The Monday Memo 5/29/2012

THE MONDAY MEMO

May 29, 2012                                                                                               DPT Class of 2014

Memorial Day

 

Memorial Day is a wonderful holiday. Along with celebrating the start of summer and pool openings with backyard BBQs and baseball, it also provides one special day for us to remember the one million men and women who gave their lives to protect the freedoms of this country. Through duty, respect, selfless service, honor, integrity and personal courage, those servicemen and women exemplify the meaning of unwavering commitment and personal sacrifice for a cause greater than themselves.

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Today also provides a chance to personally reflect on the ways we can incorporate those same values into our own lives, both personally and professionally. As physical therapy students at the University of Pittsburgh, we are challenged to pursue the seven core values of our profession; accountability, altruism, compassion/caring, excellence, integrity, professional duty and social responsibility. As we prepare to welcome the Class of 2015 into our Pitt DPT Family, let’s all keep in mind the example we set and expectations we create through our own actions. Let’s continue to help each other achieve our goals and represent our profession in a way that would honor all those we are remembering on this Memorial Day.

 

 

Mark Your Calendars!

 

  • ASAP – Register for Fall Classes – remember to change Clinical Internship to three (3) credits
  • ASAP – Update your Certified Profile
  • Friday, June 1st  1st Year Orientation­ – we need student volunteers at 2:30pm Friday to speak with the new class! Are you able to do it?
  • Saturday, June 2nd  – 10:00am ­Arthritis Walk!
  • Thursday, June 7th  #SolvePT Day  

 

 

Class Reminders

 

  • Our amazing Class of 2014 Secretary, Jordan Mortensen, is carefully maintaining the calendar. Please check the latest class reminders and upcoming events on: http://PittPhysicalTherapy.com/calendar

 

 

Quotes of the Week
  • “You know what it means when cows are lying down, right?”  -Dr. D.
  • “Okay, Mark, posteriorly rotate your ba…”  -M.D.

 

Extras!

 

 

  • … you’re interested in helping with the 1st Year Pledge Ceremony, we need 6 enthusiastic volunteers to assist in early September! Please let Matt know.

 

  • … you’re going abroad this summer and would like to write a weekly post about your experience for our website (THANK YOU, LAUREN B!)

 

  • … you’re interested in contributing something to The Monday Memo
May 28, 2012 |

#solvePT Day

#solvePT Day: 6/7/2012

What is #solvePT Day?

Fueled by the wildly successful movement on Twitter started by @SnippetPhysTher and her blog, we’ve decided to take advantage of the growing momentum! On Thursday, June 7th we’ll proudly wear our t-shirts at the Annual Conference and enter the “#solvePT Photo Extravaganza” to spread the word about #solvePT.

 

Now, don’t worry, you absolutely do not have to be in Tampa to participate! Even those NOT at #PT2012, on Thursday, June 7th tweet pictures of yourself wearing the t-shirt and demonstrating the ways YOU are the change that will #solvePT. To increase awareness and reach more physical therapists, use the hashtags #solvePT and #PT2012 together! We’ll stand out from the crowd, promote our cause and get others involved in the terrific discussions we’ve been having each week. Harness the powers of social media!

 

Shirt Design

 

#solvePT t-shirt design

 

Ordering: First We Ask, Will You Be In Tampa?

 

  • Yes, I’m going to Tampa! (bulk discount means cheaper shirts)Tampa Order
    1. Great! Place the size and quantity of your order on the sign-up sheet by Friday, May 25th!!!!
    2. Send $20 per t-shirt to matt.debole@gmail.com via PayPal
    3. Pick up shirt and meet other #solvePT advocates at the “Pick Up Party” in Tampa!
  • Nope, I’m NOT going to Tampa
    1. Place your own individual order using this link. (*ask a friend to order too; make it cheaper!)
    2. You’ll receive your order in time to participate in the “#solvePT Photo Extravaganza”!

*For those not participating in the Tampa order, I encourage you to ask your colleagues, classmates and coworkers if they’d like to do a group order with you! That way, you can decrease of the cost with a bulk order!

Where and when is this “Pick Up Party”?

