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Transition to Rehab Management

Eye on the DPT

Published August 23, 2012 5:20 PM by Karen Schiff

The new semester begins Monday, Aug. 27, in the pursuit of my DPT. This semester brings with it three classes, which is one more than I'm used to having. However, after being in the program for more than a year already, I believe my classmates and I have developed strategic studying techniques and timelines for completing projects and exams. After all, all five of us work full-time and all but one of us has children at home. With two of us raising our children alone, we have found it necessary to schedule studying time around boy scouts, martial arts, tutoring and teaching teenagers to drive, just to name a few "extracurricular" activities.

Thankfully we have until December to complete three courses. Although it would be quite easy to procrastinate with life's interruptions, my study buddy and I manage to support and motivate each other. Just yesterday, one of us needed a veterinarian for one of our many pets at home, and I remembered a vet I assisted with her very difficult schedule for OT. A message from my study buddy last night confirmed that we are all there for each other, as the vet acknowledged her appreciation for our help in therapy and took care of her sick cat.

This week is bringing a little bit more concern for us with the threat of Tropical Storm Isaac approaching. Our children started school this week and are just getting into the groove of things. The fact that Aug. 23 is the 20th anniversary of Hurricane Andrew certainly keeps us on our toes. As a community and a strong family of therapists, we will be there for each other and our families.

Every day is a test of our dedication to education, our families and careers. Always striving to do the right thing to serve as an example to others, especially our children and our community, will continue to raise us as professionals in our field. As this year begins, we anticipate the addition of DPT after our signature. We have our eyes on our DPTs, and we will enjoy the trials and tribulations of this final year.

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