Applied Physiology & Health Management Internships
This summer at the Locomotor Performance Laboratory has been everything I would have hoped. I was able to be a part of and learn many things that made it an invaluable experience.
One highlight of the summer was when Olympian English Gardner came into the lab to be a part of the acceleration study. It was a very cool experience to be able to meet an athlete of that caliber and interact with her. It was very memorable because even though she was of such a high status, she was easy to talk to and very personable. I look forward to when she will be back this fall for more testing.
Little did I know, this would be one of the most valuable, enlightening and humbling experiences I have ever had. The PTs, patients, and other techs taught me what physical therapy truly is about and why it is such an important field. With their different perspectives, they collectively helped me confirm that I do want to become a physical therapist and showed me the reasons why I want to become one.
A lesson that I learned was that you have to go out of your comfort zone in order to improve. During those first two weeks, I was outside of my comfort zone constantly and was struggling to remember why I wanted to become a PT. It seemed like I was messing up everything, but I did not realize how much I was learning at the same time. Looking back on those weeks, I realize that by pushing me out of my comfort zone and asking me to walk patients through exercises I had learned so recently, the PTs gave me a basis for my growing knowledge and helped me learn them that much quicker.
I did a wide variety of things during my internship. For one, I created marketing tools. I made coupons and business cards and printed them all myself. I designed mass emails as well as social media posts. I was also given the opportunity to promote the studio at events. These events took a good deal of time to plan and prepare for.
I learned that you have to do things even if they are slightly uncomfortable in order to grow and develop. Meeting and working with so many new people can be uncomfortable; however, I learned that by being okay with being uncomfortable I was able to learn and to develop experience in a variety of areas.
Over the past nine months, I have worked as a physical therapy technician for 3DPT. The main duties I performed as an intern for 3DPT were assisting physical therapists with patient care, data intake and related activities. Other aspects of the internship included routine cleaning, maintenance support operations, upholding regulatory standards of 3DPT’s policies and procedures, and maintaining patient privacy and comfort.
My final thoughts I have over the summer term at 3DPT cover the collaboration level, work ethic and congeniality of the site’s staff, the customer satisfaction level and the supervisor’s level of effectiveness. The clinic’s staff certainly operate in a manner that is up to par on the atmosphere that the owner was wishing to convey in his company being professional, kind, inviting, close-knit and working to your fullest potential.
The main duties that I performed as an intern with HealthFitness under Mark Scovill were to create a Wellness Champion Guidebook, create educational material, assist the international benefits team with rolling out a new program, and create a wellness program plan for Fluor employees. Going deeper into each of my main duties, looking at the Wellness Champion Guidebook, it is a book that is devoted to the Wellness Champions Mark has appointed in order to help them better understand their role, as well as the programs and incentives.
Fluor prides itself on being a trustworthy hard-working company and I think it truly shows with their employees and maintenance around the facility. In the end, I am so happy with how this internship finished. Mark was an amazing boss and I could not have asked for more from him. I am very thankful for this opportunity and the connections I have made from it and hope to continue along this road!
The interview with Erin from Te Tuinga Whanau Support was the highlight of my time with SociaLink. During the interview, I had a chance to see where the data I had spent so much time with actually came from. This was both rewarding and eye opening because I could see how some of the issues in the data had come about and see where there were some holes in the reporting.
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed my time working at Southwest Sports and Spine as a physical therapy tech. When I first started working, I did not have much experience in physical therapy, other than having to attend therapy in the past for a dance injury, so I was not exactly sure what I would be doing. My experience definitely surpassed my expectations!
Southwest Sports and Spine’s mission is all about helping patients, “return to their full potential, as soon and as safely as possible.” During the eight weeks I was working at the office, a few patients completed their entire rehabilitation program and had great results. It was amazing to see the progress the patients made week to week.
Being an intern has been a life changing experience. At the start of summer, I felt confused about wanted to do for the rest of my life. I feared that I would like my internship so much that I would decide to change my career path, and that is exactly what happened to me. Being in a hospital work environment reaffirmed what I always wanted, to be a doctor.
