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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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