The Monday Memo: 2/25/13

The Monday Memo

February 25, 2013                                                                                       PITT DPT STUDENTS

Race to Anyplace

 

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On New Year’s Day this past January, I received the devastating news that a very special person to me had been diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia at the age of 79.  After getting over the shock of the situation, I felt so incredibly helpless.  I imagine that is how most people feel after receiving news that they wish they could change.  You just wish there was something meaningful that you could do.  Returning to Pittsburgh after Christmas break, a couple of classmates and I were at the gym when a flier on the wall practically smacked me in the face.  I was literally on a stationary bike when it caught my eye – “Race to Anyplace”

 

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Race to Anyplace is a six-hour stationary bike race in downtown Pittsburgh that occurred this past Saturday.  At the race, teams of 12 compete for the most miles achieved as well as the most funds raised. The money raised from the event benefits the Western PA/West VA Chapter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.  LLS is the world’s largest voluntary health organization dedicated to funding blood cancer research and providing education and patient services.  Long story short, I immediately wanted to form a team and I had more than enough wonderful friends and classmates that wanted to be a part of it. We quickly became team “Pitt DPT 2015” and our motto was “Race for Dr. D.”

 

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Over less than two months, through many generous friends and family, our team raised over $1,700!  The event as a whole this year contributed over $116,000 to blood cancer research putting the event over the $1,000,000 mark since it has started.  Team Pitt DPT 2015 logged 188.97 miles in just six hours! It was incredible and so much fun!  I feel so blessed to have so many people within my PT family willing to help.  I want to thank my teammates Clayton Anderson, Jackie Harrigan, Steph Austin, Kevin Gilmore, India Metz, Bryan Kelly, Pierre Meunier, Kristyn Anselmo, Rachel Hallenbach, Tessa Murray, and Karleen Smith so much for riding like animals and for taking the time to do something that meant so much to me.  Thank you to George Kelly for making our team shirts and to my wonderful mother, Kathy Duritza for coming out to volunteer and cheer us on! Special thanks to everyone that donated as well! We plan on having at least one if not two teams next year to keep up the fight against cancer.

 

Claire Laverne – first year DPT student

 

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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)
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February 25, 2013 |

The Monday Memo: 2/18/13

The Monday Memo

February 18, 2013                                                                                       PITT DPT STUDENTS

 Grads Giving Back

 

It was an incredibly humbling experience to return to my alma mater this past weekend for Penn State’s THON. Making the weekend more special, I got to cheer and support my sister as one of the 710 dancers participating in a 46 hour no sitting, no sleeping marathon to support the Four Diamonds Fund and its pediatric cancer patients. With such a huge effort put forth during the year, the excitement and emotion of the event is simply indescribable.

 

While their efforts culminated in $12.3 MILLION reasons to smile, it is the smile of a child and moments like these which make everybody continue to THON and make a difference.

 

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Of course, none of this would be possible without the hard working student body. I think THON’s success is the perfect example of what dedication, determination, and compassion can accomplish. As SPT’s, I think we can take this message and apply it to our profession as we continue to make a difference every day. We’ve already seen this with achievements made by Log N Blog and Pitt-Marquette Challenge. We can also continue to make a difference in our daily work with our patients. THON’s 2013 theme states, “Inspire Tomorrow’s Miracles” and as young professionals we can help make this happen.

 

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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! 


February 18, 2013 |

The Monday Memo: 2/11/13

The Monday Memo

February 11, 2013                                                                                       PITT DPT STUDENTS

 

Over the weekend, some of our current first and second year students introduced the newly accepted students of 2016 to Pitt Physical Therapy. The new students had an opportunity to see the campus, sit in on mock lectures, and check out what the city has to offer. The old students had fun reflecting back on our own experience at Pitt Preview, while taking the time to appreciate the quality facilities, clinical experiences, and faculty we have at the university. If you didn’t have the chance to volunteer for Pitt Preview, check out some of the images we captured below. If you did, share your experience by tweeting at @pittpt. We would love to see the university through your eyes!

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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! 


February 11, 2013 |

The Monday Memo: 2/4/13

The Monday Memo

February 4, 2013                                                                                       PITT DPT STUDENTS

 

There are many pieces of knowledge and skill that comprise the DPT puzzle. Being a student, I currently feel as if I have connected ten of those in a thousand piece, 3D puzzle. I have come to recognize the feeling as familiar, especially in the fifth week of  my third semester. But, what is it that I am truly trying to wrap my head around? What is my goal at the University of Pittsburgh?

 

(Work with me here, I promise I am going somewhere…)

 

On Friday, Dr. Irrgang presented the Physical Therapy Grand Rounds during which he posed what seemed like a no-brainer question: “what is the definition of physical therapy?”. A wave of murmurs rippled through the room while we developed our own Merrian-Webster worthy definition.

 

Ultimately, he boiled down our responses to,”the care and services that are provided by the physical therapist.” He further went on to engage us in a discussion regarding the roles of, education for, and manual skills obtained by DPTs when compared to PTAs. We broadly reflected on CAPTE regulations, the autonomy of DPTs, and our standards for a model of care. We could have continued having this conversation into the late afternoon.

 

Leaving rounds, I have reflected on my malleable opinions regarding these topics. Further, I realized I have been strongly impacted by a statement Dr. Irrgang entertained in the initial portion of his lecture. Allow me to paraphrase:

 

“As physical therapists, you are unable to delegate your RESPONSIBILITY of care for your patients to a PTA or paraprofessional; you are only able to delegate TASKS.”

 

I cannot think of a better way to describe my relationship with my education at this point. Yes, I may be tired, caffeine-dependent, and unable to carry out a conversation without the words “gyrus” or “arthrokinematics”. But, what is my goal at the University of Pittsburgh? I am working to be that autonomous DPT, the one that recognizes an appropriate model of care, that is RESPONSIBLE for the well-being of my patients. I consider myself lucky to be surrounded by professionals and classmates that radiate the same passion. To me, all of the effort is well worth it.

 

 

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! 


February 4, 2013 |