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Journey of a DPT Student

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Owning a Theoretical PT Practice
by Lauren Rosso
As part of a very in-depth project for our "Leadership and Professional Development" course, I'm in charge of justifying the purchase of an electronic health record (EHR) for our theoretical outpatient private practice. I've been spending a lot of time Read More...
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Organizing Notes -- What Do I Keep?
by Lauren Rosso
I spent the better half of yesterday trying to organize the notes and lecture materials I've accumulated since starting PT school. I'm amazed by a lot of things, mostly the amount of knowledge that has been imparted upon us in such a short period of time, Read More...
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