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  • The Future of the Physical Therapy Profession?

    As I read the responses to my latest blog on the ADVANCE website and Facebook page, I noticed a couple trends. First, why would the APTA push the DPT without consideration of the economic consequences for new graduates and the profession in general? Second, many of us are encouraging others to enter the profession as PTAs instead of PTs. The two ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on July 1, 2015
  • Who Will Want to Be a PT?

    I've been reading the feedback on last week's blog. Everyone recognizes the problem. It costs more to go to PT school than the salary will support. I suspect many people saw this coming. I did. I'm kind of amazed the people who crafted this grand scheme didn't consider a serious consequence. If I wanted to go to PT school today, I couldn't afford ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on June 25, 2015
  • When a Physical Therapist Position Doesn't Pay Enough

    We recently hired a new graduate as a prn therapist. We offered him a full-time position. He turned it down because it didn't pay enough. He gave the same response to three other facilities when they offered him positions. None of them paid enough. He now works as a prn therapist at two or three facilities. All three of the facilities offered ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on June 17, 2015
  • APTA Membership: Cost vs. Benefit

    I've been reading the responses to my various blogs over the past few weeks. The responses seem to be echoing what I've been saying. Hardly anyone has had anything to say in support of the APTA. Many explain why they don't belong. The general consensus is the APTA doesn't represent the majority of PTs and PTAs. No one wrote in support of its ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on May 6, 2015
  • It's Time to Renew My APTA Membership

    It's that time of year again. I just opened my mail and found my APTA renewal notice. For a mere $585, I can continue to receive all the benefits of membership. This amount includes APTA membership, Texas chapter membership and membership in three sections. The only one of those I have any interest in maintaining is section membership. My last ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on April 22, 2015
  • Who Is Going to Pay for This?

    As I've read the responses my latest blogs have generated, I've noticed a few common threads. Everyone seems to be in agreement on the problems. We might not prioritize them in the same order but all agree they exist. We also agree the APTA is either unaware of these issues or is unwilling to address them. Last week, I was in Minnesota teaching. ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on April 15, 2015
  • The Things I Hear at Horse Shows

    Last weekend was another horse show. During the downtime, I was involved in two conversations that illustrate some of the points I frequently make. The first occurred between two women who didn't know I'm a PT. The second occurred with a high school senior who did know. The two ladies were discussing a recent hospitalization following an ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on April 2, 2015
  • What About the Rest of Us?

    Last week, I went to a meeting of the Texas Physical Therapy Association Southeast District. Mike Conners, the TPTA president, was speaking. His topic was the future of physical therapy and increasing awareness of legislative action in the Texas congress. He touched on all the usual topics: direct access, reimbursement for outpatient services, ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on March 6, 2015
  • Things Have Changed Since I Went to PT School

    Lately I've been getting comments on my blog posts from people seeking advice about entering the PT profession, and asking how or why I became a physical therapist. The answers to both of those questions are complex. The medical environment today is significantly different from when I went to PT school 30 years ago. I like to joke that I went to ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on February 18, 2015
  • I'm Not Going to CSM Next Year

    For the past few weeks, I've been receiving email reminders that early registration for the 2015 APTA Combined Sections Meeting (CSM) is underway. Separate emails inform me of how to reserve housing. Another batch tries to entice me with the various topics. Naturally I go immediately to the neurological section and see how many courses will ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on November 4, 2014
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