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  • The Gold Medal of PT Settings

    (Editor's Note: Throughout the month of February, ADVANCE bloggers Michael Kelley and Lisa Mueller 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?'') Over the past couple of years, I've started to see a clear dichotomy of ...
    Posted to PT on the Run (Weblog) on February 20, 2014
  • Outpatient PT -- A Different World

    So like all PT students, I did one of my clinical rotations at an outpatient clinic. Mine was 10 weeks in a private practice clinic down in North Carolina. My CI was great and I did learn a lot, but really, that was the extent of my outpatient experience. Even as a student, I knew the outpatient setting wasn't where I wanted to start my PT career. ...
    Posted to PT on the Run (Weblog) on December 18, 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
  • Back to Basics

    In case you haven't followed the past few blogs, I started a new clinical on Monday after having spent six months in an inpatient rehab setting. I'm now interning at an outpatient center where the patient population spans the entire gamut -- orthopedics, neurological, cardiopulmonary, post-op, chronic pain, worker's comp etc. With all of the ...
    Posted to Journey of a DPT Student (Weblog) on November 11, 2013
  • Can Someone Please Turn the Physical Therapist in My Head Off?

    I love running. I love it so much that in the past five years I have done the following: 2009 Chicago Half Marathon 2009 Chicago Marathon 2010 Arizona Rock 'n' Roll Marathon 2010 Madison Half Marathon 2010 Pewaukee Sprint Triathlon 2010 Chicago Olympic Distance Triathlon 2010 Chicago Marathon 2011 Door County Half Ironman ...
    Posted to PT on the Run (Weblog) on August 7, 2013
  • How to Decide on a Clinical Placement

    At the end of October, we start the interview process that will ultimately determine our clinical rotations during our third year. In my program, the final year of the program is entirely clinical with either two six- month placements or one 12-month placement. While everyone is required to attend two general interviews, one inpatient and one ...
    Posted to Journey of a DPT Student (Weblog) on September 10, 2012
  • ‘Repeat Offenders'

    Another eventful week in outpatient rehabilitation. Seems as though we are seeing many ''repeat offenders,'' as some call them; however, for different diagnoses than before. Working in the same facility for 20 years, we have patients who started with us when the hospital opened. They are proud of the fact that they knew us ''back in the day,'' ...
    Posted to Transition to Rehab Management (Weblog) on April 26, 2012
  • One PTA's Wish This Holiday Season

    Dubbed the 2010 PT Fundraising Drive, donations are being collected throughout Rhode Island to benefit the local chapter of Make-A-Wish Foundation. With a long history of individual charitable pursuits, Kevin Silvia, PTA, CSCS, of Performance Physical Therapy in Rhode Island, set out to do something bigger and better this year. With an outpouring ...
  • Improved Access for Patients

    The services offered by outpatient rehab facilities need to be considered and revamped regularly. But when was the last time that the physical space's impact on access to care was taken into consideration? The outpatient rehabilitation center at UCLA in Santa Monica, CA, has recently taken measures to improve access to care. The facility has ...