The Monday Memo: 9/29/2014

The Monday Memo

September 29, 2014                                                                             PITT DPT STUDENTS

“Already October” 

              It’s hard to believe, but it’s already that time of year again.  The time when the leaves begin to turn, sweatshirts come out from the bottom drawer, and everything under the sun is pumpkin flavored.  It’s also the time for exams.  Already beginning last week, we all have begun yet another round of competencies and tests to reaffirm our professional knowledge.  But although there is plenty of material to review and assessment methods to learn, remember to take a half hour a day to enjoy this wonderful time of year and take in the comforting yet short-lived traditions on fall. Before we know it, it will already be November, and snow will be just around the corner!

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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 9,500 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)

– Michael Turnwald

September 30, 2014 |

The Monday Memo: 9/22/2014

The Monday Memo

September 22, 2014                                                                             PITT DPT STUDENTS

“Our Changing Profession” 

In the past several years, the profession of Physical Therapy has seen an incredible amount of change. It has progressed from a Master’s degree to a Doctoral program, as well as increasing its role as a direct access healthcare provider and as an evidence-based practice.  The profession has shown itself to be adaptive in the ever changing realm of healthcare, and this past week was no different.

Recent events have been signs of powerful change for Physical Therapy at the federal and national levels.  As part of the American Board of Internal Medicine’s “Choosing Wisely” campaign, an APTA workgroup chaired by our very own Dr. Delitto released its five recommendations of things to avoid in Physical Therapy practice.  The goal of the workgroup is to affect positive change within the profession, and with the notoriety the article has received both within the professional and public realm it surely will.  The topic has been featured everywhere from the APTA’s website to NPR’s medical page and many other national news organizations.  Also, in more quiet news this past week, Congress’s House of Representatives gave majority support to an effort to repeal the Medicare therapy cap.  This has been an issue of intense conversation as it has been unclear how national healthcare reform would impact physical therapists’ abilities to treat Medicare recipients.  There is bipartisan support to ensure that therapists will be permitted to properly treat one of our nation’s fastest growing healthcare populations.  With the profession constantly evolving and improving, it has never been more important that everyone keep up to date with the continuing developments and adapt themselves, so that the profession can continue as leaders in healthcare.

– Michael Turnwald

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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 9,500 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)
September 22, 2014 |

The Monday Memo: 9/15/2014

The Monday Memo

September 15, 2014                                                                             PITT DPT STUDENTS

“New Beginnings” 

It is a rare and beautiful thing, to be given the opportunity to begin something a new.  Seldom do we have the chance to use what we have learned from the past to improve upon our bright new future.  Some of these fresh starts may be easier to discern than others.  However, at this moment, we should all realize that we are at one of these formative moments in some shape or form in our lives.

Every one of us has been given an incredible new space at Bridgeside Point in which to hone our skills as professionals, and become the bright and inspirational new faces of physical therapy.  Faculty members have begun the arduous task of selecting a new group of individuals to fill our shoes as students in our program, hoping to build on our successes as aspiring professionals.  Some of us have begun new clinical affiliations that may generate new passions which may drive us throughout our careers.

Many times, it is impossible to know when a new experience will impact us, or how it may come about.  Each day could be the beginning of an exciting journey that leads you to unimaginable places and people which irreversibly impact your life.  As students, constantly encountering new experiences, it is doubly true for us.  So go out each morning, prepared to give your best effort with an open mind, because today may be the new beginning to one of your life’s most incredible adventures.

– Michael Turnwald

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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 9,500 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)
September 15, 2014 |

Advocacy Update: Flash Action Strategy

Flash Action Strategy

The goal of the FAS campaign is to get students involved in advocacy and spread awareness of the role physical therapists play in youth sports concussion management.

 Currently, about 1,000 individuals have taken action and sent a little over 3,000 emails to Congress.  This is a good start, but that’s less than 3% of students who have taken action and we need more people to get involved.  If you are a professor or educator, please take 60 seconds and ask your students to email their legislators using the Legislative Action Center or the Patient Action Center today.  If you are a student, ask your professor if you can make a brief announcement about FAS and encourage your fellow students to take action right away. 

 We need your help to make this year’s FAS campaign a success.  Please help spread awareness and encourage your colleagues, friends, students, etc. to get involved!

September 14, 2014 |

The Monday Memo: 9/8/2014

The Monday Memo

September 9, 2014                                                                             PITT DPT STUDENTS

“Coming Full Circle” 

Over the past year, I have had the pleasure of writing these memos each week.  It has been just that, and quite a bit more; each week has brought a new inspiring, intriguing, and thought-provoking story to my web browser, and I have had the sincere honor of reading and writing about them.  There are people all around us doing magnificent things for the good of others.  Some are in the smallest way; others are on a larger scale.  What unites them all together is the desire of so many to do more when they are called to act.  At a time when the news is saturated with stories of war, crime, and heartbreak, it never hurts to be reminded that there is beauty in the human spirit and good in the world.

This past week, our First Year DPT class signed their Physical Therapy Professional Pledge, and was addressed by a distinguished alumnus, Rebekah Harris, DPT, and Dr. Paul Rockar, President of the APTA.  Both of their messages had a resounding theme; throughout your careers, create your legacy.  Build upon a foundation of altruism, respect and dignity that you agree to in the professional pledge, but carve your mark into the healthcare community.  Go above and beyond.

So many of the stories I have found this year have been examples of people doing just that.

At this time last year, I posed the question, what will you do to ‘do more’? The answer, I have found, is simpler than I thought. All around us there are ways to go above any beyond, to exceed expectations, to do more than just what is expected. To do more is to act when those ways present themselves.  There are examples all around us of people finding that way and acting on it.  Just as I challenge myself, I challenge you to do the same.

Thank you for reading.  It has been a humbling and gratifying honor for me.

– Jeremy Harris

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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 9,500 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)
September 9, 2014 |