An American Abroad
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.