APTA Roundtable Discussion

Social Media and #SolvePT

University of Pittsburgh Is Social Media Savvy

A faculty member and student at the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at the University of Pittsburgh were given a unique opportunity by those within the APTA to participate in a discussion surrounding social media. Over the past several months, Christopher Bise, PT, DPT, MS, OCS and Matt DeBole, SPT, met others in actively involved with the #SolvePT TweetChat for a APTA Roundtable, via Google+ Hangouts, to provide several real-life examples of how they use social media to interact and collaborate with those within the physical therapy community.


For more information on how you can become involved in

#SolvePT and SM, check out our “Tweet-tourial”.


[Below is from the APTA website]


Although APTA doesn’t officially endorse any specific social media activities mentioned in the video, this discussion hints at social media’s wide-ranging potential benefits, while also taking on some of its misconceptions and disadvantages.


Panelists Allan Besselink, PT, Dip MDT, Christopher Bise, PT, DPT, MS, OCS, Matt DeBole, SPT, Selena Horner, PT, MS, GCS, Eric Robertson, PT, DPT, OCS, and Ann Wendel, PT, ATC, CMTPT, discuss the weekly #SolvePT tweetchat, ways that social media are effective for advocacy, benefits for educators and students, and the challenges related to discussing critical or controversial issues in the social media environment, among other topics.


Want to give social media a try? Be sure to check out APTA’s policy on social media, our tips and best practices, and our Twitter tutorial.

October 25, 2012 |

The Monday Memo: 10/22/2012

The Monday Memo

October 22, 2012                                                                                       PITT DPT STUDENTS

Our Mantra

Without a doubt, there are apparent observational differences between the 1st, 2nd and 3rd year students within the DPT program at the University of Pittsburgh. Whether it be the psychomotor skills, clinical reasoning abilities or just plain confidence in the practice setting, dramatic developmental changes take place throughout the well designed curriculum. Yet, one consistent thread, other than the pride for our school, still strongly links us all: our mantra.

Our mantra isn’t rooted in religion or rhythmic chants, but it is our ‘instrument of thought’. Taught early in Musculoskeletal I, students build their foundation for a clinical examination on the basic principles of the mantra: observation, range of motion, strength, neurological screening, accessory joint motion and special tests. Generally, this mantra is recited, rehearsed and reproduced repeatedly throughout the 1st year on practical exams and clinical evaluations. This enables complete familiarity with the components and a strong foundation. During the 2nd year, pattern recognition develops and with it comes better selection of which tests to perform and which to omit. During the 3rd year, the mantra remains but the selection process is refined; referred back to when patient presentations are complicated.

This profession requires us to be life-long learners and encourages us continually look for ways to improve our practice.  We’ll continue to attend continuing education courses, confer with collegues and in order to expand our knowledge for years after graduating. Many times, clinicians report experiencing a ‘dip’ in their performance upon graduating- claiming they have learned so many tidbits from various sources, that it’s hard to remember the whole picture. Not to say we’re impervious to that happening, but what sets Pitt students apart is that when the going gets tough, the tough remember their mantra.

Social Media Updates
Mark Your Calendars!

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

2nd Year Students:

  • Wednesday, Oct. 24 Year-Long Interviews – please arrive 10min prior to your scheduled time to complete paperwork
  • Thursday, Oct. 25 – Health and Wellness – No Class: Quiz #3 due on CourseWeb
  • Thursday, Oct. 25 – Health and Wellness – Annotated Bibliography due


  • Friday, Oct. 26 – PT Rounds – First half of alphabet
  • Sat and Sun, Oct. 27 – 28 – PPTA Annual Conference– Lancaster, PA


  • November 2 – 4 – National Student Conclave! It’s been estimated that the PTGSA will be able to reimburse up to $150 per person! Keep those receipts!
October 22, 2012 |

Physical Therapy In Action Video

Promotional Video – A Call for Footage!

Submit Your Clips, Get Video Airtime!

