The Monday Memo: 4/23/2012

THE MONDAY MEMO

April 23, 2012                                                                                               DPT Class of 2014

 

First-Year Signing Off

 

Hang on! You can do it! Almost there! In just five days, we’ll all be able to celebrate having successfully completed our first-year of DPT schooling at the University of Pittsburgh! Thank you, everyone, for making it an incredible experience. Throughout, we were challenged and rewarded and have learned so much in the process. If I thought we had more time to read this (and more time to write it) then this wouldn’t be so brief. Thanks again to the professors, teaching assistants, upper classmen, administrative staff, clinical instructors and fellow classmates for helping the Class of 2014; we couldn’t have done it without all of you! 

 

 

 

 

Mark Your Calendars!
  • After May 1st – Certified Profile Update
  • By May 11th – Register for Summer Classes – (4 credits for Clinical Education I)
  • Monday, May 14th   Summer Classes begin
  • Saturday, June 3rd  Arthritis Walk!

 

 

Class Reminders
  • Monday: Cardiopulmonary – Practical FINAL (assigned time slots)
  • Monday: Neuroscience Lecture – Written FINAL @ 10:00am
  • Monday: Evidence Based Practice – Written FINAL @ 2:00pm
  • Wednesday: Musculoskeletal – Oral Practical FINAL (assigned time slots)
  • Thursday: Musculoskeletal – Written FINAL @ 9am
  • Friday: Patient Management – Written FINAL @ 8am

 

Extras!
  • REQUIRED books for the Summer Term!
    • Neuromuscular 1
      • Physical Rehabilitation, 5thed.
        • O’Sullivan, Susan B. and Schmitz, Thomas J.
        • ISBN: 978-0-8036-1247-1
    • Clinical Biomechanics
      • Kinesiology of the Musculoskeletal System, 2nded.
        • Neumann, Donald A.
        • ISBN: 978-0323039898
    • PT Leadership 1
      • Management in Physical Therapy Practices, 1sted.
        • Page, Catherine G.
        • ISBN: 978-0-8036-1872-5

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April 22, 2012 |

The Monday Memo: 4/16/2012

THE MONDAY MEMO

April 16, 2012                                                                                               DPT Class of 2014

 

Preparation for Success

 

It’s incredibly obvious that in order to be successful, you must be prepared. The doctor of physical therapy program and students at the University of Pittsburgh certainly want to be the best in the country. We are repeatedly challenged by the vigorous curriculum. But as all successful problem-solving individuals do, we adapt and find a way to meet, and often times exceed, the high expectations of us. By working together to practice techniques, discuss difficult concepts and develop our clinical reasoning, we all improve and achieve our goals.

 

Yet, despite diligent preparation, it is still easy to succumb to the stress of finals. With nine tests penned with red ink over the next two weeks, we need to be aware of those other things that affect our success on final exams:

    1. Stress is contagious; by hanging around stressful people, you become stressed as well. Try to avoid these situations but also be mindful of how your behavior might affect others.
    2. Positive thinking; being in a good mood improves working memory. Giving yourself encouragement (think Malik Yoba in Cool Runnings) does improve performance!
    3. Jot your worries down; prior to the test, take ten minutes to write down your reasons for feeling anxious. Studies show this helps ease pre-test anxiety and improves test grades.

 

 

Mark Your Calendars!
  • Monday, April 23rd  Cardiopulmonary – Practical FINAL (7:15 – 10:00am)
  • Monday, April 23rd  Neuroscience Lecture – Written FINAL
  • Monday, April 23rd  Evidence Based Practice – Written FINAL
  • Wednesday, April 25th  Musculoskeletal – Oral Practical FINAL
  • Thursday, April 26th  Musculoskeletal – Written FINAL
  • Friday, April 27th  Patient Management – Written FINAL
  • By May 11th – Register for Summer Classes
  • Saturday, June 3rd  Arthritis Walk!

 

 

Class Reminders
  • Monday: Cardiopulmonary – Written FINAL
  • Wednesday: Neuromuscular Lab – Practical FINAL
  • Friday: PT Rounds – Group A
  • Friday: Survey of Human Disease – FINAL
  • Friday: CIET Due – 1. CI’s final CIET   2. Student’s CIET and self-assessment   3. Clinical benchmarks checked off and signed   4. Student’s Clinical Evaluation of experience

 

 

Extras!
  • Make sure to thank your CIs after your last day in the clinic (a card would be nice too)!
  • 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!

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April 15, 2012 |

The Monday Memo: 4/9/2012

THE MONDAY MEMO

April 9, 2012                                                                                               DPT Class of 2014

 

Change With the Times or Change the Times?

 

If you haven’t heard, schools like Yale, Brown, Stanford, Georgetown and UCLA have challenged the traditional pillars of the med school curriculum. Aiming to increase electronic learning, these and four other schools have incorporated smartphones and tablets into their course of study. Some programs even supply their students with the devices, equipped with the required applications and electronic textbooks, replacing conventional textbooks and materials. While mobile learning currently might be experimental, the University of Pittsburgh should continue to keep track of its development and progress, even looking for ways to incorporate its use to supplement our own classroom experiences. In the clinic, we are already witnessing the explosion of technology and the value of maintaining operational competence. With so much attention being given to cost and results of healthcare, utilization of Electronic Medical Record systems will continue to develop and be obligatory.