All orders on this sign-up sheet will be available for pickup in Tampa at:

“Pick Up Party”

 Wednesday, June 6th

5:30 – 6:30pm

Champions Sports Bar

Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina 

700 South Florida Avenue Tampa, Florida 33602

 



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The Monday Memo: 5/21/2012

THE MONDAY MEMO

May 21, 2012                                                                                               DPT Class of 2014

Summer in Pittsburgh

 

At last, the brilliant sunshine and warm weather of summer has landed in the ‘Burgh, bringing us amazing weather over the past week. Obviously, the 75 degrees and clear blue skies send us running towards Schenley Park instead of Hillman Library, making it even harder to flip the switch from ‘worry-free relaxation’ mode to ‘study-everything information overload’. This past Monday was the hardest as most described it appropriately as the ‘Break Hangover’. After class from 8 – 3pm, we all had the intention of studying and preparing, but the majority of us went home exhausted, napped and felt insanely guilty about it! Hopefully, with that flushed from our systems, we’re ready to buckle down once again and be totally absorbed in our studies!

 

 

Mark Your Calendars!

 

  • After May 1st – Update your Certified Profile
  • Monday, May 28th  – Memorial Day – University Closed
  • Friday, June 1st  1st Year Orientation­ – we need student volunteers at 2:30pm Friday to speak with the new class! Are you able to do it? Social details coming soon!
  • Saturday, June 2nd  Arthritis Walk!
  • Sunday, June 3rd  1st Year Social Picnic ­– time TBD

 

 

Class Reminders

 

  • Our amazing Class of 2014 Secretary, Jordan Mortensen, is carefully maintaining the calendar. Please check the latest class reminders and upcoming events on: http://PittPhysicalTherapy.com/calendar
  • You can even add those events directly to your own personal calendars on your computers and smart phones so take advantage of it!

 

 

Extras!

 

 

  • … you’re interested in helping with the 1st Year Pledge Ceremony, we need 6 enthusiastic volunteers to assist in early September! Please let Matt know.

 

  • … you’re going abroad this summer and would like to write a weekly post about your experience for our website

 

  • … you’d like to become involved with a PT Public Awareness Campaign

 

  • … you’re interested in contributing something to The Monday Memo

 

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The Monday Memo 5/14/2012

THE MONDAY MEMO

May 14, 2012                                                                                               DPT Class of 2014

Let’s Do This!

 

Welcome back and congratulations to everyone for making to our 2nd year of PT school at the University of Pittsburgh!  Hopefully we all took full advantage of the free time, sunshine and were able to recharge the learning batteries a bit. Luckily we had two weeks to travel, see family and enjoy life outside of school before buckling down again for this summer.

 

In case you were totally disconnected, some wonderful things were happening in Pittsburgh. To start things off, the PTGSA received a very generous donation from a faculty member within SHRS, enabling the club to further support student involvement in APTA conferences. Then, it was announced that the University of Pittsburgh won the 2011-2012 Pitt-Marquette Challenge, donating the most money to the Foundation for Physical Therapy out of 50+ participating schools. Last but not least, our own director, Dr. Anthony Delitto, received the 2012 Charles M. Magistro Distinguished Service Award from the Foundation. It’s a great time to be a DPT student at the University of Pittsburgh; let’s keep this great momentum going strong throughout the summer!

 

Mark Your Calendars!
  • After May 1st – Update your Certified Profile
  • Thursday, May 24th  – Mandatory Clinical Education Meeting – Location TBD
  • Friday, May 25th  – Motor Development Lab – Location TBD
  • Monday, May 28th  – Memorial Day – University Closed
  • Saturday, June 2nd  Arthritis Walk!

 

Class Reminders
  • Monday: Neuromuscl. PT            8:00 – 12:00 pm             Rm. 6045
  • Monday: Biomechanics            1:00 – 3:00 pm                         Rm. 5073
  • Tuesday: Growth & Devel.            8:00 – 10:00 am             Rm. 6012
  • Tuesday: PT Leadership            10:00 – 12:00 pm             Rm. 6012
  • Tuesday: EBP 2                         1:00 – 3:00 pm                         Rm. 6045
  • Tuesday: Biomechanics            3:00 – 4:00 pm                         Rm. 5073
  • Wednesday: Neuromuscl. PT            8:00 – 12:00 pm             Rm. 6045
  • Wednesday: Biomechanics             1:00 – 3:00 pm                         Rm. 4014
  • Thursday: Growth & Devel.             8:00 – 10:00 am             Rm. 6012
  • Thursday: Biomechanics             10:00 – 11:00 am             Rm. 5073
  • Thursday: Biomechanics             1:00 – 5:00 pm                         Rm. 5073

