Reflecting on My Post-Bacc

So far in orientation this week, I’ve had fun meeting my classmates. I haven’t met all 64 yet, but it’s been great hearing bits and pieces of people’s lives. There are people from all over the country and everyone has taken a different path to get here. Some are fresh out of college, some –… Continue reading Reflecting on My Post-Bacc

Stationary Stationery: the field of medicine never ceases to amaze me

gtrepps:

i’m sitting here watching NY Med and everything these doctors and nurses are doing is amazing. they’re actuallysaving lives.for real. not like house, not like grey’s anatomy, not like ER. these are real doctors and nurses dealing with real patients and their real problems. on the latest episode i…

Stationary Stationery: the field of medicine never ceases to amaze me

Hi there! I just came upon one of your entries about PT Aide and so I wanted to ask you a few questions. I’m going in for an interview tomorrow, for a therapy aide position. Could you give me examples of questions they could possibly ask? Any advice would be great also. :)

Each place is different, but I imagine they’ll ask you questions like: “Why do you want to be a physical therapist?” “Why do you want to work here?” “Why do you want to work in this setting? (inpatient, outpatient, acute, etc)” “How will you be able to contribute to our workplace?” Make sure to do… Continue reading Hi there! I just came upon one of your entries about PT Aide and so I wanted to ask you a few questions. I’m going in for an interview tomorrow, for a therapy aide position. Could you give me examples of questions they could possibly ask? Any advice would be great also. 🙂

Clowns as Legitimate Paramedical Professionals in Israel

I’ve had the privilege of living in Israel twice, and have spent some time in Israeli hospitals. These hospitals are special places that care for anyone and everyone who needs treatment – Israelis, Arabs, Palestinians, Jews, Muslims, Christians, Druze, foreigners, etc. I’ve previously blogged about my day spent in a Jerusalem children’s hospital’s Physical Therapy ward, but I once also had the opportunity to follow a few Israeli medical clowns around the children’s ward of another Jerusalem hospital back in 2006. While these clowns may not be for everyone, almost every sick child I saw was excited to spend time with the clowns. I saw these kids brighten up and smile while the clowns did tricks and made them laugh.

These professional clowns in Israel are specially trained by the hospitals to help patients recover, and there is a lot of evidence that their presence helps. From what I saw, the program is truly remarkable and I’m sure it could also work well in the US.

(Also, as a news junkie, I have to note that while the article is posted onto the HuffPost website, it is an Associated Press article and not a Huffington Post story. Most news organizations are part of the AP, and any member is able to post their articles.)

mobilityequiptraining:

“They say it’s time for the medical community to recognize medical clowns as legitimate paramedical practitioners, like occupational or physical therapists.”

As I read this in an article in the Huffington Post, my blood pressure clicked up several notches; I spent a lot of time in…

Clowns as Legitimate Paramedical Professionals in Israel