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  • Unjustified Clinic Fears

    Last week's blog was about my nervousness going into the first clinic week. I'm happy to report that all of my anxiety was for nothing, I had a great 8 hours in the clinic! The professors did quiz us a lot, but not knowing the answers wasn't a big deal and I identified my weaknesses. More importantly, I learned a ton! I was especially impressed ...
    Posted to Striving to Be a DPT (Weblog) on September 29, 2014
  • PT Payday

    When I was in high school, I worked at a local camera and photo studio -- it was a really fun job. I learned how to develop film and pick out mats for framing. It was probably where I developed my organizational skills, by following the rules of the shop to keep all the film negatives in order and prepared for customers to pick up. The business ...
    Posted to Raising the Bar in Rehab (Weblog) on September 26, 2014
  • First Clinic Week

    This coming week is my first ''clinic week.'' My understanding is that my program is unique because they incorporate clinical experiences beginning in our second semester and each semester afterward. This week, I will spend two afternoons in the outpatient clinic on campus where they see a largely athletic population. I'm nervous about this ...
    Posted to Striving to Be a DPT (Weblog) on September 23, 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
  • Expired Medications

    I toured an outpatient rehab facility a few years ago and was brought into a room that was used mainly for storage, and sometimes for wound care. There was a smaller whirlpool in the corner and a moderate amount of wound care dressing supplies and handouts for patients regarding wound care pathologies, symptoms and treatments. The tour guide (a ...
    Posted to Raising the Bar in Rehab (Weblog) on September 12, 2014
  • How Much Do I Make?

    Pay scales are all over the chart in the therapy profession, yet reimbursements in most states are the same whether a PT or PTA (and sometimes an aide) treats the patient. So, should the PT still make more than the PTA? The argument over the higher education does not seem significant when there are PTAs with master's degrees working under a BSPT, ...
    Posted to PTA Blog Talk (Weblog) on September 11, 2014
  • Maintaining Relationships in PT School

    Today, I heard from an old friend and realized that I'm having a hard time keeping up with relationships outside of school. Last week, I got home at 8 p.m. or later every night, even on Sunday because we had a fundraiser event! In sum, I'm on campus at least 50 hours a week. It can be so consuming that we often refer to our non-PT friends as the ...
    Posted to Striving to Be a DPT (Weblog) on September 8, 2014
  • Future of Therapy

    With today's technology, there's no reason for therapists to sit and wait for equipment to be delivered through a third party. When every therapy department has a 3-D printer, we can receive a 3-D fax that will print up the equipment we ordered. Knee braces, walkers, extra parts for broken equipment, you name it and we'll have it. X-rays will no ...
    Posted to PTA Blog Talk (Weblog) on September 4, 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
  • My Disappointing Stroke Patient

    Everyone who knows me knows how neuro-focused I am. It's easy to imagine me getting excited when a relatively fresh ICH patient was admitted to our facility. I felt like someone gave me a present. He'd had some complications postoperatively so he came to us prior to rehab. As soon as I read the chart, I was already thinking of what I wanted to ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on August 26, 2014
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