Jarrod King Inducted Into Hall of Fame

2nd Year Pitt DPT Student Honored

The Honors Continue for King
On Sunday, March 25 2012, Jarrod King was inducted along with 19 other nationally renowned wrestlers in the Dapper Dan Hall of Fame! Read more here ---> WrestlingClassic.com


Jarrod King Talks About Perseverance

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In 2010, King, competing for Edinboro University, was named the Pennsylvania Collegiate Wrestler of the Year by WrestlingReport.com


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March 26, 2012 |

The Monday Memo: 3/26/2012


March 26, 2012                                                                                                   DPT Class of 2014


Embrace the Journey


Would you face a challenge despite having only a marginal chance to succeed? Or better yet, should the odds even matter? Take a look at men’s Division I basketball. There are 345 teams in the country. Only one team wins the national championship. In some way, shape or form, there are 344 teams finishing the season feeling the exact same way- disappointed. In another example, Dr. Kelley Fitzgerald presented the results of his 3-yr research on perturbation training for patients with moderate knee osteoarthritis at the 2012 SWD PPTA Mini-CSM. To his disappointment, no revolutionizing conclusions surfaced. Despite meticulous calculation and planning, this shouldn’t come as a surprise for even, as Robert Burns said, “The best laid plans of mice and men often go astray.”


Therefore, success is not determined by the final outcome. Putting forth an honest effort, in and of itself, is valuable. Regardless of the results, all 345 teams and researchers like Dr. Fitzgerald are presented with new learning opportunities stemming solely from their attempts. With each successful and failed attempt, they can reflect on their approach, refine their methods and critically evaluate their performance to emerge better prepared for subsequent challenges.


To quote Pablo Picasso, “I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it.” While we continue through our physical therapy program, remember that we have a fantastic opportunity to face new challenges. Let’s invest in more than a simple letter grade. Let’s invest in ourselves by electively stepping beyond our comfort zones. Ask questions, volunteer, be involved and embrace your profession to the fullest. With every endeavor, we have a unique possibility of self-development and improvement. Let’s also be mindful of creating an atmosphere that fosters such development. With regards to our professors and classmates, respect the sanctity of the classroom as a learning environment. Offer encouragement rather than criticism. We should never let the chance of success determine whether or not we make an attempt. True success lies in the ability to embrace the journey and learn from it.


Mark Your Calendars!
  • Saturday, March 31st First-Year Formal – Gateway Clipper Fleet Cruise (7-11pm)
  • Monday, April 9th  Evidence Based Practice – Research Project Due
  • Tuesday, April 10th  Survey of Human Disease – Osteoporosis Quiz due on CourseWeb
  • Saturday, April 14th  SHRS Open House – Please volunteer to help!
  • Sunday, April 15th  Survey of Human Disease – Arthritis Quiz due on CourseWeb
  • By May 11th – Register for Summer Classes


Class Reminders
  • Monday: Cardiopulmonary – Optional Lab Sessions at 7:15am and 12:00pm
  • Monday: Evidence-Based Practice – Critically read articles
  • Wednesday: Neuromuscular Lab – Lab quiz (covers Labs 9 and 10)
  • Friday: Patient Management – Trip to Healthsouth at Harmarville Rehab Hospital
  • Friday: PT Rounds – Group A


  • Please contact your ‘Little’ and welcome them to Pitt Physical Therapy! We’ll be planning on getting something formal together for their first weekend in town, but details have not been arranged just yet.
  • We need to submit our APTA membership list by 4/30/12 in order to be eligible in the Reach 100 initiative conducted by the Student Assembly Board of Directors!


March 25, 2012 |

The Monday Memo: 3/19/2012


March 19, 2012                                                                                          DPT Class of 2014


Treat Like A Champion


It could be in reference to the weather or NCAA basketball, but either way, we’re right in the thick of March Madness. After sneaking away from studying to catch a peak of the tournament, an explanation for its insane unpredictability came into view. Though a team’s potential based on talent, record, experience and coaching makes the bracket feel predictable, the reality is, foul trouble, injuries, unlikely heroics and other crucial outcome influencing elements don’t develop until after the tip off. Preparation can only take a team so far. The best teams have not only the potential, but also the ability to adjust to the perpetually changing game dynamics in order to perform.


