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  • SPT Test-Taking Skills

    One of my biggest strengths in PT school thus far has been my test-taking skills. Due to the extremely accelerated summer semester, there is simply no way to study everything to the extent you can in undergraduate studies. This means you can no longer out-study bad test-taking skills. Here are a few lessons I've learned so far: Eliminate answer ...
    Posted to Striving to Be a DPT (Weblog) on July 21, 2014
  • Are You Competent?

    Every year, our department completes a series of competencies designed to ensure our compliance with and understanding of basic hospital policies and procedures as well as more departmental-specific things. It is apparently a Joint Commission requirement (those guys are such a drag!) that we complete three competencies every year. And so, our ...
    Posted to PT on the Run (Weblog) on June 19, 2014
  • Patient or Victim?

    This past weekend most of us in the US enjoyed a nice three-day weekend in honor of Memorial Day. I had the opportunity to catch up on some news and came across an article online about a soldier who had lost all four limbs after a bomb exploded under his truck in Afghanistan. This happened a few years back and he now has four prosthetic limbs. The ...
    Posted to PT on the Run (Weblog) on May 29, 2014
  • The End of the Road

    There is no simple way to sum up my life since college. Unlike a lot of physical therapy students, I didn't take the traditional path. In fact it may have been the least efficient way to achieve a DPT degree. But looking back, as cliché as it may sound, I would not change a single aspect of this incredible journey that has resulted in a deep love ...
    Posted to Journey of a DPT Student (Weblog) on April 28, 2014
  • Running for Boston

    In the fall of 1993, at the ripe old age of seven, I followed my older brother to Portage Park a couple blocks from our house to our grade school's cross country team practice. In what I'm sure was a pretty pathetic effort, I ran my mile around the park as fast as my little legs could carry my 4-foot-and-change, 50-something-pound body. From that ...
    Posted to PT on the Run (Weblog) on April 17, 2014
  • A Blog of Olympic Proportion

    Have you all seen what has been going on in Russia the last few weeks? No, not all that business with the Ukraine and Crimea (although honestly when was the last time one country just up and annexed part of another country? Seriously, it's been a while!). But I'm talking about the 2014 Paralympics in Sochi, Russia. After all the pomp and ...
    Posted to PT on the Run (Weblog) on April 2, 2014
  • Do You Have the Right Stuff?

    I've written before about the obesity epidemic in this country and the potential impact PTs can have in perhaps helping turn the tide in this seemingly endless battle. But when dealing with obesity, prevention isn't everything. As PTs, we are tasked every day with treating patients who are already overweight or obese, and it falls on us to ensure ...
    Posted to PT on the Run (Weblog) on March 13, 2014
  • Hum-PT-y Dum-PT-y Sat on a Wall

    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 #4 -- ''What Is the Biggest Challenge to the PT Profession?'') When you have a fever, you go see the doctor. When you have a toothache, you go see the ...
    Posted to PT on the Run (Weblog) on February 27, 2014
  • Bundled Payments

    It sounds like a cable/Internet/phone special being offered by a cable company... but wait... this time the ''cable company'' is actually the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services! Last year, CMS announced a new payment method called ''Bundled Payments.'' Prior to this, for a given episode of care (for example: acute-care hospital stay, ...
    Posted to PT on the Run (Weblog) on January 23, 2014
  • Physical Therapy Co-Pays

    You have to love insurance coverage. When January 1 came around, a number of our patients learned the unfortunate news that their co-pays had jumped anywhere from $10-$50. (The increase from $0 to $50 was an isolated event; however I'd estimate the average rise being around $15). This was a surprise for the majority of our patients, and the most ...
    Posted to Journey of a DPT Student (Weblog) on January 13, 2014
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