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July 16, 2012 PITT DPT STUDENTS
Following the APTA’s large push to involve physical therapists in social media (or is it the other way around…?) there has been a lot more conversation occurring on Twitter recently. Some physical therapy students at the University of Pittsburgh are already very active, but many still have reservations joining the movement. If you’re intimidated or can’t quite figure out how to begin, you’re in luck! This week’s Monday Memo provides a ‘PT Starter Kit’ for the SPT (and others) looking to use Twitter as a professional platform to promote and advocate for our profession.
Social media is about being social. The best part about physical therapy and Twitter is the incredibly supportive, enthusiastic and inspirational community members who are just waiting to engage the newcomers! You’ll find people sharing articles, opinions, thoughts, problems, solutions and just about everything else regarding physical therapy- but you’ll just have to be sure you’re following the right people. After asking the community who their favorite PT related Tweeps are, a few names were repeated and popped up consistently. Follow someone, you might learn something!
Check out the ‘PT Starter Kit’ for a jumpstart on some of the people to follow! (Nowhere near a complete list, apologizes for leaving out recommendations… and not in any certain order)
|Description in 140 characters||Personal Notes|
|APTAtweets||The American Physical Therapy Association seeks advancements in physical therapy practice, research, and education.||Our national organization embracing social media! Finally!|
|SnippetTherPhys||Not sure where to turn for information on physical therapy? Wonder what a physical therapist thinks? Also an Ironheart Triathlete this year.||Queen of #SolvePT and infamous Tuesday night chats|
|PTThinkTank||Critical observations of health, science, & physical therapy profession. Brainchild of @EricRobertson. Contributions by @Dr_Ridge_DPT & @MPascoe||Always challenging the conventional with thought and logic.|
|ABesselink||Physical therapist-McKenzie Diplomat, endurance sports coach, author (RunSmart: A Comprehensive Approach To Injury-Free Running), educator, Smart Life Project||True motivator and heavily invested in the future of physical therapy.|
|APTASA||The American Physical Therapy Association’s Student Assembly.||Follow to get great news affecting students|
|AHRQNews||U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality www.ahrq.gov||Great way to stay current on the most recent Healthcare buzz|
|IMulliganPT||Assoc Prof Physical Therapy Saint Francis University Pennsylvania Physical Therapy Association President||Our passionate PPTA President… ’nuff said!|
|The_OMPT||DPT, part time faculty Daemen College adjunct at D’Youville College, SUNY Buffalo, Fellowship trained in OMPT||Entrepreneur and blogging fiend always looking to inform the public.|
|Therapydia||Therapydia is the largest online community dedicated to Physical Therapy.||Through their campaign, #PromotePT, they are using social media to elevate the profession.|
|PhysicalTherapy||Physical Therapist, founder of PT Development, Evidence in Motion, TexPTS & part of ProRehab and Breakthrough Rehab.||Entrepreneur, business-minded and incredibly involved- literally everywhere at once.|
|Physiopedia||Improving global health through universal access to physiotherapy knowledge.||Outstanding resource! It’s what the APTA’s PTNow wishes it was. INCREDIBLE!|
|News, notes, & musings from the Department of Physical Therapy at University of the Pacific. Moderated by Todd E. Davenport, PT, DPT, OCS, Assistant Professor.||Fantastic stream of all things PT. Very responsive and engaging.|
|DrJarodCarter||Doctor of Physical Therapy with a Cash-based PT practice. Enjoys helping other PTs give 3rd Party Payors the finger.||Always good for some great motivational quotes and research articles.|
|Physical Therapist specializing in Trigger Point Dry Needling, Yoga Therapy, Pilates and Paleo lifestyle in Alexandria, VA. Rock climber, Yogini, Supermama.||Successful blogger and business owner who openly shares her visions and opinions.|
|ShannonMitchel||physician, physical therapist, ultramarathoner. interested in wellness, public health and nutrition.||Unique perspective of a physician and physical therapist.|
|Dr_Ridge_DPT||Doctor of Physical Therapy|Scientist|Blog@PTThinkTank|Interested in: Physical Therapist Practice|Health Care|Advocacy|Fitness|Neuroscience|Scientific Debate||Always questioning, challenging and pushing peers to think, learn and grow professionally.|
|PittPT||Representing all things Pitt PT- a source for students, faculty, research and news affecting our physical therapy profession.||Important especially if you’re a Pitt student!|
|DPT Students||I created a list of 300 DPT Students on Twitter. It’s not all inclusive but based on those who identified themselves in their profiles.||A great way to #unite #physicaltherapy #students from around the country!|
|SPTSAPTA||APTA’s SPTS serves our members, athletes of all ages/abilities, profession, & community via excellence in practice, research, education & development.||News from conferences, publications and more involving the Sports Section.|
|RobertSnowDPT||Physical Therapist, Small Business Owner, Avid Cyclist and Father of Four. Working hard to provide excellent patient care, and family time.||Superb example of a real-life-expert-clinician! Generously offers opinions and advice.|
|PTProblems||If you have something hilarious to share with other PTs, tweet something to @PTProblems or #PTProblems to get it retweeted.||PT school jokes. Must follow!|
|Jerry_DurhamPT||Physical Therapist in SF CA. Love Bikes, Music, Food and Wife. Own my PT practice. EOsf Member.||Incredibly passionate motivator, supporter and advocate of all things PT.|
