The Monday Memo: 11/25/13

The Monday Memo

November 25, 2013                                                                                       PITT DPT STUDENTS

“A Historic Effort”

This past week, we commemorated the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.  I was prompted by the event to watch the president’s inaugural address from January 20th, 1961.  The speech is most famous for the quote, “ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country”.

Kennedy was a phenomenal orator; the address displays a sense of confidence, composure, and pride in the American people.  As I listened in, I heard the overarching theme of unifying to work together to achieve a common goal.  Whether it was for other nations of the world, allies or otherwise, or working on partisanship in the country’s government, Kennedy embraced the concept of “both sides”.

In clinical practice, our concept of “both sides” relates directly to our interactions with patients in the clinic.  We work together to educate, retrain, and rehabilitate, and the success of one side is dependent in some way on the success of the other.  Taking a spin on the President’s famous quote, we know what we can do for our patients, but what can our patients do for us?  What can we learn from them? How can we make our practice better in response?

Towards the end of the address, President Kennedy questioned our nation’s people, “Will you join [the] historic effort” to help the progress of this country?  As students of physical therapy, our “historic effort” revolves around continuing to develop an environment of patient-centered care, and doing our best to provide the grounds for health and wellness to those with which we work.  That effort will help the progress of our patients, and will undoubtedly have a historic impact on their lives.

 

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November 26, 2013 |

The Monday Memo: 11/18/13

The Monday Memo

November 18, 2013                                                                                       PITT DPT STUDENTS

Yes, You Can Dance!

            Over the past few weeks, first year Pitt DPT students Julie DeMarke, Kelsie Harding, Natalie Latshaw, Megan Zartman, and I have spent our Sundays volunteering as dance mentors for the local organization Yes, You Can Dance, which offers dance classes to senior citizens, individuals with special needs, teens, and veterans. We have been having a fabulous time working with the Level 1 Special Needs Ballroom Class at Steel City Ballroom in Mount Lebanon! We were fortunate to help Yes, You Can Dance recently celebrate its second year anniversary, as well as inclusion in “PhD in Special Education’s List of 101 Top Special Needs Groups, Activities, and Camps.”

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Julie DeMarke explains what she enjoys about her experience:

“I love the positive energy from the class and staff, and of course, getting to boogie on a Sunday afternoon.”

Kelsie Harding adds:

“You go with the intentions of being one of the mentors and never expect to get as much out of it as the dancers, but when you leave you realize they have made just as big of an impact on you as you have on them.”

There are so many benefits to being a dance mentor, not least of which is that you can sometimes catch glimpses of Dr. Josbeno, Dr. Delitto, and Professor Delitto getting their groove on, mentoring as well. Interested in joining us? Check out the Yes, You Can Dance! Facebook page for more information. Until then, boogie on!

https://www.facebook.com/YesYouCanDance

~Alex Kemble

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November 18, 2013 |

The Monday Memo: 11/11/13

The Monday Memo

November 11, 2013                                                                                       PITT DPT STUDENTS

Veteran’s Day

 This past week, NBC News posted an article on their website outlining The Eagle Fund, an effort set up by The Andrews Institute, run by orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews, and Athlete’s Performance, a training and rehabilitation center focusing on functional return to sport for high-level athletes.  The initiative looks to place wounded warriors alongside rehabilitating professional athletes, extending the world-class continuum of care provided to these linebackers and home-run hitters to our midshipmen and front-line soldiers.

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The soldier is the prime example of what it means to do more in the face of adversity.  Those who have served have given the ultimate sacrifice to protect our freedom and well being, and without question The Eagle Fund is an outstanding example of giving back to our wounded veterans.

On Veteran’s Day, we commemorate those men and women who have served in various facets of the United Stated Military.  We can use our soldiers as an inspiration and motivation to always do more.  Doing more in our academics.  Doing more in our promotion of health and well-being.  Doing the most to help our patients to pain-free living, just as our soldiers do the most to keep us living in freedom.

Find out more information about The Eagle Fund, and what you can do to help these veterans receive world-class care.

http://www.theandrewsinstitute.com/Foundation/EagleFund.aspx

-Jeremy Harris

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November 11, 2013 |

The Monday Memo: 11/4/13

The Monday Memo

November 4, 2013                                                                                       PITT DPT STUDENTS

“Just to be the man who walked a thousand miles……”

 

It is quite easy to get caught up in the struggles of being a student.

The exams, quizzes, assignments, and administrative tasks sometimes seem never-ending.  One exam is completed, and studying for another begins, all the while we feel trapped in a mountain of textbooks, journal articles, and papers.  We all know the feeling; as long as you are a student, you feel these perils and pressures.  This difficulty can become so great that often we even forget what we are studying for, what our end goal even is.

As I toiled away over the past weeks on midterm exams, my father, ever the scholar, sent me this quote from Mao Te-Tsung:

 “A journey of 1000 miles begins with a single step.”

 Now, I don’t know how weary you all are about taking advice from a ruthless Chinese socialist dictator, but the man makes a great point in this quote.  Mao definitely had me thinking: we always remember the start, and we definitely remember the finish.  But in that journey of 1000 miles that he speaks of, how many of those steps do we remember?  How many are forgotten?

Once we take that very first step in our journey, quickly another comes; then another; and then yet another, until we reach our final destination.  As students of physical therapy, we have seen the patient whose every single step is a miraculous wonder.  Perseverance, hard work, and determination can bring each step to life.  Within our rehabilitation programs, each step, however so tiny, is a piece of the puzzle that leads to a phenomenal end result.

We must not forget those small pieces; they are part of the fabric that makes the destination come to life.

We see it in our patients’ lives, and we see it in our own lives.  Academics come with its own set of challenges and stresses, with seemingly no end in sight.  But our journey of 1000 miles, spanning over our three years, has many unique and monumental steps in between.  Our challenge comes in being proud of each step, all the while remembering the destination ahead.

We challenge our patients each day to do this, and now the challenge is upon us to do the same.

-Jeremy Harris

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November 4, 2013 |