Busy Times, Big Adventures

Change is on the horizon! With just two weeks remaining in this module, only a few modules remaining, and a large percentage of our class leaving in six weeks to study off campus (for what is known as the “Selectives Module”), our time together, as a class at the Francis Center, is limited! However, the time we do have left, is time that is being utilized well.

In a joint effort between our exercise physiology and cardiopulmonary labs, we have been working with individuals from our community to create physical therapy rehabilitation programs that meet their individual needs. Our class has had the opportunity to perform and implement examinations, evaluations, outcome measures, interventions, home exercise programs, and re-evaluations, as these individuals have volunteered to be our patients twice a week, for six weeks. Throughout this six week program, our class has worked together with each other, with the patient and care giver(s), and with our professors to provide quality care to each participant. It has been a great experience for everyone involved and with only two sessions remaining, I can confidently say that all of our patients have made great progress!  While our patients may have learned a few things from us, I am convinced that we learned more than a just few things from each of them; the value of working with patients “hands-on” far exceeds any textbook, lecture, or simulated experience!

As a part of DPT 709-Directed Research I (DR-I), another class that we are involved in this module, we have not only had the opportunity to dive into what the research reports about topics of our choice, but we have been placed in small groups with other students that have similar interests. In these small groups, we have been given the opportunity to review articles, selected by peers in our group, and have been assigned the task of looking more critically at the information presented. After analyzing the information, each of us decided if we would apply the ideas presented in the article, or if it would take more to convince us to use such interventions with our patients in the future. This class has not only been interesting and thought provoking, it has also made us into authors! Each participant in DR-I class, has submitted their article review to a website called Students 4 Best Evidence. This site is a great resource for future clinicians and serves as, “a network for students interested in evidence-based healthcare.”

After submitting our article review and making any changes (that may have been requested by the publisher), our article reviews were posted to the site. The best part about this site is that each article review is presented in a blog-like format, using easy to understand terminology, and allows readers to leave comments, tweet, or re-post article reviews to Facebook and other social media sites. I highly encourage every student studying rehabilitation and/or medicine to check out this site at www.students 4bestevidence.net.

With so much going on as we wrap up this module, I could continue writing by sharing all the interesting things happening in our other classes as well, but … with finals here, it’s time for me to hit the books! So, be sure to look for next month’s blog as we continue our journey to becoming physical therapists!

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