Thursday, May 19, 2022

SLU PT Student Hannah Schumacher had an Incredible Clinical Experience at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, IL

SLU PT Clinical Site Spotlight – Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago, IL

By Hannah Schumacher (Class of 2022)

My clinical experience at Northwestern Memorial Hospital was incredible. I was able to spend my time on a general medicine floor with a variety of patient diagnoses. I even was given the opportunity to go to the medical ICU which was eye opening as well as a great learning experience. Another floor my clinical instructor, Megan Burwell, covered was the pulmonary unit where I spent time working with patients whose lungs were affected from COVID-19. I thoroughly enjoyed my experience with each of these patients as they wanted so badly to work hard so that they could return home to their families.

My CI taught me how to be patient, compassionate, and loving to all the patients we encountered. She treated each patient with respect and showed me how PT's also are there for patients mentally, just not physically. The patients we worked with had a lot going on in their life, but it was humbling to see their dedication to improve for themselves, their families, and us.

Megan, thank you for all you taught me in the short 9 weeks we had together. I thoroughly enjoyed learning from you in acute care. You made me enjoy the inpatient setting so much!

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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