Monthly Archives: December 2014

Graduation – A Time to Feel All of the Feelings

So this is it, our time as students is coming to a close, as Elon’s DPT Class of 2014 is graduating! I write this blog with so many mixed emotions that I’m not quite sure where to begin. I guess I’ll start by going through each of them; I can assure you that they are not likely emotions that I am feeling in isolation; my guess is that many of my classmates are feeling some, if not all, of the same emotions that I am feeling right now.

Feelings of Disbelief:

-I cannot believe I made it through PT school! For me, I have so many people to thank for making this possible: my husband and my family, my best buddy in school, and all the professors that have given their time and effort to make this a success. I know in my heart however, that the only thing that has truly made this experience a success for me is God’s grace; to Him alone I give the glory!

-I cannot believe it’s over! Where have the last 3 years gone? It’s hard to believe that three years ago we were strangers about to embark on this roller coaster of a ride that is PT school.

Feelings of Joy:

-We’re done and will be graduating next weekend! It’s an exciting and joyful time to celebrate all that we have worked so hard to accomplish.

-I also find joy in reflecting on the lifelong friendships that have formed, the peers that met at school and have gotten engaged and/or married, and looking back at how far we’ve come since our first day at Elon.

Overwhelming Feelings:

-Too much to do! For myself (and some of my classmates) the next 7 weeks will be quite overwhelming, as they’ll include: family visiting for graduation, studying for the NPTE, taking the NPTE, packing to move/moving/unpacking, applying for jobs, interviewing for jobs, and hopefully starting a new job! Oh and don’t forget the holidays; you can add gift shopping, traveling to be with family, etc. to the list.  Yikes, I feel overwhelmed just writing this all down!

Feelings of Hope:

-I am hopeful for my future and for the future of all my classmates. We have worked so hard and my desire is that each of us find fulfillment is what we do, I hope that we help many people and affect many lives in a positive way, and I hope that over the years we all stay in touch regardless of where life may bring us!

In closing, I’d like to extend a great big “CONGRATULATIONS” to Elon’s DPT Class of 2014! I am grateful to have met each one of you and am proud to be a part of the doctors of physical therapy that make up this class. Good luck and best wishes!

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Who’s got rhythm? Not us.

How thine buttocks detest the contours of the desk chair. How thine body fights the necessary entrapment in a single room for hours. How thine mind struggles to find focus and drive to listen and learn in a static setting. After returning from 4 months of clinical rotations being on our feet, using our hands, recalling material learned, experiencing life with patients, being educated in the midst of doing, we have returned to Elon. Professors warned us of the challenges Module IX will bring. The classes are fairly dissociated from one another and holiday breaks make it nearly impossible to develop a rhythm of being back in the classroom. After 2 weeks into the module, I’m finding this to be true.

But, I am also finding a strong sense of ownership of the new material learned. Confusion, misconception and the downright lack of knowledge I experienced while in clinicals are being addressed through the current courses. I have tangible images and experiences of patients I met while working in the hospital and ICU that come to mind during lecture. I have mental snapshots of patient charts with acronyms, diagnoses, surgical procedures and impairments that never, until now, reached the gyri of my brain. An educated understanding is being formulated through Module IX with classes in Exercise Physiology, Cardiopulmonary, Prosthetics/Orthotics and Wound Care.   As a treat, we do meet with a patient once a week to decipher a plan of care in conjunction with best evidence and reason to explain that plan. This edifies our application of newly learned material. Our “PT toolbox” continues to grow.

It is truly a neat feeling to watch and to hear how classmates have developed in this profession over the past 4 months. We each bring our own flavor of physical therapy to the classroom now. There has been a progression of knowledge, an increased confidence with our PT skills, and a strong sense of community and support from one another even when not in the same geographic location. Just around the corner is Christmas break, which leads up to year 3. The final year. The good year.

“Hey Mom, please pass the mobilizations, errr I mean stuffing.”

At long last, Thanksgiving break is here!! As we approach the end of the infamous Module IV, I think I speak for all my classmates when I say that this break is well placed and much needed. However, as the title might suggest, PT is still on the brain, and we’ve got a lot left to study before we finish up and head out for our first clinical. Despite the studying, the hustle and bustle that comes with the end of the module, and the head-spinning thought of us somehow having reached the end of our first year, there is much to be thankful for! So without further ado and in honor of Thanksgiving, I present to you the inaugural Elon DPT 2016 list of thankfulness!!

10 Things the Elon DPT Class of 2016 is Thankful For

  1. Soon we get to head out on our first clinical and get a chance to practice our passion!
  2. The Francis Center – it truly is a world class facility
  3. We’ve had the chance to learn from some pretty stellar clinicians during our orthopedic module, and we’re thankful for how they’ve prepared us for our first clinical.
  4. The countless intramural championships that the Elon DPT 2016 ladies have been reeling in (don’t worry gentlemen, we’ll get one soon).
  5. The chance to relax and spend time with family and friends over Christmas Break, before we head out for Clinical Uno.
  6. When we’re done with this module, we’ll be second years!!
  7. In just a few short months, the Francis Center fountain will awake from it’s slumber and signal the onset of the wonderful season of spring.
  8. We’ve all done some pretty awesome research this module, and we’re going to get to share it with each other when we get back from Thanksgiving break.
  9. There’s a new class of first years coming in at the beginning of 2015, and we’re excited to mentor them/show them the ropes!
  10. Time to get sentimental….we’re thankful for each other. We’ve spent A LOT of time with each other during this fourth module, and we’ve grown even closer than we already were. Definitely gonna miss everyone while we’re out on clinicals, but I’ll be excited to hear about all the amazing experiences we’ll no doubt get to have while on clinicals!

Well I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving filled with lots of turkey, football, and therapeutic exercise….uhhh I mean pecan pie. Cheers and Happy Thanksgiving!!