The Monday Memo: 10/28/13

The Monday Memo

October 28, 2013                                                                                       PITT DPT STUDENTS

National Student Conclave 2013

 

A Big Thank You goes out to everyone who attended this year’s National Student Conclave (NSC) in Louisville, Kentucky!  It was an honor that we had so many students there representing one of the best programs in the country! This weekend we were given the opportunity to network with fellow DPT students from all over the United States (and even Nigeria!) who were all so enthusiastic about this awesome profession and how we can make an impact in its’ future. Some of our top leaders in the APTA including Dr. Paul Rockar, Dr. Sharon Dunn, Dr. Kathy Mairella and Dr. Connie Hauser kicked off the events on Thursday evening with motivating encouragement for all of us as they stressed the important role we play as students in the forward progress of our field.

NSC - view

Throughout the weekend we were given the opportunity to attend cutting-edge lectures on a variety of topics, browse the enormous exhibition hall where we met employers, manufacturers, publishers and APTA special interest representatives, and got to meet and elect our newest leaders of the Student Assembly Board of Directors! A huge congratulation goes out to two fellow Pitt DPT students, Matt DeBole, who won the position of President, and Kaitlyn Bianco, who won the two-year position of Nominating Committee Chair-Elect! It says a lot about our program to have these two representing the APTA’s highest levels of student leadership and governing the student body of the entire country.

The take home message for all of us is best described by Ralph Waldo Emerson, “Nothing is ever achieved without enthusiasm.” Get involved, stay current on legislature and how you can play an active role in talking to our state leaders, attend a conference, go to a local APTA meeting, and take advantage of all the social media tools that our Student Assembly representatives work hard at to bring information to us at our fingertips.  This weekend taught me the importance of staying connected and showed me how we as students really can make a difference when we are driven and united. Our careers are upon us; I know the Class of 2016 has the enthusiasm to achieve greatness.

-Marcy Sparks

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! 
October 28, 2013 |

The Monday Memo: 10/21/13

The Monday (Evening) Memo

October 21, 2013                                                                                       PITT DPT STUDENTS

Celebrate! It’s Our Month!

 

The end of the month is nearing, but we still have time to celebrate National Physical Therapy Month.  As a first-year DPT student just entering the physical therapy profession, I was unsure what this month was all about and how we students could celebrate it.

We all chose to enter this profession because we know how great and rewarding it is and because we want to help others in ways only physical therapists can.  However, I’m sure I can speak for all of us by saying I’ve realized the public and even other healthcare professionals surprisingly don’t really know all that a physical therapist is capable of providing.  So, what better way for us to celebrate National PT Month than to spread the word about physical therapy?

With encouragement from President of the APTA, Paul Rockar, and the rest of the Board of Directors, let’s make it our goal to create opportunities to inform the public and other healthcare professionals about what physical therapy has to offer.  We can transform and expand the image of a physical therapist that is often in people’s minds from a therapist helping patients perform straight leg raises to one of a highly trained and skilled professional who has the knowledge base to understand a variety of areas of medicine and to become a client’s first point of entry into the healthcare system.  I know I’m excited for what we will have to offer as physical therapists, and now I’m even more excited about educating both the public and healthcare professionals so they can take advantage of what we will have to offer.  We can implement this public education by simply talking to our clients in the clinic or even just by sharing information with family and friends.  Also, the APTA has some great resources online, such as posters and board games available for members to use to educate the public (http://www.apta.org/NPTM/). There is also the creation of the Move Forward website specifically for public use and education (http://www.moveforwardpt.com/Default.aspx).

Now is the perfect time to not only celebrate our profession with others but to celebrate us!  We all have worked hard to get here and are continuing to work hard to become these great professionals of whom the public should and will now be aware.  Let’s make the most of the remaining month, but continue with this effort throughout our time as students and as physical therapists in the future.

