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  • 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
  • A Scary Semester

    While I'm happy to report that I finished my first semester with great grades and learned an enormous amount of information, I have to admit that I'm terrified for the semester that begins tomorrow. This time around, our classes include Medical Pathology/Pharmacology (combination course), Kinesiology and Biomechanics, Exercise Physiology, Clinical ...
    Posted to Striving to Be a DPT (Weblog) on August 25, 2014
  • Reflections on My First Semester in PT School

    Today marks my last lecture of my first semester in PT school. I've completed gross anatomy, physiology, clinical anatomy and introduction to physical therapy. I cannot believe how much I have learned and, more importantly, retained! I can't wait to see what the next semester brings. Here are some lessons from this summer that have stuck with me ...
    Posted to Striving to Be a DPT (Weblog) on August 11, 2014
  • When Real Life Happens During PT School

    For the past 2 months, I've been lucky to encounter no real obstacles in my education. I've been able to be completely absorbed in school, studying and getting to know my classmates. My resiliency was put to the test this week when I went to the dentist with a toothache on Monday. The ache was moderate and intermittent but I wanted to get it ...
    Posted to Striving to Be a DPT (Weblog) on July 28, 2014
  • 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
  • The Value of Cadaver Lab in PT School

    One of my courses this semester has been cadaver lab. My school uses a unique format where a group of medical and dental students lead the lab on cadavers that they've dissected. Outside of lab hours, we have full access to the lab to study the bodies. With two weeks of this class left, I've been reflecting on the value of my cadaveric ...
    Posted to Striving to Be a DPT (Weblog) on July 14, 2014
  • Free Time in PT School

    The 4th of July left me with a four-day weekend and, with only one exam this upcoming week, I've had no idea what to do with myself. While not having to cram this past week was refreshing, I'm feeling worried because I didn't spend nearly as much time on school things as I should have. I could have used these days for staying ahead but I'm instead ...
    Posted to Striving to Be a DPT (Weblog) on July 7, 2014
  • First PT School Practical

    On Friday, I had my first practical exam as a student physical therapist. It was a palpation exam on the lower extremity including the hip, knee and foot/ankle. We were only required to identify landmarks, while verbalizing the process, palpating at the correct depth and being able to answer a supplemental question for each landmark. We drew cards ...
    Posted to Striving to Be a DPT (Weblog) on June 30, 2014
  • Time Management in PT School

    I have been in physical therapy school for almost a month, have taken three exams so far and have three coming up this week. The lesson I'm learning most quickly is the need for time management. There is simply not enough time to cover every slide, do every reading and outline every lecture to the same extent as I could in undergrad. For example, ...
    Posted to Striving to Be a DPT (Weblog) on June 23, 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
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