|Health coverage from the NPR Science Desk||Continuous stream of the latest health news.|
|AcuteCarePT||The Acute Care Section-APTA focuses on physical therapy practice, education, and research specific to the acutely ill.||Best example of APTA section participation in social media. Engaging and informative.|
|Kettlebell Expert, Pain Relief & Wellness Specialist, National Speaker, DPT passionate to #SolvePT & improve public health.||Absolutely practices what he preaches! Very inventive|
|Info for PTs, OTs, ATs, CSCSs, or any other orthopedic, rehabilitation, sports medicine, or sports performance specialist.||A first mover in PT blogs, puts tidbits and updates onto twitter feed|
|MoveForwardPT||A physical therapist can help you achieve & maintain mobility & quality of life without surgery or prescription meds, in many cases. Brought to you by APTA.||Public awareness and branding arm of our professional organization.|
|3BS_Therapy||Bringing Science to Life through Education. From Astronomy to Zoology we’ve got it all.||Always interesting and responsive!|
|JulieWiebePT||Sports Medicine Physical Therapist, women’s health evangelist and mom||Bringing together pain, sport and women’s health on Twitter and blog|
|BodyInMind||Lorimer Moseley and team focussing on clinical neuroscience and the role of the brain in health and disease.||Brain, mind and chronic pain topics. Very fascinating!|
The best thing about using Twitter is the ability to connect with so many incredible people from all across the country that share the passion for physical therapy. I really appreciate the input, retweets and sharing from: @Jerry_DurhamPT, @DrBenFung, @Dr_Ridge_DPT, @AcuteCarePT, @PranaPT, @BrettfischerPT, @DrJarodCarter, @The_OMPT, @Jengalbraith, @laguna2019, @SandyHiltonPT and @JsalvaPT!
The turnaround time between our summer finals and my flight to the UK didn’t leave much room for last minute preparation. In fact, the reality that I was about to complete my first full time clinical abroad didn’t set in until I was descending into London. I’m happy to report that everything is going even better than I had hoped for!
My placement is at the Galleries Day Unit, an outpatient facility which specializes in falls prevention for older adults. Most patients have a history of falls, however others simply have identifiable risk factors that lead them to our clinic. We work with patients across the spectrum from basic balance and strength deficits all the way to advanced Parkinson’s and vestibular dysfunction. It’s an exciting place to be as a student and the people here are really committed to creating a positive learning environment.
The staff have gone above and beyond to make sure I am experiencing as much as possible while I’m here not only from a physiotherapy standpoint, but also across the continuum of care. Last week, I observed a physician in a syncope clinic where we refer a lot of our patients who have unexplained falls due to loss of consciousness. Yesterday, I spent the day with the ENT team who do in depth vestibular assessments. I even had caloric testing done. (If given the opportunity, never do this. Instant nausea.) Before I leave, I’ll even have the chance to do home visits. All of the effort and planning that went in to setting up this international experience has come back to me two fold. I’ll be very sad to leave when it’s over.
It’s obvious that our education over the last year has been extraordinary. The foundation that we built have has given me the confidence to make suggestions in clinic that have been very well received. Everyone at Pitt will be happy to know that I suggested measuring gait speed in our patients and I think we’re going to start doing it!
There’s something so liberating about moving to a completely different place, especially when you know you have a limited amount of time to experience it. For better or worse, everything is an adventure. I spent the last three weekends exploring Northeast England. I hiked part of Hadrian’s Wall on Saturday and plan to do a lot more camping/hiking in a few weeks. There are so many castles to see and not enough time! I have also met some amazing people who are making sure I have all of the “proper” English experiences before I leave. They threw me a birthday party, took me to Sunday lunch, showed me a proper English pub with proper English ale, etc. I didn’t expect to connect with so many people so quickly and I definitely expect to settle in so quickly.
This really is the adventure of a lifetime and I’m so grateful that Pitt lets us have this opportunity. I’m happy that I can have such an amazing experience and yet miss everyone at home so much. It just reinforces that I’m in the right place.
I hope all is well back in Pittsburgh. Until next time, Cheers!
Hola todos! Here’s a little update on how clinic is going here on this side of the world:
So, it’s been a little over two weeks here and I still can’t believe how much I’ve learned or even really that I’m here in the first place. I had no idea until about this time last year that we could even do a clinical abroad at U of Pitt. The opportunity of this abroad clinical is just one more reason why deciding on Pitt was the right choice. Dr. Susan Whitney graciously offered to call a vestibular therapist she knows (picture below), Daniel, and through more arranging and calls to friends on his part I’m now living with his mother-in-law, Nelly (my real life fairy godmother who is taking such unbelievably good care of me), having dinners with his family and friends a few nights a week, and observing in one of the best rehabilitation centers in Latin America. I really couldn’t have asked for anything more, especially since this experience has already been so much more than I could have even imagined.
