For this semester, I have been placed with Barret Blevins at Wellmont Physical Therapy in Abingdon, Virginal. Barret attended Emory & Henry in the early 2000’s and obtained his bachelors in Athletic Training before attending VCU to obtain his Doctorate of Physical Therapy. I was very excited and nervous heading into my first day at the PT clinic. I was excited in knowing that Barret had taken the same path I am planning on taking heading into my career. This has and will continue to open opportunities for me to ask him for advice about graduate school, the field of physical therapy, and the use of the skills I have learned to this point. I was also excited about being in a rehab setting, but at the same time this scared me a bit. Most of what I have had the opportunity to do in my on-site experience has been acute care, emergency care, and injury evaluation whereas now I am in a setting where I am dealing with a lot of chronic issues from a rehabilitation standpoint. I felt that I might not have the greatest bearing on some of the strategies used in rehab, but I also knew that going in head first would allow me to learn faster. I can already say that my experience there has been amazing so far. At the beginning, I was doing more following and watching than anything, but Barret started to slowly started to work me into being hands on. This past week I was able to do an ultrasound in the clinic, take control of a rehab leading a gentleman through his exercises, help many patient with various exercises, and perform special tests to lead to a thoracic outlet syndrome diagnosis and plan of treatment! The TOS experience has been my favorite so far as Barret really put me on the spot with the special tests, diagnosis, and explanation of TOS in front of the patient. This got me on my toes very quickly, but I was able to explain the information thoroughly and he seems satisfied with the occurrence. I am really looking forward to continuing at the clinic for the duration of the semester. Barret is from a local small-town just as I am, so I am able to ask him a lot of questions in regards to advice for my particular situation. Also, I am already seeing one of my goals play out right in front of me. One of my more important goals (from a personal perspective) is to build patient relationships by the end of the semester. To this point I have been able to see many return patients and get to know them. I feel as if I have already built trust with some and hope I am leaving a great impression with them. This week I was able to obtain four attempts in my packet.
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!