For this semester my goals are to: Obtain six masteries per week, develop my rehabilitation skills in a clinical setting by the end of the semester, work to build patient relationships in an off-site environment by the end of the semester, and to have my clinical question picked and board established by February 15th. This semester we have the opportunity to practice our rehabilitation skills in clinical, with our rehab projects, and in my clinical setting at the PT clinic. I am very excited to have a strong focus in this area. I feel like we have a good base of understanding of rehabilitation from our class last year, but I feel that we have not had a lot of opportunities to use the skills or to focus on them. I also feel a little rusty on the concepts since we have had a year off from the course. I feel as though this semester will allow us to review the concepts, dive further into them from a comprehensive viewpoint, and to apply the skills. My first goal of six masteries will allow me achieve the 84 by the end of the semester. My second and third goals are very important to me as I plan to pursue a career in physical therapy. It is important that I develop my rehab skills early so that I am better prepared once I reach graduate school and beyond. My third goal is very important to me, as I expressed to Dr. Blevins, due to the fact that I decided to change my collegiate goal during high school to go into a field where I felt like I could help people every day. In doing so I want to build lasting relationships, build trust with patients, help people to the fullest extent, and be able to be very successful in my future field. My last goal is timed to ensure that I have the topic and board picked for the little clinical question a few weeks in advance of the due date. I believe that doing so will take some stress off of the work of the semester as well as lead to better clinical question research and a more thoroughly developed topic. I am also very excited to start the rehab project as I will be able to build on three of my goals and experience a rehab I would not typically see in this setting. I have been researching the lumbar spinal fusion and discussed some aspects of the rehab with Dr. Blevins this past week. I obtained 4 attempts this past week, but no masteries.
Each week, the students in our Athletic Training Program are required to post a journal entry. These can be typed our video recordings. Each week we focus on a different topic relating to clinicals, research, EBP, classes, or life in general. We are also graded through our websites, so if you notice any weird notes or things that do not make sense it is probably part of an assignment. Take a minute to check them out!