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The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), Alexandria, Va., issued a press release on Tuesday supporting a groundbreaking action taken last week by the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP). The APTA statement reads, in part:

"On Dec. 11, 2014, the AARP, in a letter of support addressed to Rep. ...


 
December 9, 2014 4:16 PM by Jocelyn Wallace of Striving to Be a DPT

On Tuesday my class traveled to a local senior center to do a community screening. Our class of 51 was divided into groups of three students and we were assigned a patient. We weren't given any background aside from what we gathered from the patient. After completing a history, balance, strength, ROM and various other screens, we were left with a very complicated picture. Overall, the experience left me with a mixture ...


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November 25, 2014 3:19 PM by Jocelyn Wallace of Striving to Be a DPT

This week, I found out where my first clinical rotation will be. My program begins clinical at the end of our first year, in April, at a skilled nursing facility. Mine will be in Hialeah, Fla., part of the Miami area. While I'm excited for tons of delicious coffee, I'm super nervous about the language barrier. The majority of the patients will speak Spanish and Creole. I don't speak any second languages.

The ...


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November 19, 2014 4:59 PM by Jocelyn Wallace of Striving to Be a DPT

It's about that time when applicants to physical therapy programs are getting calls and letters for interviews. They may be the scariest part about applying to PT school, but interviews are actually a lot of fun. I wound up at a school that doesn't interview but still learned a lot from the interview process about how to make the best of the experience:

? Dress the part. This is essential! I suggest closed-toe ...


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November 12, 2014 5:53 PM by Toni Patt of Toni Talks about PT Today

A few weeks ago, I expressed my frustration with our capital budget process. While I was gone, my coworkers submitted a request for, among others things, a stand lift transfer device. To say I was shocked was an understatement.

Since that time I've campaigned against the thing. It doesn't ...


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November 4, 2014 12:21 PM by Toni Patt of Toni Talks about PT Today

For the past few weeks, I've been receiving email reminders that early registration for the 2015 APTA Combined Sections Meeting (CSM) is underway. Separate emails inform me of how to reserve housing. Another batch tries to entice me with the various topics. Naturally I go immediately to the neurological section and see how many courses will address stroke.

Heading into CSM last February, I was very excited. ...


 
November 3, 2014 6:05 PM by Jocelyn Wallace of Striving to Be a DPT

While researching and applying to physical therapy schools last year, I couldn't help but notice all the buzz about NSC, or the National Student Conclave, an annual student-centered APTA conference. Twitter was full of exciting posts about NSC and I remember it was one of the first things I looked into attending once I was accepted to a program. This past weekend, I had the chance to go and I have to say it far surpassed ...


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October 29, 2014 5:48 PM by Toni Patt of Toni Talks about PT Today

While attending the Texas Physical Therapy Association (TPTA) annual conference last week, I got to chat with the chapter director for a few minutes. We were standing next to the election table and PAC table waiting for people to either vote, donate or both. Eventually fundraising came up. He told me something I really didn't know.

Only members of the APTA and therefore of the TPTA can donate to our PAC. ...


 
October 28, 2014 2:38 PM by Jocelyn Wallace of Striving to Be a DPT

This time last year, I was just starting to hear back from PT programs and had attended my first interview. Choosing what schools to apply to and, ultimately, where to attend, was one of the hardest decisions I've ever had to make. Here are some of the things I considered to be most important:

Location/Commute: The first thing I considered was location. I only applied to programs that were in places ...


 
October 22, 2014 12:56 PM by Toni Patt of Toni Talks about PT Today

Last weekend I volunteered at the Texas Physical Therapy Association annual conference. I sat at the election table and verified membership numbers during the day. Later I helped count ballots. During the slow times, I spoke with one of the professors at a local PT school. She is in the process of developing a bridge program for PTAs to become PTs. How cool is that?

The first class will begin next fall. It ...


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October 21, 2014 4:32 PM by Dean Metz of PT and the Greater Good

One of the things that struck a chord with me during the Physiotherapy UK conference last weekend was the number of lay people present and involved on committees. There is a culture of involving service users on all decisions regarding health and social care here in England. I like it. It helps keep professionals from over-medicalizing everything and reminds us of why we do what we do and for whom we work.

When ...


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October 20, 2014 5:23 PM by Jocelyn Wallace of Striving to Be a DPT

This weekend, I completed my first service learning activity. Along with a team of two other girls from different programs, we presented to approximately 40 high school students about what diabetes is and how to prevent it. My portion of the presentation was on "Exercise and Diabetes."

While service learning activities are a requirement of my program, I still really enjoyed the activity. The students were ...


 
October 17, 2014 4:30 PM by Allison Young of Life of a PTA

Last month, I began working with a unique and challenging patient at my facility. The person in question had not been out of bed since early spring, had serious comorbidities including permanent ROM limitation of most joints, chronic pain and (not surprisingly) was of a bariatric size. Having read this patient's POC goals, I was already frustrated without even one treatment session being completed.

