Friday, March 25, 2022

SLU PT Student Kaitlyn Kohm had Great Guidance at Advanced Training and Rehab in Kirkwood, Missouri

SLU PT Clinical Site Spotlight - Advanced Training and Rehab Kirkwood, Missouri

By Kaitlyn Kohm (Class of 2022)

I have spent the last few months working alongside my clinical instructor and SLU alumni (Class of 2016), Chris Sorgani, DPT, as well as two other SLU DPT alum, and PTAs that taught me so much about treating and managing orthopedic conditions. During my time at Advanced Training & Rehab in Kirkwood, I really started to break out of my shell and demonstrate more confidence in my abilities as a future physical therapist. Before this clinical experience, I was pretty sure I did not see myself in an outpatient orthopedic setting due to the demanding caseload, but this clinic made me do a 180 on my attitude of where I want to practice after graduation. I really learned how to work as a team player while providing excellent patient-centered care. I formed genuine connections with my patients and significantly improved my communication skills with the guidance of these therapists. I loved how all the patients are welcomed by everyone at this clinic right as they enter the door and they all get to know the patients, even if they do not typically work with them. There was never a dull moment and I will cherish all the interactions and experiences I had here. Thank you ATR!

Chris, thank you for the wonderful experience and countless learning opportunities during my time here. Even though it didn't seem like it, I appreciated you asking me questions and putting me on the spot to further my clinical reasoning. AND thank you for answering all my questions I would throw at you.

This is one of a series of posts by the Saint Louis University Program in Physical Therapy students featuring their clinical site and their clinical instructors. The number, quality, and diversity of clinical instruction are major assets for the SLU PT Program.

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