Course Connections

In college, even though I took a lot of electives and took classes in any order I wanted, I was constantly drawing connections between theories I was learning in Communication, Psychology and other classes. As a post-bacc student studying basic Anatomy, Chemistry and Physics, the classes I’m taking often seem too divergent. Until today. I… Continue reading Course Connections

Less Memorization?

Here’s an article about a reduced need for memorization in nursing school. With the advent of fast internet connections and smart phones combined with an increase in medications, nurses are increasingly encouraged to look things up. However, some caveats include deciding which information is credible and not becoming to reliant on the internet. I am curious to see in a few months how technology is incorporated into the DPT curriculum. Already, I have noticed a number of screens and personal computers while touring different programs, and I’m eager to begin using them.

Less Memorization?

I came across this blog entry about a woman describing a sports injury, trip to see what she describes as a “sports doctor,” and eventual diagnosis of IT band syndrome. While it is just one experience, I think it is representative of why I want to be a PT. The sports doctor examined and diagnosed her (although I think a PT could have done this as well), and now he will probably see her again.

Instead, the PT she will see next will be responsible for hands-on job of evaluating her injury, coming up with a treatment plan, and executing it with her. In the meantime, s/he will get to a develop a personal relationship with the blogger over the course of her visits. At least to me, this sounds like the way better job!

Getting Paid to Workout?

I keep hearing about a cellphone app called Gym-Pact that charges you a pre-determined fine for not going to the gym.  It determines this by tracking your location, and if you do actually workout, you and other users who made it split the weekly fines from those who didn’t. Judging by the huge crowd at my gym this week that will ultimately thin out, this seems like a good idea for those who need a little extra motivation. However, since I’m already a regular gym-goer, I’m thinking of joining to make a few extra bucks each week. Has anyone else heard of this app? What do you think?

As a PT-related sidenote, this app got me thinking about patients being assigned exercises to do at home. The few times I saw a PT myself, I was always sent home with dozens of photo-copied exercises. They’d seem simple with the PT, but always seemed more complicated when I got home. I’d forget what the proper position was for each exercise or forget how many reps I was supposed to do. Sometimes the feeling that I was doing them wrong, combined with the half hour they would take to do, led to me just not doing them at all. In talking with other PT patients, this seems to be a common trend.

When I first started working as an aide, I asked one of the PTs why I never noticed anyone photocopying exercises for patients. He explained that rather than give patients a dozen exercises that won’t get done anyway, they try not to give out any “homework” at all. Instead they lead the patients through exercises during their twice or thrice weekly sessions and usually leave it at that. If doing additional work at home is necessary, they’ll give the patient no more than two clearly-explained exercises. At first I couldn’t believe it, but after seeing patients improving month after month, it really seems to work. Sometimes simplicity really is key.

Getting Paid to Workout?