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Scheduling Conflict
by Michael Kelley
I've got a bone to pick with you outpatient therapists! When I first started working at the hospital, our inpatient office was right next door to the front office of our outpatient department. It was pretty easy to listen to some of the phone calls come Read More...
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Student and Patient Communication
by Michael Kelley
So I had a student start a couple weeks ago. You may recall I wanted to have a "student summit" this summer , but unfortunately it got bogged down in some administrative red tape. Needless to say it's been tentatively scheduled for this fall after my Read More...
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New Beginnings
by Michael Kelley
For many in this country, the beginning of July is marked by celebrations of America's independence. Parades, BBQs, fireworks... it's all part of the annual celebration of this land we call home. But for those of us in the healthcare field, the beginning Read More...
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Are You Competent?
by Michael Kelley
Every year, our department completes a series of competencies designed to ensure our compliance with and understanding of basic hospital policies and procedures as well as more departmental-specific things. It is apparently a Joint Commission requirement Read More...
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Job Prospects
by Michael Kelley
Over the course of the past couple of weeks, we've had a few new grads interviewing for positions within the corporation. It got me wondering, what is the PT job market like these days? Back in 2009 (happy five years since graduation for me!), I remember Read More...
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Turnover and Guilt
by Michael Kelley
When I first interviewed for my current position, my supervisor told me up front that the average turnover rate for new therapists was six years. At the time, as a new grad, I was kind of surprised this potential employer was so up front about this type Read More...
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Locked-In and Speaking Up
by Michael Kelley
Colleen Shaw, a 20-something aspiring filmmaker living and working in New York. Patrick Stein, a 20-something man living with Locked-In Syndrome. Two lives that couldn't be more different but have come together to tell a remarkable story in a very remarkable Read More...
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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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