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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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Changing Goals
by Lauren Rosso
With one week left until graduation, I had my most challenging patient-care conversation since starting PT school. One of my current patients, whom I happened to work with in inpatient rehabilitation during my previous clinical rotation, is a very complex Read More...
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Planning Vacation Time
by Lauren Rosso
I'll write this post as a warning to PT students who have a lengthy clinical rotation leading up to graduation. If you're like me, you'll find yourself six weeks from graduation and realize that you haven't taken much time off since you started the rotation. Read More...
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Morals vs. Rules
by Lauren Rosso
I was having a conversation with a fellow classmate about interacting with patients outside the clinic, and we got to wondering about what's allowed and not allowed. In the particular case that we were talking about, my friend ran into a patient over Read More...
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Repeat Patients -- Same Approach?
by Lauren Rosso
For the first time ever, I'm treating a patient who returned for repeat therapy after being discharged a month or so ago. This patient, who is impaired following an anoxic brain injury and transfemoral amputation, has been through the medical ringer in Read More...
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The End is Near
by Lauren Rosso
I can count the number of weeks I have left on two hands. I've passed the boards. I have one project left, one presentation, and one in-service. All of a sudden, everything seems so quantifiable. I even got the information for purchasing my cap, gown 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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Interpreters
by Lauren Rosso
I had my first evaluation via interpreter this week, leaving me certain that I'll attempt to learn Spanish when I'm done with school. There are a few things that I realized when the interpreter was translating the eval. First of all, interview "cadence" 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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Falls -- They Come in Threes
by Lauren Rosso
Just over a week ago, I had my first experience with an incident report. All in all, it wasn't a big deal. A patient of mine with T11 paraplegia was attempting to stand from his wheelchair to complete a 10-meter walk test. As it turns out, his brakes Read More...
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Physical Therapy Co-Pays
by Lauren Rosso
You have to love insurance coverage. When January 1 came around, a number of our patients learned the unfortunate news that their co-pays had jumped anywhere from $10-$50. (The increase from $0 to $50 was an isolated event; however I'd estimate the average Read More...
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Applying for Jobs as a New PT Grad
by Lauren Rosso
With 2014 on the horizon, I'll be seeking employment somewhere in the physical therapy field very shortly. The real question is -- when is it appropriate to start applying for jobs? I imagine that a student who has passed the boards is much more marketable, Read More...
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A Hands-On Profession
by Lauren Rosso
When I take a step back and think about the concept of "personal space," I realize that it doesn't exist in the PT world. Three years ago, if I had to poke around a stranger's greater trochanter or get up close and personal for a transfer, I would have 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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Time for Discharge
by Lauren Rosso
I'm starting to realize that laying the groundwork for discharge could be one of the most important pieces of communication that a PT (student or clinician) tackles with her patients. Though I haven't run into it yet, I can foresee some tricky discharges Read More...
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