Posts Tagged ‘doctor of physical therapy program’

PT Pub Night

Thursday, April 5th, 2018

Last night Aspen Medical Staffing, LLC hosted a “PT Pub Night” at Tavern on the Hill. These events are provided to help current physical therapy (PT) students meet and network with other PT students, clinicians, and healthcare providers in an informal setting. It provides us with the opportunity to make connections, discuss job possibilities, and to catch up with alumni of the CSS DPT program who are working around the Duluth area. Aspen Medical Staffing, LLC is a travel company owned and operated by College of St. Scholastica PT graduates. They have been hosting these events all over the nation recently to recruit and provide students with the opportunities mentioned above. Earlier in the day they presented on their company and the in’s/out’s of travel physical therapy. It was a lot of fun and well worth all of the socializing, plus Tavern on the Hill has great food and beverages, especially during Happy Hour!

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Capstone Presentations

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2018

Tomorrow I will be presenting my Doctor of Physical Therapy Capstone presentation. I have been working on this project for nearly 8 months and it is extremely exciting to be able to share with my peers my project. I chose to write a case report of one of the patient’s that I was fortunate enough to work with on my internship. Due to unforeseen circumstances the patient required life-saving quadruple amputation. My presentation will specifically discuss the in’s-and-out’s of the upper extremity prosthetic fitting and training for this patient. It has been an extremely rewarding experience to complete my own case report. Upon further review I plan to submit this paper to a scholarly journal for future publication – what a way to wrap up my doctoral work at CSS!

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Job Accepted

Thursday, February 1st, 2018

I recently got a notification of a “memory” on Facebook of a status I posted three years ago thanking all those involved in my life as I found out that I was accepted into the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at the College of St. Scholastica. Just a few short days after that “memory”, I officially accepted a job offer at an orthopedic private practice physical therapy clinic in the twin cities. I am beyond ecstatic about the whole situation for many reasons. It is a large stress taken off my shoulders as I also have to finish my final internship, study and prep for the board exam, and finish my capstone project. It has also given me the opportunity once again to take a moment and appreciate all those who have helped me along the way including, family, friends, coaches, professors, staff, clinical instructors, college resources, and so many more. My time at St. Scholastica has been a very rewarding experience and it is great to see the light at the end of the tunnel getting ever-so brighter. I am very thankful to where my education has brought me and I’m excited to see what this next chapter of my life will bring!

Importance of Internships

Wednesday, January 17th, 2018

Throughout the three years of the Doctor of Physical Therapy program there are four clinical internships. The first rotation follows the completion of spring semester of the first year. It is an 8 week long internship during summer term I. The final three internships are considered “terminal internships”. The duration of these internships span from 8-10 weeks, or occasionally 12. These follow the completion of didactic work for the program and provide the opportunity for us to apply all the knowledge and skills we learned over the past two years in the classroom. Often times students will begin to think about what setting they enjoy working in and where they would like to start their careers. Performance during these last three internships is crucial because these sites will often times consider student interns for upcoming job openings.

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Final Physical Therapy Internship

Monday, January 8th, 2018

Today was my “last” first day of internship as I finish out my requirements for the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at the College of St. Scholastica. This is my third terminal internship and fourth overall. This particular internship fulfills my requirement for a clinical in a rural location. I am working in Poplar, WI at Orthopedic & Spine Therapy. I am commuting the 30 minutes to and from the clinic each day from my apartment in Duluth (Pray for good road conditions). Day 1 went very well. I met one of my clinical instructors today and assisted with a few patients. I was able to get hands on immediately, perform some objective tests and measures, create some exercises, and become familiar with the electronic medical record system the clinic utilizes. I’m already excited for day 2 tomorrow and am looking forward to the vast amount of knowledge and experience to be earned over the next 10 weeks!

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