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  • Choosing the Right PT Program

    This time last year, I was just starting to hear back from PT programs and had attended my first interview. Choosing what schools to apply to and, ultimately, where to attend, was one of the hardest decisions I've ever had to make. Here are some of the things I considered to be most important: Location/Commute: The first thing I considered was ...
    Posted to Striving to Be a DPT (Weblog) on October 28, 2014
  • My First Physical Therapy Conference

    Over the weekend, I attended the Florida Physical Therapy Association's Annual Conference in Orlando, FL. The conference ran from September 11-14, and it was a great few days. I attended an interactive ''Speed Dating'' session where we got six 15-minute Q & A's with various PTs on different topics like Practice and Advocacy, the Chapter ...
    Posted to Striving to Be a DPT (Weblog) on September 15, 2014
  • The Importance of Mentorship

    Although having only been a PTA for three years, I've found myself in conversations with many potential future SPTA candidates. Quite a few have been with bright and hardworking CNAs who I work with in skilled nursing and others have been with folks my age or older (that would be the 40+ set if you were wondering) looking into PTA as a second or ...
    Posted to Life of a PTA (Weblog) on April 18, 2014
  • Reflections on a Student's First CSM

    I just returned from my first trip to the APTA's Combined Sections Meeting, and I'm left with a variety of feelings about the experience. Overall, I would consider the trip a success, but there were definitely some aspects of CSM that left something to be desired. I did a lot of reflecting on the flight home, and here's what I came up with. ...
    Posted to Journey of a DPT Student (Weblog) on January 28, 2013
  • Combined Sections Meeting

    SAN DIEGO -- I arrived here on Saturday afternoon and have since had the most fantastic time reconnecting with old friends and enjoying the beautiful weather. (Side note- it's really not warm enough to lie on the beach in a bathing suit, but I suffered through it). Now that the weekend is over, I'm finalizing my plans for the conference and it's ...
    Posted to Journey of a DPT Student (Weblog) on January 22, 2013
  • PT Advocacy

    As a therapist and candidate for a doctorate in physical therapy, I have several opportunities to speak up and make a statement for the patients we treat on a daily basis. Over the past year and a half, I've learned it is in our scope of practice to make the determination if a physician's orders are appropriate or justified for our patients. Just ...
    Posted to Transition to Rehab Management (Weblog) on October 18, 2012
  • CSM 2011

    This year I made it to CSM. Everything fell into place. New Orleans is 6 hours from Houston. My facility paid my registration. I found a cheap hotel room close to the convention center. Now that I'm back I'm still working on defining my perceptions and experiences. My attention span gradually decreased as the conference continued. By the last ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on February 15, 2011
  • Biostats, Legal Issues and Continuing Professional Development

    I'm sincerely questioning my sanity this week. That I decided to tackle ''Biostatistics'' and ''Legal and Ethical Issues in Public Health'' in the same semester was nuts enough. One is loaded with calculations and interpretations; the other with reading, more reading, and yet more reading and interpretations. I also decided to tackle the task of ...
    Posted to PT and the Greater Good (Weblog) on February 8, 2011
  • One PTA's Wish This Holiday Season

    Dubbed the 2010 PT Fundraising Drive, donations are being collected throughout Rhode Island to benefit the local chapter of Make-A-Wish Foundation. With a long history of individual charitable pursuits, Kevin Silvia, PTA, CSCS, of Performance Physical Therapy in Rhode Island, set out to do something bigger and better this year. With an outpouring ...