5 Take-aways From My First Full-Time Affiliation

1. Always seek out new learning opportunities

Hospitals can be intimidating, especially if you haven’t spent much time in one before. Patients can be hooked up to so many lines, leads, and tubes, and some can be in critical conditions. It’s easy to be afraid to evaluate and treat certain patients. I was walking through the ICU when one of the physical therapists offered to let me shadow her for the rest of the day. I was nervous to stay in the ICU and felt obligated to return to my unit to treat the rest of my patients, so I chose to not return to the ICU. The biggest thing I regret from my clinical is that I didn’t jump at the opportunity immediately. Continue reading “5 Take-aways From My First Full-Time Affiliation”


My Typical Day: Acute Care Affiliation

Wow, I haven’t posted in a while! I definitely needed some time off from my blog to focus on some other hobbies. Instead of writing, I started running more often and began playing tennis a few times a week with one of my classmates. I’m currently on a summer break from classes, so I have plenty of time to devote to writing!

I read through a similar post on Franish, who has blogged all throughout medical school. I know that copying ideas isn’t the most creative, but I enjoyed her posts so much that I wanted to create my own version for physical therapy school.

We had our first 6 week full-time affiliations during our winter semester, from January to mid-February. I was placed in an acute care setting, while others were in outpatient orthopedics or skilled nursing facilities. We were also in various locations, most of us spread throughout Maryland, but one classmate traveled as far as Virginia Beach.


I had my alarm set for 5:45, which wasn’t easy because it was still dark outside. I usually turned on my lamp and then closed my eyes for another fifteen minutes (bad habit, I know!)

I got the scented wax warmer as a gift (I think from Kohl’s), and I drew that picture of the frog in high school.

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First Year

Why You Shouldn’t Stress About Your Grades – Guest Post by Jasmine Marcus, PT, DPT

You might already know Jasmine Marcus from her blog, PT to be in ’15. She is a physical therapist who graduated from Columbia Univeristy in 2015, and has written several guest posts on New Grad Physical Therapy. I started reading her blog when I was an undergraduate student and was still figuring out what career I wanted to pursue. I’ve learned so much from her, and she was an inspiration for starting my own blog.

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Observation of Hip and Knee Replacement Surgeries

I’m so thankful that I was able to watch surgeries during my last clinical affiliation. I spent 6 weeks treating patients with various medical conditions, including those recovering from joint replacement surgeries. I learned so much by being in the OR, and was able to gain a much better understanding of what patients experience before they are evaluated by physical therapy.

I’ve included links to some Youtube videos of actual surgeries, so if you don’t want to see anything gruesome, I would recommend skipping the live surgery videos!

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18 Journals to Improve Stress & Productivity

PT school, like any other graduate program, can be incredibly stressful at times. I still struggle with managing my stress and anxiety, even after 1.5 years of classes.

We all know that exercise, a healthy diet, hobbies, and spending time with family and friends are some of the essential parts of happiness and stress relief, but it can be difficult to manage when taking full-time classes and working part-time. Sometimes I’m good about exercising every day and making plenty of time for myself, but recently it’s been difficult to get back into that habit.

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Physical Therapy and Other Healthcare Podcasts

Podcasts are a great way to get more involved with physical therapy and other healthcare fields outside of the classroom. I have recently started listening to podcasts, so I have not listened to a majority of this list. This is just a list of podcasts that are interesting to me and that I plan at listening to eventually.

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Before PT School

5 Pieces of Advice for High School and College Students

Whether you just became interested in becoming a physical therapist or it’s been your dream to be a PT since you were a child, these tips will help you achieve your goals.

1. Keep your grades up

Physical Therapy school is so difficult to get into. If you have any spare time, check out some schools that you might be interested in the future and figure out the average GPA for accepted students. They usually range from 3.4-3.7, depending on the program. Schools will choose students that they know will succeed in their program and will pass the NPTE at the end, so your GPA is a really important factor to getting accepted to PT school. Your high school GPA does not go on PT school applications, but you do have to input the grade for every college course you’ve ever taken. No matter what career you choose to persue, it’s so much easier to get into future undergrad and graduate schools if your GPA is high.

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Second Year

Happy Holidays!

I hope that you’re having a wonderful holiday and that you’re surrounded by loved ones. It’s been quite a long year and I’ve never been busier in my entire life, but I’ve never had more to be grateful for.

Thank you to everyone that follows my blog, writes me emails, and leaves me comments. I love writing, especially when I know that I’m helping people, so thank you for making that possible. I want this blog to be the story of my process to becoming a physical therapist, but I also am so thankful that I am able to help you out along the way.

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Clinical Practicum (Fall Year 2): Day 5 and 6

Day 5

I learned about subacromial decompression, Thompson test for Achilles tendon tear, lateral walkouts with a theraband, and scapular retractions against a wall. I was able to ask the subjective questions during an evaluation, but I struggled with typing while listening to the patient. My CI suggested that I focus more on having a conversation, instead of focusing too much about what I have to ask next in the EMR.

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