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Journey of a DPT Student

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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Continuum of Care
by Lauren Rosso
In transferring from inpatient rehab to a local outpatient PT clinic, I have the unique opportunity to see patients throughout their course of recovery. When I arrived to my current clinical site, I recognized at least three patients who had been on either 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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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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Encouragement vs. False Hopes
by Lauren Rosso
Working on the spinal cord injury unit, I often find myself treating patients whose functional recovery we can't predict. As I've taken the lead on more of these cases, one of the most significant challenges I face is finding a balance between providing 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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Taking Advantage of Unique Opportunities
by Lauren Rosso
I only have six weeks left at my current clinical (which, in the end, will be six months long). I'm working in a very large urban hospital, and I regret to say that I only know two floors in the entire place. As I see more and more patients and learn 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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Lauren, the Toolwoman
by Lauren Rosso
I arrived to the spinal cord injury unit at 7:50 on Monday morning, and by 8:45, I was taking apart a power wheelchair. There have been a lot of times over the past two years when I've realized that school can only prepare you for so much, and this was Read More...
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Moving On
by Lauren Rosso
It's hard for me to believe, but the first three months of my year-long clinical rotation are coming to an end, which means I'll be moving on from brain injury rehab. Everyone keeps asking me if I'm happy or sad to be leaving, and I honestly feel like Read More...
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Yearlong Placements at Last
by Lauren Rosso
Four months of waiting are finally over -- I finally received word about where I'll be for my yearlong clinical. It took every ounce of maturity and focus not to have a breakdown while I was waiting, but I'm happy that I kept myself together because I Read More...
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Final Projects -- Performance Improvement
by Lauren Rosso
We recently had to attend the third year's presentations of their performance-improvement projects, the final requirement of the program and what looks like the most frustrating assignment to date. The annual project basically populates an existing database Read More...
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PT School and a Part-Time Job
by Lauren Rosso
Last week I interviewed for a part-time job at The Children's Institute here in Pittsburgh. The position is coordinator for an SCI wellness program offered during the evenings in the PT gyms at the institute. I would be supervising the participants who, Read More...
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From PT Aide to PT Student
by Lauren Rosso
I can't believe I only have three days of work left. I have been thinking a lot about the transition from PT aide to PT student, and two changes are really sticking out in my mind. First, I am leaving the working world with an income to become a student Read More...
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Network Summit and Mini-Marathon
by Lauren Rosso
I just returned from a trip to Louisville, KY, where I was lucky enough to spend three days participating in the national summit for the NeuroRecovery Network (NRN). For those who are not familiar with the NRN, it is a network funded by the Christopher Read More...
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