Tuesday, December 25, 2012
Friday, December 21, 2012
The Saint Louis University Doisy College of Health Sciences Alumni Association cordially invites alumni, faculty, students and friends to attend the Saint Louis University Program in Physical Therapy Alumni Reception at the American Physical Therapy Association 2013 Combined Sections Meeting on January 23, 2013.
Hor d'oeuvres and a cash bar will be available. All attendees who pre-register will receive one free drink ticket!
Use this link for more event information and to register.
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Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
PT Students Emma Bowen and Alex Feinberg (Class of 2017)
“Prepare to have your intellect defied.” These words resonate in our heads on a daily basis as we learn and experience new things as sophomore PT students. We would like to extend this mantra to you by sharing our experiences from the past year and a half and some fun facts we have learned along the way. Be Prepared.
We were both primarily interested in the field of physical therapy because as high school athletes we both experienced physical therapy and saw the difference it can make on the road to recovery. Our interest in the field was further enhanced by our interests in science, specifically how the body works. However, the aspect of physical therapy that really confirmed our passion was the interaction with people. It is amazing that we will be able to form relationships with patients and be a part of their journey to recovery.
As sophomores we are still taking some of the more general classes. However, this does not mean they are not interesting…
Emma: “That’s so cool!”
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Friday, December 14, 2012
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Congratulations to Program in Physical Therapy Associate Professor,
on being awarded the Certificate of Leadership by the
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Friday, December 7, 2012
PT Student Olivia Castillo (Class of 2016) is currently studying abroad in Madrid, Spain. Read her passionate account of the beautiful sights, people, and lifestyle of Madrid!
Why did you choose your site?
I chose Madrid, Spain for a number of reasons: I love the Spanish culture, there’s so much to do in this city, and I knew I would have a home away from home at SLU Madrid’s campus.
What did you anticipate? Were you nervous? Excited?
Unfortunately, I think my hopes and anticipations interfered a little with my sense of reality in that I anticipated myself to be a lot more comfortable with the Spanish language than I really was. Although it has not come as naturally as I would have hoped, I am so glad that I am here in Madrid, where I am truly immersed in the language. In the Spanish speaking countries I have traveled to other than Spain, I always try and speak Spanish, but I am always in such a commercial area that I can just “cop out” and proceed to talk in English. Especially within my (only Spanish speaking) host family location, I have truly enjoyed the challenge of learning and improving my Spanish language skills here.
I was really excited to be away from my normal environment—and have a real change in my life. The slower paced, Spanish way of life is great for a typically busy student at SLU. I’ve been able to enjoy things that I may not have time to do while in the states.
What surprised you the most about your experience? What about the other culture surprised or shocked you?
What really surprised me were the Spanish hours of operation. They have a daily “siesta” that takes place in the middle of the workday. Usually, from the hours of 2-5:30pm, all businesses will close up shop and enjoy a large lunch and maybe even a nap. After their daily siesta, the doors open once again and stay open well past 8:00pm. This newfound lifestyle surprised me, but it was a good surprise. I love that I can go to school, spend some time around Madrid, and still run my errands even as late as 9:00pm. I tend to be a night owl, so this way of life is great for me.
What did you see that impressed you the most?
I have truly loved Retiro Park in Madrid. It’s the largest park in the city of Madrid and there really is something for everyone there. I always see kids or teenagers playing soccer, couples canoeing in their row-boats, or families walking through the elegant gardens.
El Rastro is also a really great experience. This is a Sunday market that gathers just about the entire city into about a one mile block radius. It’s packed full of people, trinkets, souvenirs from Madrid, cheap scarves or purses, and even antique paintings or furniture. Some things may be seen as “junk,” but I really see culture and character in the antique items the Madrileños are trying to sell.
Can you describe some of the food that you loved best? Any food experiences that didn’t go as planned/well?
I love paella! It’s a typical Spanish meal which I would consider very similar to a stir fry made with rice, green beans, peppers, seafood or chicken, and much more. It’s nice and warm, and some places serve to your entire table. If you bring a table of 5, they will bring out a monstrous size platter of paella for all of you to share! It’s a fun, tasty experience.
Did you make friends with some of the people native to that site? What was that experience like? Did they make you notice things about your own culture that surprised you?
I was actually able to make a whole bunch of friends from Madrid—my entire ESL class. A fellow SLU student, Kacie Black, and I enjoyed teaching English as a second language to adults residing in Madrid. As well as being such caring, genuine people, they truly worked hard to master our sometimes-complicated English language.
They did make me notice a few things about our own culture. I would say that our American culture has a very large impact on the people in other parts of the world. My roommate and fellow SLU student, Colleen Maxwell, conducted a sociology study addressing the opinions of the Madrileños concerning politics in the United States. Her research suggested that the majority of the Madrileños surveyed were very interested in American politics because they felt it had an impact on their life here in Spain.
Aside from the students in my ESL class, I found other Madrileños to be very helpful in my everyday troubles as a foreign student. When I needed help finding the peanut butter at the grocery store, a Madrileña appeared out of nowhere and immediately became the liaison between the grocery store employee and myself. Explaining to the employee “peanut butter is actually really popular in the United States,” I was quickly able to satisfy my craving. I will also never forget the time when a Madrileña walked me all the way down the street to get me to the right location, after I clearly misunderstood the man behind the counter at the bank. And to top it all off, my host mom Mary Paz is wonderful! I’ve loved being surrounded by what seems to be so many genuine Spaniards.
