The Monday Memo: 10/20/2014

The Monday Memo

October 20, 2014                                                                             PITT DPT STUDENTS

“Thank you Dr. Arslanian and Dr. R. Scully!” 

This past week, the Department of Physical Therapy here at the University of Pittsburgh was honored to host the 20th Annual Endowed Scully Scholar Visiting Lecture, as well as the Regional Meeting of the PPTA.  The honored speaker, Dr. Linda E. Arslanian, PT, DPT, MS offered an extensive dialogue with students prior to her lecture.  The topic of both was centered around the use of proper outcome measures in health care, especially now as the field pushes from a volume-based to value-based model of care.  She raised the question of whether health care is placing its emphasis on the efficiency to see a quantity of patients versus the effectiveness of the care that is provided.  Her conclusion is that at the moment many health care systems are focusing on certain measures of performance that offer skewed perspectives of the true outcomes of care.  Through the expanded use of EMR’s to construct databases of treatment histories and easily accessible treatment outcomes, we will be able to improve our evidence-based practices, both as physical therapists and health care at large.

Stars of the Week: Keeley, Ashley, and Natalie for helping at the health fair this weekend with gait speed assessments!  Way to reach out to the community and show off your skills.

- Michael Turnwald

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Social Media Updates
  • #DPTstudent -  WEDNESDAYS , 9-10pm EST!   Check out #DPTstudent page for details!
  • Unite Physical Therapy Students - If you haven’t yet, please check out the “Doctor of Physical Therapy Students” Facebook page. More than 9,500 students have already joined!
  • Our own page! Pitt Physical Therapy, thanks to the Social Media Team, has create an official PittPT Facebook page!
  • #SolvePT (meets on Tuesdays Twitter from 9-10pm EST)
October 20, 2014 |

The Monday Memo: 10/13/2014

The Monday Memo

October 13, 2014                                                                             PITT DPT STUDENTS

“A Touching Story” 

Recently, researchers from Case Western Reserve University and the Louis Stokes Cleveland Veterans Affairs Medical Center, have successfully restored the “sense of touch” to two individuals using prosthetic hands.  Implementing a process that involves wrapping severed nerve endings in cuffs containing contact points, the researchers were able to relay senses of texture and pressure.  These nerve endings were associated with 16 to 19 contact points on the prostheses.  The users were able to perform tasks such as pluck the stem of a cherry without crushing the fruit and squeeze a tube of toothpaste.  Along with restoring functional sensation, this system has also been highly effective in eliminating phantom limb pain, although the researchers are unsure at this point as to why.  They hope to develop this device into a take-home model within the next few months, and hopefully progress to international distribution within the next 5 to 10 years.  No doubt this will also lead to further intervention and training of physical and occupational therapists should this project move forward, and with any luck, may lead to a new and expanded field of therapy.

Star of the Week:  Jessie Young, rugby player – Jessie and the Pittsburgh Rugby Football Club celebrated the Club’s 50th anniversary and a win, bringing the team to 4-0 in Division I play this past Saturday.

- Michael Turnwald

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Social Media Updates
  • #DPTstudent -  WEDNESDAYS , 9-10pm EST!   Check out #DPTstudent page for details!
  • Unite Physical Therapy Students - If you haven’t yet, please check out the “Doctor of Physical Therapy Students” Facebook page. More than 9,500 students have already joined!
  • Our own page! Pitt Physical Therapy, thanks to the Social Media Team, has create an official PittPT Facebook page!
  • #SolvePT (meets on Tuesdays Twitter from 9-10pm EST)
October 14, 2014 |

The Monday Memo: 10/6/2014

The Monday Memo

October 6, 2014                                                                             PITT DPT STUDENTS

“When Lights Shine Brightest” 

It is that time of year once again.  The leaves are falling, the nights are getting colder, and midterms are upon us!  The first-years are facing their first set of musculoskeletal practical exams.  The second-years are in the thrilling process of finding their year-long internships.  There has even been conversation about the proverbial ledge, yet in spite of this we all persevere, finding the bright moments in each day.  However, some people have gone above and beyond to help brighten the day of everyone around them, which is why starting this week we will honor our first Stars of the Week!  Big thank yous to Becky Russell and Becky Slater for the delicious snacks they brought for the entire class at the all-day group study session Sunday!

