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Journey of a DPT Student

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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Trust Your Instincts
by Lauren Rosso
If there's anything I've learned in the past few weeks, it's to trust my clinical instincts. It's going to take a long time for me to identify adverse events with certainty and confidence, but for now, I need to rely on that "gut feeling" I get when something 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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Competency Exams
by Lauren Rosso
I have less than four days to finalize my preparation for what is hopefully my final exam in Pitt's DPT program. I'll admit that I've spent slightly less time than I should have preparing for these, but I think I'll be OK. I've tried to get through as 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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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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The Skype Diagnosis
by Lauren Rosso
This weekend I had to stretch my already-struggling assessment skills to the virtual world during a Skype session with my uncle. He's been having shoulder pain for the past few weeks and sought out my opinion via e-mail. We chatted back and forth about Read More...
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Reflections on a Student's First CSM
by Lauren Rosso
I just returned from my first trip to the APTA's Combined Sections Meeting, and I'm left with a variety of feelings about the experience. Overall, I would consider the trip a success, but there were definitely some aspects of CSM that left something to Read More...
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Combined Sections Meeting
by Lauren Rosso
SAN DIEGO -- I arrived here on Saturday afternoon and have since had the most fantastic time reconnecting with old friends and enjoying the beautiful weather. (Side note- it's really not warm enough to lie on the beach in a bathing suit, but I suffered 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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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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Musculoskeletal Competency Exam
by Lauren Rosso
On Thursday morning, please send positive vibes my way. At 8:30 a.m., I'll be working my way through my first true competency practical. The exam will reflect basically everything we've learned in our musculoskeletal course series over the past year and 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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