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  • Facilities Don't Want to Pay for PT Experience

    Previously I've written about the financial burden on newly graduated DPTs. If undergraduate costs are included, a new graduate could be as much as $100,000 in debt. The debt is driving decisions about jobs, salaries and benefits. Until last week, I hadn't considered the effect this is having on more experienced therapists. A friend of mine from ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on August 26, 2015
  • Is the APTA Repackaging an Old Message?

    I've spent more time thinking about the ''new'' APTA. This could be a golden opportunity for the APTA to reinvent itself and address the needs of its current non-members. By asking questions and actually listening to the answers, its membership might grow and it could become a true association of the profession. Alas, I just don't think so. I ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on July 29, 2015
  • Texas Is Getting Another PT School

    I recently learned Houston is getting another PT school. It's still in the planning stages. They are looking for individuals to develop and open the school. I'm not sure how long that takes but I would guess it will be a few years before the first class is accepted. I find this unbelievable. Texas has more PT schools than almost any other state. ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on July 15, 2015
  • My First Rotation: The Skilled Nursing Facility

    My program is unique in that we do our first full-time, 4-week rotation at the tail end of our first year. My first, along with the rest of my classmates, was in the SNF setting. ''SNF'' stands for skilled nursing facility, or nursing home. I greatly enjoyed my experience in my SNF, which was a 196-bed facility that had approximately 50% long-term ...
    Posted to Striving to Be a DPT (Weblog) on July 10, 2015
  • What Can We Do About the Problems Facing Physical Therapy?

    For the past few weeks, I've been blogging about problems within the profession of physical therapy and our frustrations over them. Everyone agrees on the problems. There is probably some disagreement on which ones should be addressed first. After all, they are interdependent. Attempting to improve any of them would be a step in the right ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on July 9, 2015
  • The Future of the Physical Therapy Profession?

    As I read the responses to my latest blog on the ADVANCE website and Facebook page, I noticed a couple trends. First, why would the APTA push the DPT without consideration of the economic consequences for new graduates and the profession in general? Second, many of us are encouraging others to enter the profession as PTAs instead of PTs. The two ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on July 1, 2015
  • Who Will Want to Be a PT?

    I've been reading the feedback on last week's blog. Everyone recognizes the problem. It costs more to go to PT school than the salary will support. I suspect many people saw this coming. I did. I'm kind of amazed the people who crafted this grand scheme didn't consider a serious consequence. If I wanted to go to PT school today, I couldn't afford ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on June 25, 2015
  • When a Physical Therapist Position Doesn't Pay Enough

    We recently hired a new graduate as a prn therapist. We offered him a full-time position. He turned it down because it didn't pay enough. He gave the same response to three other facilities when they offered him positions. None of them paid enough. He now works as a prn therapist at two or three facilities. All three of the facilities offered ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on June 17, 2015
  • PT Day on Capitol Hill

    The morning of June 4 started very early for more than 1,000 dedicated attendees at the American Physical Therapy Association's NEXT 2015 Conference & Exposition in National Harbor, Md. These hardy souls awoke before the sun, donned their professional best and headed downstairs by 6 a.m. for a quick breakfast before boarding shuttle buses ...
  • ‘It's a Calling to Be a PT'

    NATIONAL HARBOR, MD -- The APTA Annual Conference & Exposition, which was rebranded last year as ''NEXT,'' just celebrated its 2015 incarnation in this inviting little town on the Potomac River outside Washington, D.C. The conference drew thousands of excited physical therapy professionals and advocates from all over the country, kicking off ...
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