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  • My First Job

    I'm happy to report that my interview went well enough to yield the ultimate goal -- a job offer! I got two calls on Tuesday (April Fool's Day), one at work and one on my cell phone, however managed to miss both. Not my best performance, but maybe I would have thought it was a joke if I actually did answer. My future boss called back on Wednesday, ...
    Posted to Journey of a DPT Student (Weblog) on April 7, 2014
  • Turnover

    Have you read ADVANCE blogger Allison's post this week about her first resignation from a physical therapy job? It sparked a lot of comments (mostly about the PTA role), but it also got me thinking about her comment on ''greener pastures.'' We all often consider the pros and cons of various employment opportunities, like any other profession ...
    Posted to PT and the City (Weblog) on April 3, 2014
  • My Worlds are Colliding

    Anyone who knows me is aware that I have two lives. One is my professional life. The other is my horses. Thanks to planning and a little luck, I've always been able to avoid scheduling conflicts. Sure there's been the occasional afternoon scramble to leave work in time to make a lesson. And obviously one of the reasons I work as much as I do is to ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on April 1, 2014
  • The First Real Interview

    I sat for my first interview on Friday. I was sweating the entire time. I wore a scarf and had to take it off. I usually don't get very nervous for interviews, but for some reason when the interviewer started to go through the benefits packages, I started to realize how important the next 1-2 hours were going to be. Health insurance, you say? You ...
    Posted to Journey of a DPT Student (Weblog) on March 31, 2014
  • 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
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