 

Extras!
  • If you’re interested in helping with the 1st Year Pledge Ceremony, we need 6 enthusiastic volunteers to assist in early September! Please let Matt know.
  • Please e-mail PittPT@gmail.com if…
    • you’re going abroad this summer and would like to write a weekly post about your experience for our website
    • you’d like to become involved with a PT Public Awareness Campaign
    • you’re interested in contributing something to The Monday Memo
    • you’re chock-full of AWESOME ideas and need someone to tell!
  • Check out the new Facebook group “Doctor of Physical Therapy Students” and post anything you think other DPT students might enjoy. (Over 1,400 students have joined!)
  • We’re debating holding a scheduled MMSK review one day a week prior to our Summer Clinicals. Any preferences on day or time?

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May 13, 2012 |

A Change in Perspective

#Hello 2nd-Year

The Beginning

Roughly a year ago, the lives of 52 bright-eyed and bushy tailed 1st-year DPT students at the University of Pittsburgh ‘anastamosed’. While some students knew each other from their undergraduate programs, the majority of us were meeting everyone for the first time. Though timid and self-conscious initially, we all jumped right into the first anatomy palpation lab. Needless to say, after identifying structures such as the ischial tuberosity and borders of the femoral triangle, we realized that we’d be working very closely with each other from here on out, so it’s best to get used to it! The pace of the summer semester picked up and friendships quickly formed.

 

Setting the Tone

Eric Lehman always keeps it classy while studying for anatomy!

 

The program director Dr. Delitto and (world-renouned) faculty emphasized that while getting into school might have been a competitive process, learning in the classroom is certainly not! The classroom is an environment of collaboration and the sanctity of learning should always be maintained. As students, we should be asking questions (even ‘stupid’ ones), trying new things, and even making mistakes. The upper classmen contributed to the sense of community as they offered to hold socials and study sessions to ease the minds of the very anxious. After being shown the way, the Class of 2014 took that collaborative message to heart. We were soon divvying up portions of our next exams to create study guides and practice tests. Using Facebook, we shared documents and helpful websites. In fact, it grew so much, you practically stood out if you DIDN’T contribute! Collectively, we realized that because the demands of the curriculum, we would absolutely need to work together in order to achieve our goals.

 

Striving for Excellence

With the introduction of our first part-time clinical rotations in the fall and spring, our passion for physical therapy only continued to grow. The program beefed up the curriculum as well, but like any motivated group, we rose to the occasion. Inspired by classroom visits by APTA leaders such as Dr. Paul Rockar and Dr. Justin Moore, we also became more active outside of the classroom by participating in the Southwest District of the PPTA and winning the student membership challenge, visiting the Family House for a Saturday night game session and fundraising for the Foundation for Physical Therapy through the Pitt-Marquette Challenge courses.  We also renewed the Physical Therapy Graduate Student Association (PTGSA) to enable us to fund student travel to state and national APTA events. We sent a handful of 1st, 2nd and 3rd years to the Combined Sections Meeting in Chicago, IL and had an incredible time! (post soon to follow) We also assisted in the Mini-CSM held by the SWD District where our very own G. Kelley Fitzgerald, PT, PhD, OCS, FAPTA presented Evidence-based Considerations  in Rehabilitation for Knee Osteoarthritis.

 

SHRS Scholarship Recipients: Trevor Gillespie, Lauren Rosso, Matt DeBoleAcademic Achievement

Continuing through the year, we all showed improvement. We became better working in groups and giving presentations, learned to study more efficiently and effectively, developed our problem-solving and clinical skills and in short, proved that we could contribute to the field we were entering. Sometimes it’s hard to believe just how far we’ve come, how much we were able to learn and accomplish in just a short time. With the proverbial ‘hell semester’ in our wake, and the chance to recharge, the Class of 2014 will surely hit the ground running to start our 2nd-year!

 

The Future

If it were not for the amazing support of the faculty, professors, TAs, administrative staff, generous donations and students, we wouldn’t be in such an exciting position. Similarly, we wouldn’t be nearly as excited for the future! Classes resume May 14th and will continue for 6 weeks before we begin our 6 week full-time clinical rotation to finish the summer session. As students immerse themselves into new settings (and continue to ‘pickle’), we hope to continue to provide updates! Thank you so much for the support, interest and belief in us! Hail to Pitt!

May 3, 2012 |