How were your classes? Did you have the opportunity to take a class that fit into the culture of that site (such as art history of Spain, etc.)?
I have definitely enjoyed my class schedule this semester. The PT course load is very manageable this semester because of the break off of the sciences! I am taking a Latin Rhythms and Dance Class where my classmates and I learn to dance the Merengue, Salsa, Bachata, and Tango. I have loved having the opportunity to show our new dance skills in a popular Salsa Club in the city. The dances we learn are truly part of the current Spanish culture. As well, I liked learning of the backgrounds of each of the dances.
Interestingly enough, our dance professor is also a physical therapist. She works in an outpatient clinic a few days a week where she especially treats dancers, actors, or other art professionals. All of the PT students in the dance class were able to observe one of the therapy sessions.
Would you recommend that other PT students study abroad? Would you recommend your site to them?
Would you recommend that other PT students study abroad? Would you recommend your site to them?
I strongly recommend that other PT students study abroad. Knowing that we’ll have a busy professional career ahead of us, it is important to take advantage of the opportunities given to us to see the world, take some time off, and learn something new. I strongly admire Saint Louis University’s encouragement to PT students to study abroad. Although I strongly recommend the SLUMadrid Campus, in my opinion, any abroad location will be worthwhile, no matter where it is.
Fiesta National de Espana (October 12th), whichcommemorates the anniversary of Christopher Columbus’s first arrival in the Americas
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Tuesday, December 4, 2012
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Friday, November 30, 2012
Check out the Saint Louis University Athletic Training Program’s blog for an article about the Department of Physical Therapy and Athletic Training hosting students from Maplewood-Richmond Heights High School interested in Physical Therapy and Athletic Training:
SLU PT students Taylor Streid and Elena Gray (Class of 2015)
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Wednesday, November 28, 2012
PT students Annie Green and Jackie Vandas (Class of 2013) help to decorate the Hunter College Giving Tree in the PT office
Students can donate $1.00 and make an ornament or donate $1.50 and Kate Lochhead at the front will make the ornament for you.
The Hunter College Giving Tree so far…
PT students Kristen Guzak, Maggie Null, and Vicky Cichocki (Class of 2015) making ornaments
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Jaime Heede (Class of 2017) participated in this year’s Saint Louis University Dance Marathon on the executive board as co-chair of catering and Moral Captain. With an encouraging total of over $63,000 funds raised and 435 participants, we can’t help but be proud of everyone who worked to make SLUDM a success. Read Jaime’s article to see how she became interested in doing all of this “for the kids!”
Saint Louis University Dance Marathon was a huge success! In only its second year on the Saint Louis University campus, the yearlong fundraising efforts for Children’s Miracle Network of Greater St. Louis culminated in a twelve hour event in the Wool Ballrooms and started on Saturday November 17th at 3pm. The event was full of tons of fun, friends, performances, music and dancing, a choreographed line dance, food, and stories from formerly hospitalized children and their families. One of the mottos of Dance Marathon is “we stand for those who can’t”; thus, participants stand the entire twelve hours of the event to honor the children currently being treated by Children’s Miracle Network hospitals. A second motto is “For the Kids” or simply, “FTK” which sums up why so many dedicate their time and money towards such a worthy cause that affects the local community. The funds raised this year totaled over $63,000, more than doubling the event’s first year total. That sum will be split equally between St. Louis Children’s Hospital and SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center. This year we had 435 participants who helped us to make the night of the event wonderful, as well as raise the incredible amount of money that we did.
On a more personal note, this year I had the opportunity to take my experience with Dance Marathon to the next level by becoming a member of the executive board as a co-chair of catering. It was my job to ensure that all the dancers had plenty to eat and drink to keep fueled for the duration of the event. My responsibilities included contacting food vendors and restaurants to obtain donations. At the event we had pizza, sub sandwiches, a nacho bar, snow cones, popcorn, cotton candy, fruit, snacks, sliders, and bagels. This level of involvement granted me one-on-one contact with children treated at the two hospitals SLU Dance Marathon supports as well as visits of those two facilities.
My involvement in SLU Dance Marathon has included being a Moral Captain (teaching the line dance at the event) as well as my position on the board. I love having the opportunity to truly make a difference in the lives of kids who have been hospitalized. My knowledge of physical therapy and health care has made me even more passionate about what this organization stands for and will make me a better professional in the future. Hearing the stories of the families in attendance at the event is such an inspiring time that humbles me and motivates me to be the hope for a child I may care for in the future.
Mark your calendars for SLU Dance Marathon 2013 on November 16th! And to keep up to date with other SLU Dance Marathon events and information, be sure to check out our website (http://sludm.org), like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter!
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Monday, November 26, 2012
Students can come into the PT office and decorate an ornament (supplies provided) for $1.00. The ornament will go on the office’s Hunter College Giving Tree (see picture) and the money will be donated to the Program in Physical Therapy at Hunter College to assist in their recovery from Storm Sandy!
Chris Sorgani (Class of 2016) is the first PT student to put an ornament on the tree
Chris Sorgani’s handcrafted ornament
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