I learned is that every patient is different and you have to have respect and empathy for him or her. Getting to know the culture of the hospital you are working in is very important to be able to get along with the other employees. Patient confidentiality because I was able to treat people I know and I want them to trust me in the future knowing that I will always follow my medical ethics. Lastly, medicine is very tedious and Dr. Nicole always taught me that one little mistake can lead to a very bad outcome. Every detail is important to give the right diagnosis and be able to treat it.
One of the most notable experiences from my time at MJP was that English Gardner was training there. She was there every day, twice a day, and getting to see that was so interesting for me. What intrigued me most was how in-tune with her body she was. She would have little pains and would know where it came from at practice that day. She would get it worked on before it really became a problem.
The first lesson I learned was the importance of progressing patients through exercises. This could mean adding weight, time, sets or repetitions. Without progression, the patient would never improve which would defeat the purpose of physical therapy.
My experience working with Dr. P was very special. Working in her lab not only allowed me to gain research experience and practical skills, it also allowed me to find a mentor and a role-model to look up to. Dr. P is not only brilliant, but she is also thoughtful and generous with her time. She runs the lab efficiently but also allows interns autonomy so that they can learn. Watching and learning about her leadership style was invaluable. I hope to utilize some of her leadership skills in my future career.
I learned so much during my time at the CRL Lab, but four lessons stand out. I learned how to interact with subjects who are hurt, how research works, how to process data and also how to formally write and present research. These are all skills that I can transfer to any field, and they are even important in day-to-day life.
The Carrell Clinic works to provide the best care possible and cater to each individuals’ orthopedic need, however, in my opinion; the clinic does more and works above and beyond to accommodate every need of the patient. In this way the clinic lives up to its mission statement and works like a well-run machine with a clear organized structure indicating the specific roles of each employee.
Ultimately, I had such a fruitful semester working at the Carrell Clinic. I have learned a wealth of knowledge that I will carry with me for the remainder of my education and future career. Overall, I feel truly blessed to have worked as an intern at the Carrell Clinic.
My duties varied greatly as an intern at the Carrell Clinic. There was not one specific set of duties particularly tailored to interns. At the clinic, interns were essentially physical therapist techs who also happened to be students. It was nice not having to be separated from the others simply because I was a student. Essentially, a PT tech’s job was to ensure that the clinic ran smoothly and that the physical therapists could tend to their patients without anything interfering with their treatments.
In my opinion, the Carrell Clinic is a well-oiled machine. They provide excellent care for their patients and tie the patients’ medical needs with their current physical abilities in an effort to meet both the patients’ medical and personal goals. The supervisory staff gave good direct instruction to both the rest of the staff as well as us interns. I was fortunate that I was able to see many different management and instructional styles from each of the therapists I worked with. I believe that they were able to teach me their methods efficiently, and I was pleased with myself for learning how to adapt to each of their different styles.
During the semester, I progressed from the tedious task of peak-detecting vital signs in Windaq, to writing a manuscript with Dr. Purkayastha on postural control, as well as continually peak-detecting more and more files. However, overall as an intern, the main duties are to peak-detect files in Windaq, put the generated excel data from peak-detecting into templates to further analyze the data, and then put that newly analyzed data into a group file/master key so all the information is in one spreadsheet and easy to read. On top of the data analysis, interns also have the opportunity to assist in the studies and interact with the patients.
As a whole, this past semester in Dr. P’s lab has been an unforgettable experience. I have learned so much about concussions, cerebral blood flow, neurovascular regulation, and data analysis as well as patience, accuracy, dedication, and communication skills. Throughout this semester, I gained clinical experience, scientific knowledge, presentation skills, and most importantly, relationships that I hope to continue in the years to come. I truly admire Dr. P’s leadership style, her strong work ethic and dedication to research. I am so glad I committed to this internship and would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a site.
During my time at the IEEM, there were many experiences that stood out to me, and it is hard to limit them to three significant experiences. However, if I had to choose, they would be; when I was offered a job at the IEEM over the summer, when I was able to go to Austin for Texas ACSM and represent not only SMU but also the IEEM, and when I was able to see one of the post-testing patients. As well as having many meaningful experiences during my time as an intern, I also learned many important lessons. The first lesson was the importance of networking, and I learned this lesson early on. I was able to work in this lab due to Dr. Davis’ connection to Dr. Crandall, but also because Dr. Huang had just finished his doctorate at SMU under Dr. Davis. Another connection was that both of the research associates, Manall Jaffery and Sarah Bailey, attended SMU for their undergraduate degrees. It made me realize how well connected SMU is, as well as how important it is to keep good connections with people you meet.
