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  • I'm Always the Bad Guy

    I'm noticing a disturbing trend. I'm always the one pointing out the bad news. I admit I do better with realistic than cheerfully optimistic, but it seems like it's always me pointing out the flaw with a plan. If I'm not pointing out the obvious, I'm explaining why the obvious isn't going to happen. It feels like everyone else is focusing on ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on August 19, 2014
  • A Permanent Placement

    For the past year, I've been working in a ''fixed-term'' position. What that means is that I have a contract for exactly 11 months. The post is not guaranteed to run past the end of October. Fortunately, a position became available in the same NHS Trust but for a neighboring locality. I've interviewed and been given the job, which is permanent. I ...
    Posted to PT and the Greater Good (Weblog) on August 19, 2014
  • Running for Class Office

    Before the semester ended, I was elected president of my class. I ran unopposed so it wasn't a stressful or lengthy process; however, I've already been thrown a ton of tasks and responsibilities to juggle, as have my fellow officers. Is all the extra work worth it?Of course, I can't say for sure but from speaking to upperclassmen and officers in ...
    Posted to Striving to Be a DPT (Weblog) on August 18, 2014
  • The 18-Year-Old PTA

    During the first week of PTA school, our director announced that the median age of the class was 33.5 years old. We students, spanning from age 20-55, had come from all walks of life. I remember a few fellow classmates had just received BS degrees from 4-year colleges and others were entering physical therapy as a fourth or fifth job incarnation. ...
    Posted to Life of a PTA (Weblog) on August 15, 2014
  • Is Ebola Frightening?

    I've been trying to keep up with all the news coverage of the recent Ebola outbreak in West Africa. The story is quite captivating as it is not a subject I often hear a lot about, and I like learning and reviewing different topics related to medicine. Part of what is so interesting about the media's attention to the Ebola outbreak is the impact ...
    Posted to Raising the Bar in Rehab (Weblog) on August 14, 2014
  • Assessing Physicals

    One clinic I worked for provided drug screening and physicals for various employers. I was tasked with a checklist and some basic lifting scenarios to put potential employees through. At the time, the construction business was in full swing so there were a lot of people coming through who wanted employment. When an older gentleman came through ...
    Posted to PTA Blog Talk (Weblog) on August 14, 2014
  • The PTA Student Who Only Wants to Do Orthopedics

    Last month we had a PTA student at my facility. The other PT was his CI because while schedule facilitates time at the barn, no one else wants to start work at 6 in the morning. From the beginning, the student made it clear he planned to work in an outpatient orthopedic clinic. I believe he had already lined up a job. I didn't think ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on August 12, 2014
  • That's Why I Gave Up the Theater

    When I was a younger lad, I was one of those starving actor, dancer, waiter people living in New York in the 1980s. It was a life of classes and auditions and endlessly being told, ''Thanks, we'll let you know.'' Translation: You didn't get the part. I once auditioned for the first touring company of the Broadway play Biloxi Blues by Neil Simon. ...
    Posted to PT and the Greater Good (Weblog) on August 12, 2014
  • Reflections on My First Semester in PT School

    Today marks my last lecture of my first semester in PT school. I've completed gross anatomy, physiology, clinical anatomy and introduction to physical therapy. I cannot believe how much I have learned and, more importantly, retained! I can't wait to see what the next semester brings. Here are some lessons from this summer that have stuck with me ...
    Posted to Striving to Be a DPT (Weblog) on August 11, 2014
  • Billing Rapport

    In a typical therapy session, I attempt to fit in the most important tasks I feel the patient needs to focus on for that day. Therapeutic exercise, gait training and pain management modality -- it can be challenging to fit the session goals into the allotted 45 minutes to an hour. Then there are times when the patient is so weak and ill, bed-level ...
    Posted to Life of a PTA (Weblog) on August 8, 2014
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