The Monday Memo: 9/24/2012

The Monday Memo

September 24, 2012                                                                                       PITT DPT STUDENTS

 

Get More Sleep!

Social Media Updates

 

Mark Your Calendars!

(2nd year students – also check the Calendar) Please keep checking this calendar for upcoming deadlines, syllabus changes and events!

  • Tuesday, Sept. 25 – Neuromuscular PT II – Homework #4 due at 1:00pm
  • Thursday, Sept. 27 – MMSK III – Movement Analysis Written Exam (and yes, we have class afterward)
  • Thursday, Sept. 27 – Health Promotion – Please dress in business casual for our guest speaker, Dr. Davis
  • Friday, Sept. 28 – Neuromuscular II – Written Exam starts at 9am
  • Friday, Sept. 28 – PT Rounds – First half of alphabet
  • Monday. Oct. 1  – Final Day to order Pitt PT Gear!

 

Extras!
  • October 27 – Pumpkin Picking! Should be about ~$10. More details to come!
  • November 2 – 4 – National Student Conclave! Register here by Oct. 10 for the best rates! Also, people have begun buddying up for hotel rooms! Please refer to an earlier e-mail from the PTGSA regarding cost. It’s been estimated that the PTGSA will be able to reimburse up to $150 per person! Keep those receipts! 
September 24, 2012 |

The Monday Memo: 9/17/2012

The Monday Memo

September 17, 2012                                                                                       PITT DPT STUDENTS

 

Collaboration at its Finest

Over the past week, the doctor of physical therapy students at the University of Pittsburgh have embraced the principals of collaboration. Last weekend we teamed up with the Occupational Therapy graduate students to promote Inter-professional bonding. The 1st Annual PT/OT Social took place at Schenley Park where lots of food, drinks, dancing and games served to build stronger relationships both within and outside of Forbes Tower. To commence the weekly PT Rounds held every Friday, Dr. Tony Delitto discussed the important role collaboration amongst various healthcare providers will play in helping our medical system solve the increasingly limited supply meet the increasingly growing demand within the United States.

In Delitto We Trust

However, before we go searching for ways to strengthen inter-professional relationships, perhaps the best long- and short-term approach for physical therapy would be to promote intra-professional unity. The faculty and 2nd year DPT students welcomed Dr. Beth Fisher all the way from the University of Southern California for a couple of guest lectures in Musculoskeletal III and Neuromuscular PT II. She was absolutely fantastic in her instruction and approach regarding movement analysis. Dr. Fisher also generously agreed to stay in Pittsburgh an extra day to teach a Continuing Education Course held by the Pitt-Marquette Challenge representatives to support their efforts. Dr. Chad Cook from Walsh University, who also donated his weekend for the benefit of his course attendees and the Foundation for PT, drew a very large crowd resulting in a substantial amount of money raised.

 

Though learning from others and raising money for research is fantastic, the most exciting part of this week might have been the collaborative example set by the faculty of the highly esteemed programs. Our ability to unite the profession today will ensure we have a bright future regardless of the direction our healthcare system. It starts with the current students in every program across the country.

 

Social Media Updates

 

Mark Your Calendars!

(2nd year students – also check the Calendar) Please keep checking this calendar for upcoming deadlines, syllabus changes and events!

  • Tuesday, Sept. 18 – Human Growth and Development II – Please dress in business casual for our guest speaker
  • Tuesday, Sept. 18  Leadership and Professional Development II – Case Study due; submit via CourseWeb
  • Tuesday, Sept. 18 – Neuromuscular PT II – Group A (1 – 3pm) and Group B (3 – 5pm)
  • Friday, Sept. 21 – Neuromuscular PT II – Homework #3 due at 8:00am
  • Friday, Sept. 21 – PT Rounds – Last half of alphabet

 

Extras!
  • October 27 – Pumpkin Picking! Should be about ~$10. More details to come!
  • November 2 – 4 – National Student Conclave! Register here by Oct. 10 for the best rates! Also, people have begun buddying up for hotel rooms! Please refer to an earlier e-mail from the PTGSA regarding cost. It’s been estimated that the PTGSA will be able to reimburse up to $150 per person! Keep those receipts! 
September 16, 2012 |

TED – Video of the Week – “Regenerative Medicine”

Realization of Alan Russell’s Vision

Update 5 Years Later

Exciting things have been coming out of the McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh. Over the past few years, the physical therapy students have enjoyed amazing lectures and instruction given by Dr. Fabrisia AmbrosioDr. Jessie VanSwearingen, and others from the Institute.