The people in Argentina are really incredible. They’re very warm, inviting, thoughtful, and filled with energy to live that they love to share (which really reminds me of DPT 2014). This translates to everyday life here in clinic and at home. I already felt like part of the family on day one when his wife, Samantha, picked me up from the airport and I met their two sons ages 2 and 5 who are absolutely the cutest nenes ever. I may be a little biased since we were all dancing together in the kitchen within hours of meeting them, but a couple of you have met them on skype and can attest to the absolute cuteness. It has also been perfect to have the chance to hang out with them and learn a couple songs and games in Spanish that have already been helpful in clinic.
Clinic has been amazing so far. I’m really only observing, but since it’s my first pediatric clinical and it’s all in Spanish it’s really been enough to take notes, ask questions, and help out when I can. The facility is amazing and the way they care for their patients is pretty exemplary. It’s a private rehab center so they have the opportunity to spend hours in intensive therapy with the kids and have the tools they need to help out in any way they can. Here is the website with a couple pictures of the facility to check it out: http://www.fleni.org.ar/multimedia/144 There aren’t any photos of the pediatric area or the gait lab but I’ll see if I can snag some of those before I leave in mid-August.
From what I’ve seen at FLENI, they put a lot of energy and time into practicing interdisciplinary care between specialties and being sure to use each other as a resource throughout the rehab process. So far I’ve been mostly in El Laboratorio de Marcha (Movement Analysis Lab), where gait studies are conducted for patients as part of determining treatment plan, and outpatient pediatrics. There’s so much about it I’d like to share, but I’ll send that soon. Let’s just say though that it’s a really good thing we just had our first ped’s class and a biomechanics course before I got here. My Spanish is alright, but without the background information in these areas I’d be totally lost.
What I wanted to share though was that yesterday I attended the II Encuentro Nacional de Terapistas Vestibulares headed up by Daniel. It included a full day of classes on themes related to vestibular therapy, tests and measures, and fall risk in the older adult population. It was extremely informative and it was great to be part of what turned out to be an international discussion of about 50 physical therapists. I understood about 95% of what was said (thanks again to the year of education we’ve got going for us more than my language skills). Also, I was pretty excited to see Pitt being talked about in Buenos Aires. Dr. Whitney’s vestibular research was somewhere within each of the courses that had to do with anything vestibular. It was quite impressive and if definitely made me miss all of you back in Pittsburgh!
Hope clinic is going amazing back at home!! I’m sure everyone is doing an amazing job and loving a lil break from classes. Talk to you soon!
Muchos abrazos de oso y besos de Buenos Aires,
Sometimes we have reflective moments in our lives spurred by events, memories or nostalgic conversation, leading us to reminisce about our past. Tonight was the ESPY (Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly) Awards on ESPN. It’s a time to recognize tremendous individual and team performances in sport from the past year, but to also recognize some of the industries most influential people. Tonight, Pat Summitt was honored with the Arthur Ashe award for her exceptional courage. Some might remember the incredibly moving and inspirational speech given by basketball icon Jimmy Valvano just 8 weeks before he succumbed to his battle with cancer. In his speech, he offered many words of advice including daily self-reflection:
“I always have to think about what’s important in life to me are these three things. Where you started, where you are and where you’re going to be. Those are the three things that I try to do every day.” – Jimmy V.
If you were to pick a few things of what graduate school at the University of Pittsburgh taught you, what would it be? Did it teach you to think critically, find your work ethic, learn to collaborate, build your self-confidence, realize your ability to help people? Anne Hathaway was asked by Charlie Rose what she learned in acting school and her response is below.
Anne Hathaway recounted a great lesson she learned about figuring out the essence of a scene and how to ‘go for it’. One of her professors used the example of a student trying to take a quarter away from him. No one in the class could do it. Then, when a student attempted to keep the quarter away from the professor, he failed within a few seconds. That’s because the professor ATTACKED his goal with all of the strength and raw emotion he possessed in order to be successful.
In physical therapy school and in life, we all have goals we want to obtain. Maybe it’s better grades, better clinical skills, or better communication. Some are more challenging than others, but they can all be achieved if we commit to them. Like filming a scene, we have to understand the essence of our goals and attack them. Are people keeping your quarter away from you? How are you trying to get it back? Ultimately, you have to fight for what you want to achieve and pour yourself into the task. Pursue your dreams with that level of passion, commitment and belief demonstrated by the professor, and you will succeed. Hopefully we are all taking away lessons like this as we challenge ourselves and realize our incredible potential to do great things in the profession of physical therapy.