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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
  • Wound Care PT

    One of my classes this semester is titled ''Integumentary.'' The course covers a variety of topics related to the skin but is centered largely on wound care. In the first two days of the course we've learned dozens of dermatological terms, staging for different types of ulcers, wound and burn classifications and more. We've also seen a ton of ...
    Posted to Striving to Be a DPT (Weblog) on September 2, 2014
  • White Coat Ceremony

    A few weeks ago, our class had its White Coat Ceremony. The ceremony began with speeches about the symbolism of the white coat and what it meant to wear one. Then, similar to a graduation, we each crossed the stage and our PT2 mentors helped us put on our coats. To close, we watched slideshows of the classes before us and saw those classes receive ...
    Posted to Striving to Be a DPT (Weblog) on August 4, 2014
  • Unintended Consequences

    A while back there was some chatter among us ADVANCE bloggers on the public health issue of obesity. Since having an elevated BMI can cause a host of health problems, and Westernized nations on the whole are getting heavier and heavier, this is an area where many PTs could possibly have some input. The discussion at the time of the blogs had ...
    Posted to PT and the Greater Good (Weblog) on May 6, 2014
  • The Importance of Mentorship

    Although having only been a PTA for three years, I've found myself in conversations with many potential future SPTA candidates. Quite a few have been with bright and hardworking CNAs who I work with in skilled nursing and others have been with folks my age or older (that would be the 40+ set if you were wondering) looking into PTA as a second or ...
    Posted to Life of a PTA (Weblog) on April 18, 2014
  • PT Practice: Outpatient is Better

    (Editor's Note: Throughout the month of February, ADVANCE bloggers Lisa Mueller and Michael Kelley will post ''Dueling Blogs,'' in which they argue opposing sides of the same issue. Topic #3 -- ''Does the Inpatient or Outpatient Setting Allow Greater PT Practice?'') Since I graduated from physical therapy school almost five years ago, I've ...
    Posted to Raising the Bar in Rehab (Weblog) on February 20, 2014
  • Avoiding Burnout

    My experience working in a skilled nursing facility has many advantages including autonomy as a therapist, a bustling team atmosphere and working with my favorite group: the tough-as-nails geriatric population. However, being a full-time PTA in a SNF has its drawbacks as well. This could not be better illustrated than by the working day I just ...
    Posted to Life of a PTA (Weblog) on February 14, 2014
  • Dosage Matters

    There were two common themes at CSM this year: dosage and intensity. Every clinical presentation I attended mentioned one or the other. Intensity was defined as how hard the patient is working. Dosage referred to the number or reps or duration in the case of a static activity. In both cases, more is considered better. Last weekend I worked at a ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on February 11, 2014
  • Now Where Was I?

    Hello there, ADVANCE readers. My name is Allison Young and I've been a PTA for more than two years now in a skilled nursing facility setting. I took a year or two respite from the ''blogosphere'' to concentrate on my career and family with varying degrees of success, which I'll expand on later. To recap quickly, I began my original blog with ...
    Posted to Life of a PTA (Weblog) on December 16, 2013
  • PT Students Working Holidays

    It's the age-old question for PT students on rotation around the holidays -- will I be expected to work? There's inevitably that awkward point when the issue finally surfaces and you find yourself trying to test the waters mid-conversation. Someone brings up Thanksgiving, which spins into the winter holidays, and all of a sudden you're in a panic ...
    Posted to Journey of a DPT Student (Weblog) on December 3, 2013
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