The Monday Memo: 1/28/13

The Monday Memo

January 28, 2013                                                                                       PITT DPT STUDENTS

CSM 2013: San Diego

 

The past week was inspirational, motivational, educational,.. and the list goes on. There are few ways to truly capture the excitement of collaborating with students, faculty, and alumni from around the country, but we’re going to try. You will find below several guest entries from first year students that attended CSM. Enjoy!

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CSM reminded me that I’m exactly where I’m meant to be. At school I focus so much on specifics and on studying for the next test that I can forget the big picture. After a week of incredible lectures in fields I had no idea I was interested in, and networking with physical therapists from across the country (in gorgeous sunny 75 degree weather), I remembered why this is my passion.

 

I may have missed 4 hours of neuroanatomy lecture, but I learned about degenerative cerebellar disease and its effects (blurry or mis-proportioned representation of the body). The cerebellum compensates for the cerebral hemispheres when there is a lesion, so we must investigate if that compensation occurs inversely, when it’s the cerebellum that is lesioned.

 

While there, I learned that my patient with lateral epicondylitis may benefit from thoracic or cervical manipulation. I learned that interest and enthusiasm in anything is contagious. But most importantly, I learned that Pitt has an incomparable community. We are learning the latest and best information in our classes by the people who are the best in their field. We basically have CSM all year round.

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From the moment that I stepped into National Student Conclave in Washington D. C in November of 2012, I knew that conferences were going to be a big part of my graduate and professional career. Combined Sections Meeting 2013 affirmed my beliefs. Coming from such a prestigious physical therapy program, we are expected to uphold high standards. I must say that from my experience, my fellow Pitt students surpass those standards astronomically. I don’t think I have ever been prouder to say that I am from the University of Pittsburgh.

 

Everything that I had a chance to partake in had some connection to Pitt. Our faculty is at the top of their game. They provide us with the most current and most applicable evidence. Even though we’ve been told one hundred times before that they are preparing us to be at the top of our generation, it’s encouraging to hear it from people outside of the University of Pittsburgh. Our faculty represented our program better than we could have ever imagined. From meetings to lectures to platforms, they were there either presenting the information or gathering it to bring it back to our classrooms.

 

In addition to the faculty, our Pitt classmates continuously showed exemplary performance in everything that they did. Matt DeBole, Director of the Student Assembly Board of Directors, was working around the clock to unite the students in any way that he could, making every student realize the impact that they can have on the future of our profession. Eric Lehman was recognized as the Outstanding Orthopedic Student of the Year. Watching him accept the award was reason enough to attend the conference. A group of second year students developed and launched what is going to be a stellar fundraiser for the Foundation for Physical Therapy. AND the Pitt students that attended accounted for 15% of the volunteers that helped the APTA in keeping the conference running as smoothly as possible.

 

Now that I’m down off of my soapbox, I really must say that if you ever have the opportunity to attend any conference, don’t hesitate. I guarantee that it will be one of the most rewarding experiences that you have in your career.

 


As a first-year student attending CSM, I had no idea what to expect. I was given advice by several older students and staff members that it was worth it, so I trusted their judgement. I am certainly glad I did.

 

My favorite part about CSM was the wide array of topics present. As a first year student, this allowed me to explore parts of PT that I was unfamiliar with or that I simply wanted to learn more about. The first presentation I attended was on a recently developed robotic prosthesis, the Deygo. This product was so new that it hadn’t yet been released for commercial use. This is just one example of how going to CSM gives you the ability to learn about the newest developments in PT.

 

Attending CSM also fostered my increasing interest in the field of pediatric PT. I was able to learn more about early intervention, an area which I knew little about. Additionally, the neurology and oncology sections of the APTA put on a presentation covering pediatric brain tumors that was extremely informative. My favorite pediatric lectures covered the topics of postural control and the prediction of cerebral palsy in young infants.

 

Since I could probably talk about my CSM experience until the next CSM rolls around (Las Vegas, anyone?), I will summarize the last couple paragraphs… Go to CSM- it is worth it!

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Thank you to my fellow students who gave us some insight into the student perspective of CSM. The past week was fantastic, and I can only encourage more of my class and the classes to follow to participate fully in these professional events!

 

 

 

Check the Calendar for Class Schedules and Events
Social Media Updates
  • #DPTstudent –  WEDNESDAYS , 9-10pm EST!   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 4,200 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 –  Our PITT PT team is up and ready for new members! Please join and ask friends and family to join as well! 


