We (the 2nd year PT class) are now in our 13th week of a 16-week marathon of neuroscience. I’m sure many people in our class would say that they’ve “hit a wall.” So much knowledge has been stuffed into our brains as we learn about the brain! Last week’s 4-day Memorial Day Weekend was much needed. We have come back refreshed and ready for the last 3 weeks before heading off on our clinical rotations for 4 months!
One of my favorite aspects of this module are the number of patients we are able to meet and learn from who have neurological impairments. It is great because patients receive therapy and we get to practice our skills before we go on clinical rotations. Definitely a win-win! We have been able to talk to and work with patients who have had a spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, stroke, Multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s Disease, just to name a few. We all really appreciate how these clients share their stories; some are heart-breaking while others are encouraging. Nevertheless, we are grateful for these patients and the opportunities they give us to help us become better therapists.
One cool way our class was able to use our talents in the community was through the Special Olympics. Every year they are held on Elon University’s campus. Hundreds of athletes, both young and old, come from all over the area to compete in a variety of events. The 2nd year PT students had the opportunity to entertain the athletes in between their events. We had numerous activities including a dance party, velcro vests, obstacle courses, tug of war, and of course, the giant parachute (definitely, my favorite part of P.E class. as a kid).
If you follow this link to a video, you can see how much fun we had that day!
This spring, the PT program hosted the 2nd annual HOPE Clinic 5K. I know I have talked about the HOPE (Health Outreach Program of Elon) Clinic before, but for those of you who don’t know, it is a student-led pro-bono clinic that was started about 3 years ago. Every Tuesday evening, patients who don’t have insurance or who have run out of their PT visits for the year can come to the HOPE Clinic and be treated by students under the supervision of licensed PTs. It is a great way for students to serve those in the community, and to learn and refine clinic skills. That Saturday was the most perfect weather for a 5K and it was so great to see everyone out there who supports our patients the HOPE Clinic!
I’m sure that knowing all the parts of the Basal Ganglia will be important….someday…..maybe?? Until then, what has been helping me persevere through this intense 16-week module is knowing that what I’m learning will help me treat my patients with the best quality of care. We have learned so much over the past year and a half and I’m looking forward to what we have yet to learn in the next year and a half!
Enjoy some pictures of the fun times our class has had this spring!