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Is It Really About Autonomous PT Practice?
by Toni Patt
My post last month, " The DPT: How Did They Miss This? " has generated numerous comments on the ADVANCE website, almost entirely from readers who agreed with its content. One exception, however, was an assistant professor of physical therapy who stated Read More...
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Are There Enough PT Schools?
by Toni Patt
Besides volunteering recently at the Texas Physical Therapy Association (TPTA) annual conference, I also had a chance to meet with both professionals and students. It turned out the number of PT schools is a hot topic in the profession. The answer depends Read More...
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How to Get Elected to the APTA
by Toni Patt
Last weekend was the Texas Physical Therapy Association annual conference. Before the conference began, I attended a board meeting. Among the items on the agenda was a nomination to the APTA. Being curious, I asked what the process was to be nominated Read More...
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The DPT: How Did They Miss This?
by Toni Patt
The more I talk to therapists around the country, the more I get the impression very few of us think that requiring the DPT as the entry-level degree for the profession was a good idea. Taken apart from other issues, the DPT is a good thing. But as the Read More...
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There Aren't As Many PT Jobs As Before
by Toni Patt
I just got back from a teaching trip in two larger cities near Lake Erie. I was lucky in that I was able to eat lunch with some of the attendees. Both times the discussion eventually turned to concerns about our profession. They had a different perspective Read More...
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A Mobility Issue I Never Thought About
by Toni Patt
On my way home from work today, I stopped at the grocery store. As I was walking to the front door, a woman stopped me. She had one of those electric shopping carts and asked if I would please drive it back into the store for her. I must have looked shocked Read More...
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Ensuring Proper Translation with Patients
by Toni Patt
My hospital serves a large population of non-English-speaking patients. At any given time, one-third to one-half of my caseload speaks Spanish. As a result, the Interpreter Services Department was created. They either employ or contract for interpreters Read More...
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The PT Job Search Continues
by Toni Patt
This week I thought I'd follow up on my friend's job search . She graduated the same year I did and lost her job last month. I'm tracking her progress because the plight of experienced therapists seeking work is completely overshadowed by how new grads Read More...
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The Skilled Nursing Facility Conundrum
by Toni Patt
Last week I was involved in a discussion regarding membership in the APTA. For once the topic wasn't new graduates but therapists who were members but no longer are. The question was, what would it take to bring them back in? What do they value? I responded Read More...
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Facilities Don't Want to Pay for PT Experience
by Toni Patt
Previously I've written about the financial burden on newly graduated DPTs . If undergraduate costs are included, a new graduate could be as much as $100,000 in debt. The debt is driving decisions about jobs, salaries and benefits. Until last week, I Read More...
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Why Nothing Will Change at the APTA
by Toni Patt
In my last blog , I described my concerns that nothing will change with the APTA, expensive consultant group or not. I expect them to continue with the same message but repackage with new words. I see subtlety in their future. The reason I don't expect Read More...
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Is the APTA Repackaging an Old Message?
by Toni Patt
I've spent more time thinking about the "new" APTA. This could be a golden opportunity for the APTA to reinvent itself and address the needs of its current non-members. By asking questions and actually listening to the answers, its membership might grow Read More...
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Texas Is Getting Another PT School
by Toni Patt
I recently learned Houston is getting another PT school. It's still in the planning stages. They are looking for individuals to develop and open the school. I'm not sure how long that takes but I would guess it will be a few years before the first class Read More...
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What Can We Do About the Problems Facing Physical Therapy?
by Toni Patt
For the past few weeks, I've been blogging about problems within the profession of physical therapy and our frustrations over them . Everyone agrees on the problems. There is probably some disagreement on which ones should be addressed first. After all, Read More...
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The Future of the Physical Therapy Profession?
by Toni Patt
As I read the responses to my latest blog on the ADVANCE website and Facebook page , I noticed a couple trends. First, why would the APTA push the DPT without consideration of the economic consequences for new graduates and the profession in general? Read More...
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