In the spirit of National Physical Therapy Month, we are asking for your help! A group of students at the University of Pittsburgh in collaboration with the Foundation for Physical Therapy are looking to collect video clips of you performing Physical Therapy In Action! All it takes is for you to bust out your smart phone, capture a moment (< 1 min) and send it to pittpt@gmail.com by Oct. 30th. We’re looking for video of clinicians and students from around the country administering any of the following physical therapy techniques:

  • Gait Training
  • Therapeutic Exercising
  • Joint Mobilization
  • Strength Assessment
  • Stretching
  • Postural Correction
  • Exercise Demonstration
  • Balance Activities
  • Plyometrics
  • Special Tests
  • Soft Tissue Mobilization
Have Fun With This!

Sure, stay professional, but we want to show everyone how much fun PTs have as well! There is no restriction on the number of videos you can send so increase your visibility and help promote our profession at the same time. We certainly welcome school and company apparel to be worn throughout if you’d like to rep your brand!

Support Research in Physical Therapy

Where will your clip be used? Fair question – we are planning on compiling the clips into one awesome video highlighting the need and benefit of physical therapy research! Research affects all areas of practice and is often under-supported. We hope this video can help increase awareness and support for the Foundation of Physical Therapy and all they do for our profession!

Ground Rules
  • Make sure you have permission to record anyone appearing in your videos
  • We will try to incorporate all submissions into the compilation video- but cannot make any promises
  • First airing of the video will coincide with the National Student Conclave and will be played at Conference Registration- stop by to see if you’re famous!
  • Send your clips to pittpt@gmail.com by Oct. 30th
    • Please identify those who appear in the video
    • Sound is not essential and may not be used

Thank you for your support of physical therapy research and our efforts with this project!!

October 16, 2012 |

The Monday Memo: 10/15/2012

The Monday Memo

October 15, 2012                                                                                       PITT DPT STUDENTS

Meet the Officers of the DPT Class of 2015

If you haven’t had the chance to get to know the newest edition to our DPT family at the University of Pittsburgh, then you’re missing out! From the most competitive and numerous group of applicants in the history of our admissions process has emerged the future leaders of our profession. With the support and guidance of the faculty, this young group of energetic and engaging students looks to build on the progress of the Pitt PT classes before them and raise expectations of those that follow. Let’s meet them!

President – Claire Occhionero

Vice President – Kelly Ricker

Secretary – Nicole Stepowoy

Treasurer – Dimitri Theofanis

Social Chair – Tessa Murray

Social Media Director – Stephanie Austin

Academic Liaison – Kevin Gilmore

Academic Liaison – Chris Taylor

PPTA Liaison – Robyn Szablewski

PPTA Liaison – Clayton Anderson

Pitt-Marquette Challenge Representative –Kristyn Anselmo

Pitt-Marquette Challenge Representative – Kaitlyn Bianco

Pitt-Marquette Challenge Representative – Jackie Harrigan

Pitt-Marquette Challenge Representative – Rachel Hollenbach


Social Media Updates
  • Unite Physical Therapy Students – If you haven’t yet, please check out the “Doctor of Physical Therapy Students” Facebook page. Nearly 3,000 students have already joined!
  • Our own page! Pitt Physical Therapy, thanks to the Social Media Team, has create an official PittPT Facebook page!
  • #SolvePT (meets on Twitter from 9-10pm EST)
Mark Your Calendars!

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

2nd Year Students:

  • Tuesday, Oct. 16 – Neuromuscular PT II – Please dress in business casual for our guest speaker
  • Thursday, Oct. 18 – MMSK III – Advanced spine, Pain, Soft Tissue Written Exam
  • Thursday, Oct. 18 – Health Promotion – Please dress in business casual for our guest speaker
  • Thursday, Oct. 18 – Mid-term CIET – Turn into Lynn Fitzgerald
  • Friday, Oct. 19 – Neuromuscular IIPlease dress in business casual for our guest speaker


  • Friday, Oct. 19 – PT Rounds – Last half of alphabet
  • Saturday, Oct. 20 SHRS Open House – please arrive by 9:15am if you are volunteering!


  • November 2 – 4National Student Conclave! It’s been estimated that the PTGSA will be able to reimburse up to $150 per person! Keep those receipts!
October 14, 2012 |