 

In case you missed the wildly successful Inaugural Symposium on Regenerative Rehabilitation, they’re holding another! The Second Annual Symposium on Regenerative Rehabilitation will be held in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on November 12-13, 2012. To find out more regarding programming and registration by visiting the Symposium’s website. If you’re still not convinced or have heard very little regarding the potential of stem cells, check out our TED Video of the Week given by Dr. Alan Russell. What might be a future physical therapists’s role in providing specific stresses to tissues injected with stem cells? We know that just infusing a joint with stem cells isn’t enough to magically repair damaged tissue. Might they be the true experts who specialize in applying the appropriate forces to help change those undifferentiated cells into a meniscus? Pretty intriguing!

 

[Bio from TED.com]

 

Alan Russell is a professor of surgery — and of chemical engineering. In crossing the two fields, he is expanding our palette of treatments for disease, injury and congenital defects. We can treat symptoms, he says, or we can replace our damaged parts with bioengineered tissue. As he puts it: “If newts can regenerate a lost limb, why can’t we?”

 

The founding director of the McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine, at the University of Pittsburgh, Russell leads an ambitious biomedicine program that explores tissue engineering, stem cell research, biosurgery and artificial and biohybrid organs. They’ve also started testing a new kind of heart pump, figured out that Botox can help with enlarged prostate, and identified human adipose cells as having the possibility to repair skeletal muscle. In his own Russell Lab, his team has studied antimicrobial surfaces and helping to develop a therapy to reduce scarring on muscle after injury. Lately, his lab is involved in biotechnology studies in relation to chemical and biological weapons defense.

 

September 12, 2012 |

The Monday Memo: 9/10/2012

The Monday Memo

September 10, 2012                                                                                       PITT DPT STUDENTS

 

Lighting that Fire!

Welcome back to The Monday Memo! After the scope of our semesters have come into focus, it’s time to bring back your favorite kick-starter to each week. This past Friday, we officially welcomed the 2015 DPT Class at the University of Pittsburgh into the profession of physical therapy with a Pledge Ceremony at the Frick Fine Arts Building. The guest speaker, Michael Ganz (c/o 2002), spoke about professionalism and advocacy through the APTA. Our current APTA President, Dr. Paul Rockar, challenged the 1st year class to continually strive to reach high goals and set the bar even higher for the class coming behind them next year!

Our great pins- to be worn as often and as proudly as possible!

In the spirit of achievement and believing in yourself, here are a few examples of amazing things people have done despite the odds- in just 24 hours.

  • Mike Morton, 41 year old from the USA, just set an new American record by running 172.45 miles in 24 hours to win the 24 Hour World Championships in Poland. The old American record was 165.7 miles by Scott Jurek, when he took a silver at the same event 2 years ago. Morton not only won the race, but he demolished the field, beating the second place competitor by 9.83 miles.
  • Ben Friberg, in the Yukon Territory of Canada, set a new 24 hour stand-up paddleboarding distance world record. Despite brutal wind and frequent self-doubt, Friberg paddled 238 miles through the subarctic Northland. Read more here.

The lesson? Remember, you have the ability to accomplish amazing things, push yourself beyond those imaginary limits and get the most out of every experience of everyday.

Mark Your Calendars!
  • Wednesday, Sept. 124:00pm Rm 6045 – Prof. Deb Josbeno is looking for volunteers to be participants in a photo shoot aimed at promoting our physical therapy program. I heard we’ll be popping wheelies in wheelchairs…
  • Friday, Sept. 14 1:00 – 5:00pm – Movement Analysis Class (MMSK3) with guest lecturer Beth Fisher!
  • Saturday, Sept. 15Chad Cook and Beth Fisher coursescheck your e-mails for the reduced student rate and instructions on how to register!

Please keep checking this calendar for upcoming deadlines, syllabus changes and events!

Extras!
  • 1st Annual PT/OT Social – It was a total success! Thank you to everyone who contributed!
  • Pitt PT Clothing Drive – Please help spread the word by sharing the link to your friends, family and clinical instructors. Also, you’ll receive an order form in your mailboxes. Feel free to photocopy and distribute! The preferred ordering method is via PayPal, but we’ll accept checks too. Also, Underground Printing (117 Meyran Ave.) should have the items in the store to sample the different sizes in case you need some guidance!
September 9, 2012 |