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  • State Advocacy Days

    I recently attended my state's Advocacy Days in Florida's capital city, Tallahassee. This event is organized by our state's professional association, the FPTA and was focused on current efforts to update our state practice act to give full, unrestricted direct access among some other changes. The Advocacy Days event was two days in length. The ...
    Posted to Striving to Be a DPT (Weblog) on March 18, 2015
  • State Advocacy from a Student Perspective

    I have written posts on advocacy in the past that have centered primarily on the concept of advocacy and what it can bring in the way of personal and professional growth. This weekend, however, I had the chance to attend the Florida Physical Therapy Association (FPTA) Student Conclave, and it has me fired up about the practical implications of ...
    Posted to Striving to Be a DPT (Weblog) on January 28, 2015
  • 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
  • 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
  • The APTA -- Why Bother?

    (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 #1 -- ''Is APTA Membership Valuable?'') I was an APTA member for one year when I started working. I'll be honest, the only reason I joined was because my ...
    Posted to PT on the Run (Weblog) on February 6, 2014
  • Interpreters

    I had my first evaluation via interpreter this week, leaving me certain that I'll attempt to learn Spanish when I'm done with school. There are a few things that I realized when the interpreter was translating the eval. First of all, interview ''cadence'' is not something you usually think about. I was uncomfortable and novel to the situation, ...
    Posted to Journey of a DPT Student (Weblog) on February 4, 2014
  • PT and the Poverty Line

    I had a teacher in PT school who told us the best first job he ever had was working in an inner-city hospital treating patients with low incomes or limited financial resources. He liked the job because this lack of resources challenged him to think outside the box to ensure his patients had the equipment and assistance they needed prior to ...
    Posted to PT on the Run (Weblog) on October 10, 2013
  • We Come to a Close

    What a wild year it has been for those of us enrolled in the DPT program. We acquired the credit hours to partially meet our goal, which is set to be achieved in August 2013. We've learned new techniques, new terminology, diagnostic vocabulary and how to read the literature in our field. Plenty has been absorbed into our practice of physical ...
    Posted to Transition to Rehab Management (Weblog) on December 27, 2012
  • The Year in Review

    As this year comes to a close, I'd like to reflect on a most productive, busy and emotional past 12 months. Final grades have arrived this morning for the fall semester of the DPT program. My capstone project will begin very soon. After narrowing down my choices to two patients, this week I came across two more interesting patients who are ...
    Posted to Transition to Rehab Management (Weblog) on December 20, 2012
  • Building on a Philanthropic Practice

    Rapid change is necessary to stay afloat in healthcare these days. From staffing optimization to unifying rehab across the South Broward Hospital District and becoming the Rehabilitation Institute of South Florida (RISF), we're experiencing exciting and, at times, nerve-wracking changes. This brings with it major renovations, including possible ...
    Posted to Transition to Rehab Management (Weblog) on December 13, 2012
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