: Dress is business casual; lab appropriate allowing for easy access to move and provide exposure to back, trunk or extremities


You will also be given access to these great resources relevant to the Part B curriculum:

Upcoming Part B Schedule
Find one of our educational courses near you.

Dates Type Location Instructor(s) Seats Open
Mar 20 – Apr 24, 2021 Part B Online, ** Herbowy / Oliver 5
Apr 17 – May 22, 2021 Part B Online, ** McClenahan / Weinberg 22
Jun 5 – Jul 10, 2021 Part B Online, ** Pleva / Borgehammar 29

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Part C – MDT: Advanced Lumbar Spine and Extremities – Lower Limb

This course focuses on advanced McKenzie MDT principles and practical application for the lumbar spine and an introduction for the lower limb.

Course Outline includes:

  • Centralization of pain and recovery of function
  • Exercises not taken far enough vs. inadequate time for reduction
  • Patient instructions and exercises performed 'actively'
  • Extension and flexion principles
  • Extension in the presence of a lateral shift
  • Adherent nerve root, sacroiliac and hip joints
  • Technique practice and clinician confidence
  • Patient demonstration, analysis and discussion

Standard Course:

Online Course:

Instructional Level: Advanced Instructional Level: Advanced
Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 16:1 Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 15:1
Program Goals, Objectives and Schedule:
click here
Program Goals, Objectives and Schedule: 
click here
Eligibility: click here
Registration Details: click here
Eligibility: click here
Registration Details: click here
Total Course: 28 hours Total Course: 28 hours
Standard Live Course Structure:
4 live, in-person days
Online Course Structure:
Faculty-Guided online through Schoology’s LMS platform and three live Zoom sessions over three weeks.
Course Description:
The course consists of four live, in-person days in a classroom setting.
Course Description:
This course begins with students accessing Schoology's LMS platform.The first day of the course begins on a Friday with a mandatory, live, synchronous Zoom session.

While offering flexibility on your time, this is an ACTIVE learning experience with mandatory assignments due that will include video podcasts, discussion boards, and three live sessions with faculty that are spread out over three weeks as described in the Course Timeline.
Course Timeline:
Continental Breakfast everyday: 7:30-8:00am
Day 1: 8:00am - 5;15pm
Day 2: 8:00am - 5:15pm
Day 3: 8:00am - 5:15pm
Day 4: 8:00am - 1:00pm

Note: Timelines may vary based on patient scheduling. etc. View the 'Details' online via the Course-Exam Schedule Locator
Course Timeline:
Week 1: Live, 4-hour Synchronous Session 1 on first Friday, Self-guided learning via pre-assigned tasks, and access to Procedure videos.
Week 2: Self-guided learning via pre-assigned tasks, reflective learning activities and discussion board. Week 2 concludes on the third Friday of the course with Synchronous Session 2, focusing on the extremities.
Week 3: Self-guided learning via pre-assigned tasks, Case Study podcasts, discussion board, and individualized technique critique, concluding with live 4-hour Synchronous Session 3 on last day of the course (Friday).
Standard Course Fees:
First Time:
$690
Audit (Retake): $345
Online Course Fees:
First Time:
$690
Audit (Retake): Not offered at this time.
Member Discount:
MIUSA members eligible for 10% discount
per course
Become a Member
Member Discount:
MIUSA members eligible for 10% discount
per course
Become a Member

REQUIRED TEXT: Part C Course Manual

The complete course manual will be provided digitally for all courses.
Two access points: 1) in the Schoology Resources section and 2) in your online Profile/Course History section when you log in to the MIUSA website.

Suggested Course Preparations:

  • Please review your Parts A and/or B materials.
  • Read the textbook HUMAN EXTREMITIES: Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy. You can purchase this text through OPTP.
  • Onsite Courses/Exams: Dress is business casual; lab appropriate allowing for easy access to move and provide exposure to back, trunk or extremities


You will also be given access to these great resources relevant to the Part C curriculum:

Upcoming Part C Schedule
Find one of our educational courses near you.

Dates Type Location Instructor(s) Seats Open
Apr 9 – 30, 2021 Part C Online, ** Aytona / Greene FULL
Jun 4 – 25, 2021 Part C Online, ** Greene / Maguire FULL

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Part D – MDT: Advanced Cervical & Thoracic Spine and Extremities - Upper Limb

This course focuses on advanced McKenzie MDT principles and practical application for the cervical and thoracic spine and an introduction for the upper limb.

