Hi Jasmine! I’m not sure if you’ve answered a question in this regards, but I’m planning to apply to PT school in the fall. I have yet to take the GREs. I’m really confused as to how to start applying and the timeline of when I should be completing things (applications, PTCAs signup, taking GREs, etc.). I would really appreciate your guidance and advice!

Hi, the process is different for each school, but you can find a lot of great information at CAPTE: http://www.apta.org/ProspectiveStudents/. In general, you want to take the GRE’s in the fall and start studying this summer. Most applications are due around December or January, but some schools give preference to applications submitted earlier. You can… Continue reading Hi Jasmine! I’m not sure if you’ve answered a question in this regards, but I’m planning to apply to PT school in the fall. I have yet to take the GREs. I’m really confused as to how to start applying and the timeline of when I should be completing things (applications, PTCAs signup, taking GREs, etc.). I would really appreciate your guidance and advice!

Hi Jasmine, I’m a first year DPT student and I have major performance anxiety issues with practical examinations. I failed my practical this semester and was able to retake and pass it. Unfortunately, in my program, if I fail another practical, I will get kicked out. (I’m unsure as to how other programs deal with practical exam fails) With this failure, everything is pretty much high stakes for me. I am very much discouraged and anxious with my upcoming practicals. How does one deal with this?

Hi dptme, I’m sorry to hear that you’ve failed a practical. I think the two (or three) strikes and you’re out is common to most programs, including my own. Here’s the link to a previous post I wrote with advice for practicals. That said, my most important piece of advice would be to talk to… Continue reading Hi Jasmine, I’m a first year DPT student and I have major performance anxiety issues with practical examinations. I failed my practical this semester and was able to retake and pass it. Unfortunately, in my program, if I fail another practical, I will get kicked out. (I’m unsure as to how other programs deal with practical exam fails) With this failure, everything is pretty much high stakes for me. I am very much discouraged and anxious with my upcoming practicals. How does one deal with this?

Medicine’s Top Earners Are Not the M.D.s

Here’s an interesting article about salaries in the healthcare field. Many administrators and insurance executives are making exorbitant amounts of money, and driving up the price of healthcare. Alsonof note, this says physical therapists working in hospitals make about $78,000/year on average.

Medicine’s Top Earners Are Not the M.D.s

Getting out of the classroom, again

I just finished a challenging semester of school. One that was supposed to be the hardest semester of all. While I’m not sure if I agree, it definitely was challenging. Long hours of class, followed by even longer hours of studying. However, since it was second semester of the second year, most of the classes… Continue reading Getting out of the classroom, again

Leg Length Discrepancy

Just in time for my prosthetics finals, I found it interesting that on this list of cool words that don’t have English counterparts, there is a phrase for having a LLD. I can’t verify this entry (the second on the list), but I know that the Yiddish word included in the list is accurate. It’s unfortunate, however, that they used such a stereotypical and dated Captain Hook leg instead of a true prosthesis.

Leg Length Discrepancy

“‘What I wish I would have known when I started #PTschool”

Ahead of this week’s #DPTstudent chat Wednesday night at 9pm EST, here are links to blogs I wrote about getting through first and second semester.
I’ve seen a lot of guides for surviving PT school, so here’s mine for getting through the first semester: 1. Surround yourself with a good support system. After spending all day with my peers, it was…

“‘What I wish I would have known when I started #PTschool”