Response to “Y” from Australia

Hey there!

I apologize if this response it a little too late! I think you sent me an incorrect email address, and I was waiting to see if you might email me again. Feel free to send me another message at, and I really hope you saw this post! 🙂

For everyone else, here is a brief summary of what “Y” asked me:
– What resources should you take to your clinical placement?
– Should you take any study guides?
– How can you organize your information in one location?

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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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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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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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Clinical Practicum (Fall Year 2): Day 4

I’m still getting more and more comfortable with being in the clinic. I’m working on trying to learn as much as I can before my full time clinical affiliation this winter.

Today I learned about temporomandibular joint (TMJ) mobilizations. My CI had to put on a glove and insert her finger into the patient’s mouth in order to effectively mobilize the jaw. I believe the patient had a whiplash injury, so they had tight neck muscles and a decreased range of motion as well.

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Clinical Practicum (Fall Year 2): Day 2

I helped my CI with an evaluation today and it didn’t go as well as I had planned. My CI told me about the eval about a week before we did it, and he told me to look up information about plantar fasciitis. I wrote down information that I learned about plantar fasciitis and exercises I would have her do before I got to the clinic, but I still struggled with the eval.

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Clinical Practicum (Fall Year 2): Day 1

This fall I am going to an outpatient orthopedic clinic about 6 times, for 8 hours a day. I go into the clinic every other week, so I have more free time during the weeks that I don’t go into clinic.

I learned a lot at practicum today, including Pallof presses and muscle energy techniques. My CI had me perform shoulder mobilizations, but we had just learned that in class 5 days ago so it was helpful to practice them on a patient.

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