Course Outline includes:

  • Establishing correct diagnosis and identifying multiple diagnoses
  • Recognizing appropriate vs. inappropriate changes
  • Progression of forces in treatment
  • Reactivation / functional restoration
  • Patient compliance and reassessment
  • Indications for use of advanced manual therapy techniques
  • Application of advanced clinician techniques

Standard Course:

Online Course:

Instructional Level: Advanced Instructional Level: Advanced
Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 16:1 Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 15:1
Program Goals, Objectives and Schedule:
click here
Program Goals, Objectives and Schedule: 
click here
Eligibility: click here
Registration Details: click here
Eligibility: click here
Registration Details: click here
Total Course: 28 hours Total Course: 28 hours
Standard Live Course Structure:
4 live, in-person days
Online Course Structure:
Faculty-Guided online through Schoology’s LMS platform and three live Zoom sessions over four weeks.
Course Description:
The course consists of four live, in-person days in a classroom setting.
Course Description:
This course begins asynchronously on a Wednesday with students accessing Schoology's LMS platform to complete self-guided and reflective learning activities and engage in the discussion board.

While offering flexibility on your time, this is an ACTIVE learning experience with mandatory assignments due that will include video podcasts, discussion boards, and three live sessions with faculty that are spread out over four weeks as described in the Course Timeline.
Course Timeline:
Continental Breakfast everyday: 7:30-8:00am
Day 1: 8:00am - 5;15pm
Day 2: 8:00am - 5:15pm
Day 3: 8:00am - 5:15pm
Day 4: 8:00am - 1:00pm

Note: Timelines may vary based on patient scheduling. etc. View the 'Details' online via the Course-Exam Schedule Locator
Course Timeline:
Week 1: Self-guided learning via pre-assigned tasks, self-guided, reflective learning activities, discussion board and access to Procedure videos.
Week 2: Self-guided learning via pre-assigned tasks, reflective learning activities and discussion board. Week 2 concludes on the second Friday of the course with Synchronous Session 1.
Week 3: Self-guided learning via pre-assigned tasks, podcasts, reflective learning activities and discussion board, concluding with a live 4-hour Synchronous Session 2 on the third Friday of the course.
Week 4: Self-guided learning via pre-assigned tasks, podcasts, reflective learning activities and discussion board, concluding with a live 4-hour Synchronous Session 3 on the last day (Friday) of the course.
Standard Course Fees:
First Time:
$690
Audit (Retake): $345
Online Course Fees:
First Time:
$690
Audit (Retake): Not offered at this time.
Member Discount:
MIUSA members eligible for 10% discount
per course
Become a Member
Member Discount:
MIUSA members eligible for 10% discount
per course
Become a Member
REQUIRED TEXT: Part D Course Manual

The complete course manual will be provided digitally for all courses.
Two access points: 1) in the Schoology Resources section and 2) in your online Profile/Course History section when you log in to the MIUSA website.
Suggested Course Preparations:

  • Please review your Parts A, B and C materials.
  • Read the textbook HUMAN EXTREMITIES: Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy. You can purchase this text through OPTP.
  • Onsite Courses/Exams: Dress is business casual; lab appropriate allowing for easy access to move and provide exposure to back, trunk or extremities

You will also be given access to these great resources relevant to the Part D curriculum:

Upcoming Part D Schedule
Find one of our educational courses near you.

Dates Type Location Instructor(s) Seats Open
Apr 7 – 30, 2021 Part D Online, ** Medcalf / Miller FULL
Jun 2 – 25, 2021 Part D Online, ** Herbowy / Oliver FULL

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Advanced Extremities

This intensive two day course will focus on more advanced principles and practical application through clinical reasoning, problem solving, analysis of case studies, assessment and treatment of patients, and technique work.

The goals of this course are to build on prior knowledge gained from the introduction of extremities in Parts C and D to:

  • Appropriately apply the McKenzie Method of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy to patients with extremity problems;
  • Distinguish between the McKenzie Syndromes (Derangement, Dysfunction, Postural, and OTHER) as applied to the extremities;
  • Provide appropriate management regimens for each of the syndromes;
  • Identify when force progressions and force alternatives are required for the resolution of symptoms using McKenzie's 'progression of forces' concept;
  • Design and apply appropriate MDT management for patients presenting with extremity symptoms to enable them to achieve their management goals.

Pre-requisite: Part D completion. (Prerequisite completion of this course will become mandatory to sit for the Credentialing Examination after January 1, 2022.)

To best prepare for the Advanced Extremities course experience, those who completed the curriculum prior to the inclusion of extremities in Parts C and D are highly encouraged to audit C/D courses or read the textbook, The Human Extremities: Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy, before attending.

Instructional Level: Advanced
Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 16:1
Program Goals, Objectives and Schedule:click here
Eligibility: click here
Registration Details: click here

Standard Live Course Timeline*: 2 days; 14 contact hours
Continental Breakfast Served Daily:
Day 1 - 7:30-8:00am
Day 2 - 7:15-7:30am

Course Format Time
Saturday 8:00am - 6:00pm
Sunday 7:30am - 1:15pm

*Timelines may vary based on patient scheduling. etc. View the 'Details' online via the Course-Exam Schedule Locator

Course Fee:
$400, Audit (Retake): $300

Advanced Extremities Course Information and Preparation Suggestions:

  • Bring a pen/pencil and highlighter for note taking
  • Attire is business casual; appropriate for lab that can easily allow you to move and provide exposure to back, trunk or extremities
  • Read the textbook, The Human Extremities: Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy

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Advanced MDT: Clinical Decision Making

This advanced level course, formerly known as Clinical Skills Update (CSU), focuses heavily on intensive clinical reasoning and problem solving through a high volume of patient demonstrations and case study analysis involving all regions of the spine as well as the extremities. Each major subdivision of the course has very specific educational objectives that will refine your own abilities in applying the principles and application of the MDT classification and treatment system to continuously improve patient management and outcomes.

