Friday, August 31, 2012

Video from Today's Wound Care Lab!

Ham hocks, bananas and more!

Check out these photos from today’s wound care lab with ham hocks, bananas, and more!

Don’t worry, he’s working on a ham hock!

Ham hocks

Opportunity in Jericho

Dear Friends,

How would you like to start your New Year with a unique opportunity to be a blessing
to the people of the Holy Land? January usually brings snow, cold weather and overcast
days, but you can escape all of that and come to the "Beautiful Land" where it is sunny and warmer to serve the needy residents of Jericho.

This unique trip will include 4 1/2 days of touring Northern Israel and Jerusalem and 7
days in warm, sunny, Jericho where we will set up a clinic to fit disabled people with
wheel chairs donated by Global Aid Network and Wheels for the World. 150 wheel chairs, 28 Personal Energy Transport Carts and 48 walkers are ready to ship and now we need a team to distribute these wonderful gifts and to love on the residents of Jericho.

Who is eligible for this trip?  I'm glad you asked!  

1) We are looking for 5 physical or occupational therapists who are seating specialists to fit the wheel chairs and walkers to the disabled persons. (PT and OT students welcome!)

2) We need 5 wheel chair mechanics to make adjustments once the therapist
chooses the perfect chair for the disabled person. (If you are handy with tools, you qualify!)

3) We also need 7 - 10 support staff that can help with the families who come with the patient, do odd jobs for the therapist and possibly help with making seat cushions. (If you have a heart for helping people and showing God's love, you qualify!)

This is an all-inclusive trip. The team will be staying at nice hotels both while we tour Israel with a licensed tour guide and in Jericho.  Breakfast and dinner are included
on tour days and during the clinic, breakfast, lunch and dinner will be provided.  All transportation, housing and meals are included from JFK in New York.  Departure date is January 3, returning January 16th on the early morning flight so you can get home the same day!

How much is this going to cost?  12 days and nights in beautiful Israel is only $2800 per person, double occupancy per room.

Please forward this invitation to any Physical or Occupational therapist, handy person or those who love to serve others.

As you can see, there is limited space for this trip and time is short.  Positions will fill quickly at this low price so please don't delay. If you are interested in joining us for this incredible adventure please email me for further details and deposit instructions. The deadline for early registration is September 20th.

This will be a life changing trip in many ways. Not only will you walk where Jesus lived and ministered, you will connect with the people of the land and YOU will be blessed as you share God's love with others.
I look forward to hearing from you soon!
Drucie Peterson

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Dolls, Round 2

View photos from another of professor Elaine Wilder’s labs using dolls!

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Work Study Student Audio Blog: The Laundry Dudes

Work study students Richard Pugh and Zach Johnson (Class of 2015) give a testimony to what being “laundry dudes” for the Program in Physical Therapy is really like:

The Class of 2013 and their Dolls

Check out these photos from Neurological Conditions II!
The PYII students (Class of 2013) use these dolls in Program in Physical Therapy professor Elaine Wilder’s class.

Friday, August 24, 2012

Crave Coffee House FREE Barbecue Lunch

Crave Coffee House (located in the Old Church on the Medical Campus) is inviting all students to a free barbecue lunch on Monday, August 27th from 11AM – 1PM. Make sure to drop by, say hello, and enjoy free BBQ!  

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Tara Pool's PT Work Study Student Experience

One of our favorite articles to present on the PT Blog is the Study Abroad Student Interviews. The students love sharing pictures and stories from what are now their favorite places on earth and you get to read in detail about what the opportunity is really like beyond the facts.
We got to thinking about other opportunities that our students have and realized that one of the best ones was right under our noses! We asked work study student Tara Pool (Class of 2015) to give us a short summary of what being a work study in the Program in Physical Therapy office and clinic was like:
“Being a work study student for the Program in Physical Therapy office and the clinic is one of the best jobs a busy student can ask for in order to have some spare cash. The office is accommodating toward the students - they allow me to fully work around my busy schedule and I can study when there is down time. Being a work study for the Program in Physical Therapy also allows me to become closer acquainted with my professors and become friends with PT students of different grades.  In the clinic I help the therapist clean, stock, prepare for the next day, and I get to observe them first hand working with patients. Working in the office and the clinic is a fun and educational study break - not to mention I get paid for doing it!”
Tara Pool

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

NF Walk August 11, 2012

Congratulations to those who contributed to the Neurofibromatosis (NF) Walk this year! About $10,500 was raised for the Children’s Tumor Foundation - more than triple last year’s amount!

Professor Rosemary Norris and 5 PYI students who participated in the NF Walk this year

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Posters from the PYIs

Some posters from the PYIs who are already in class. Everyone else begins class next week, so get ready!

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Happy Birthday SLU PT Blog!

We forgot our own birthday, how embarrassing!

Our first post welcoming everyone to the blog was published Friday, August 5, 2011. What belated birthday gift would we appreciate the most? What we’re wishing for is a year full of more of the exciting, informative posts that you love best!
Thank you for (a little over) a year of support! Please feel free to comment on what some of your favorite posts have been. Have you got a soft spot for our study abroad stories? Maybe it’s our congratulatory announcements or our photos of students in the lab that keep you on the edge of your seat? Let us know how we can make your year!

Friday, August 10, 2012

bike MS

Have you heard about bike MS? Several members of the SLU PT community participate in this two day ride every year that changes the lives of those in the community living with multiple sclerosis. Follow this link to learn more about bike MS and to register to participate.  Keep in mind that you can bike whether you are an avid cyclist or haven’t ridden a bike in years!

