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PT Students Working Holidays
by Lauren Rosso
It's the age-old question for PT students on rotation around the holidays -- will I be expected to work? There's inevitably that awkward point when the issue finally surfaces and you find yourself trying to test the waters mid-conversation. Someone brings Read More...
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Caseload Breaking Point
by Lauren Rosso
I just finished my second week at an outpatient clinic where I see a great variety of patients. I'd say it's split 50/50 between orthopedic and neurologic diagnoses. The caseload diversity is going to be a great learning experience. But until I feel up Read More...
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Back to Basics
by Lauren Rosso
In case you haven't followed the past few blogs, I started a new clinical on Monday after having spent six months in an inpatient rehab setting. I'm now interning at an outpatient center where the patient population spans the entire gamut -- orthopedics, 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 "C" Word
by Lauren Rosso
I've dealt a lot with the "c" word lately -- cancer. On both a personal and professional level, I've had an up-close look at the effects of the disease on patients, families and healthcare professionals. In the world of PT school, we covered cancer interventions Read More...
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PT Career and Injuries
by Lauren Rosso
Three different events have come up in the past week that make me wonder about the world of "light duty" and injuries. If you're reading this, I'm assuming you have some career connection to physical therapy and therefore realize that ours are not the Read More...
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Keeping in Touch with Patients
by Lauren Rosso
Having the opportunity to spend three months at one clinical site has meant that I've seen a lot of my patients through their entire course of inpatient rehab care. And as I've taken on more of my own caseload, I've been their primary PT. By chance, there Read More...
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Dedication to the PT Profession
by Lauren Rosso
If there's one thing that holds true for inpatient rehab, it's that something is bound to go wrong with discharge planning. This is what I took away from clinical this week. When 4:45 came around on Friday afternoon and I was finally putting together Read More...
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The DPT Growing Process
by Lauren Rosso
With my CI leaving for a weeklong beach trip and three-quarters of our caseload being discharged this week, I'm suddenly finding myself in a decision-maker's role for planning and coordinating their departure from inpatient rehab. If these responsibilities Read More...
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Data Collection and Outcome Measures
by Lauren Rosso
As part of our final requirements for the DPT program, we participate in a data-collection project throughout the course of our year-long affiliation. I've blogged about this before, but for those of you who aren't familiar, it's one huge project that Read More...
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Letters of Medical Necessity
by Lauren Rosso
I spent the better part of my free time this week researching and attempting to complete my first letter of medical necessity for a custom wheelchair. I consider this another one of those areas that school just can't prepare you for. It has been a challenge Read More...
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Putting in the Hours
by Lauren Rosso
One of the most admirable qualities about my current clinical instructor is her unyielding dedication to her patients and their recovery. On any given day, she is the first to arrive and last to leave the unit... and she's been doing this for longer than Read More...
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Board Preparation
by Lauren Rosso
It's time to start prepping for the National Physical Therapy Exam (NPTE), which is scheduled for January 29, 2014. I decided that because I'll be taking and studying for the exam while I'm working full-time, I need to give myself some additional time 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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