 -Natalie Novak

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! 
October 21, 2013 |

The Monday Memo: 10/14/13

The Monday Memo

October 14, 2013                                                                                       PITT DPT STUDENTS

Do More? Best To Do It Efficiently

 As a part of the Rosemary Scully Lecture Series hosted by the University of Pittsburgh’s Department of Physical Therapy, the first and second year students had an opportunity to sit in on an enlightening panel discussion this past week.  Panel members included two prominent leaders in our department, Dr’s Anthony Delitto and Kathleen Kelly, as well as distinguished guest and lecturer Dr. Michael Johnson.  Dr. Johnson, a charismatic and articulate orator, is a major reason why direct access for physical therapists was able to gain traction in the state of Pennsylvania.  Throughout the discussion, Dr. Johnson’s message was clear: our profession must go above and beyond to ensure that we set the mold for our place in the future of healthcare.  Aside from utilizing the phrase “do more” multiple times in the discussion (though I am 150 percent positive he hasn’t read my blog posts, a guy can dream, right?), Dr. Johnson asserted the importance of working efficiently.  Seeing our patients in a timely manner, while still working our hardest to reach a positive outcome, will in turn help us to prove to other healthcare providers of the efficacy of our intervention.

How do we do more while doing it in an efficient manner?  We utilize research and evidence-based medicine; we look to dialogue with peers and mentors alike to guide our treatment plans; we see what works, and we use it.  The idea of working to our maximum does not mean toiling for extra hours when, if we utilize efficiency, the work can be done in half the time.  If we are to maximize the care of our patients and ensure their recovery, efficiency must be at the heart of our practice.

As students of physical therapy, we are all passionate about the impact we will make on our patients.  The greatest impact can and will be made by working smarter, not harder.

At the center of our quest to become quality clinicians is the need to do more, efficiently.  Dr. Michael Johnson made it clear that this idea is a major component to moving our profession forward.

~Jeremy Harris

 

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! 
October 14, 2013 |

The Monday Memo: 10/7/13

The Monday Memo

October 7, 2013                                                                                       PITT DPT STUDENTS

“You make a living by what you get, but you make a life by what you give.”
— Winston Churchill 

“I want to help people.” “I want to improve the lives of others.” “I want to make a difference in my patients’ lives.” As the first years approach the one-year anniversary of submitting our DPT school applications (PTCAS anyone?), I believe this is the ideal time to reflect on those reasons which drew us to pursue this path. I am confident that we all had some version of the declarations above in our personal statements. Although I imagine such phrasings may even have become trite to those reviewing our applications, I never have doubted the sincerity of those words after spending the past four months with my classmates. We all may have had different reasons for embracing this desire to help others, but it is lucidly a motivator in all that we do. I have had the privilege of learning of these reasons from many of my classmates. Some have personally received PT which changed their lives in a positive manner; others have been touched by witnessing the benefits of physical rehabilitation on loved ones. Personally, I was called to PT after observing the progress my younger brother with an autism spectrum disorder made with his therapists in school. At the ripe old age of 15 I decided what I would do with my life, and I have not vacillated from that decision since.

Kemble - Walk Photo

Hand-in-hand with pursuing a career as a health care professional is the importance of community service. Perhaps my love of volunteering was indoctrinated in me by a high school which strongly advocated (and even required) me to do service, but I have enjoyed being involved in many community service organizations since then. While not a mandatory requirement anymore, I am encouraged by the involvement many in our program have to serving the community. This past weekend, Team Pitt DPT participated in the “Walk to End Alzheimer’s” benefitting the Alzheimer’s Association (and raised almost $900 in the process!). Currently, over 5 million Americans live with Alzheimer’s, and this number is projected to increase to 16 million by 2050. This is undoubtedly a population we will encounter in our clinical settings, and many in our program have been touched personally by this devastating disease. Despite having significant amounts of studying to do over the weekend, I was proud of those classmates which supported this cause in any way which they could. Unfortunately, it is easy to get so caught up in schoolwork, and we can, from time to time, lose sight of why we decided to become DPTs in the first place: to serve others. I’ll close this Monday Memo with one of my favorite quotes which continually inspires and reminds me the importance of volunteering and giving back to others, irrespective of how busy I become:

    “From those to whom much is given, much is expected.”

~Alex Kemble

 

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! 
October 7, 2013 |