As the snow begins to fall we head into our final week of class for this fall quarter. I remember this time last year and how much anxiety i had to perform well to pass all my exams and make it through the first quarter of PT school. This time around it is a little different because i am more concerned about what i have learned and my ability to remember and recall this information rather than focus on just passing the exam. In our program they make sure that we know from day one that grades don’t matter. As long as you are learning and passing the exams the professors couldn’t be happier. Obviously they want to graduate very qualified generalist physical therapists, but more importantly they wish to remove some of the anxiety that is inherently within examinations to help progress us along the path of professionalism that will be required of us as doctors of physical therapy.
Regardless there is much studying to be done. The past couple of weeks have flown by and everyone is waddling back to class from this thanksgiving break, stuffed and well fed in multiple respects, ready to knock out this last week before finals. Over the break many people stayed in town and it was great to see that Erin and her husband Kelly hosted a thanksgiving potluck feast for those stragglers that weren’t able to make it to their respective homes.
In neuro we have been blessed to have some neuro specialists come in and assist us in lab. Dana McPhee who works at NIACH came in and taught us ways in which to help treat patients that have had strokes, TBIs, and general neurological deficits, particularly in bed mobility, transfers and ADLs. Just this week we had guest speaker Valerie Wang, who is a specialist in vestibular rehabilitation, come in and teach us about the vestibular system and particular pathologies that we can treat in the clinic and unfortuantely how prevalent they are in society. On a positive note it reinforces our job security.
In musculoskeletal we have buttoned up the remainder of the shoulder conditions that are commonly seen in the clinic. It seems like a never-ending list but we have really only scratched the surface. We have also been learning ways in which we can diagnose these pathologies through specific examination tests and through differential evaluation techniques. We have actually have moved along so quickly that we are now taking our final practical this friday which seems a bit daunting but i feel that we are all prepared aside from the natural anxiety that the role of a student places on you.
Little to say we are looking forward to our friday night festivities at Louie’s 2nd annual white elephant Christmas sweater party. =)