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Transition to Rehab Management

Summer Semester in Progress

Published May 31, 2012 2:50 PM by Karen Schiff

Lecture handouts are printed, lectures are downloaded. "Women's Health" and "Vestibular Rehabilitation" are the classes I'm registered for and currently working on, along with the final exams, which are printed. This is going to be a quick semester. June 29 is the date for the exams to be turned in, which should not be a problem. I've learned how to manage my time for school around work, a high school graduation, another daughter ending her first year of high school, raising a house full of rescued pets, tennis just about every morning before I go to work, and nurturing a new relationship.

Everyone around this DPT student realizes there comes a time and a place for her to study, and since this has been a goal of mine for a very long time, I take it quite serious. For the next few weeks, there will be no dinners or breakfasts on the dining room table. This is my desk, my "please don't disturb me" spot. I find an average of 20 hours a week more than enough to complete the lectures and review test questions. Most of this is done at the end of the day now, when most people are watching television and finding shows to talk about the next day at work. I have been able to reduce my satellite plan, since I don't watch television anymore, and find myself actually enjoying the newspaper again before I use it to line the bird cages.

Every day I learn something new from my professors. The information is quite practical, as well. For example, upon questioning a new patient the other day, I was able to determine if a patient with a "vestibular" diagnosis was appropriate for vestibular rehabilitation, based on her symptoms, medications and past history. Not only that, but I was also pleased to be able to share what I learned with this patient and her husband, as well as the primary care physician who referred this patient to our center. The vestibular system was not even discussed in school over 20 years ago, and with therapists becoming more educated in this type of treatment, we can add this tool to our bag of tricks. At the least, we can screen patients who may benefit from it, possibly reducing their fall risk and enhancing the quality of their lives.

This is the time for listening to lectures. Dedication and hard work are paying off. Time for the earphones and the three-inch binders with lecture handouts and highlighters. This is actually quite enjoyable, and possible as long as boundaries are set and timeframes are within reason. By next week, I should be close to finished with one class, as well as progressing through my favorite subject, Women's Health.

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