Over the course of the semester, I created practice plans, helped to coach proper technique to help avoid injuries both in athletic training and skills training, and worked with athletes who had specific injuries to be able to offer pain-management and injury prevention tips for athletes of various skill levels and ages.
Another notable experience I had was when one of the players on the 14U team tore her ACL/MCL/meniscus in practice. I have been working with small injuries of athletes since I started coaching volleyball when I was in high school, but this was the most intense injury I had been exposed to. At first, I was in a little bit of shock myself because I hadn’t seen the injury happen and I had never seen an injury like that before. After taking a second to collect myself, I was able to test the player’s knee and palpate it, as well as ask her questions about what happened and what she could feel/not feel. This was notable in the sense that it was the first time my athletic training knowledge was really tested.
At the conclusion of my internship, I look back and realize how blessed I was to be at FYZICAL. The employees have brought me nothing but joy and support. Our interconnectedness is one of the best qualities FYZICAL has. FYZICAL is a franchise leading the charge to transform healthcare from one of “sick care” to “well-care” by providing services focused on outcomes, total well-being, and prevention.
It is so valuable in making a difference in society and my job. I can truly say that every single person I work with brings a light to the profession that changes the way I want to work. At the end of the day, our patients are people. We all live separate lives, but during those sessions at FYZICAL we have an opportunity to make a difference in people’s lives.
I have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know the professors and students. It has been really encouraging to see their strength in community and the way they pursue and push each other to reach their full potential. Overall, it was an immense learning experience.
One way in which I believe the UTSW PA Health Professions buildings and school stands out among other schools is their strong sense of community. Each faculty member has the same hard working ethic, seeks help and advice from fellow faculty, and maintains a relaxed and enjoyable working environment. In this way they abide by their mission to encourage excellence among their faculty, staff, students and graduates.
This story leads me to one of the major important lessons that I learned this summer: the patients that smile all the time are usually the ones that need your help the most. Nine times out of ten, the people coming into physical therapy are not okay—no matter how many times they tell you that they are.
Listening is one of the hardest skills to learn, and this summer I learned that first hand. No one can make you listen to others except yourself. Although some patients’ problems might seem minute or petty, everything is relative.I feel that because I came into the summer already knowing the basics of being a PT tech, I was able to work on my managing and patient care skills more so than if I had started at a new facility. I feel that I learned more about how to be a physical therapist than how to be a physical therapy technician, and I feel that that will aid me greatly as I pursue my physical therapy career.
Every day when I first got to the gym, I was in charge of keeping the towel shelf stocked and putting any towels in the laundry that needed to be cleaned. I also went around the gym and just put any equipment that wasn’t being used anymore or had been left out. Most of my days during the week were spent with her attending meetings, sitting in on conference calls, pitching ideas, and handling different tasks.
I just thought it was really cool to sit in on my first ever business meetings and meet all of these different people. I got to meet the founder of the Simplified Genetics, the founder of McGuiness Dermatology, the owner of high-end apartment complex, and the founder of Nuuvo Health. I got to sit in with several meetings with these different entrepreneurs and watch business deals come to life.
Overall, I could not have been happier with how my internship turned out. I have learned so many things and have gotten to know so much more about my future career goals throughout my experience.
The past summer has been one of the most enlightening and educational summers I have ever had and has truly helped me determine my future career goals. I completed my 250-hour internship at Southwest Sports and Spine Katy Trail, a physical therapy clinic.
One of the lessons I learned is how essential it is to be patient in a therapy setting such as the Autism Treatment Center. It can be very discouraging to see a client show great steps of improvement one day, followed by a series of off days during which it appears that they are regressing. Although it can be hard to stay positive at times, it is important to stay diligent with the treatment plan and never give up.
