Semester Three of Nine
This past Monday was the start of my third semester of physical therapy school. My classes include Clinical Practicum 1, Cardiopulmonary PT, Intro to Research Methods and Data Analysis, Gerontology, Neuroanatomy, Healthcare Educator and Clinical Skills 2. Seems like a lot, right? Well so far it doesn't seem so bad! The schedule is not nearly as heavy on exams as last semester and we will be doing a lot of group work.
Another change this semester is that some of the classes only last for a number of weeks. Gerontology, for example, is over in 6 weeks and consists of mostly guest lectures, assignments and a take-home final exam. It also seems like we're going to have a lot more lab experience this time around, with Clinical Skills 2 and Cardiopulmonary being very lab-intensive.
The thing I'm most looking forward to is Clinical Practicum 1. This is not a class, per se, but a series of experiences. We do a few days of orientation on things like documentation and skills review, but otherwise the course consists of four full-day experiences in different PT settings. I get to visit two SNFs, one acute-care setting and the sports medicine clinic on campus, where I've been before.
In 4 short months, I'll be just about halfway done with the didactic portion of the curriculum! I'm very excited to start getting more hands-on experience and really begin to see where my interests lie within physical therapy. I'm certain that I'll have tons of lessons to learn and share on this blog during the semester.