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Transition to Rehab Management

Clinical Ladder
by Karen Schiff
Creating an environment that is conducive to staff development has always been at the heart of many healthcare systems. What about self-development? From personal experience, I've learned that many systems don't always support clinical staff education. Read More...
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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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DPT Completed
by Karen Schiff
Career goal completed. I officially received my doctorate of physical therapy on August 16, 2013, from Shenandoah University in Winchester, Va. The week was filled with an amazing vacation with my two daughters, followed by a reunion with one of several Read More...
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Pre-Grad Vacation
by Karen Schiff
A few days before graduation in a bustling, hectic city brings excitement and quality time with two great traveling companions. You would think that completing a transitional doctorate of physical therapy program would bring me insight on how to navigate Read More...
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Looking Ahead
by Karen Schiff
The "Big Day" is arriving. Not a moment too soon. As my daughters and I pack our bags to take our family trip and attend my graduation, we reminisce about our last vacations together, and quickly agree that this will be the best vacation we have ever 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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Preparing for Second Submission
by Karen Schiff
The first draft of my case report literally created sweat, tears, and probably a little hypertension. Having turned it in and not hearing a response was a relief, yet worrisome in that I wanted to make sure my mentor actually received the document. After 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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Consumed by a Case Report
by Karen Schiff
When it rains, it pours. That's the only thing I can think of as I write endlessly into the night about pelvic fractures, aquatic therapy, and my case report. Sentences are not scarce, and the time to condense the content of this paper is coming this Read More...
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Taking a Look Back for Rejuvenation
by Karen Schiff
Organizing a case report is proving to be more challenging than ever. Although my patient case is, in my estimation, a complicated issue, I thought for sure that I'd have more than enough to research and background information to present than I'd know Read More...
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