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Striving to Be a DPT

Wound Care PT

Published September 2, 2014 5:08 PM by Jocelyn Wallace

One of my classes this semester is titled "Integumentary." The course covers a variety of topics related to the skin but is centered largely on wound care. In the first two days of the course we've learned dozens of dermatological terms, staging for different types of ulcers, wound and burn classifications and more. We've also seen a ton of shocking pictures. More shocking, however, is that I actually like it!

I've enjoyed studying wound care a lot so far. It's interesting to consider the functional limitations that wounds place on patients, and the topics we've covered so far have given me the impression there's a lot of room for seeing quick progress. Soon, we will add lab components to the class and I'm excited for that. We'll learn soft-tissue mobilization, wound debridement, callous shaving etc. Sounds exciting, right? I certainly didn't think so a week ago.

While I hope my interest in wound care doesn't wane, I've learned an important lesson either way -- keep an open mind. My primary interest coming into school was outpatient orthopedics, specifically pediatrics. Now, just a week into the semester, my head is already spinning with the possibilities (and not just about wound care). My pathology and pharmacology course has me interested in acute care, the stories my kinesiology professor has to tell about spinal cord injury patients are incredibly inspirational... the list goes on.

Overall, I'm more excited for this journey than ever and am looking forward to learning all that I can. Hopefully my head can keep spinning without coming off!

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