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August 20, 2014 1:28 PM by Jason Marketti of PTA Blog Talk

Stem cell research is not a new topic but can be controversial for some. Often it is the embryonic stem cells that get people upset but there are other stem cells out there which research and biotech companies are looking into for healing and helping people recover from devastating illnesses. 

As a purely scientific reading, stem cells are fascinating. You often have to put aside your personal and/or religious ...


 
August 19, 2014 5:20 PM by Toni Patt of Toni Talks about PT Today

I'm noticing a disturbing trend. I'm always the one pointing out the bad news. I admit I do better with realistic than cheerfully optimistic, but it seems like it's always me pointing out the flaw with a plan. If I'm not pointing out the obvious, I'm explaining why the obvious isn't going to happen. It feels like everyone else is focusing on happily ever after and I'm saying not during this admission.

This ...


 
August 19, 2014 3:18 PM by Dean Metz of PT and the Greater Good

For the past year, I've been working in a "fixed-term" position. What that means is that I have a contract for exactly 11 months. The post is not guaranteed to run past the end of October. Fortunately, a position became available in the same NHS Trust but for a neighboring locality. I've interviewed and been given the job, which is permanent. I hadn't been stressing out, or so I thought, about being in a temporary ...


 
August 18, 2014 6:02 PM by Jocelyn Wallace of Striving to Be a DPT

Before the semester ended, I was elected president of my class. I ran unopposed so it wasn't a stressful or lengthy process; however, I've already been thrown a ton of tasks and responsibilities to juggle, as have my fellow officers. Is all the extra work worth it?

Of course, I can't say for sure but from speaking to upperclassmen and officers in other programs, I think it will be. I've already learned a ton ...


 
August 15, 2014 4:54 PM by Allison Young of Life of a PTA

During the first week of PTA school, our director announced that the median age of the class was 33.5 years old. We students, spanning from age 20-55, had come from all walks of life. I remember a few fellow classmates had just received BS degrees from 4-year colleges and others were entering physical therapy as a fourth or fifth job incarnation.

This age breakdown discussion was completed with my director ...


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August 14, 2014 6:52 PM by Lisa Mueller of Raising the Bar in Rehab

I've been trying to keep up with all the news coverage of the recent Ebola outbreak in West Africa. The story is quite captivating as it is not a subject I often hear a lot about, and I like learning and reviewing different topics related to medicine. Part of what is so interesting about the media's attention to the Ebola outbreak is the impact perspective Ebola has compared to other pathologies.

While important ...


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August 14, 2014 5:58 PM by Jason Marketti of PTA Blog Talk

One clinic I worked for provided drug screening and physicals for various employers. I was tasked with a checklist and some basic lifting scenarios to put potential employees through. At the time, the construction business was in full swing so there were a lot of people coming through who wanted employment.

When an older gentleman came through and passed the drug screen, the owner of the clinic (who was also ...


 
August 12, 2014 9:35 AM by Toni Patt of Toni Talks about PT Today

Last month we had a PTA student at my facility. The other PT was his CI because while schedule facilitates time at the barn, no one else wants to start work at 6 in the morning. From the beginning, the student made it clear he planned to work in an outpatient orthopedic clinic. I believe he had already lined up a job.

I didn't think much about it until a doctor wanted a functional assessment of an incomplete ...


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August 12, 2014 9:30 AM by Dean Metz of PT and the Greater Good

When I was a younger lad, I was one of those starving actor, dancer, waiter people living in New York in the 1980s. It was a life of classes and auditions and endlessly being told, "Thanks, we'll let you know." Translation: You didn't get the part.

I once auditioned for the first touring company of the Broadway play Biloxi Blues by Neil Simon. The first audition was 1000 guys who looked just like ...


 
August 11, 2014 12:02 PM by Jocelyn Wallace of Striving to Be a DPT

Today marks my last lecture of my first semester in PT school. I've completed gross anatomy, physiology, clinical anatomy and introduction to physical therapy. I cannot believe how much I have learned and, more importantly, retained! I can't wait to see what the next semester brings. Here are some lessons from this summer that have stuck with me the most:

You really, really can't study in advance for anatomy. ...


 
August 8, 2014 4:31 PM by Allison Young of Life of a PTA

In a typical therapy session, I attempt to fit in the most important tasks I feel the patient needs to focus on for that day. Therapeutic exercise, gait training and pain management modality -- it can be challenging to fit the session goals into the allotted 45 minutes to an hour. Then there are times when the patient is so weak and ill, bed-level exercises and bed mobility are the only options for therapy. In these ...


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August 7, 2014 3:22 PM by Lisa Mueller of Raising the Bar in Rehab

This week, I'll be giving a presentation to half of our company about a recent continuous improvement project I've worked on. We are just weeks away from our project being implemented, and many of my coworkers who haven't been involved in the project don't know what to expect (rightfully so -- their focus is patient care!).

I've been involved in much of the preparations and will be presenting with one of ...


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August 7, 2014 1:03 PM by Michael Kelley of PT on the Run

Whenever I stand at the starting line of a race, I always think about one thing: the uncrossed finish line waiting for me at the end. And as with any race I have competed in, this blog too has reached its finish line.

In my very first ADVANCE blog post I wrote, "My hope ...


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August 6, 2014 4:44 PM by Jason Marketti of PTA Blog Talk

As I opened the gym door early one morning, I was stunned by what I saw. A large polyurethane mug with those beautiful white rings left from the wet bottom of the cup practically glowing on one edge of the mat table. Someone brought their drink into the gym, was treating patients, and left the cup and mess for someone to clean up. Outstanding.

Now it could have been a patient who left the cup, but I know better. ...


