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  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 Raising the Bar in Rehab (Weblog) on March 14, 2014
  • What Do Scores Really Mean?

    The National Health Service was in the news again this weekend, and not for good reasons.  The children's hospital in Bristol has a high mortality rate. The medical director of NHS England, Sir Bruce Keogh, has ordered an independent review of the matter, which is remarkable in that normally investigations have to go through numerous levels ...
    Posted to PT and the Greater Good (Weblog) on February 18, 2014
  • The SNF Misconception

    Way back in one of the first few quarters of the PTA program, I and many of my fellow classmates would project about what field of physical therapy we could most see ourselves working in. Most of us were on the fence. The general sentiment was work for the experience and then be choosy. Outpatient orthopedic was tempting - performing myofascial ...
    Posted to Life of a PTA (Weblog) on June 17, 2011
  • PTA: The Right Fit for You?

    Having very nearly completed my journey as a SPTA (I just took my licensing exam this week), I've thought hard about the advice I would give to a new PTA student or person thinking about the field of physical therapist assisting. Initially, I would suggest that if someone was looking for an ''easy'' two-year degree that can yield a living wage and ...
    Posted to Life of a PTA (Weblog) on June 3, 2011
  • The "Trouble" Patient

    During my student clinical rotation, I was fortunate enough to experience an inpatient, outpatient and everything in between. The patient population was vast as well. Depending on the clinical, I saw patient age ranges between 13 and 95. It struck me as interesting that the more ''difficult'' patients I met did not fall in any one age group. The ...
    Posted to Life of a PTA (Weblog) on April 8, 2011
  • CSM 2011

    This year I made it to CSM. Everything fell into place. New Orleans is 6 hours from Houston. My facility paid my registration. I found a cheap hotel room close to the convention center. Now that I'm back I'm still working on defining my perceptions and experiences. My attention span gradually decreased as the conference continued. By the last ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on February 15, 2011
  • Biostats, Legal Issues and Continuing Professional Development

    I'm sincerely questioning my sanity this week. That I decided to tackle ''Biostatistics'' and ''Legal and Ethical Issues in Public Health'' in the same semester was nuts enough. One is loaded with calculations and interpretations; the other with reading, more reading, and yet more reading and interpretations. I also decided to tackle the task of ...
    Posted to PT and the Greater Good (Weblog) on February 8, 2011
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