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  • PT and PTA Student ‘Flash Action' Focuses on Congress

    The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), Alexandria, Va., issued an important news release on Nov. 9 related to loan repayment for new graduate physical therapists. The release stated: ''In a ‘Flash Action' effort led by students from PT and PTA education programs, supporters of legislation that would allow PTs to participate in the ...
  • 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
  • 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
  • Affordable Care Act

    I'm embarrassed to say it, but it wasn't until last week that I finally got a grasp of the Affordable Care Act and specifically its implications for the future of physical therapy. As part of our ''Evidence-Based Practice'' coursework, Everette James, director of the Health Policy Institute at the University of Pittsburgh, addressed our class ...
    Posted to Journey of a DPT Student (Weblog) on December 3, 2012
  • PT Legislative Battle Rages in California

    Physical therapists who haven't been paying attention to the legislative battle raging in California might want to start. As the APTA detailed in its Aug. 30 press release, ''In California, a Rough Ride for Senate Bill 924,'' the latest salvo was just fired: ''California physical therapists have been infuriated by the legislative wrangling that ...
  • PT and Loan Repayment

    We recently had a representative from the APTA speak to our class about the structure of the organization, as well as some current legislative topics that are on the radar within physical therapy. What sparked my interest most was the prospect of PT being added to the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) list of eligible professionals to benefit ...
    Posted to Journey of a DPT Student (Weblog) on October 3, 2011