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Utilizing Downtime
by Lauren Rosso
I guess it's inevitable that in a city (Pittsburgh) with cold, snowy winters, there are bound to be a ton of cancellations in the winter months. Add that on to an already light caseload (which I assume is also related to the winter months), and it can Read More...
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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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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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Difficult Personalities
by Lauren Rosso
In general, I consider myself a patient person. And I truly do love to make connections with my patients, no matter how difficult some of them may be. I actually pride myself on it. But sometimes, no matter how hard I try, patience eludes me. Take, for 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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Finding Your Voice
by Lauren Rosso
With experience comes responsibility. It's a simple concept, but I never fully appreciated it until recently when I was involved in the discharge decision-making process for patients I've been working with. As I'm sure any physical therapist working in Read More...
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When Life Happens During PT School
by Lauren Rosso
I've been fortunate over the past two years to have very few life-related interruptions in my attempts to excel at this whole "PT" thing. However last weekend, right before the start of finals week, I received news that my grandfather passed away. The Read More...
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Interview Reflections
by Lauren Rosso
I'm happy to report that I'm confident and satisfied with the way my interviews unfolded, despite my absurd level of nervousness beforehand. I had three interviews in total, and by the time the last was over I wanted to walk out and high-five everyone. Read More...
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Interviews are Upon Us
by Lauren Rosso
This is it! The moment we've all been waiting for! On Wednesday, my classmates and I will attend the interview(s) for our year-long clinical placements that will occupy our third and final year of the program. From what I've heard, the clinical education Read More...
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When a Patient Refuses to Work with a Student
by Lauren Rosso
I guess my initiation as a PT student is finally complete -- today was the first time a patient refused to work with me after I informed him that I was a student. In a way, I'm surprised it's taken a year and a half for that to happen. At the same time, Read More...
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Acute Care
by Lauren Rosso
This current clinical is my first exposure to acute-care physical therapy, and up until last week, I wasn't finding myself intimidated like the average PT student. Maybe it's because my CI was shielding me from the most complicated cases and kept my workload Read More...
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How to Decide on a Clinical Placement
by Lauren Rosso
At the end of October, we start the interview process that will ultimately determine our clinical rotations during our third year. In my program, the final year of the program is entirely clinical with either two six- month placements or one 12-month Read More...
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Delivering Bad News to a Patient
by Lauren Rosso
Now that I am starting to take on more of the CI's caseload, I'm faced with decisions that I previously didn't have to make. On all of my other placements, I wasn't heavily involved in reevaluation or discharge planning. This time around, I'm seeing patients Read More...
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Working with Older Adults
by Lauren Rosso
My current clinical is the first where I have worked primarily with an older population; most patients being more than 70 years old. I am surprised by how much I am enjoying the experience. I don't mean to sound like I wasn't looking forward to the opportunity Read More...
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An American Abroad
by Lauren Rosso
I apologize for the delay in posting this blog. Our finals ended Thursday the 21 st , 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 Read More...
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