With two instructors, the opportunity for one-on-one tutelage is significantly greater.

Following attentive participation and completion, this course will provide participants with advanced knowledge and skills to:

    1. Through discussion and quiz responses, demonstrate expanded knowledge base of MDT principles, evaluation, and clinical reasoning and treatment interventions.
    2. Through live patient presentation and lab activities, demonstrate accuracy in eliciting, recording and analyzing the history of patients presenting with spinal or extremity musculoskeletal problems and use this information to determine relevant and pertinent information to rule out serious pathology and guide the examination process.
    3. Demonstrate the ability to competently perform relevant tests and measures identifying and using the most applicable symptomatic, mechanical and functional baselines to guide clinical reasoning.
    4. Use clinical reasoning to synthesize history and examination findings to classify patients' conditions using proper MDT terminology.
    5. Based on an expanded knowledge base of MDT and patient classification, develop a plan of care with appropriate loading strategies, education and self-management strategies.
    6. Enhance patient education strategies related to pain and MDT by encompassing biopsycho-social factors and patient empowering strategies.
    7. Competently perform four common clinician generated procedures.

Pre-requisite:
Completion of Parts A, B, C and D (This course is not a requirement to sit the Credentialing Examination.)
Instructional Level: Advanced
Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 16:1
Program Goals, Objectives and Schedule: click here
Eligibility: click here
Registration Details: click here

Standard Live Course Timeline*: 2 days, 14 contact hours
Continental Breakfast Served Daily:
Day 1 - 7:30-8:00am
Day 2 - 7:15-7:30am

Course Format Time
Saturday 8:00am - 6:00pm
Sunday 7:30am - 1:15pm

*Timelines may vary based on patient scheduling. etc. View the 'Details' online via the Course-Exam Schedule Locator

Course Fees:
$450, Audit(Retake): Not Applicable

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Advanced MDT: Fine Tuning Clinician Procedures

This 14-hour advanced level course consisting of lecture presentations, practical demonstrations and supervised practice is open to PTs, DCs, DOs, MDs, and ATCs who are Credentialed in MDT or have completed Parts A through D of the McKenzie MDT Education Programme. Clinicians who have had experience using MDT for spinal disorders will find the course most beneficial. Please note, as with all MDT educational offerings, it is the responsibility of the clinician to utilize knowledge and skills gained in the course in accordance with their education, profession, and state practice acts.

Participants will further develop the concepts of MDT clinical decision making and critical thinking regarding the application of clinician procedures. Analysis of the literature in regards to mobilisation and manipulation and the indications and contraindications to manipulation will be discussed. Supervised practical sessions will promote the development of psychomotor skill in the application of MDT clinician procedures including manipulation.

Two McKenzie Institute faculty who are also FAAOMPT, as well as lab assistant support, will significantly increase one-on-one attention in the practical sessions.

Following attentive participation and completion, this course will provide participants with the knowledge and ability to:

    1. Analyze the MDT classifications and discuss where clinician procedures may be utilized in their management.
    2. Discuss the MDT Progression of Forces concept and where clinician procedures are utilized.
    3. Analyze the indications and contraindications for manipulations within MDT principles of force progression.
    4. Discuss the theory of force progression.
    5. Discuss the current evidence for the use of mobilisation and manipulation.
    6. Discuss the literature relating to cervical spine stability and become competent in assessing for signs and symptoms.
    7. Discuss the literature relating to clinicial testing of the vertebral artery.
    8. Discuss the theory of learning psychomotor skills.
    9. Understand the principles of and apply proper body positioning/postures, line of drive and manual contact during the performance of MDT clinician procedures.
    10. Developer psychomotor skills required for assessing pre-manipulative end-feel in conjunction with symptom response.
    11. Develop appropriate low amplitude velocity thrust techniques required for manipulation.
    12. Demonstrate competent performance of MDT clinician procedures including mobilisation and manipulation.
    13. Analyze and perform commonly used variations of the basic MDT clinician procedures.

Instructional Level: Advanced
Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 16:1
Program Goals, Objectives and Schedule: click here
Eligibility: click here
Registration Details: click here

Total Course: 14 hours
Pilot Course Timeline: 2 days

Course Format Time
Saturday 8:00am - 5:30pm
Sunday 8:00am - 3:00pm

Course Fee:
$450, Audit (Retake): Not Applicable

Course Preparation Suggestions:

  • Bring a pen/pencil and highlighter for note taking
  • Attire is business casual; appropriate for lab that can easily allow you to move and provide exposure to back, trunk or extremities

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