Monthly Archives: May 2011

The Big Move

I am currently sitting in an almost-empty apartment here in Mebane, NC, with the moving truck all packed up ready to make the trek bright and early tomorrow morning down to Birmingham!

This has been a crazy week.

Wednesday was my last day of class in PT school, and now it is time to move on down to start my final internship!  I am really excited about getting back in the clinic, but of course the nerves are there too.  It is just really neat that this next chapter is starting – finishing up school and starting to explore possible job opportunities and career paths.  It does feel weird though to think that my time in the classroom at Elon is done – it has been my day-to-day routine for the past 2.5 years – so it will definitely take some time to really realize that I am not just going off on a two-month clinical and then coming back to class – but that I am really at the point of moving on for my internship and future job!

I am so thankful for my time here in NC and at Elon.  I have learned so much and grown in ways I couldn’t have ever imagined – and so for that, I am so thankful.

I have no doubt that it was God’s plan for me to be a part of Elon and to be here at this time in my life – and I look forward to seeing what all else He has in store.
Have a wonderful day, and I look forward to keeping you updated on how my internship is going!

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La Dolce Vita

What a whirlwind of a month it has been.  We finished up our second module last week after two weeks of exams and are in the middle of our first break.  Breaks are not overrated, at all.

School is steadily progressing.  In the last month, we were able to get much more clinical and patient face time.  For PT Science 1, our shadowing experiences were completed, we had a lab at the hospital, and we were able to have a mock clinic at Elon with previous patients, working through a variety of scenarios in preparation for our practical exams.  We also interviewed patients for our practical in Clinical Seminar.  These times, although short, were a great reminder of why we’re going into this field when we get overwhelmed with bookwork.

On that note, a classmate of mine sent this YouTube video on to our class during exams as a reminder of why PT is such a worthwhile field.  Check it out if you have a few minutes:

Additionally, clinical site placement is getting much more real.  Some students have all of their three sites placed while some are still waiting patiently to hear anything back.  It’s a waiting game and a game of priorities, but it feels worthwhile knowing what experience the clinical will bring.  Personally, I am still waiting to get placed for my first and second clinicals but I do have my third one set up at a new site.  This year, Dr. Janssen worked together with Eduglobal Associates to set up a contract at a site in Italy.  Another classmate and myself got accepted and will both be headed to Italy for an 8-wk clinical—not bad at all!

We have yet to find out many of the details but I’ll be honest, I’ll roll with whatever they hand me.  I’ll be living in Italy and getting PT experience abroad—yes, please.

Hope you’re all well!

Get a Move On

Hey everyone!  Can y’all believe it is May?!  For me, that means it is moving month!  My husband and I move down to Birmingham, Alabama at the end of May to get ready to start my internship at the beginning of June – we have one week off to move, transition, and get ready to go!

I know it is a common theme throughout all of my blog entries to talk about how fast time is flying, but good grief, it is starting to go even faster, haha.  We have 3 ½ weeks left of selectives and then it’s time to pack up!  Selectives are going well – I chose the orthopedic track, so I have spent some time in class doing a lecture/lab format reviewing some of the evaluation/examination/intervention techniques and special tests, as well as time in an outpatient clinic observing other PTs and working with patients.

It has been a good experience so far, and I look forward to more review over the next few weeks to help refresh some of these skills and info before I start the outpatient portion of my internship.

Life is good.  God continues to bless us every day, revealing a little more of His sovereign plan each and every day in His perfect timing.  With everything in the next few months being somewhat up in the air, as far as potential job opportunities and potential schooling for my husband, we are thankful that we are in God’s hands and that He tells us He has great plans for us – fills us with such a peace.

I hope y’all are doing great today, and next time I write, I will either be just about to move or will be writing from our new apartment in Birmingham!  God bless and let me know if you have any questions about anything related to the DPT program!