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A Salute to Occupational Therapists
by Michael Kelley
April is National Occupational Therapy Month, so I'm devoting this week's blog to honoring all occupational therapists and the great work that they do! In PT school, I don't remember learning a lot about OTs. During my clinical rotations I had the opportunity Read More...
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Can You Describe Your Dizziness?
by Michael Kelley
We've all seen it before... a patient comes into your hospital or clinic complaining of the dreaded "dizziness." It's been said that dizziness is one of the most difficult subjective symptoms to diagnose because it can be caused by such a wide variety Read More...
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The PT Student Summit
by Michael Kelley
Over the past few months we've had a couple PT students come and go. Most of them were somewhere in the middle of their clinical education and had no idea what they wanted to do with their PT degree upon graduation. As I watched the various CIs and students Read More...
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When the Teacher Becomes the Patient
by Michael Kelley
I had an interesting experience at work this week. I had a patient who started asking me all sorts of questions about where I went to school and whether I was paid well and things like that. I asked this patient if they were familiar with the PT profession. Read More...
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Hum-PT-y Dum-PT-y Sat on a Wall
by Michael Kelley
Editor's Note: Throughout the month of February, ADVANCE bloggers Michael Kelley and Lisa Mueller will post "Dueling Blogs," in which they argue opposing sides of the same issue. Topic #4 -- "What Is the Biggest Challenge to the PT Profession?") When Read More...
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The APTA -- Why Bother?
by Michael Kelley
(Editor's Note: Throughout the month of February, ADVANCE bloggers Michael Kelley and Lisa Mueller will post "Dueling Blogs," in which they argue opposing sides of the same issue. Topic #1 -- "Is APTA Membership Valuable?") I was an APTA member for one Read More...
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How Sick Is Too Sick?
by Michael Kelley
When I was a student, I did a clinical rotation at a children's hospital. Now anyone who has worked with kids before or even has kids of their own are well aware of the fact that kids can be, well, germy. Very, very germy. Needless to say, six weeks into Read More...
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Outpatient PT -- A Different World
by Michael Kelley
So like all PT students, I did one of my clinical rotations at an outpatient clinic. Mine was 10 weeks in a private practice clinic down in North Carolina. My CI was great and I did learn a lot, but really, that was the extent of my outpatient experience. Read More...
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Health Education
by Michael Kelley
So I live in Chicago. A fact that anyone who knows me would say I'm acutely proud of. And here in the Windy City, we have a saying during our election cycle: "Vote early, vote often." Now this post isn't going to be about Chicago or voting or politics. Read More...
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The Great Weight Debate
by Michael Kelley
I'm going to take a stab this week at a rather touchy subject. If you haven't already figured it out, one of my passions in life is being active. I'm not some sort of gym-rat or anything like that, but I try to eat healthy and work out regularly. I was Read More...
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The Doctor is In?
by Michael Kelley
I'm sure it's been written about before, but I'm going to throw my two cents into the mix on the "D" in "DPT." Last weekend I was out of town and stayed with a cousin of my mom's. At some point during their phone conversations before I arrived, my mom Read More...
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Healthcare.gov
by Michael Kelley
The Affordable Care Act has endured many tests. Since being passed in 2009 by the Democratically controlled congress and signed into law by President Obama, it has arguably endured more scrutiny than any other piece of legislation in recent memory. In Read More...
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Hospital Relationships
by Michael Kelley
We all know that in a hospital, we work as a team. And within that team, certain relationships develop. Now this isn't going to be a post about "Grey's Anatomy"-like activity in the on-call rooms. No, this is going to be a post about navigating relationships Read More...
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PT and the Poverty Line
by Michael Kelley
I had a teacher in PT school who told us the best first job he ever had was working in an inner-city hospital treating patients with low incomes or limited financial resources. He liked the job because this lack of resources challenged him to think outside Read More...
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Annual Reviews and Shutdown Blues
by Michael Kelley
It's Monday night, and as I sit here watching CNN's coverage of the impending government shutdown, I started to write a post about the shutdown and the Affordable Care Act and how they're all related and not related etc. But then I started hearing congressmen Read More...
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