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PT and the Greater Good

My Mentor, My Inspiration
by Dean Metz
For my birthday, I've treated myself to phone calls to friends and family back in the States. I just got off the line with the person who I can say is the reason I became a PT/physiotherapist. I had been in my mid-20s and the whole starving actor gig Read More...
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What if You Could Impact the Milliman Guidelines?
by Dean Metz
When I was working for a managed care company back in New York, the Milliman Guidelines were the book that drove levels of care and reimbursement. Treatments were approved or denied based on what was in that book. In the UK, the NHS is actually a single Read More...
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Presenting, Presenting, Presenting...
by Dean Metz
I got word today that the abstract for our study on the clinical and financial efficacy of our fall prevention clinic has been approved for a poster presentation at the annual Physiotherapy UK conference in Birmingham in October. I'm very pleased. While Read More...
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Beyond Multidisciplinary
by Dean Metz
Most of us are well familiar with a multidisciplinary approach to meeting all of a patient's needs. Input from doctors, nursing, OT, PT, speech, and social work help us to provide better outcomes for patients. Notice the key word there... patients. What Read More...
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Finally Merging Physio and Public Health!
by Dean Metz
Next week I'm giving a presentation to the local authority and public health department on the problem of falling in older adults and what needs to be done about it. It's helpful that this is the same town I did my master's thesis on and that I'm starting Read More...
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Autonomous Since 1977
by Dean Metz
I found out some interesting facts when I attended the Physiotherapy UK conference two weeks ago. One that surprised me was that physios have not required a medical referral to treat since 1978. Physiotherapy was recognized as an autonomous profession Read More...
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Medical Tourism
by Dean Metz
Over the years that I've been blogging about my findings whilst working here in the UK, I've had more than a few people state something like, "Well if the care is so good there, why do so many people come to the USA for the best treatment?" Some people Read More...
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The Best Medicine
by Dean Metz
I've just returned from the Physiotherapy 2013 conference in Birmingham, England. I never thought I would say this, but it's probably the best thing I've done for my career in the past decade. The speakers were inspirational. One of the main themes was Read More...
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Learning to Say, ‘No. Thank You.'
by Dean Metz
So I've been back in England a month now. It is good to be home. The work of looking for employment can be more exhausting than simply being an active physiotherapist! Recruitment agency interviews, collecting data on immunizations and titers and such, Read More...
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Is This a Way to Get a Job?
by Dean Metz
I landed in England a week ago and am finally getting over the jet lag and readjusting to the different culture over here. Lots of "Oh yeah, that's right!" moments such as remembering bathroom light switches are on the outside of the door (Unless it's Read More...
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Continuing Education Continues
by Dean Metz
So I'm back in the US about six months now and I've got a massive amount of continuing education to do. Before anyone starts wagging fingers about "serves you right" or anything else that sounds like your mother scolding, I had to do lots of CPD (continuous Read More...
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Three Down...
by Dean Metz
The Physiotherapy UK 2012 conference was in Liverpool this weekend. As I'm now in New York, I couldn't make it to defend the poster of my research, but I left that task in the capable hands of my second author. Unfortunately, she had some serious family Read More...
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How Do You Say, "Thank you?"
by Dean Metz
For the past three years, I've had the wonderful experience of working and living in a world previously unknown to me. I arrived with lots of clinical experience and ideas from home to a place at once familiar and foreign. The language was both comfortable Read More...
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My Timing Stinks
by Dean Metz
I've been so psyched about presenting a poster at the Physiotherapy UK conference in Liverpool in October. The poster proof came back today and it looks really great! This would be my first conference here and the very first time I would present, exciting Read More...
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The Learning Portfolio
by Dean Metz
Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is a requirement to remain registered with the Health Professions Council (HPC) and able to practice here in the United Kingdom. It is similar to continuing education (CE) but has some vast differences. Most notably, Read More...
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    Dean Metz
    Occupation: Staff Development Specialist
    Setting: New York, NY – Newcastle Upon Tyne, Great Britain
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