The Monday Memo: 1/30/2012


January 30, 2012                                                                                          DPT Class of 2014

Help Isn’t Just For The Birds


Times are definitely tough. Our days are long and our daily planners are filled with to-dos, reminders and contain more ink and highlighter than white space. Tomorrow will begin the first trying week of the spring semester. It’s daunting and looking ahead doesn’t seem to help either, as spring break is still a long ways off. The easiest thing for anyone to do in these situations is to complain. Whining, being grouchy and offering nothing but negativity doesn’t help you or anyone around you! This isn’t easy for anyone and nor should it be. We’re at one of the best physical therapy programs in the country, and it’s ranked at the top for a reason.

          Attitudes, whether in the classroom or the clinic, are contagious (Dan and the Tufted Titmouse understand this)! Let’s make sure we’re aware of how our words and actions impact the mood of our environment. Stay positive and help your classmates stay positive too!! If you’re feeling overwhelmed, take a deep breath and calm down! Remember, the previous DPT classes survived and so will you. Wonderful classmates and professors are surrounding you, willing to help you through the snags. Our class especially knows how to rise to the occasion and collectively come together. We can do it if we rely on each other. Just remember, that for every time you receive a helping hand, there’s probably a classmate next to you needing one in return.


Mark Your Calendars!
  • Monday, February 6th  Evidence-Based Practice – class cancelled
  • Sunday, February 12th Survey of Human Disease – Renal Quiz on CourseWeb
  • Monday, February 20th Application deadline to be a student usher at PT 2012 in Tampa, FL More info:
  • Saturday, March 31st First-Year Formal
Class Reminders
  • Monday: Cardiopulmonary – In Class Quiz
  • Monday: Evidence-Based Practice – Read Whitman Article
  • Wednesday: Neuroscience Lab – In Class Quiz
  • Wednesday: Musculoskeletal – Lumbar Spine: Oral Practical
  • Friday: Patient Management – PBL Presentations
  • Friday: Patient Management – PBL Evaluations Due
  • Friday: PT Rounds – Group A
  • Friday: Survey of Human Disease – Guest Speaker, Sandra Enberg, PhD, CRNP; dress in business casual attire
  • Friday: Musculoskeletal – Lumbar Spine: Written Practical for those attending CSM or desire to take it early- by appointment
  • If you want to help out at CSM, the Sports Section is still looking for volunteers. More information here:
  • Little did I know the rabbit feet would help the team beat Georgetown… oops!
  • Picture above is Dan Collins and a Tufted Titmouse (oh, the power of the PittPT Band!)


January 29, 2012 |

The Monday Memo: 1/23/2012


January 23, 2012                                                                                          DPT Class of 2014


$5 Lunch Week In Oakland!


As we start the fourth week of the Spring semester, we’re feeling the need for a little pick-me-up. Well, how about the $5 Lunch Week!? One of the best things about Oakland is the plethora of restaurants within a five-minute walk.  Twelve restaurants in the heart of Oakland have teamed up to offer you lunch for just $5 at each location!


When you order a $5 lunch from any participating Oakland Restaurant Week Restaurant, you will receive an entry card for the chance to win FREE LUNCH FOR A MONTH in Oakland along with other great prizes!


AJ’s Incas Peruvian Restaurant

Joe Mama’s Italian Deluxe

Leena’s Food

Milano’s Pizza

Pamela’s Diner

Peter’s Pub

Pittsburgh Pretzel

Prince of India

Quaker Steak & Lube

Red Oak Cafe

Sciulli’s Pizza

Sorrento’s Pizza Roma



Mark Your Calendars!
  • Monday, February 20th Application deadline to be a student usher at PT 2012 in Tampa, FL More info:
  • Saturday, March 31st First-Year Formal
  • Thursday, April 26th – MOVED: MMSK Shoulder and Upper Quarter Written Exam 



Class Reminders
  • Wednesday: Neuroscience Lab – Quiz
  • Friday: Patient Management – PBL Assignment
  • Friday: Patient Management – Quiz on CourseWeb
  • Friday: PT Rounds – Group B



  • Anyone have lucky rabbits feet to give to the Pitt Basketball Team?
  • Is one the loneliest number? Or does it belong to #10 (Williams on the 49ers) or #7 (Cundiff on the Ravens)? Two incredible games for the AFC and NFC Championships. Looks like we’ll have a great Super Bowl on February, 5th


January 22, 2012 |

The Strength of One in Pittsburg, KS

Linda Mills has an indomitable spirit

Pittsburg Morning Sun

After receiving bilateral knee replacement surgery in 2005, Linda Mills suffered complications and sustained fractures in both legs. She underwent the same surgery again in 2008, hoping to solve the problem. However, both replacement knees were heavily infected and she required bilateral amputations. Since then she has been receiving physical therapy to learn how to live life in a wheelchair. In two weeks she learned how to sit up and balance in bed. Now, Mills is learning to transfer from her wheelchair to other surfaces. Read more…

January 16, 2012 |

The Monday Memo: 1/16/2012


January 16, 2012                                                                               DPT Class of 2014

“The Stone of Hope”


The newly erected memorial to Martin Luther King, Jr. will be, for the first time, visible on the third Monday in January in the nation’s capitol. The memorial is the first to immortalize a non-president and African-American on the National Mall and sits relatively close to the Lincoln Memorial where Dr. King delivered his “I Have A Dream” speech in 1963.

“With this faith, we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope. With this faith, we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. With this faith, we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together, knowing that we will be free one day.” –MLK Jr.


Mark Your Calendars!
  • Monday, February 20th Application deadline to be a student usher at PT 2012 in Tampa, FL More info:
  • Thursday, April 26th – MOVED: MMSK Shoulder and Upper Quarter Written Exam 


Class Reminders
  • Monday: No Class
  • Wednesday: Neuroscience Lab – Quiz
  • Wednesday: Musculoskeletal Lab – Remain as one group to continue lecture material
  • Friday: Patient Management – Read the intro to PBL material
  • Friday: PT Rounds – Group A (first half of the alphabet)
  • Friday: Clinical Internship – Performance Improvement Plans due to Lynn Fitzgerald


  • Thanks again for everyone’s help in orchestrating a very successful ‘Preview Pitt PT’ Day! This year, the program had a record number of applicants and it looks as though we’ll have another great class behind us next year! Hail to Pitt!


January 15, 2012 |

Low Back Arthritis Pain Relief

Physical Therapy Relieves Arthritis

Detroit Free Press

The doctor’s letter advised me to register for physical therapy and to call for an appointment with Dr. Terrence Lock, a Henry Ford-affiliated orthopedic surgeon. I had time to complete three weeks of physical therapy before seeing Lock. Read more…