January 28, 2013 |

The Monday Memo:1/21/13

The Monday Memo

January 21, 2013                                                                                       PITT DPT STUDENTS

"Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?'" - MLK
 As I return from volunteer orientation at CSM, I am proud to say that our Pittsburgh family represents approximately 14% of the student participants. We have been enjoying the great weather, new activities, and are now soaking in the schedule that has been presented to us for the next few days. The excitement of our student body to absorb the knowledge the leaders of the profession are offering to us was palpable in the convention center. Look for next week's Monday memo to get a student perspective of the CSM!

 

 

 

Check the Calendar for Class Schedules and Events
Social Media Updates
  • #DPTstudent –  WEDNESDAYS , 9-10pm EST!   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 4,200 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 –  Our PITT PT team is up and ready for new members! Please join and ask friends and family to join as well! 


January 21, 2013 |

The Monday Memo: 1/14/13

The Monday Memo

January 14, 2013                                                                                       PITT DPT STUDENTS

New Year’s Resolutions

A basic google search will tell you that the average New Year’s resolution lasts approximately six weeks. The most popular resolutions include changes to diet and exercise, and statistics show the longevity of your resoluteness will improve if you tell friends and create lists.

 

Again rejuvenated about my own exercise routine, I have created a new running schedule. I have also tried new classes, my recent favorite being a “fly yoga” class (I recommend you check these out!). Being in a profession that encourages physical fitness helps dramatically, as my peers and classmates are generally active and enthusiastic about athletic participation.

 

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But, how would my dedication to my new schedule improve if I were to write it down in my weekly calendar? Tell more of my friends? Or, compete with a nation of physical therapy students?

 

At Pitt, we are highly anticipating the launch of #LogNBlog at the Combined Sections Meeting. Providing a way for PT students across the country to engage in some friendly competition while raising money for a good cause speaks to the nature of our profession. If you haven’t had an opportunity yet, check out the site and sign yourself up! Research happens when you Tri!

 

Check the Calendar for Class Schedules and Events
Social Media Updates
  • #DPTstudent  WEDNESDAYS , 9-10pm EST!   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 4,200 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 –  Our PITT PT team is up and ready for new members! Please join and ask friends and family to join as well! 


January 14, 2013 |

Gerard P. Brennan: Management of Patients with Low Back Pain February 23, 2013

Gerard P. Brennan
Gerard P. Brennan, PT, PhD

joined by

Tony Delitto, PT, PhD, FAPTA
Pamela Peele, PhD
Everette James, JD, MBA

Managements of Patients with Low Back Pain

February 23, 2013

$200

 

 

 





 

 

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Sorry, but we are unable to issue refunds

Course Objectives
  1. To understand the factors contributing to poor outcomes and compromised value in the care of patients with low back pain.
  2. To understand how the impact of payment reform policy as it relates to low back pain may serve as a significant opportunity for physical therapists within a health care team.
  3. To describe how the re-design of work processes in health care with advanced practice professionals, specifically physical therapists, will impact care delivery to improve clinical and cost outcomes for low back pain.
  4. To understand how variation in the process of care for low back pain results in poor outcomes and increased costs.
  5. To describe how the value of care can be improved by improving the process of care, tracking outcomes, and delivering care at the right time.
  6. To facilitate small group discussions that explore how care could be redesigned in your environment to improve quality.

 

Continuing Education Units

General Access CEUs: 6.5

Course Level: Intermediate

 

Course Schedule
7:30 am COURSE REGISTRATION
8:00 Speakers: Tony Delitto, PT PhD and Gerard Brennan, PT PhDLow Back Pain: Can We Start to Get It Right? Overview of Epidemiology and Natural History
9:00 Speaker: Pamela Peele, PhD

What are Our Best Solutions in Moving Forward?

10:00 Discussion and Questions
10:15 BREAK
10:30 Speaker: Everette James, JD, MBA

Re-engineering Health Care with Advanced Practice Professionals

11:30 Discussion and Questions
12:00pm LUNCH
1:00 Speaker: Gerard Brennan, PT PhD

Low Back Pain: Can We Start to Get It Right?

2:00 Discussion and Questions
2:15 BREAK
2:30 Speaker: Gerard Brennan, PT PhD

What is Value in Health Care and Physical Therapy?

 3:15 Speaker: Gerard Brennan, PT PhD

Re-design the Care and Change the Focus: A Path Forward for Physical Therapists

4:00 Speaker: Gerard Brennan, PT PhD

What Can You Do Now in Your Clinical World to Improve?

4:30 END

 

 

 




 

 

 

About the Speakers (coming soon)

Gerard Brennan, PT, PhD:

Tony Delitto, PT, PhD, FAPTA:

Pamela Peele, PhD:

Everette James, JD, MBA

 

January 11, 2013 |