The Monday Memo: 4/22/13

The Monday Memo

April 22, 2013                                                                                       PITT DPT STUDENTS

Good Luck on your Finals, Class of 2014 and 2015!

 

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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! 


April 22, 2013 |

The Monday Memo: 4/8/13

The Monday Memo

April 8, 2013                                                                                       PITT DPT STUDENTS

The Opportunity of Adversity

 We are nearing the end of our first year of school. I would list the topics that we have covered thus far, but it would take too long, and frankly, you wouldn’t read it. I will point out that being in a physical therapy program, a fairly salient topic has been that of ‘disability’.

 

In the TED Talk by Aimee Mullins, she addresses the definition of ‘disability’. Being a bilateral amputee herself, she literally has a lifetime of experience being categorized by that word. If you have ever listened to Aimee’s TED Talks, however, you would understand her frustration by the definition. Further, you would likely take note of her relationship with ‘adversity.’

 

During her discussion, she states, “adversity is not an obstacle we need to get around in order to resume life.” In fact, the question is not whether or not you will meet adversity, but how you will meet it. I will continue that thought by asking, “how will you let the experience shape your character?”

 

Adaptation is one of our greatest human skills, as noted in this talk. It is so great, that we do not know our own power and ability of adaptation unless challenged. As physical therapy students, we are asked to challenge ourselves regularly, but we also are beginning to learn the skill of asking our patients to do the same.

 

Being in this program, we are equipping ourselves with the tools to recognize and embrace adversity. We are discovering the role we play as an integral part of our patient’s health and well-being (Aimee mentions memories of PT in her talk!). To that end, we have to make sure that we do not lay the first brick in a wall that will actually disable someone. It is our responsibility as professionals to recognize adversity, allow growing pains to occur, and accept that challenges are what will make us the physical therapist that someone will point out as “the one that redefined ability.”

 

 

 

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! 


April 8, 2013 |

The Monday Memo: 4/1/13

The Monday Memo

April 1, 2013                                                                                       PITT DPT STUDENTS

 

You have likely never heard of the “I have a plan” speech… but, I am sure you would quickly recognize the “I have a dream” speech.

 

As students, we can sometimes get lost in “the plan”. I have to get this, this, and that done before tomorrow, so I can do this, that, and the other thing.

 

Simon Sinek in a not-so-recent TED talk sheds some light on successful leaders and organizations. He describes the secret to success by saying, “every organization knows what they do. Some know how they do it. But very few know why they do what they do. Not for a profit – that is a result… But what is your purpose, why do you exist?”

 

He encourages defining your purpose and recognizing that once you develop your “why”, you will inspire those around you.

So, what motivates and influences us? What is our tipping point for action?

Be inspiring. Be a leader.

 

 

 

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! 


April 1, 2013 |