The Monday Memo: 6/25/2012

THE MONDAY MEMO

June 25, 2012                                                                                           PITT DPT STUDENTS

First Full-Time Clinical! FINALLY!

It’s strange but we all realized that finals week (4 written exams, 1 practical exam and a presentation over 4 days) was made to be so difficult that we’d actually beg to be released into the clinics despite not making a single dime! We have to admit, that’s one great strategy! Joking aside, the entire DPT Class of 2014 at the University of Pittsburgh is anxious to get back to the clinic. If the classroom is the work, the clinic is the fun. Yes, it’s going to be challenging in its own ways, but we all entered this profession to help people. Tomorrow and over the next 6 weeks, we’ll have the opportunity to accomplish that and more.

 

Dr. Delitto charged us to develop a performance improvement plan specific to the remainder of the summer. While we were certainly able to advance our plan over the past week, please take up the responsibility of being active in your clinical site immediately. Due to the abbreviated time we have, everyone needs to maximize the opportunity starting on Day 1. In addition, we’re planning on meeting on Sundays 5:00 – 7:00pm in Forbes Tower to practice our manual skills and discuss clinical cases.

 

Mark Your Calendars!
  • Monday, June 25th – First Day of Summer Clinical
  • Sundays 5:00 – 7:00pm –  Forbes Tower – Hands On Clinical Practice
  • Month of July – Renew your APTA Memberships
  • November 2nd – 4th – National Student Conclave in Arlington, VA – yes, everyone is going!

 

Class Calendar
  • 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

 

Extras!

 Chad Cook – Differential Diagnosis September 15, 2012

  • Be on the lookout for updates from our classmates studying abroad!!
June 24, 2012 |

The Monday Memo: 6/18/2012

THE MONDAY MEMO

June 18, 2012                                                                                                     DPT Class of 2014

Challenging Ourselves

Honestly, regardless of the number of times we are pushed to the limit through our curriculum at the University of Pittsburgh’s Doctor of Physical Therapy program, we always manage to overcome the challenge. Every professor in every class thus far has expected our best, and fortunately, they have lead by example through their passion, knowledge and love for their specialties. The Class of 2014 had five new professors in five new classes, each of them challenging yet inspiring in their own right. To get to where they are today, each one of them wanted to be successful as much as they wanted to breathe.

After last summer, we probably couldn’t have dreamed of taking on five classes within six short weeks, yet here we are. Without a doubt, we have proven to ourselves and to everyone else that we belong in this rigorous  program lead by our accomplished professors. Over the remainder of the summer, we will challenge our knowledge in a new arena, the clinic. Whether you are returning to a familiar location or are traveling oversees, remember how you have prepared over the past year to get to where you are. Let’s be sure to make the most of this short clinical and follow the advice of Dr. Delitto by taking on responsibility early. Believe in yourself you will be successful!!!

Mark Your Calendars!
  • Before June 24th – Update your Certified Profile
  • Saturday, June 23rd – Pirates Game Tailgate / PPTA PAC Fundraiser
  • Monday, June 25th – First Day of Summer Clinical
  • Month of July – Renew your APTA Memberships
  • November 2nd – 4th – National Student Conclave in Arlington, VA – yes, everyone is going!
Class Calendar
  • 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
Quote of the Week

 “Biomechanically  speaking, if you want to buy beer, buy two cases at once!”  – Dr. S.F.

Extras!

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! Please e-mail PittPT@gmail.com 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.
  • … 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
  • … you would like to help the 1st years with a study session this coming Sunday!
June 17, 2012 |

The Monday Memo: 6/11/2012

THE MONDAY MEMO

June 11, 2012                                                                                                     DPT Class of 2014

Annual Conference in Tampa, Florida
#PT2012 #SolvePT
University of Pittsburgh DPT Class of 2014 at Annual Conference

Matt DeBole, Allison Karhoff, TJ Moore, Megan O'Connell and Eric Lehman - DPT Class of 2014

After attending the Combined Sections Meeting in Chicago earlier in the year, expectations were exceptionally high for the next conference on the docket- Annual Conference in Tampa. Despite the uncharacteristically rainy and overcast conditions, the conference was bright with 2,376 enthusiastic and excited attendees! The House of Delegates met in the beginning of the week, working through numerous Reference Committee motions aimed to strengthen the APTA policies and empower the profession beyond Vision 2020. Then, the conference officially started Wednesday night with a speech by the incredibly charismatic and legendary NFL quarterback (Pittsburgh Steeler), Terry Bradshaw! From the programming to the parties, the debates to the delegates and the brilliant ideas to the buzzwords, the entire three days was absolutely amazing!

 
 

Winners of the Pittsburgh-Marquette Challenge

Pittsburgh, Winners again!!

