The Monday Memo: 11/26/12

The Monday Memo

November 26, 2012                                                                                       PITT DPT STUDENTS

Gait Madness

A few weeks ago in musculoskeletal lecture, we spent some time learning to analyze gait. We watched our classmates walk around in their (typically unmatched) socks evaluating pelvic, knee, ankle, and foot motion. Everything seemed pretty normal for our group. A discussion about poor gait kinematics was spurred as a result of this activity with consideration placed on marathon runners – especially marathon runners at miles 23, 24, and 25.

 

Having run two marathons now, and not being an extreme athlete by any means, the concept of poor running form during those miles is far from a foreign concept. Your quadriceps aren’t listening to your insistence to move forward, calf muscles stay perpetually cramped…even your shoulders are tired. If you are a spectator to these final miles, you are witness to the intense physical strain that is occurring in each individual racer’s body.

 

However, equally observable at this point in the race is the mental stamina of the runner. Since all notions of the appearance of grandeur have slipped away during earlier miles, the mental pep talks occurring are visible on each person’s face. You can see every instruction to move the quads forward, urging the calves to keep pushing off the ground, insisting that “forward is still a pace”.

 

At the point of greatest exhaustion those racers continue to move forward, although without much grace, because the goal is within sight. They have trained for weeks and months to cross the finish line, and their fixed determination will be the driving force to get them there.

 

As physical therapy students, we have also been training for weeks and months, and our goal is within our sights. Finals begin next week, and our physical and mental compensations are taking over. We began the semester color-coding or highlighting while reading an article, and now are lucky to read the abstract. Yet, I encourage you to get out those multi-colored markers again. These last three weeks will be challenging, without a doubt. But, I have been witness to the mental stamina of our classmates. I am confident we can cross this hypothetical finish line strong!

 

So, even though your compensations may feel like this…

 

 

the soundtrack I would prefer you play is…

 

 

because we are not average. We will be the best therapist within our ability. And, maybe we will be lucky enough to have the opportunity to treat real athletes, like these…

 

 

Social Media Updates
  • #DPTstudent – Coming to twitter  THIS WEDNESDAY November 28, 9-10pm EST! This chat will occur every Wednesday at that time!  Check out #DPTstudent page for details!
  • Unite Physical Therapy Students – If you haven’t yet, please check out the “Doctor of Physical Therapy Students” Facebook page. More than 3,500 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 Tuesdays Twitter from 9-10pm EST) 
  • Log ‘N Blog – Please ‘Like’ the Facebook page and tell your friends about the effort!
Mark Your Calendars!

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

Second Years:

  • Friday, Nov. 30 – Neuromuscular II – HW #5 Due!

Everyone:

  • Monday, Dec. 3– RSVP Deadline for 2nd Annual Formal
  • Preview Pitt PT – Saturday February 9th in Forbes Tower. We will be looking for volunteers to professionally represent our school as we welcome the accepted applicants on their chance to see what we’re all about!
November 26, 2012 |

The Monday Memo: 11/19/12

The Monday Memo

November 19, 2012                                                                                       PITT DPT STUDENTS

 

It is official – the second years have completed their comprehensive exams, and the first years have completed their final round of “midterms”.

 

That can only mean one thing – time for Thanksgiving break!

 

In the spirit of the holiday, we would like to extend our gratitude to all of the people involved in making our year successful. With your encouragement and dedication, we have achieved what we originally thought was outside of our means. The Saturday afternoons spent in Forbes assisting students with talocrural distractions and knee arthrokinematics has not gone unnoticed. We appreciate the late night emails answering frantic questions, the brownies brought to class, and the willingness to foster our developing interest in specialty areas of physical therapy. Simply put, “thank you”; you have been an integral part of our learning experience.

 

Have a safe holiday everyone! Happy Thanksgiving and Hail to Pitt!

