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  • 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 ...
    Posted to Striving to Be a DPT (Weblog) on January 13, 2015
  • Getting Certifications in PT School: CSCS

    A few weeks before the end of fall semester, one of our professors came and spoke to the class about the value of obtaining certifications during school. He cited reasons such as better job opportunities, better chances at residencies and just as a way to set yourself apart overall. Since we just completed exercise physiology, I've decided to ...
    Posted to Striving to Be a DPT (Weblog) on January 5, 2015
  • My First Direct Patient Experience

    On Tuesday my class traveled to a local senior center to do a community screening. Our class of 51 was divided into groups of three students and we were assigned a patient. We weren't given any background aside from what we gathered from the patient. After completing a history, balance, strength, ROM and various other screens, we were left with a ...
    Posted to Striving to Be a DPT (Weblog) on December 9, 2014
  • My First Rotation

    This week, I found out where my first clinical rotation will be. My program begins clinical at the end of our first year, in April, at a skilled nursing facility. Mine will be in Hialeah, Fla., part of the Miami area. While I'm excited for tons of delicious coffee, I'm super nervous about the language barrier. The majority of the patients will ...
    Posted to Striving to Be a DPT (Weblog) on November 25, 2014
  • PT School Interviews

    It's about that time when applicants to physical therapy programs are getting calls and letters for interviews. They may be the scariest part about applying to PT school, but interviews are actually a lot of fun. I wound up at a school that doesn't interview but still learned a lot from the interview process about how to make the best of the ...
    Posted to Striving to Be a DPT (Weblog) on November 19, 2014
  • I'm Not Going to CSM Next Year

    For the past few weeks, I've been receiving email reminders that early registration for the 2015 APTA Combined Sections Meeting (CSM) is underway. Separate emails inform me of how to reserve housing. Another batch tries to entice me with the various topics. Naturally I go immediately to the neurological section and see how many courses will ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on November 4, 2014
  • My First National Conference: NSC 2014

    While researching and applying to physical therapy schools last year, I couldn't help but notice all the buzz about NSC, or the National Student Conclave, an annual student-centered APTA conference. Twitter was full of exciting posts about NSC and I remember it was one of the first things I looked into attending once I was accepted to a program. ...
    Posted to Striving to Be a DPT (Weblog) on November 3, 2014
  • Only TPTA Members Can Contribute

    While attending the Texas Physical Therapy Association (TPTA) annual conference last week, I got to chat with the chapter director for a few minutes. We were standing next to the election table and PAC table waiting for people to either vote, donate or both. Eventually fundraising came up. He told me something I really didn't know. Only members ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on October 29, 2014
  • Choosing the Right PT Program

    This time last year, I was just starting to hear back from PT programs and had attended my first interview. Choosing what schools to apply to and, ultimately, where to attend, was one of the hardest decisions I've ever had to make. Here are some of the things I considered to be most important: Location/Commute: The first thing I considered was ...
    Posted to Striving to Be a DPT (Weblog) on October 28, 2014
  • A Bridge from PTA to PT

    Last weekend I volunteered at the Texas Physical Therapy Association annual conference. I sat at the election table and verified membership numbers during the day. Later I helped count ballots. During the slow times, I spoke with one of the professors at a local PT school. She is in the process of developing a bridge program for PTAs to become ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on October 22, 2014
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