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  • 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
  • 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 Great Weight Debate

    I'm going to take a stab this week at a rather touchy subject. If you haven't already figured it out, one of my passions in life is being active. I'm not some sort of gym-rat or anything like that, but I try to eat healthy and work out regularly. I was also blessed with some pretty good genes when it comes to weight (lots of skinny Irish-folk in ...
    Posted to PT on the Run (Weblog) on November 27, 2013
  • Caseload Breaking Point

    I just finished my second week at an outpatient clinic where I see a great variety of patients. I'd say it's split 50/50 between orthopedic and neurologic diagnoses. The caseload diversity is going to be a great learning experience. But until I feel up to speed again with my outpatient skills (especially my evaluation skills), I anticipate a few ...
    Posted to Journey of a DPT Student (Weblog) on November 18, 2013
  • PT Career and Injuries

    Three different events have come up in the past week that make me wonder about the world of ''light duty'' and injuries. If you're reading this, I'm assuming you have some career connection to physical therapy and therefore realize that ours are not the type of jobs where you can work through injuries -- sometimes even minor ones. For example, a ...
    Posted to Journey of a DPT Student (Weblog) on October 21, 2013
  • Staying Profitable and Productive

    One thing is true in the field of rehabilitation: Change is constant. This has never been more true than at the present time. Within the past year, there have been staffing shortages followed by staffing surplus; needed equipment, but not enough room; along with insurance changes that are limiting patients' ability to obtain necessary help. ...
    Posted to Transition to Rehab Management (Weblog) on November 2, 2012
  • Interdisciplinary Exposure for PT Students

    Yesterday, I had an hour-long conversation with my rugby coach about what he, as a chiropractor, does with his patients. I have never been to a chiropractor and therefore know very little about their scope of practice. I have to say that I was surprised by the many similarities between some of his treatment techniques and those that we have ...
    Posted to Journey of a DPT Student (Weblog) on June 18, 2012
  • Full Circle

    Our daily routines often get so busy that we overlook the needs of those around us, besides our patients and their families. At any given time, we as physical therapists may be able to extend a gracious hand to assist others, while reaping the benefit of satisfaction knowing that we continue to help, outside our work environment. This is why many ...
    Posted to Transition to Rehab Management (Weblog) on April 6, 2012
  • First Exam Week

    The first exams of PT school are over. Our first anatomy exam was Monday, followed on Thursday by exercise physiology. By the time it was over, the four-day week felt more like a month. (Thankfully we had Friday off for the 4th of July. Otherwise, I don't know what people would have done). The anatomy exam met my expectations. I have heard so many ...
    Posted to Journey of a DPT Student (Weblog) on July 5, 2011
  • Network Summit and Mini-Marathon

    I just returned from a trip to Louisville, KY, where I was lucky enough to spend three days participating in the national summit for the NeuroRecovery Network (NRN). For those who are not familiar with the NRN, it is a network funded by the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation that delivers activity-based treatments to spinal-cord-injury patients ...
    Posted to Journey of a DPT Student (Weblog) on May 2, 2011