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Transition to Rehab Management

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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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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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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Burning the Candle at Both Ends
by Karen Schiff
As the dust begins to settle from separating one department into two, this extended break from school allows me to get a grasp on what being a manager really entails in an outpatient rehabilitation facility. From balancing payroll to juggling hours in Read More...
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In Preparation for the DPT
by Karen Schiff
Amazing what can happen in one week. In a major healthcare system of a large metropolitan area surrounded by water, we've successfully accomplished separating pediatric from adult rehabilitation in preparation for our growth as the Rehabilitation Institute 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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Two Options
by Karen Schiff
Numerous case reports and journal articles later, I'm contemplating two separate case reports for my final project in the quest for my DPT. The position I'm in now is trying to decide between two trauma patients and their complicated surgical procedures, Read More...
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Sweet Procrastination
by Karen Schiff
As the acuity of my vision improves in this new role of manager, I realize my attention has been drawn only toward work and home. Successfully completing a final exam in school has left me relieved, but perhaps a little too relaxed in regard to working Read More...
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Last Day
by Karen Schiff
My final day at Memorial Hospital West (MHW) outpatient rehabilitation has arrived. After 20 years of practice, the day has arrived when I'll walk out the doors as a senior physical therapist. This is where I practiced, learned, experienced, and enjoyed Read More...
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A New Role
by Karen Schiff
" A New Beginning " was a topic I covered over the past few weeks. As a firm believer in rapid, positive change with unbridled energy, I decided to apply for a higher position within my healthcare system. As of this week, I was honored with the offering Read More...
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The Year in Review
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 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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Staying Profitable and Productive
by Karen Schiff
One thing is true in the field of rehabilitation: Change is constant. This has never been more true than at the present time. Within the past year, there have been staffing shortages followed by staffing surplus; needed equipment, but not enough room; Read More...
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PT Advocacy
by Karen Schiff
As a therapist and candidate for a doctorate in physical therapy, I have several opportunities to speak up and make a statement for the patients we treat on a daily basis. Over the past year and a half, I've learned it is in our scope of practice to make Read More...
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