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  • Big Decisions

    Well, it's about time to start seriously considering what in the world I'm going to do with my life (and where). Anyone who can count their time to graduation in weeks is likely feeling the same way. With exactly four weeks left until I finish my clinical rotation, I'm starting to feel major pressure to find a job, pick a city, and think about the ...
    Posted to Journey of a DPT Student (Weblog) on March 25, 2014
  • The PT Student Summit

    Over the past few months we've had a couple PT students come and go. Most of them were somewhere in the middle of their clinical education and had no idea what they wanted to do with their PT degree upon graduation. As I watched the various CIs and students interact with patients, families, other medical staff and each other, I found that from my ...
    Posted to PT on the Run (Weblog) on March 19, 2014
  • Planning Vacation Time

    I'll write this post as a warning to PT students who have a lengthy clinical rotation leading up to graduation. If you're like me, you'll find yourself six weeks from graduation and realize that you haven't taken much time off since you started the rotation. Despite your desire to keep functioning like a full-time clinician, you'll realize it ...
    Posted to Journey of a DPT Student (Weblog) on March 19, 2014
  • Diversify My Options

    I'm coming up on my 3-year anniversary with the skilled nursing facility where I currently work. I remember vividly the phone call from my rehab director informing me that I was hired on as a PTA. It was an incredible high -- having just graduated from the PTA program not but two weeks before. Honestly, it felt like I'd won the lottery, having ...
    Posted to Life of a PTA (Weblog) on March 14, 2014
  • Team-Based Care

    Over the past few months, I've heard more and more about the patient-centered medical home (PCMH) model of healthcare. I typically think about healthcare models in the silos my physical therapy clinical rotations were centered on: inpatient, outpatient, or a skilled nursing facility. The idea of healthcare facilities as a ''home'' elicits a ...
    Posted to PT and the City (Weblog) on March 14, 2014
  • Beyond Multidisciplinary

    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 about people? Once a person becomes a patient, something has already gone wrong. This is where ...
    Posted to PT and the Greater Good (Weblog) on March 12, 2014
  • Morals vs. Rules

    I was having a conversation with a fellow classmate about interacting with patients outside the clinic, and we got to wondering about what's allowed and not allowed. In the particular case that we were talking about, my friend ran into a patient over his lunch break. The patient, a 20-something male with CP who has a tough time walking, was having ...
    Posted to Journey of a DPT Student (Weblog) on March 11, 2014
  • Expanding Journal Clubs

    As I've written before, I enjoy reading books. Books allow me the opportunity to learn something new, and although they may not be directly related to physical therapy, almost always improve my professional practice. One of my favorite books, Blink by Malcolm Gladwell, for example, has no reference to physical therapy but helped me to understand ...
    Posted to PT and the City (Weblog) on March 7, 2014
  • When the Teacher Becomes the Patient

    I had an interesting experience at work this week. I had a patient who started asking me all sorts of questions about where I went to school and whether I was paid well and things like that. I asked this patient if they were familiar with the PT profession. Their response was a cryptic and simple ''yes.'' Then I asked (rather cryptically, I might ...
    Posted to PT on the Run (Weblog) on March 7, 2014
  • Customer Service

    I don't think you can work in healthcare for any length of time without attending the mandatory customer service inservice. It usually includes a segment on making upset customers happy. In our case, that would be patients and families. One strategy is to listen, verbalize back and then address each complaint. I'm skeptical when I hear that. It ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on March 5, 2014
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