 
August 6, 2014 3:31 PM by Toni Patt of Toni Talks about PT Today

Currently I have an elderly gentleman with a traumatic brain injury from a fall. One version says he tripped over his dogs. Another says he had a seizure. Either way he hit his head on the way down, developed a bleed and had a craniotomy. The man was clearly ambulatory and functional prior to his injury.

I'm not getting anywhere with him. It took a while for him to wake up. It took a little longer for his ...


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August 5, 2014 4:44 PM by Dean Metz of PT and the Greater Good

One of the things that surprised me when I first moved to the United Kingdom was that my registration (equivalent to licensing) was valid not only in England, but also in Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland. If I suddenly got an offer in Edinburgh or Cardiff, I could simply accept it and go. No additional paperwork.

I've held multiple licenses in New York, Florida, and even California at one point in the ...


 
August 4, 2014 5:42 PM by Jocelyn Wallace of Striving to Be a DPT

A few weeks ago, our class had its White Coat Ceremony. The ceremony began with speeches about the symbolism of the white coat and what it meant to wear one. Then, similar to a graduation, we each crossed the stage and our PT2 mentors helped us put on our coats. To close, we watched slideshows of the classes before us and saw those classes receive various awards. The whole event was very fun and inspiring but it ...


 
August 1, 2014 5:34 PM by Allison Young of Life of a PTA

Over the past 4 months, I've been acclimating to a new PTA job -- as I've described at length in some of my previous blogs. The work itself is similar to my previous PTA position in a skilled nursing setting but the environment is completely different. Initially, the slower-paced, smaller rehab department ...


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July 31, 2014 4:25 PM by Lisa Mueller of Raising the Bar in Rehab

I had the chance to see a lot of my family this weekend at a wedding, which included hearing several of my younger cousins talk about touring and applying for college. At one point, my uncle asked me if I would have chosen a different school in hindsight. I turn 30 next month and am now realizing that I have the years and experience required to provide advice to my younger family members. We discussed the pros and ...


 
July 31, 2014 2:33 PM by Michael Kelley of PT on the Run

I think in previous posts when I've discussed politics, I've disclosed that as a lifelong Chicagoan, I've been brought up with a pretty liberal mindset when it comes to politics. That being said, I've also always felt that despite my liberal leanings, I've always been willing to listen to and discuss with those who disagree with me or have differing ideas. But this week, the Republican-controlled House of Representatives ...


 
July 30, 2014 5:13 PM by Jason Marketti of PTA Blog Talk

Would you invest in the company you work for? How about an "Improshare" where the savings between hours worked and production are shared between the company and the worker? Can you "feel" the viability of your company and are they open enough to allow workers to see their bottom line?

It can be difficult when you read that a company you work for has committed fraud, abuse, or is under investigation by the ...


 
July 30, 2014 1:18 PM by Toni Patt of Toni Talks about PT Today

This morning I was working on discharge planning with one of our case managers. A doctor was ready to discharge a patient and she had asked me for recommendations. I immediately said SNF. He wasn't able to safely transfer out of bed. I had yet to see him walk due to complaints of back pain. And he lacks insight into his limitations. The case manager agreed with me but said the patient was refusing to go anywhere but ...


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There's an occupational therapist in Georgia who's running for a seat in the State Senate.

Bikram Mohanty, OTR/L, who owns Innovative Rehab Solutions, with two outpatient clinics in Waycross and Valdosta, Ga., is the Democratic candidate for Georgia's 8th Senate district, which encompasses six counties in the south central part of the state.

Mohanty ran in the 2012 race for District 8 and ...


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July 29, 2014 2:36 PM by Dean Metz of PT and the Greater Good

For the past 5 years, I've spent a fair amount of time talking to people about the reality of the National Health Service (NHS) in England. That it is actually a very good service and an organization I'm rather proud to work within. I've worked hard to convince friends, family, and readers back in the USA that every horrible thing they've heard about it is not true. There really isn't a 3-year wait for a hip replacement, ...


 
July 28, 2014 12:40 PM by Jocelyn Wallace of Striving to Be a DPT

For the past 2 months, I've been lucky to encounter no real obstacles in my education. I've been able to be completely absorbed in school, studying and getting to know my classmates. My resiliency was put to the test this week when I went to the dentist with a toothache on Monday.

The ache was moderate and intermittent but I wanted to get it taken care of before my upcoming "hell week," with exams almost ...


 

ABOUT OUR BLOGS

The ADVANCE for Physical Therapy and Rehab Medicine editorial staff will discuss issues in the PT profession, current events in health care and offer their opinions and insights.

Toni will be talking about the PT world as she sees it with 20+ years of experience as well as a student new to the world of post-professional education. She welcomes comments and responses. Anything is fair game!

With 12 years of PTA experience behind him, Jason Marketti is still learning and growing every day. He invites you to join him on his journey through the therapy profession and as a husband and father of three children.

Lisa Mueller is a physical therapist in Milwaukee, WI. She currently works in an acute-care setting with experience in general medical and critical care patients. With her BA in Spanish, Lisa treats a variety of patients each day.

Join Dean Metz as he ventures out of direct patient care and attempts to have a more widespread impact through public health.

PTA, mommy, runner, all-around chicken wrangler, kindergarten/4th grade art docent and professional juggler (no not really, but it sure feels like it sometimes).

Follow Lauren as she navigates her way through the DPT program at the University of Pittsburgh.

Karen Schiff, PT, will be documenting her progression as she pursues her transitional DPT, while juggling her work and family.

Mike Kelley is a physical therapist in suburban Chicago. He currently works in acute care, treating patients with orthopedic, neurologic and cardiopulmonary diagnoses. Outside of PT, he is an avid endurance athlete and has a passion for politics.

Jocelyn is a student at Nova Southeastern University's DPT Program in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. Join in her three-year journey to becoming a DPT.