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Role Reversal
by Michael Kelley
So this week, my dad had to have a GI surgery (I'll spare you the gory details) and he is currently in the hospital where he will stay for a few nights while he recovers. Due to his insurance, he had the surgery at one of my hospital system's biggest Read More...
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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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Into Thin Air
by Michael Kelley
I had the pleasure of spending this past weekend out in the beautiful Colorado Rockies. A good friend of mine attempted to run a 50-mile ultra marathon in the mountains (sadly, he had to drop out... the 12,000-plus feet of altitude got to him pretty early 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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Parkinson's Problems
by Michael Kelley
According to the National Parkinson's Foundation, nearly 1 million people in the US are currently living with Parkinson's Disease, with an estimated 50,000-60,00 new diagnoses each year. Here in the US, the CDC has identified it as the 14 th -leading Read More...
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Professionalism vs. Personality
by Michael Kelley
So a while back, I was working with a patient who just had a total knee replacement. She was mobilizing well, but kept looking down at her feet while she walked. So I stood next to her and looked down at the ground where she was looking and said, "I have Read More...
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Patient or Victim?
by Michael Kelley
This past weekend most of us in the US enjoyed a nice three-day weekend in honor of Memorial Day. I had the opportunity to catch up on some news and came across an article online about a soldier who had lost all four limbs after a bomb exploded under Read More...
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The Joint Commission is Coming!
by Michael Kelley
Well, it's that time again. Our hospital system is up for reaccreditation from the Joint Commission. This will be the fourth accreditation I have gone through now (we've had two for when we became a certified stroke center and one general accreditation 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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Running for Boston
by Michael Kelley
In the fall of 1993, at the ripe old age of seven, I followed my older brother to Portage Park a couple blocks from our house to our grade school's cross country team practice. In what I'm sure was a pretty pathetic effort, I ran my mile around the park Read More...
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