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  • The Criteria for Our Priority List

    Last weekend I was at a horse show, which means I was off on Friday. One of the things I do is manage our list for who gets out of bed over the weekend. We start the list on Monday, adding names as the week progresses. We have a tech who works the weekend, getting patients out of bed. Sometimes he gets to everyone and sometimes he doesn't. This ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on January 14, 2015
  • 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
  • Things You Hear at Work

    Many years ago there was a television show called ''Kids Say the Darndest Things.'' I think the same could be true of our patients and families. Over the last few weeks I've heard many things that make me want to shake my head. I was trying to help a man stand in the parallel bars. He was rather large and non-weight bearing on one leg. After ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on January 6, 2015
  • Getting Certifications in PT School: CSCS

    A few weeks before the end of fall semester, one of our professors came and spoke to the class about the value of obtaining certifications during school. He cited reasons such as better job opportunities, better chances at residencies and just as a way to set yourself apart overall. Since we just completed exercise physiology, I've decided to ...
    Posted to Striving to Be a DPT (Weblog) on January 5, 2015
  • APTA Applauds Groundbreaking AARP Action

    The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), Alexandria, Va., issued a press release on Tuesday supporting a groundbreaking action taken last week by the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP). The APTA statement reads, in part: ''On Dec. 11, 2014, the AARP, in a letter of support addressed to Rep. Jackie Speier (D), became ...
  • My First Direct Patient Experience

    On Tuesday my class traveled to a local senior center to do a community screening. Our class of 51 was divided into groups of three students and we were assigned a patient. We weren't given any background aside from what we gathered from the patient. After completing a history, balance, strength, ROM and various other screens, we were left with a ...
    Posted to Striving to Be a DPT (Weblog) on December 9, 2014
  • My First Rotation

    This week, I found out where my first clinical rotation will be. My program begins clinical at the end of our first year, in April, at a skilled nursing facility. Mine will be in Hialeah, Fla., part of the Miami area. While I'm excited for tons of delicious coffee, I'm super nervous about the language barrier. The majority of the patients will ...
    Posted to Striving to Be a DPT (Weblog) on November 25, 2014
  • Service Dogs and Occupational Therapy

    Service dogs have always intrigued me.  Our old pooch Harold was smart and, like many service dogs, was part shepherd and Labrador retriever, but Harold was somewhat manic and more interested in chasing Frisbees and terrorizing the postman; He seemingly had little interest in helping someone with a disability, though he was protective of our ...
    Posted to When OTs Wore White Shoes (Weblog) on November 24, 2014
  • PT School Interviews

    It's about that time when applicants to physical therapy programs are getting calls and letters for interviews. They may be the scariest part about applying to PT school, but interviews are actually a lot of fun. I wound up at a school that doesn't interview but still learned a lot from the interview process about how to make the best of the ...
    Posted to Striving to Be a DPT (Weblog) on November 19, 2014
  • Making a Successful Case

    A few weeks ago, I expressed my frustration with our capital budget process. While I was gone, my coworkers submitted a request for, among others things, a stand lift transfer device. To say I was shocked was an understatement. Since that time I've campaigned against the thing. It doesn't promote functional transfers. It doesn't allow patients to ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on November 12, 2014
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