Back to the Books
Finally, after a hiatus of approximately two months from my studies, school is back in session. This semester is one credit, which doesn't mean there isn't much to do. On the contrary, it has come to my attention that classes giving the least credit for the work require more busy work than two-hour credit classes. As I enter each semester, I look forward to the coursework and expect it will be the most enlightening course I may ever encounter; and again, I'm admitting the same for the Spring semester. This class will teach my classmates and I how to choose a case report, and write in the most professional standards, an abstract that will allow us to proceed with our graduation this summer.
To begin this semester, I've been reading a most fascinating book aimed directly at how to prepare and write a case report. The material is easy to read and actually entertaining. Written by a physical therapist for physical therapists, it seems minimally challenging to actually come up with a case report. However, knowing what I've experienced over the past year-and-a-half studying for the DPT, I know this won't be the case. The next step is to read three articles, followed by another 10 articles that we will be tested on in order to comply with passing this course.
Last year, I painfully made it through a class that taught me, in great detail, the statistics and research that go along with explaining why we do what we do every day. The skills learned from that class will be used functionally for this semester's class; however, I'll be reviewing the literature "out there" in order to support (or reject) the decisions made by me for a patient I've worked with. Finally, I'll develop an abstract for my case report, which I'll be preparing in the final semester in my quest for my doctorate of physical therapy.
All of this excitement is taking place as I complete my final two weeks in the rehabilitation department I've worked in for the past 20 years. One more week to complete performance appraisals for some of the most amazing people I've ever met, as well as encourage others who I feel would grow from promoting themselves to a position that I'm leaving behind. As I prepare for the next chapter of my life and journey, I'm thankful for the opportunity that has presented itself, to promote what I've learned and experienced, and use as support for new staff in my healthcare system.