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  • First PT School Practical

    On Friday, I had my first practical exam as a student physical therapist. It was a palpation exam on the lower extremity including the hip, knee and foot/ankle. We were only required to identify landmarks, while verbalizing the process, palpating at the correct depth and being able to answer a supplemental question for each landmark. We drew cards ...
    Posted to Striving to Be a DPT (Weblog) on June 30, 2014
  • Time Management in PT School

    I have been in physical therapy school for almost a month, have taken three exams so far and have three coming up this week. The lesson I'm learning most quickly is the need for time management. There is simply not enough time to cover every slide, do every reading and outline every lecture to the same extent as I could in undergrad. For example, ...
    Posted to Striving to Be a DPT (Weblog) on June 23, 2014
  • Are You Competent?

    Every year, our department completes a series of competencies designed to ensure our compliance with and understanding of basic hospital policies and procedures as well as more departmental-specific things. It is apparently a Joint Commission requirement (those guys are such a drag!) that we complete three competencies every year. And so, our ...
    Posted to PT on the Run (Weblog) on June 19, 2014
  • How to Prepare for Class in PT School

    This week began my first week of full courses and I'm happy to say that, although I feel overwhelmed, my methods for class preparation seem to be working. Again, we are taking Physiology, Gross Anatomy, Introduction to Physical Therapy, and Clinical Anatomy for PTs. We're covering two to four chapters a week in both physiology and gross anatomy, ...
    Posted to Striving to Be a DPT (Weblog) on June 9, 2014
  • Professionalism vs. Personality

    So a while back, I was working with a patient who just had a total knee replacement. She was mobilizing well, but kept looking down at her feet while she walked. So I stood next to her and looked down at the ground where she was looking and said, ''I have a question for you.'' She said, ''What's that?'' I said, ''Is there something interesting ...
    Posted to PT on the Run (Weblog) on June 5, 2014
  • Coping Mechanisms for PT School

    My course load in the first semester includes Physiology, Anatomy, Clinical Anatomy for Physical Therapists, and Introduction to Physical Therapy. Luckily, we didn't have to cover all of these last week as our first four days were primarily orientation. The only course we have actually attended is Intro to PT, but I've somehow managed to become ...
    Posted to Striving to Be a DPT (Weblog) on June 2, 2014
  • Patient or Victim?

    This past weekend most of us in the US enjoyed a nice three-day weekend in honor of Memorial Day. I had the opportunity to catch up on some news and came across an article online about a soldier who had lost all four limbs after a bomb exploded under his truck in Afghanistan. This happened a few years back and he now has four prosthetic limbs. The ...
    Posted to PT on the Run (Weblog) on May 29, 2014
  • What Should I Do Before Starting PT School?

    The question of what one should do before starting physical therapy school is one I heard often among my peers throughout the application process. Should you study all the muscles and their innervations and insertions? Or should you travel the world? I had three weeks in between finishing my prerequisites and starting my program and, with just a ...
    Posted to Striving to Be a DPT (Weblog) on May 27, 2014
  • The End of the Road

    There is no simple way to sum up my life since college. Unlike a lot of physical therapy students, I didn't take the traditional path. In fact it may have been the least efficient way to achieve a DPT degree. But looking back, as cliché as it may sound, I would not change a single aspect of this incredible journey that has resulted in a deep love ...
    Posted to Journey of a DPT Student (Weblog) on April 28, 2014
  • A Salute to Occupational Therapists

    April is National Occupational Therapy Month, so I'm devoting this week's blog to honoring all occupational therapists and the great work that they do! In PT school, I don't remember learning a lot about OTs. During my clinical rotations I had the opportunity to work with OTs on occasion, but never actually followed any OTs around and observed ...
    Posted to PT on the Run (Weblog) on April 24, 2014
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