Hi everyone! I’m so sorry it has taken me so long to write another blog. Time just slips away from you in PT school, but for those of you unfamiliar with the Elon DPT Curriculum, today I’m going to talk about the best module — neuro!
In your second year of the DPT program, your first didactic semester revolves around treating patients who experience or develop neurological injuries and disease processes. Half of the time is spent learning the anatomy and physiology while the other half details just how physical therapy can make a difference in the rehabilitation experience. Neuro has a reputation for being a dense module with challenging material, but I can honestly say it has been my favorite module so far in PT school! Maybe I’m a little biased, since I think I’d like to work in this setting, but here are some of the aspects I’ve enjoyed this module.
We have outstanding professors that are incredibly passionate about the material they teach. Dr. Folger has a remarkable gift for taking complex information and transforming it into a language that is easily understood by my classmates and I. Dr. Andrews has a wealth of experience that gives us the tools to conquer challenging situations using our intuition and learned skills. Along the way we have heard from numerous guest lecturers who have shared their expertise and allowed us to learn a new set of skills unique to the neuro population. All of these incredible instructors make it easier to sit through the long days and enjoy the lessons that are being presented.
The professors have also done an amazing job of integrating opportunities to work with clients currently living with neurological conditions. We have had multiple visitors come and speak to tell us of their experiences in their day to day life. We have had the opportunity to evaluate patients with spinal cord injuries and practice hands-on skills. We have the opportunity to work under the supervision of a physical therapist and have weekly sessions with a client to practice selecting and implementing interventions to help improve their quality of life. Each of these experiences leaves me so grateful to have the chance to be in this profession. I am often humbled by the wise words of our clients and the determination that they exemplify. One of my favorite moments from a client to class, was a client who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. They said “When I think about my life, I truly think MS has given me more than it has taken away. MS has stripped away the facade and has shown me who I really am, and more importantly, who appreciates who I really am.”
In just 4 weeks, we will leave for our 2nd and 3rd clinical experience. This means my classmates will be apart for 4 months before returning to the classroom in November. It’s been a beautiful experience seeing how all of my classmates grow into the confident and capable physical therapists that I know they will be on graduation day. Our next clinical experiences will focus on the acute care and neurological settings, so we will be able to take the skills acquired this module and really apply the knowledge we have gained.
As for me, I’ll be staying in Burlington for July and August to work at a skilled nursing facility for the next clinical. But at the end of August, I’ll be headed to AUSTRALIA! Thanks to Elon’s incredible global studies initiative, I get to spend two months learning from the manual therapy experts in Newcastle, New South Wales. As you can tell, a lot of exciting things are coming, and I can’t wait to share it all with you!
Until next time,