Bed mobility ...


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October 15, 2014 6:01 PM by Toni Patt of Toni Talks about PT Today

When I earned my DPT, I also earned the right to be called doctor. I must include the clarification that I'm a doctor of physical therapy. The same is true for doctors of pharmacology. I continue to find this amusing because most of my patients can't remember their names. They certainly aren't going to remember the difference.

Whether or not I use the title, I'm entitled to it. This is not true of PAs. In ...


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October 14, 2014 5:04 PM by Jocelyn Wallace of Striving to Be a DPT

One of the toughest parts of PT school is staying on top of my routine. Aside from school-related studying and activities, I prioritize weightlifting, eating as healthy as I can and finding time to spend with friends. Here are some ways I stay on top of it:

? Become a morning person. I've been forced to become a morning person, waking up between 5 and 5:30 a.m. to pack for the day and go to the gym before ...


 
October 13, 2014 4:39 PM by Dean Metz of PT and the Greater Good

This weekend was the Physiotherapy UK 2014 conference in Birmingham. For the first time ever, I presented a poster that had been peer-reviewed. It felt really good to be able to give something back to the profession from my work. It was the culmination of two years worth of work, studying the patients who had come through our falls clinic, analyzing the data, and writing up the report.

We wanted to know how ...


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October 8, 2014 5:06 PM by Toni Patt of Toni Talks about PT Today

Last week I wrote about my latest conflict at work. The others want to use capital budget to purchase a mechanical lift. I am opposed because mechanical lift transfers aren't functional. The patient is a passive participant.

Last Saturday I was teaching a course in Florida. During the ...


 
October 8, 2014 4:14 PM by Jocelyn Wallace of Striving to Be a DPT

This week I was awarded a grant to attend the National Student Conclave. The grant covers airfare, hotel and registration to the conference. Of course, I was very happy to receive the grant but was also eager to share with my peers the benefits of being involved. The grant was through my university and any student, from any program, wanting to attend a professional conference was eligible. However, I was the only ...


 
October 1, 2014 3:42 PM by Dean Metz of PT and the Greater Good

One of the great benefits of living in England is that the rest of Europe is very close by. I got to enjoy a mini-break in Amsterdam this weekend while my partner gave a speech for his work. The last time I was in Amsterdam was on Yom Kippur, the one day of the year the Anne Frank house is closed. I was not missing it this time! It was an hour-and-a-half in the queue, but well worth it.

This is one of those ...


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September 30, 2014 5:32 PM by Toni Patt of Toni Talks about PT Today

My facility is looking at capital budget for next year. We've all been asked to submit requests for equipment. The process is pretty simple. We submit a list of items we desperately need. Later we're told we can have one or two of them sometime during the next year. Usually I limit my requests to more wheelchairs and wheelchair cushions.

This year we have a conflict. Some of the other therapists are requesting ...


 
September 29, 2014 6:11 PM by Jocelyn Wallace of Striving to Be a DPT

Last week's blog was about my nervousness going into the first clinic week. I'm happy to report that all of my anxiety was for nothing, I had a great 8 hours in the clinic! The professors did quiz us a lot, but not knowing the answers wasn't a big deal and I identified my weaknesses. More importantly, ...


 
September 26, 2014 2:56 PM by Allison Young of Life of a PTA

I recently had a conversation with a small group of close friends and former colleagues who also happen to be PTAs. As we're all kindred spirits at this point, having worked closely together in a SNF setting for years -- we laughed and commiserated over our shared experiences. One of my friends posed the question to us all regarding our opinions on working with a patient who is "end of life."

She explained ...


 
September 26, 2014 1:13 PM by Lisa Mueller of Raising the Bar in Rehab

When I was in high school, I worked at a local camera and photo studio -- it was a really fun job. I learned how to develop film and pick out mats for framing. It was probably where I developed my organizational skills, by following the rules of the shop to keep all the film negatives in order and prepared for customers to pick up. The business was family-owned and eventually closed while I was in college, largely ...


 
September 24, 2014 5:43 PM by Dean Metz of PT and the Greater Good

Just recently a friend of mine celebrated a significant birthday. I celebrated the same one a year ago. Something about turning this age propelled us both to contemplate the future in a different way than younger "landmark" birthdays had done. What to do with the time that is left? This article takes an interesting ...


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September 24, 2014 5:10 PM by Toni Patt of Toni Talks about PT Today

I've been watching a familiar scenario play out over the past few weeks. The wife of one of my seriously ill patients has been living a dual life. She simultaneously stays at the hospital all day to care for her husband while racing home to raise three children. Every time I see her she looks more exhausted.

Trying to be Wonder Woman isn't new among caregivers. Over the years I've seen many women, and some ...


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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!

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.