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Transition to Rehab Management

Summer Semester 2012

Published May 24, 2012 2:08 PM by Karen Schiff

One year down, one to go! The next six weeks will be filled with lectures and articles pertaining to women's health and vestibular rehabilitation. This should be exciting, as a classmate of mine is certified in vestibular rehabilitation, and I have been treating both men and women with pelvic floor dysfunctions for the past 18 years. It will allow us to share our knowledge and experience with the rest of the group, now that they will be receiving the information through online teaching. Needless to say, we are going to get through this semester with flying colors because we are learning the same material, together, and sharing experiences and previous knowledge.

Interestingly enough, even though the semester just started, a flyer for a continuing-education course found its way to my mailbox. A course related to pelvic rehab and the hip, which caught my attention. The course outline appears thorough and includes both lecture and lab. The instructor has many certifications, and while reading his bio, I noticed that he is currently studying for his DPT, which he will earn in March 2013. Impressive bio, sports background, private practice, holds an adjunct faculty position at a local university. The course information appears to be useful to the facility I work at; however, I have to overlook this flyer and continue to search for local courses that can further my skills as a pelvic-floor specialist.

Every so often I search the area for local courses on this topic, and notice that this area of treatment is not understood or incorporated into the treatment plan of other musculoskeletal or neurological conditions. Perhaps, after scanning the hip/pelvis flyer, a beginning course should be offered that covers pelvic-floor dysfunction. With contacts through the University of Miami and Nova Southeastern University, I am confident that a continuing-education course can be put together to educate those of us with a bachelor's or master's degree in physical therapy. What a wonderful adjunct it would be to our body of knowledge to share these diagnoses and treatments with other professionals.

Since I consider this a goal after I receive my t-DPT, I looked back at the flyer, noting again that the instructor for the course is also studying for his t-DPT and involved with many other activities. Yes, there is a lot going on right now. This is going to take more thought. The course, if I were to start planning it, wouldn't take place for at least a year. My goal, ultimately, is to share and exchange knowledge with others, and this seems like a great direction. I just need some guidance about where to start. Any suggestions?

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