The Monday Memo: 11/21/2011


November 21, 2011                                                                                DPT Class of 2014


Happy Thanksgiving!


There are many fantastic reasons to love this week! No longer are we left wondering if the sun actually does rise and set during November in Pittsburgh, we are reminded of what it’s like to live in a real house and eat home cooked meals and of course, we are able to spend some much needed quality time with our family. During this week, it’s important to not just reflect on and enjoy life’s simple joys, but also express how thankful we are to be able to enjoy them.


The cliché phrase ‘actions speak louder than words’ often applies to many of life’s situations but not necessarily when expressing gratitude. Vocalizing your appreciation with a heartfelt ‘thank you’ can be monumental. To tell someone how much you value their support, guidance, advice, concern, love and overall involvement in your life is what Thanksgiving is all about. This week let your parents, relatives, brothers and sisters, close friends and neighbors know how thankful you are for them. There isn’t a single one of us that could have accomplished all we have alone. Enjoy this week’s change of scenery and have a very happy Thanksgiving.



Mark Your Calendars!

  • Sunday, November 27th Survey of Human Disease – Cancer Quiz due on CourseWeb
  • Monday, November 28th Musculoskeletal ­– PBL Presentation
  • Wednesday, November 30th Clinical Education ­– Patient Education/Motivation Quiz
  • Thursday, December 1st – Contact your Spring Clinical locations
  • Friday, December 2nd Survey of Human Disease ­– Medical Terminology Quiz due on CourseWeb
  • Friday, December 2nd Cardiopulmonary ­– Competency Check-Off
  • Sunday, December 11th Survey of Human Disease ­– Diabetes Quiz due on CourseWeb


Class Reminders

  • Monday: Musculoskeletal- Practical Exam


Event Reminders

  • Friday, December 2nd : Ugly Sweater Party (and gift exchange)



  • PTGSA – The Physical Therapy Graduate Student Association is officially operational. We’re working to harness the great energy of the DPT program (all classes) in order to serve the needs of the student members. According to our constitution, all students enrolled into the program who are currently within good academic standing with the university are default members of the organization. Hopefully by the end of this week, we’ll have everyone entered into the Student Organization Resource Center as official members. What does this mean? As members, you’ll be able to participate in amending the constitution, voting on PTGSA issues and participate in PTGSA events. Our first goal is to establish a means of fundraising in order to fund travel of members to APTA events. If you’d rather not be included into the PTGSA club, no worries, just be sure to talk to Matt DeBole to be removed from the membership list
November 20, 2011 |

The Monday Memo: 11/14/2011


November 14, 2011                                                                                DPT Class of 2014


We Are the 1%?!


We’re now entering mid-November, nearing the homestretch of our first fall semester. We all know the feeling. One cup of coffee (or two) doesn’t quite provide enough ‘umph’ to get through the full day. Despite restful sleep we still wake up feeling tired. Rather than get the nervous jitters and an upset stomach, we’ve become numb to previously terrifying words like studying, assignments and exams. Jaded and lacking extra motivation, it’s very easy to be lost to the fact that we are still the 1%.


In general, graduate students are in a unique position. Of those over the age of 24, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, 87% have graduated high school, 55% have attended some form of college, 38% have an Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree, 8% have a Master’s degree, and 3% have a doctorate or professional degree. Just think- we are at one of the best programs for a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree in the country. We are the 1%.


As the 1%, there’s a reason why we were accepted. We are the best of the best. Sure, school is a difficult and stressful, but it’s suppose to be. We all came to Pitt because we wanted to conquer a challenge. With just over one month of hard work ahead, let’s put our collective nose to the grindstone and take care of business. We can do it!


