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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
  • Wound Care PT

    One of my classes this semester is titled ''Integumentary.'' The course covers a variety of topics related to the skin but is centered largely on wound care. In the first two days of the course we've learned dozens of dermatological terms, staging for different types of ulcers, wound and burn classifications and more. We've also seen a ton of ...
    Posted to Striving to Be a DPT (Weblog) on September 2, 2014
  • A No-Vacation Summer

    Summer is in full swing as we head into July. The kids are out of school, the sun is out (even in the drippy Pacific Northwest that I call home) and everyone has earmarked their week/s of vacation in the coming month or two. Working full-time in any job, really, warrants at least a week of mental and physical relaxation outside the ''office.'' In ...
    Posted to Life of a PTA (Weblog) on July 7, 2014
  • Bringing It Home

    Last week I wasn't feeling well. Between patients, family members and other employees, there's a lot that can be passed between people in a facility. Although I use the alcohol gel and wash my hands, there are instances where a virus will find its way to me and I cannot avoid it. I didn't have a fever or any of the ''normal sickness'' symptoms, I ...
    Posted to PTA Blog Talk (Weblog) on June 11, 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
  • Team-Based Care

    Over the past few months, I've heard more and more about the patient-centered medical home (PCMH) model of healthcare. I typically think about healthcare models in the silos my physical therapy clinical rotations were centered on: inpatient, outpatient, or a skilled nursing facility. The idea of healthcare facilities as a ''home'' elicits a ...
    Posted to Raising the Bar in Rehab (Weblog) on March 14, 2014
  • What Do Scores Really Mean?

    The National Health Service was in the news again this weekend, and not for good reasons.  The children's hospital in Bristol has a high mortality rate. The medical director of NHS England, Sir Bruce Keogh, has ordered an independent review of the matter, which is remarkable in that normally investigations have to go through numerous levels ...
    Posted to PT and the Greater Good (Weblog) on February 18, 2014
  • How Sick Is Too Sick?

    When I was a student, I did a clinical rotation at a children's hospital. Now anyone who has worked with kids before or even has kids of their own are well aware of the fact that kids can be, well, germy. Very, very germy. Needless to say, six weeks into that clinical rotation, my immune system finally gave in and I came down with strep. I hadn't ...
    Posted to PT on the Run (Weblog) on January 29, 2014
  • Hospice PT

    These last few weeks, there has been a particularly troubling story in the news about 13-year-old Jahi McMath. For those unfamiliar with her story, here is an article from CNN, which provides a synopsis of what has taken place over the past month. Briefly, in early December, McMath went into a California children's hospital for a surgery to treat ...
    Posted to PT on the Run (Weblog) on January 8, 2014
  • What's Your Tipping Point?

    In the year I was back in the US, a very important paper came out here in the UK; the Francis Report, which details the failings of one institution in caring for its patients. This report is having ripple effects through the entire country in terms of lots of bureaucrats creating lots of forms and ticky-box exercises to ensure their Trust doesn't ...
    Posted to PT and the Greater Good (Weblog) on January 7, 2014
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