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.
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
- Soon we get to head out on our first clinical and get a chance to practice our passion!
- The Francis Center – it truly is a world class facility
- 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.
- The countless intramural championships that the Elon DPT 2016 ladies have been reeling in (don’t worry gentlemen, we’ll get one soon).
- The chance to relax and spend time with family and friends over Christmas Break, before we head out for Clinical Uno.
- When we’re done with this module, we’ll be second years!!
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!
- 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!!