Mark Your Calendars!
  • As Soon As Possible – Register for Spring 2012 Courses
  • Wednesday, November 16th  Musculoskeletal –  Written Exam II
  • Monday, November 21st Musculoskeletal – Practical Exam II
  • Sunday, November 27th Survey of Human Disease – Cancer Quiz due on CourseWeb
  • Monday, November 28th   Musculoskeletal ­– PBL Presentation
  • Friday, December 2nd    Survey of Human Disease ­– Medical Terminology Quiz due on CourseWeb



Class Reminders
  • Monday: Musculoskeletal – 1-2-1 Format with Group 2 starting at 1:00pm
  • Wednesday: Musculoskeletal – Written Exam II
  • Wednesday: Clinical Ed. – Patient Education Quiz in class
  • Friday: Cardiopulmonary – Vital Signs Log Due
  • Friday: Research Methods – Chapter 9 Questions (optional review)


Event Reminders
  • Friday: Rounds Group B: Elizabeth Hile, PhD, PT, NCS
  • Friday, December 2nd : Ugly Sweater Party (and gift exchange)




November 13, 2011 |

The Monday Memo: 11/07/2011


November 7, 2011                                                                      DPT Class of 2014


Communicating with Congress


Social media, increasing in popularity for many reasons, is also gaining traction when utilized in advocacy for a cause. While ‘likes’ and virtual mega-crowds appear powerful when backing a movement, are they effective? Molly Katchpole and her online petition to stop Bank of America’s $5 a month debit card fee worked, but only after receiving 300,000 online signatures and relentless media bashing! Not every movement has the persuasion of the media or the numbers to bring about change, so what are the effective alternatives for reaching those in power?


According to the November 2011 issue of PT in Motion, members of congress rated techniques such as attending events in the district or state, personalized messages from constituents, and in-person town hall meetings as being “very important” for constituent-member interaction. Blogs, YouTube videos, Twitter, online surveys and Facebook were the lowest-rated techniques. In generally, those in power (chiefs of staff, deputy chiefs of staff, and legislative directors) respond to requests more favorably when the message is delivered personally.


With the PPTA Southwest District Meeting being held Tuesday night, it is a great opportunity for us to be involved the old-school way. Only joining online groups or writing blog entries is not an effective form of communication with congress. Demonstrating support through attendance is much more powerful. Since we cannot always be there individually, we fortunately have the PPTA and APTA to represent us. Recognizing the significance of more traditional forms of constituent-member interaction is the first step. Being present is the second step. See you Tuesday night!


Mark Your Calendars!
  • As Soon As Possible – Register for Spring 2012 Courses
  • Sunday, November 13th Survey of Human Disease – Lymphedema Quiz due on CourseWeb
  • Wednesday, November 16th  Musculoskeletal –  Written Exam II
  • Friday, November 18th Cardiopulmonary – Vital Signs Log Due
  • Sunday, November 27th Survey of Human Disease – Cancer Quiz due on CourseWeb
  • Friday, December 2nd  Ugly Sweater Party



Class Reminders
  • Monday: Musculoskeletal – 1-2-1 Format with Group 2 starting at 1:00pm
  • Wednesday: Musculoskeletal – 1-2-1 Format with Group 2 starting at 8:00am
  • Wednesday: Clinical Ed. – Learning Quiz in class (includes Expert Practice article)
  • Friday: Cardiopulmonary – EKG Mini-Exam followed by lecture
  • Friday: Rounds Group A – Patrick Sparto PhD, PT-  top of alphabet, Forbes Rm 4060



Event Reminders
  • Tuesday: PPTA Southwest District Meeting- UPMC Passavant Hospital 6:30pm – Social with appetizers and drinks; 7:00pm – Educational Session
November 6, 2011 |

Female athletes at higher risk of injuring ACL

Preventative Physical Therapy Decreases Risk

According to the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, about 150,000 ACL injuries occur in the United States every year and account for more than $500 million in U.S. health care costs annually. According to various studies, female athletes are four to eight times more likely than males to injure their ACL… Read more

November 5, 2011 |

Evidence for Conservative Management of Knee OA

Aging Population Experiences Knee OA

The Benefits of Physical Therapy

Research has shown, however, that patients with osteoarthritis of the knee benefit from physical therapy. In a 2001 study of 146 patients with knee osteoarthritis who participated in a regular physical therapy program… Read More

November 3, 2011 |