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Journey of a DPT Student

Saying Goodbye
by Lauren Rosso
I completed my final day of clinical... ever. I'll never have to sign "SPT" again. I won't need to have notes cosigned. And I will never, ever fill out a self-assessment of clinical skills again. I feel like I suddenly grew up, got kicked out of the house, Read More...
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I Passed the Boards!
by Lauren Rosso
I finally received word on Friday that I passed the boards. The West Virginia Board of Physical Therapy sent me a letter, snail-mail style, to inform me that I can sleep soundly and stop worrying. A word of wisdom for anyone preparing to take the exam Read More...
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You Know What You Know
by Lauren Rosso
I have 60 hours left between now and when I take my seat at the testing center to begin the National Physical Therapy Exam, otherwise known as the "boards," the reason I've lost all social skills, and why I can't remember the last time I had a beer. If Read More...
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Stumbling Through Studying
by Lauren Rosso
The further I get into my boards study schedule, the more concerned I am about some of the content included in the review book. Maybe some of my concern is related to the fact that I'm first covering topics that I feel least comfortable with -- cardiopulmonary Read More...
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Big Projects, Long Lectures
by Lauren Rosso
It's been about six months since I've written anything other than a progress note or a blog, and about as long since I've sat in a four-hour lecture. On Saturday, I sat in eight hours of a conference, and Sunday I completed a 20-page "final" project. Read More...
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The SPT ‘To-Do' List is Shortening
by Lauren Rosso
On Friday morning, I spent four hours completing my comprehensive exams for the University of Pittsburgh. After I turned in the four-part packet, I realized that the number of items left on my academic to-do list is approximately two: complete the year-long Read More...
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Early Boards Get the Worm?
by Lauren Rosso
It was recently brought to my attention that in certain states, the option exists to take the National Physical Therapy Exam (NPTE) prior to graduation if certain requirements have been met. Eligibility varies from state to state -- some require completion Read More...
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Owning a Theoretical PT Practice
by Lauren Rosso
As part of a very in-depth project for our "Leadership and Professional Development" course, I'm in charge of justifying the purchase of an electronic health record (EHR) for our theoretical outpatient private practice. I've been spending a lot of time Read More...
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Reflections on a Student's First CSM
by Lauren Rosso
I just returned from my first trip to the APTA's Combined Sections Meeting, and I'm left with a variety of feelings about the experience. Overall, I would consider the trip a success, but there were definitely some aspects of CSM that left something to Read More...
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Combined Sections Meeting
by Lauren Rosso
SAN DIEGO -- I arrived here on Saturday afternoon and have since had the most fantastic time reconnecting with old friends and enjoying the beautiful weather. (Side note- it's really not warm enough to lie on the beach in a bathing suit, but I suffered Read More...
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CSM is NOT Vacation
by Lauren Rosso
I don't care what anyone says -- it's a very rough internal battle to remember that attending the APTA's Combined Sections Meeting in San Diego is primarily business, not pleasure. I'm finding it very easy to be distracted by the prospective outings that Read More...
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Log'N Blog
by Lauren Rosso
I wanted to write this blog to help out some friends with a huge and exciting student-led initiative to gain support for the Foundation for Physical Therapy, a fund that supports research opportunities that will progress the evidence base of our field. Read More...
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Conference Considerations
by Lauren Rosso
Last weekend, five of my classmates went to Tampa for the APTA annual conference, and once again I'm regretting my decision not to attend. I didn't go to CSM in February because it fell at a difficult time in the semester, and also because of finances. Read More...
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APTA Combined Sections Meeting
by Lauren Rosso
For the past few weeks, the APTA representatives from my class have been pushing for us to attend the annual Combined Sections Meeting in February, since it's likely to be a great academic experience. However, I am torn about whether or not to attend. Read More...
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The Future of PT
by Lauren Rosso
Last week, my class was lucky enough to benefit from the Scully Lecture Series, an endowed program that brings distinguished speakers to the area to highlight relevant issues within the world of physical therapy. Justin Moore, PT, DPT, APTA vice president Read More...
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