As physical therapists, having success should be viewed similarly. In school we learn and practice in a sterile environment and try to favorably alter the many variables that remain in our control. Likewise, the best literature and evidence typically contains precise parameters and conditions from which conclusions arrive. Our preparation and command over such material only speaks to our potential, not our actual performance. Success in the clinic is the result of specific theoretical application. The ability to critically sift through everything we have learned in the classroom and adjust it to benefit our individual patient in the clinic makes us adaptable as well as great practitioners.


Being a life-long learner is synonymous with being a life-long adapter. In 1986 when the 3-point line was introduced, it changed college basketball. It impacted the game again in 2008 when it moved back by another foot. Just like the top basketball coaches and players know the newest rules, we too must be aware of the latest research. Yet, the best coaches, players and physical therapists understand knowing and preparing is not nearly enough to succeed. We must also perform. A novice practices until he gets it right, an expert, until he can’t get it wrong. At the University of Pittsburgh, these principles of continual preparation and adaptable performance are instilled within our physical therapy practice, allowing us all to treat like a champion!



Mark Your Calendars!
  • Saturday, March 24th Mini-CSM – 9:00am – 12:00pm PPTA Southwest District!
  • Saturday, March 24th Pitt-Marquette Challenge hosts – Anne Shumway-Cook
  • Monday, March 26th  Cardiopulmonary – Optional Lab at 7:15am and 12:00pm
  • Saturday, March 31st First-Year Formal – Money to Rachel!


Class Reminders
  • Monday: Musculoskeletal – Cervical and Thoracic Written Exam
  • Wednesday: Neuromuscular Written Exam II
  • Friday: PT Rounds – Group B
  • Friday: Survey of Human Disease – Guest Speaker Dr. Chet Oddis, MD on OA & RA




March 18, 2012 |

The Monday Memo: 3/12/2012


March 12, 2012                                                                                          DPT Class of 2014


Welcome Back!


Whether you traveled to Scotland or stayed here in the ‘Burgh, hopefully everyone made the most of their Spring Break 2012 by seeing family, friends and spending maximal time outdoors. We return with just seven weeks remaining in our first year of the DPT program. Can you believe it? It’s both exciting and a little intimidating! If you’re not feeling fully recharged, use these motivational quotes and videos to get you through the rest of the semester (or inspire you to win your NCAA Brackets).


“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit” – Aristotle


“I am a champion – the greatest speech ever” – YouTube


How Bad Do You Want It? (Success) – YouTube


“Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do.”

– Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


Mark Your Calendars!
  • Tuesday, March 13th – PPTA Meeting – Deep Brain Stimulation, Catherine Birk, MD @ Healthsouth Harmarville
  • Friday, March 16th End of Early Bird Registration for PT Annual Conference
  • Wednesday, March 21st Neuroscience Written Exam II
  • Saturday, March 24th Mini-CSM – 9:00am – 12:00pm PPTA Southwest District! Lots of students attending!
  • Saturday, March 31st First-Year Formal


Class Reminders
  • Monday: Evidence-Based Practice – Split Class (Left side @ 7am, Right side @ 4pm)
  • Wednesday: Neuroscience Lab – Quiz on Descending Tracts
  • Wednesday: Musculoskeletal – Cervical and Thoracic Oral Practical Exam
  • Friday: PT Rounds – Group A
  • Friday: Clinical Seminar – Last day to turn in Fall Preferences sheet


  • Sign up for the Mini-CSM hosted by the PPTA Southwest District
  • We need to submit our APTA membership list by 4/30/12 in order to be eligible in the Reach 100 initiative conducted by the Student Assembly Board of Directors!
  • Turn in your NCAA Brackets and $10 to Paul by Wednesday.
  • If anyone is available to help dog-sit 3 pooches for a PT in Regency Square (Forbes Rd) for March 15th – 19th let Katrina know. The sitter would need to stay at the house for those days.


March 11, 2012 |