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Transition to Rehab Management

Moving Forward
by Karen Schiff
The transition to becoming a doctor of physical therapy has come to an end. The celebration continues as I learn how a busy outpatient department runs in the midst of major clinical changes, including the transition to computerized documentation and renovation Read More...
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Case Report Accepted
by Karen Schiff
The day has finally arrived. The conclusion of the DPT program came just a few days ago, when I received the "green light" from my mentor. After two years of preparation, the day has come where I can close my laptop on my distance-based, transitional Read More...
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PT School: Two Weeks Left
by Karen Schiff
With just two weeks left of school, and fresh from hitting the "send" button for my third submission, I'm feeling a little pressure coming off my shoulders. While taking a break from rewriting my introduction and discussion (again, yes, again ), I've Read More...
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A Sense of Accomplishment
by Karen Schiff
Taking a day off work before I leave for Shenandoah University to attend the final onsite class for my DPT was more than just necessary. The last two weeks have been challenging, to say the least. Thank goodness my director suggested I take a day off Read More...
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Time is Running Out
by Karen Schiff
Just when I thought I had it all figured out, my entire background and discussion need to be re-written. Don't get me wrong: I realize that my mentor's comments are entirely true and acceptable. Thankfully, he offers suggestions to assist me with the Read More...
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Relief In Sight
by Karen Schiff
A weight has been lifted from my shoulders. The first submission has been emailed to my mentor. Now is the time to take a deep breath and pray for a clean return of my case report. After months of sweat, sleepless nights, and emotional ups and downs, Read More...
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Making Changes
by Karen Schiff
Preparing a case report for initial submission isn't as simple as I thought it would be. Having followed the guidelines set forth by the APTA website for the content necessary in a case report, I failed to achieve a very important part: limited word count. Read More...
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Investing in Our Future
by Karen Schiff
Along with all the chaos that accompanies a capstone project, additional pressing issues come to the front lines. Within the past few months, the subject of G-Codes has taken up a majority of time in regard to educating ourselves, clinical and ancillary Read More...
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Good Timing
by Karen Schiff
A short break between semesters has proven to come at the best time for me. Today brings with it a major change in my facility, where one department is becoming two. Employees have been preparing for months for this change, with hopes that everything Read More...
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Light at the End of the Tunnel
by Karen Schiff
Registration for the final two courses has taken place. Mental, physical and emotional preparation is next on my agenda. Although I have a pretty good idea about what my case report will be, I often question myself and my ability to develop a doctoral-level Read More...
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Organized Chaos
by Karen Schiff
As we move toward the formation of a major rehabilitation provider in the region, meetings, conference calls and webinars fill my schedule. My new role is quickly becoming a challenge, in that therapists are being designated as working for the adult hospital, Read More...
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Graduation Day
by Karen Schiff
A big year is in the making. I've successfully completed training to become a Guardian Ad Litem. The next step is to wait for a case to be assigned to me. Quite often, friends and family question me about how I'll manage the guardianship of a minor or Read More...
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Adding to my Plate
by Karen Schiff
Literature reviews, reading case reports, contemplating how to approach this case study, gathering sources for a case report. A hectic week has kept me on my toes, as I work in an extremely busy outpatient department and juggle my school responsibilities, Read More...
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Lessons Unexpected
by Karen Schiff
Completing the fall semester early led me to believe that my first week would be relaxed and quiet. Unfortunately, this was not the case. As the senior physical therapist in a busy outpatient department, I'm expected to mentor, counsel and discipline Read More...
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Fall Semester Done
by Karen Schiff
After much sweat and tears this past semester, I've finally managed to finish my three online classes for my DPT with a month to spare. It was perhaps the most challenging semester so far, with a class titled "Direct Access." Having worked 20-plus years Read More...
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