Members of the SLU PT community at bike MS 2011

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Are you a backpacker, cyclist, gardener, or new mother? Do you regularly run, walk, or work at a desk for multiple hours at a time? Check out this handy Health & Prevention Tips toolkit from Move Forward PT – they cover so many activities that it would be hard not to learn something useful that could change your everyday routine!

Megan Glaser’s Study Abroad Experience in Rome

Though we have had several study abroad experience interviews (and one on Rome already from Michael Ryan) it is interesting to see everyone’s different take on what it is like to live in a new culture. Read Megan’s interview below to learn a bit about what it is like to relax as an Italian, tiramisu that is so good you just have to talk about it (even in your sleep!), and other aspects of a city that is “a mecca for the beautiful things life has to offer.”

1.    Why did you choose your site?
I have always found Italian culture to be so enticing - everything from the history to the food to the art to the mother-son relationships. The Italian language itself is perfect and alluring. Rome, in my mind, is a mecca for the beautiful things life has to offer. I could not give up the chance to see a culture I have studied so much about and has such rich history behind it.

2.    What did you anticipate? Were you nervous? Excited?
Before leaving for Rome, I was too excited to be nervous. I had never been to Europe before, so I was determined to make the most of it. One of my friends studied in Rome the semester before I did and gave me a list of the favorite places she discovered and everything I needed to do while I was there. I appreciated that a lot, but at the same time, one of the best parts of studying abroad is discovering new places on your own that are off the beaten path.

3.    What surprised you the most about your experience? What about the other culture surprised or shocked you?
What most surprised me was probably how quickly I assimilated to the culture. At first, it was a struggle getting accustomed to the Italian style of living where there is no schedule and no one is in a rush like in America. For example, no schedule was followed for public transportation throughout the city. I gave up trying to schedule my day around the bus and metro schedule after about 5 days of living in Rome. Also, meals were not merely something that had to take place during the day. Meals for Italians meant a time to relax and enjoy the fresh and unique tastes their country had to offer along with the company of others. This was the part of Italian culture that I found most appealing in the end.

4.    What did you see (monuments, historical sites, palaces, etc.) that impressed you the most?
Before arriving in Rome, I was most excited to see the Colosseum in person. However, it was the Pantheon that left the greatest impression on me. It was sort of hidden in the middle of a piazza away from other landmarks. There were times were I would get lost wandering the streets of Rome and then would stumble upon the Pantheon. I could not help but smile and appreciate how amazing a city is that I could go from frustrated and lost to happy and in absolute awe with the turn of a corner.

5.    Can you describe some of the food that you loved best? Any food experiences that didn’t go as planned/well?
If you see any pictures of me towards the end of my semester in Rome, you will be able to tell that I definitely enjoyed Italian food. The best part about Italian food is how simple and fresh all the ingredients are. My two favorite food experiences, of course, occurred in Italy. One was while my mom was visiting. We were staying Sorrento and exploring the small towns along the Amalfi Coast when we met a local that suggested a place for pizza. When we arrived, it was a small storefront on the side of a road on the top of a cliff along the coast in the town of Ravello. We went inside and each ordered a pizza at the bar and watched as a man made each one fresh in front of us. It was the most delicious pizza I have ever had in my life. When my mother and I are together, it is usually a difficult task to get a word in, but we both spoke very little for the short time this pizza was in front of us. The other was when my friends and I were visiting Venice. The hotel we were supposed to be staying in during the Venice Film Festival messed up our reservations so we were given a private villa along a canal to stay in for the weekend. We went into the first restaurant we could find. It had the best tiramisu I have ever had. My roommate can attest to how much I enjoyed the food, as I recited the entire meal in my sleep that night.

6.    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?
My favorite part about studying abroad was meeting people from other cultures who grew up completely different from me. This was my first time really getting to know people from other countries, and talking to people puts a new spin on your own perspective. Connecting with different people put us at an opportunity to also experience different things as they would give suggestions of the essential things to see, do, eat and experience while in their country. Without opening myself up to meeting other people, I would never have eaten “Polish junk food” with Polish students after a Human Rights film festival or stayed at the Danish Embassy our last days in Rome after our school closed. My biggest advice when studying abroad would be to venture outside of the typical American spots in the city and really get to know the city from the perspective of the people that live there. It has been almost three years since being back from studying abroad, and I still consistently talk to some of my European friends. 

7.    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.)?
My classes in Rome were wonderful. I saved some of my fine arts, language, and theology requirements to take while studying abroad so I was able to enroll in all classes that pertained to Italian culture. I took Italian, Roman Catholicism, Italian Food and Wine, and Art in Rome. I loved all of them! I would especially recommend Art in Rome. It was an off-site class so every time we would meet at a different art or architectural site and our professor would teach us in front of the work we were studying. It was like having a private tour guide every week. All of my classes were perfect because they gave me an opportunity to experience what I was studying.

8.     Would you recommend that other PT students study abroad? Would you recommend your site to them?
There is no question here. I would definitely recommend that all PT students study abroad. This is such a unique opportunity for a PT program to offer studying abroad, and it should not be missed! Studying in Rome for 3 months gave me a new perspective on life, and I would not take back the time I spent abroad for the world. Rome was perfect because with its location, I was able to travel around to other parts of Italy and Europe. I experienced everything from walking the grounds of Auschwitz in the snow to staring at the ceiling at the Sistine Chapel. Studying abroad is a once in a lifetime opportunity, and Rome is the perfect place to do it! If anyone has any questions, feel free to contact me!

Newest Member of the Program in Physical Therapy, Mr. Munkee, MMA

Just kidding. He only takes over for Kate when the office really gets busy.
Mr. Munkee, MMA (Masters in Monkeying Around) is one of the props used in Elaine Wilder’s pediatric courses.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Registration for NSC 2012 in Arlington, VA is now open