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Transition to Rehab Management

The Year in Review

Published December 20, 2012 11:02 AM by Karen Schiff

As this year comes to a close, I'd like to reflect on a most productive, busy and emotional past 12 months. Final grades have arrived this morning for the fall semester of the DPT program. My capstone project will begin very soon. After narrowing down my choices to two patients, this week I came across two more interesting patients who are potential candidates for this project. Just when I thought I'd made my decision, I realized that perhaps a bit more thought should be put into the decision. Time will tell as my patients attend physical therapy.

This past year has brought changes to our outpatient department, including an overhaul of therapists' schedules in order to accommodate our patients' needs. Starting in January, the changes will take effect in the hope of reducing congestion in our center, which can be quite overwhelming with 40-plus PTs, OTs and STs. We've managed to keep all staff on the schedule, with their (occasional) struggle to accommodate the needs of the population we treat. On top of this, outpatient rehabilitation at our facility will join with our other facilities to become a centralized Rehabilitation Institute of South Florida, providing the most comprehensive care in the region.

The year has been most productive with school and work. Most of us can relate to the busy, emotional lifestyle that comes with working full-time and maintaining a healthy, happy home. As for my daughters and I, we made it through the year by experiencing and understanding that we have each other to count on, unconditionally. One daughter graduating high school and starting college; the other learning to drive; both joining with me to volunteer and support our community, especially the victims of domestic violence.

Although each one of us remains busy with school, work and community, we still manage to communicate effectively to support one another and our daily routine. Especially now, with recent tragedies taking place, it's just as important to remain strong and vigilant in reaching our goals and supporting each other along the way. We cannot do it alone, as my coworkers/ doctoral candidates will agree. The next year will bring even more change, for the positive, for all of us. I wish everyone a happy, healthy and prosperous new year!

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