 

In many ways we, today’s students, are at a substantial advantage in terms of being able to quickly learn and integrate the latest technology to our benefit; we are tech-savvy! But, why wait until it’s required of us? Why not independently seek innovative ways to use social media and technology? Having YouTube as a guest lecturer and posting handouts on Facebook are great ideas; now, what other cool things can we do? How else can we be influential with technology? We have a choice in the direction of our future. We have the opportunity to change the times!

 

 

Mark Your Calendars!
  • Saturday, April 14th  SHRS Open House – Thanks for everyone who came forward to help!
  • Monday, April 16th  Cardiopulmonary – Written FINAL
  • Wednesday, April 18th  Neuroscience Lab – Lab Practical FINAL
  • Friday, April 20th  Survey of Human Disease – Written FINAL
  • Friday, April 20th  CIET Due – Final Evaluations from Spring clinic due
  • By May 11th – Register for Summer Classes

 

 

Class Reminders
  • Monday: Cardiopulmonary – Optional Lab Practice at 12:00pm
  • Monday: Evidence Based Practice – Read articles prior to class
  • Monday: Evidence Based Practice – Research Project Due on CourseWeb
  • Tuesday: Survey of Human Disease – Osteoporosis Quiz due on CourseWeb
  • Wednesday: Neuromuscular Lab – Lab quiz
  • Friday: PT Rounds – Group A
  • Sunday: Survey of Human Disease – Arthritis Quiz due on CourseWeb

 

 

Extras!
  • Tuesday: PPTA April Meeting – 7:00pm School for Blind Children, OaklandCaring for Patients with Newly Acquired Blindness with special recognition of the new Clinical Specialists
  • 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!

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April 8, 2012 |

National Public Health Week April 2 – 8, 2012

Dear Graduate Students, Staff, and Faculty at PITT:

As part of National Public Health Week (April 2-8), University of Pittsburgh’s
Graduate and Profesional Student Association (GPSA) in collaboration with the
Schools of Public Health, Medicine, Pharmacy, Rehab Sciences, Dental and Law have
put together a panel Q&A on the Affordable Care Act (ACA)!

 
 

Discussion will be geared around how the ACA- the BIGGEST healthcare reform law in
HISTORY- will affect different groups of people such as young healthcare
professionals (us), insurance companies, and researchers. Experts will also discuss
how the ACA will affect quality-of-care and various communities in Pittsburgh. On
our panel:

 
 

Bruce Dixon, MD – Allegheny County Health Department;
Sheryl Kashuba, Esq. – UPMC Insurance Services Division and UPMC Health Plan
Lauren Jonkman, PharmD – University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy
Mark S. Roberts, MD, MPP – University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health

Moderator: David Barnard, PhD, JD, Department of Medicine and Center for Bioethics
and Health

 

 
Discussion will begin by 4:30pm at A115 Crabtree (GSPH Building)! This event is FREE and OPEN to all Pitt grad/professional students, so bring your friends! DINNER Will be served.
 
 

Event Sponsored by Graduate and Professional Student Assembly in collaboration with Graduate Student Organizations at the Health Sciences Schools (Public Health, Dental, Medicine, SHRS, and Pharmacy).

April 3, 2012 |

The Monday Memo: 4/2/2012

THE MONDAY MEMO

April 2, 2012                                                                                               DPT Class of 2014

 

Thank you, Rachel!

 

Wow! Can you believe we have a mere twenty-six days until our first year of physical therapy school is in the books? It honestly does not feel right to say there is an entirely new class enthusiastically awaiting their start at the doorstep of Forbes Tower. As a group, we have grown so much since orientation weekend in June. Sure, plenty of events have brought us closer together and helped shape our class personality such as Wei-Neng’s cadaver lab jokes, Sandcastle Water Park fieldtrips, ‘testosterone alley’ and bromance, Professor Timko’s singing, our ugly sweaters and so much more. We really should be keeping track!

 
 

With all the amazing things we have done and experienced this year, you would think it is difficult to choose a singular moment that represents what it means to be in the DPT Class of 2014. That was true up until this past Saturday. No one was fully prepared for what had been arranged, though it’s always difficult to anticipate perfection. Together, with our classmates and closest friends, we shared a truly remarkable evening aboard the Gateway Clipper Fleet. Enjoying dinner and dancing with laughter and smiles is how a family spends the night together. The lasting feelings of Saturday far outweigh anything we could write here. For all of those wonderful memories, there is only one person to recognize. Thank you, Rachel; you are incredible!

 
 
 

Mark Your Calendars!
  • 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 – Case Study Homework due
  • Wednesday: Neuromuscular Lab – Lab quiz
  • Friday: PT Rounds – Group B

 

 

Extras!
  • Tuesday: PPTA Mini-CSM Wrap-Up – 6:00pm Walnut Grove for those who responded to the invitation (Adam, Andrea, Rachel and Matt)
  • 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!

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April 1, 2012 |