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Journey of a DPT Student

An American Abroad

Published July 2, 2012 10:39 AM by Lauren Rosso

I apologize for the delay in posting this blog. Our finals ended Thursday the 21st, and by that Saturday I was boarding a plane headed to Newcastle, England, where I'll be completing my summer clinical. As it turns out, two days wasn't exactly enough time to pack for eight weeks abroad, prepare for my first full-time clinical and complete my blog. Nonetheless, I'm here and absolutely loving it.

For those of you who read the other ADVANCE blogs, you may recognize Newcastle as the location of fellow blogger Dean Metz. He is no longer the only American in Queen Elizabeth's Court, as he agreed to coordinate my placement here in the UK. It's been quite an adjustment and I can already sense that it's going to be an incredible learning experience on many different levels. I'm looking forward to sharing the adventure with everyone.

I am working in a clinic that focuses its interventions on those who are at an increased risk of having a fall. The patients are primarily older adults with a number of different factors contributing to their risk of falling. In just three days, I have seen a wide spectrum of patients ranging from mild balance deficits to Parkinson's disease. I have fallen in love with the patient population and I can see the impact that physical therapy can have on their progress and function.

I'll spare many of the details for future blogs, but I am very excited about the learning experience that lies ahead of me. As intimidating as it may be, I can already sense the value this experience will yield on both a clinical and personal level.


Thanks so much for the advice! I stumbled upon this website and I really enjoy reading everyone's thoughts, trials, and experiences. I find myself getting so easily discouraged by school, grades, and the competitiveness of getting into PT school. It is inspiring to see that so many people are doing and getting through the journey of becoming a PT all with a positive attitude!

Ashley, Exercise Science - Student August 2, 2012 1:45 PM

Hey Ashley! It has been an amazing experience to have a clinical abroad. I definitely recommend it! As far as programs in the US that have international rotations, I honestly haven't heard of many. I'm at the University of Pittsburgh, so definitely consider coming here!

Lauren Rosso August 2, 2012 7:13 AM

What an awesome opportunity! I am doing my undergrad studies right now in exercise science. I'll be entering my junior year this fall and I plan to go to PT school within the near future. I've been looking into international studies and it seems there are no DPT programs abroad so I was very interested when I read that you were getting clinical experience in England. Do you know if the are a lot of opportunities like this among other DPT schools?

Ashley, Exercise Science - Student July 31, 2012 5:24 PM

What a phenomenal opportunity! Enjoy your time in England with Dean. When you return, you'll have a unique perspective - not only from the aspect of learning physiotherapy techniiques that may not be readily available in the US (I learned a lot from a European PT I worked with who had manual skills that weren't taught in the US at the time), but also being a foreign PT which will provide an empathy few PTs have.

Jane Goude July 3, 2012 2:26 PM

Whoa!!! You are one lucky lady!  

Enjoy your time abroad.  My experience living in Spain was life-changing.  Can't wait to hear your thoughts.  

Lisa Mueller July 2, 2012 2:38 PM

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