The Road to Graduation: Inside the Elon DPT

Big Changes for a New Year


Happy New Year!  I am writing from my new home —  the place I will be living until my first clinical rotation ends on February 22, 2013.  It’s still hard to believe tomorrow I start my first day as a second year PT student… and just as hard to believe that I will be starting the day in a hospital on the coast of North Carolina.  Having lived on the coast through undergrad and then as a teacher, I consider the coast of NC my home. When I received the news that my first clinical site was not far from where I once lived on the coast I was very excited.

I recall driving to Myrtle Beach a few years ago and wondering what the huge new building along the highway on the right was going to be. On another trip this building was almost finished; it was going to be a hospital. Today I drove by and saw the hospital completed for the first time since I moved to Elon for PT school. This awesome new hospital will be the place where I will learn from my very knowledgeable and experienced clinical instructor.

I had an opportunity to talk with my clinical instructor on the phone over the Christmas break and she sounds like someone I am really going to enjoy working with. She has more than 36 years of experience for me to learn from and I am just thrilled to be placed with someone with so much to share. She informed me that the PT department just moved into the new hospital about a month ago. I think it will be very nice to work at such a new facility.

Housing can sometimes be a challenge when participating in a clinical away from home. I was blessed to have the opportunity to stay with family friends that live close to the hospital. l have two new great roommates for these next few weeks and am fortunate to be staying in a lovely home in a beautiful community. I do have to admit that a couple of weeks ago I was getting nervous; I had yet to secure a place to stay and clinical rotation was arriving quickly. I thank God for these two generous women opened their home to me; today I got settled in and got things squared away so that tomorrow I can start bright and early at the hospital.

With such an exciting day ahead of me tomorrow, I am going to do just a few more things before heading to bed in hopes of getting a good nights’ sleep. I look forward to writing the next blog so I can share with you how my clinical rotation is going! In the mean time, I wish you a Blessed New Year!