The Monday Memo: 9/15/2014

The Monday Memo

September 15, 2014                                                                             PITT DPT STUDENTS

“New Beginnings” 

It is a rare and beautiful thing, to be given the opportunity to begin something a new.  Seldom do we have the chance to use what we have learned from the past to improve upon our bright new future.  Some of these fresh starts may be easier to discern than others.  However, at this moment, we should all realize that we are at one of these formative moments in some shape or form in our lives.

Every one of us has been given an incredible new space at Bridgeside Point in which to hone our skills as professionals, and become the bright and inspirational new faces of physical therapy.  Faculty members have begun the arduous task of selecting a new group of individuals to fill our shoes as students in our program, hoping to build on our successes as aspiring professionals.  Some of us have begun new clinical affiliations that may generate new passions which may drive us throughout our careers.

Many times, it is impossible to know when a new experience will impact us, or how it may come about.  Each day could be the beginning of an exciting journey that leads you to unimaginable places and people which irreversibly impact your life.  As students, constantly encountering new experiences, it is doubly true for us.  So go out each morning, prepared to give your best effort with an open mind, because today may be the new beginning to one of your life’s most incredible adventures.

- 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 15, 2014 |

Advocacy Update: Flash Action Strategy

Flash Action Strategy

The goal of the FAS campaign is to get students involved in advocacy and spread awareness of the role physical therapists play in youth sports concussion management.

 Currently, about 1,000 individuals have taken action and sent a little over 3,000 emails to Congress.  This is a good start, but that’s less than 3% of students who have taken action and we need more people to get involved.  If you are a professor or educator, please take 60 seconds and ask your students to email their legislators using the Legislative Action Center or the Patient Action Center today.  If you are a student, ask your professor if you can make a brief announcement about FAS and encourage your fellow students to take action right away. 

 We need your help to make this year’s FAS campaign a success.  Please help spread awareness and encourage your colleagues, friends, students, etc. to get involved!

September 14, 2014 |

The Monday Memo: 9/8/2014

The Monday Memo

September 9, 2014                                                                             PITT DPT STUDENTS

“Coming Full Circle” 

Over the past year, I have had the pleasure of writing these memos each week.  It has been just that, and quite a bit more; each week has brought a new inspiring, intriguing, and thought-provoking story to my web browser, and I have had the sincere honor of reading and writing about them.  There are people all around us doing magnificent things for the good of others.  Some are in the smallest way; others are on a larger scale.  What unites them all together is the desire of so many to do more when they are called to act.  At a time when the news is saturated with stories of war, crime, and heartbreak, it never hurts to be reminded that there is beauty in the human spirit and good in the world.

This past week, our First Year DPT class signed their Physical Therapy Professional Pledge, and was addressed by a distinguished alumnus, Rebekah Harris, DPT, and Dr. Paul Rockar, President of the APTA.  Both of their messages had a resounding theme; throughout your careers, create your legacy.  Build upon a foundation of altruism, respect and dignity that you agree to in the professional pledge, but carve your mark into the healthcare community.  Go above and beyond.

So many of the stories I have found this year have been examples of people doing just that.

At this time last year, I posed the question, what will you do to ‘do more’? The answer, I have found, is simpler than I thought. All around us there are ways to go above any beyond, to exceed expectations, to do more than just what is expected. To do more is to act when those ways present themselves.  There are examples all around us of people finding that way and acting on it.  Just as I challenge myself, I challenge you to do the same.

Thank you for reading.  It has been a humbling and gratifying honor for me.

- Jeremy Harris

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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 9, 2014 |

The Monday Memo: 9/1/2014

The Monday Memo

September 1, 2014                                                                                       PITT DPT STUDENTS

“The Alex Kimp: Journey to the Land Down Under and Back Again” 

Study Abroad Opportunity

In the DPT program, the first summer full-time clinical rotation allows for the opportunity to study abroad which is unique to the University of Pittsburgh Physical Therapy Program. My 6-week clinical rotation was in Melbourne, Australia and it was the experience of a lifetime. The opportunity has allowed me to develop professionally, clinically, and personally. The possibility of the rotation was due to the Dorothy Bradley Brown Nationality Room Scholarship.

Dorothy Bradley Brown Nationality Room Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to a DPT student in good academic standing who wishes to study abroad. The scholarship is awarded by the Nationality Rooms scholarship committee.