 

Social Media Updates
  • #DPTstudent – Coming to twitter November 28, 9-10pm EST! This chat will occur every Wednesday at that time!  Check out #DPTstudent page for details!
  • Unite Physical Therapy Students – If you haven’t yet, please check out the “Doctor of Physical Therapy Students” Facebook page. More than 3,300 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) 
  • Log ‘N Blog – Things went great this weekend. Please ‘Like’ the Facebook page and tell your friends about the effort!
November 19, 2012 |

Nov. 28th Why PT? #DPTstudent prep-post

Why I Chose PT?

 

Let’s start with the basics. The one thing we all have in common and agree on is that we all want to be successful physical therapists. Why? What made you decide to go down that path? Have you known since high school or were you a few years into a career when you made the decision? We invite you to share your story and hear the stories of others on the topic that unites us all. Mark your calendars for November 28th at 9pm EST

November 14, 2012 |

The Monday Memo: 11/12/12

The Monday Memo

November 12, 2012                                                                                       PITT DPT STUDENTS

 

As first year physical therapy students, we have been presented with the challenge of learning a multitude of patient presentations, pathologies, and treatments. Meeting that challenge head-on, we have readily fallen victim to several of our own diagnoses: chronic fatigue syndrome, attention deficit disorders of varying severity, and dehydration due to caffeine intake, to name a few. That being said, we are collectively failing to recognize the milestone that we are rapidly approaching – the end of our first fall semester.

 

Viewed as the top 1%, we have been celebrated as the best of the best. We push ourselves to our limits because we intend to become the leaders in our professional community. Replaying on a circuit in our brains is some variation of the phrase, “if we study what is merely average, we will remain merely average” (check out the video below to hear Shawn Achor’s opinion on that!). Average is not our forte, and by choosing a Pittsburgh education we have set our standards high.

 

I am inspired by the dedication of my classmates, and continue to strive for excellence because I am encouraged and supported through my DPT family. They have changed the lens through which I view a challenge. We are a team, accomplishing more than we give ourselves credit for. Continue to stay motivated and optimistic! Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and you’ve consumed enough coffee to remain a Starbucks rewards member for years to come.

 


 

 

Social Media Updates
  • Unite Physical Therapy Students – If you haven’t yet, please check out the “Doctor of Physical Therapy Students” Facebook page. More than 3,300 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) 
  • Log ‘N Blog – Things went great this weekend. Please ‘Like’ the Facebook page and tell your friends about the effort!
Mark Your Calendars!

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

First Years:

  • Wednesday, Nov. 14 – Musculoskeletal I – Oral Practical: Knee and Foot

Second Years:

  • Tuesday, Nov. 13 – Growth and Development – Site visits!
  • Tuesday, Nov. 13 – Neuromuscular PT II – Site visits!
  • Thursday, Nov. 15 – Musculoskeletal III – Comprehensive Practical Exam

Everyone:

  • Tuesday, Nov. 13 – SWD PPTA Meeting @ VA Pittsburgh
  • Friday, Nov. 16 – PT Rounds – Second half of alphabet
  • Clothing Orders Pick up – Friday, Nov. 16 from 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM
  • Preview Pitt PT – Saturday February 9th in Forbes Tower. We will be looking for volunteers to professionally represent our school as we welcome the accepted applicants on their chance to see what we’re all about!
November 11, 2012 |

Log ‘N Blog 4 PT

PT Research Happens When You Tri

Pledging Our Support

The Log ‘N Blog for PT Research has just announced a way for team captains to sign up their program- and the University of Pittsburgh doctor of the physical therapy students are eager to get going! Now, the minimum pledge amount is $1,000 but at $10 for the minimum donation per user, getting 100 participants and exceeding that goal seems easy! We’ll probably shoot for something much higher just to set our typical lofty goals!

Team Captain

Every team, like the Log ‘N Blog said, needs a Team Captain and here is a description of the Team Captain role. Now, we’re still unsure who will take the reigns and lead our team as Team Captain at Pitt- but there is a lot of buzz surrounding this event. Looks like that by downloading, filling out and sending this form back to LogNBlog4PT@gmail.com, they will ‘pre-approve’ the registration process so that as soon as the website goes live, you can start building your team! Here’s the form for the 2012 – 2013 Log ‘N Blog Team Captain Letter.

November 9, 2012 |