No good deed should go unnoticed. If you or someone you know has gone the extra mile, or deserves to be thanked or congratulated for an amazing event in their life, be sure to let me know.  That way they can be recognized here, in the Monday Memo.  Contact me at mwt18@pitt.edu.

- Michael Turnwald

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Social Media Updates
  • #DPTstudent -  WEDNESDAYS , 9-10pm EST!   Check out #DPTstudent page for details!
  • Unite Physical Therapy Students - If you haven’t yet, please check out the “Doctor of Physical Therapy Students” Facebook page. More than 9,500 students have already joined!
  • Our own page! Pitt Physical Therapy, thanks to the Social Media Team, has create an official PittPT Facebook page!
  • #SolvePT (meets on Tuesdays Twitter from 9-10pm EST)
October 8, 2014 |

The Monday Memo: 9/29/2014

The Monday Memo

September 29, 2014                                                                             PITT DPT STUDENTS

“Already October” 

              It’s hard to believe, but it’s already that time of year again.  The time when the leaves begin to turn, sweatshirts come out from the bottom drawer, and everything under the sun is pumpkin flavored.  It’s also the time for exams.  Already beginning last week, we all have begun yet another round of competencies and tests to reaffirm our professional knowledge.  But although there is plenty of material to review and assessment methods to learn, remember to take a half hour a day to enjoy this wonderful time of year and take in the comforting yet short-lived traditions on fall. Before we know it, it will already be November, and snow will be just around the corner!

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Social Media Updates
  • #DPTstudent -  WEDNESDAYS , 9-10pm EST!   Check out #DPTstudent page for details!
  • Unite Physical Therapy Students - If you haven’t yet, please check out the “Doctor of Physical Therapy Students” Facebook page. More than 9,500 students have already joined!
  • Our own page! Pitt Physical Therapy, thanks to the Social Media Team, has create an official PittPT Facebook page!
  • #SolvePT (meets on Tuesdays Twitter from 9-10pm EST)

- Michael Turnwald

September 30, 2014 |

The Monday Memo: 9/22/2014

The Monday Memo

September 22, 2014                                                                             PITT DPT STUDENTS

“Our Changing Profession” 

In the past several years, the profession of Physical Therapy has seen an incredible amount of change. It has progressed from a Master’s degree to a Doctoral program, as well as increasing its role as a direct access healthcare provider and as an evidence-based practice.  The profession has shown itself to be adaptive in the ever changing realm of healthcare, and this past week was no different.

Recent events have been signs of powerful change for Physical Therapy at the federal and national levels.  As part of the American Board of Internal Medicine’s “Choosing Wisely” campaign, an APTA workgroup chaired by our very own Dr. Delitto released its five recommendations of things to avoid in Physical Therapy practice.  The goal of the workgroup is to affect positive change within the profession, and with the notoriety the article has received both within the professional and public realm it surely will.  The topic has been featured everywhere from the APTA’s website to NPR’s medical page and many other national news organizations.  Also, in more quiet news this past week, Congress’s House of Representatives gave majority support to an effort to repeal the Medicare therapy cap.  This has been an issue of intense conversation as it has been unclear how national healthcare reform would impact physical therapists’ abilities to treat Medicare recipients.  There is bipartisan support to ensure that therapists will be permitted to properly treat one of our nation’s fastest growing healthcare populations.  With the profession constantly evolving and improving, it has never been more important that everyone keep up to date with the continuing developments and adapt themselves, so that the profession can continue as leaders in healthcare.

- Michael Turnwald

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Social Media Updates
  • #DPTstudent -  WEDNESDAYS , 9-10pm EST!   Check out #DPTstudent page for details!
  • Unite Physical Therapy Students - If you haven’t yet, please check out the “Doctor of Physical Therapy Students” Facebook page. More than 9,500 students have already joined!
  • Our own page! Pitt Physical Therapy, thanks to the Social Media Team, has create an official PittPT Facebook page!
  • #SolvePT (meets on Tuesdays Twitter from 9-10pm EST)
September 22, 2014 |