Students and faculty at the University of Pittsburgh continued to impress by being the stars of the Foundation for Physical Therapy Gala- both on the stage and on the dance floor! For the 16th time in challenge history, the University of Pittsburgh raised the most money for the foundation; this year’s total was $50,000 (2nd place was VCU with $14,000)! In all, 65 schools participated and $240,201 was raise for physical therapy research!!!! The students also presented the Board of Trustees with a wonderful proposal aimed at raising more money by getting a greater number of schools to participate in the annual challenge. Plans are being made and details should surface in a few months.

 

 

In Tampa, there was a clear effort being made by the APTA and APTA Student Assembly to increase the utilization of social media for professional use. Along with that, the #SolvePT Day was a huge success! While many people pre-ordered shirts and received them at the ‘Pick Up Party’ on Wednesday, plenty of people were asking about them on Thursday. Armed with additional t-shirts to help spread the word, all of them were successfully handed out! We hope more people will join in on the conversation this Tuesday night from 9-10pm EST to debate: Proposed Payment Model.  Thank you to all of our classmates for supporting us from afar!

 
 

SolvePT Day 6/7/2012

Jennifer K and Matt DeBole sporting their #SolvePT shirts!

We are in an outstanding profession, one impregnated with passion, drive and genuine belief that physical therapy can touch the lives of every single person in this world. The faith is rooted deeply in the lives of our leadership, demonstrated by their willingness to donate $100,000 (Stanley Paris) in one night or by their willingness to write the Foundation for Physical Therapy to be the recipient of their estates when they pass. This combination of generosity and conviction is inspirational and moves all of us to think beyond ourselves. Hopefully the students who attended Annual Conference can bring back lessons from Tampa and provide professional rejuvenation for all those who were unable to join us.

 
 

Mark Your Calendars!
  • Before June 24th – Update your Certified Profile
  • Wednesday, June 13th – Neuromuscular Homework #2 due at 8:00am sharp
  • Monday, June 18th – Neuromuscular Written Final
  • Tuesday, June 19th – Growth and Development Final
  • Tuesday, June 19th – Leadership and Personal Development Final
  • Wednesday, June 20th  – Neuromuscular Comprehensive Exam
  • Wednesday, June 20th – Biomechanics Exam
  • Thursday, June 21st – Biomechanics Presentations
  • Saturday, June 23rd Pirates Game Tailgate / PPTA PAC Fundraiser
Class Calendar
  • 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
In reference to using biofeedback on antagonist muscle, “You’ve got to melt that mother down!!!!”  -Dr. D.J.
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
June 10, 2012 |

The Monday Memo: 6/4/2012

THE MONDAY MEMO

June 4, 2012                                                                                               Pitt DPT Students

The Class of 2015 Has Arrived!

 

For this entire past week at the University of Pittsburgh, the DPT Class of 2014 has been giddy about the arrival of the latest edition to the family! Starting a new chapter in life can be overwhelming, so we have been taking measures to ensure the Class of 2015 feels welcomed and prepared during their first weekend as physical therapy graduate students. While many of the ‘Bigs’ and ‘Little’s decided to meet up over dinner Thursday night, everyone’s official orientation started on Friday. After being briefed by the faculty on logistics and expectations, the class officers of 2014 and a handful of others arrived to answer any lingering questions regarding life as a PT student. Then, Friday night, we all met up for our traditional ‘Welcome Social’ (version 2.0) and had an amazing night of conversation, dancing and getting to know everyone better! Saturday morning, a group congregated in the Southside to support our honoree ‘Sydney’ in the Arthritis Walk 2012. Team Pitt DPT was 70 members strong and raised $2,264 for the Arthritis Foundation which made us the largest team at the event and the 5th highest fundraisers!

 

Class of 2015 at the Arthritis Walk

 

The most impressive aspect of the weekend was how excited everyone was to celebrate coming together.  The new students have an energy and enthusiasm to their class that is very inspiring! Though our curriculum is centered around learning facts and developing clinical reasoning skills, arguably the most valuable lessons originate from collaboration with our peers. It’s clearly too early to predict with 100% certainty where the Class of 2015 will take our physical therapy profession, but considering their academic backgrounds and their desire to join our already incredible family speaks volumes regarding their potential.

 

New students, during your remaining time in the program, the Class of 2014 promises to guide you, to the best of our ability, in the direction of your dreams! Again, welcome to the DPT program at the University of Pittsburgh, we’re so glad you’re finally here!

 

 

Mark Your Calendars!
  • ASAP – Register for Fall Classes – remember to change Clinical Internship to three (3) credits
  • ASAP – Update your Certified Profile
  • Thursday, June 7th  #SolvePT Day 
  • Sunday, June 17thFather’s Day!

 

Class Reminders
  • Class of 2014: We’ll be having guest lecturers for the remaining classes in Growth and Development. Please dress accordingly!
  • 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

 

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
June 3, 2012 |