The purpose of the international study is to:

•           Gain exposure to healthcare system(s) outside the United States of America;

•           Observe physical therapy practice in other countries

Students interested in exploring the Dorothy Bradley Brown Scholarship should notify the Chair of the PT Department so that planning and coordination of this experience can be done efficiently. The student may be asked to present at PT Clinical Rounds after completing the independent study abroad.

For more information: http://www.nationalityrooms.pitt.edu/content/dorothy-bradley-brown-award

 

The Clinical Experience

My clinical placement was with the Peninsula Sports Medicine Group at their Langwarrin Sports Medicine Centre location. The outpatient facility provided services to patients with a variety of health professionals including a sports doctor, myotherapists, psychologists, exercise physiologists, podiatrists, and a hypnotherapist. The patients that were seen consisted of individuals presenting with sports injuries, workplace injuries, motor vehicle accidents, etc.

As a student, I rotated around all of the physiotherapists so that I could gain some insight into the different evaluation and treatment methods used within the clinic. Australia has direct access to physiotherapy and the physiotherapists have the ability to refer individuals for imaging, which was an aspect of the profession that I really admired and thought was truly efficient. It was exciting to see all of the physiotherapists using the manual therapy that was taught during my first year in the Pitt DPT program. Also I got the opportunity to observe a clinical Pilate’s session that was instructed by physiotherapists. A lot of clinics in Australia offered clinical Pilates and it was exciting to see the session first hand and how much the physiotherapists were able to use their clinical judgment to individualize the session for each patient. I also managed to find an opportunity to observe a Melbourne City Football Club training session and observed the physiotherapist’s role in the professional sports setting in Australia.

The experience has allowed me to grow as a clinician by introducing me to a new health care system, where physiotherapists are trained to think in different ways than those in the U.S., specifically due to policy differences regarding physiotherapy. I have gained new skills to add to my clinical toolbox and learned different approaches that have affected my clinical thought processing. I now have an expanded view of physical therapy and will continue to use my newly acquired skills and network to grow and develop as I finish my education.

Alex Koala

Life Abroad Experience

I loved my time in Australia. Melbourne is an amazing city with too much to offer. I went to the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) to experience my first Australian Rules football match and explored some of the city’s attractions such as Flinders Street Station as well as grab a bite from DeGraves Street. I also made time during a weekend to head over to Hobart, Tasmania to explore Mount Wellington, the Salamanca Markets, Port Arthur, and the Museum of Old and New Art. I made my way up to Sydney eventually and got to see the iconic Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge. While I was in Gold Coast, I experienced some beautiful beaches and hiked up Mount Warning. I finished my trip up in Cairns and got to experience the Great Barrier Reef, which was among one of the most amazing things that I have ever seen in my life.

Alex Bridge

I am truly thankful for the University of Pittsburgh and the Nationality Rooms and Intercultural Exchange Program for the experience. The Pitt DPT program provided me a sound foundation in my first year prior to the rotation that allowed me to fully navigate the unfamiliarity of a new system. The experience was life changing and I have now developed an understanding of what happens in the field of physical therapy internationally.

 

 

- Alex Kimp

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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 2, 2014 |

The Monday Memo: 7/28/14

The Monday Memo

July 28, 2014                                                                                       PITT DPT STUDENTS

“Jimmy V Foundation” 

On the heels of last week’s commentary, below is the link to the original speech made by Coach Jim Valvano at the Inaugural ESPY awards in 1993.  North Carolina State’s Valvano would soon come to the end of a long battle with cancer, but not before delivering this inspiring and stirring oration.  Most of all, Valvano’s unparalleled energy, charisma and class carry his message of courage throughout the speech.  His zeal and lust for the gifts of life are remarkable aspects of the man’s character that truly drive that lesson home.

At the end of the speech, Coach Valvano explains The Jimmy V Foundation, set up through the benevolence of ESPN and donors across the country. The foundation funds cancer research and clinical trials to help fight the disease.  This organization continues to do a great deal to help lead this battle; consider taking a look at their website, which I have linked below, to find out more about the many ways you can get involved in the foundation.

Please take some time to watch Coach Valvano’s stirring acceptance speech; it will leave you moved yet poised to do more.

You can find the link to the video here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rNuCS5ZtPJg

You can find the link to the foundation here:

http://www.jimmyv.org

- Jeremy Harris

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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)
July 28, 2014 |