My most notable experience occurred on a day that one of the clients was having an off day and had a challenging behavioral episode, during which the rest of us had to stay in the section of rooms that we were working in with the most outer door shut. At some point during the client’s episode, the fire alarm was pulled multiple times. Throughout the whole situation, I was quite impressed with the way it was handled by everyone and how the therapists were able to keep the kids calm and distracted for an extended period of time.
Another notable experience I had was my first day at the ATC. Although I was new and no one knew who I was, everyone was very welcoming, said hi and introduced themselves. They were all willing to explain anything to me and answer any questions I had. I was able to easily catch on to how each days’ schedule flowed and get a feeling for the day-to-day schedule and way of doing things.
The four lessons I learned really have to do more with how to coach. The four lessons are my coaching voice, coaching cues, how to enforce rules, and how to have fun. I learned how to use my coaching voice after I got feedback from a coach telling me that I need to be louder when coaching drills, as well being more direct when coaching. After receiving feedback telling me I need to be loud and commanding, I saw a difference in the way the kids listened to me when I started raising my voice more.
The facility is a well-oiled machine working together collectively. I think that the way the whole staff interacts with each other is very positive and everyone seems to like being around and being involved together. The program that MJP runs is very effective in producing results, and I have seen it first hand with inputting athlete data. The whole staff works very hard at what they do and they really help each other out all the time.
The experience that was a huge breakthrough for me was being able to be hired to work the Lebanon Trails off-site camp. I was able to really come into my own as a coach here and figure out how I am as a coach. I was able to really run things how I wanted to, coach kids how I wanted, and really get some great experience.
The second highlighted experience that was very notable was the compliment that I received from two of the physical therapist at TOA. As they had been observing me and as I started building a relationship with everyone it was easy for them to talk to me and vice versa. They shared with me that there were a lot of patients that had been complementing me. They themselves also complemented me and told me to keep up everything that I had been doing. This was very rewarding information and made me feel as though all my hard work hadn’t been going unnoticed.
This lesson reassured to me that that working hard work and giving your best is always the right thing to do, whether people notice it in the beginning or not. At the end of my time at TOA it was brought to my attention that not everyone at TOA knew I was an intern. This was a very big compliment as well with me grasping all the duties of a full-time tech.
Another valuable lesson that I learned while interning was considerateness. This lesson was very vital with in the field of physical therapy. The patients that come into the facility are usual in pain or experiencing discomfort. With that being said, the patients tone or delivery may not always be the best. Regardless, it is always important to respect other opinions and wishes. Being thoughtful, friendly, and courteous are always important.
The next most notable experience I had was actually with one of the MDs in the office. He was injecting a knee and called me over to watch. The patient receiving the injection was a candidate for a total knee replacement but was trying to avoid surgery. So to avoid surgery the doctor was removing some of the synovial fluid in a patient’s knee joint and replacing it with a synthetic serum which is supposed to mimic the synovial fluid and relieve some of the patient’s pain. The coolest part of this experience was that after the doctor removed the fluid from the knee, he squirted some onto my hand to I could see what synovial fluid really felt like, it was similar to motor oil and it was really awesome to see in person.
My favorite task was when Adrienne would let me scribe for her. I would type the history of present illness for the patients while she dictated, while we were in the room. I really enjoyed this because I felt like I got to get more involved in the patient visit.
Adrienne and the MDs in the office all work well together and collaborate often on patient care. Adrienne is very effective at time management and sees her patients in an efficient and timely manner. She works well with others, is very reliable, trustworthy and intelligent, I think that almost every employee in the office goes to her for medical care.
Every member of the clinic was always proactive, organized, and working hard, which ultimately says a lot about the manager. The clinic had one of the best cultures I have ever experienced and Carrell Clinic set the bar high for any other place I work in the future. I enjoyed my time interning for them this summer and I am very thankful for the opportunity to be a part of such an amazing team and clinic.
The second lesson I learned was that a little goes a long way. When working individually with patients, being just slightly happier and more positive than you normally are can really impact the mood of the patient. There were plenty of times where I could see how my positive attitude and mood rubbed off on the patients and made them excited to be there. This lesson in patient care will be valuable to me when working with patients or customers in the future.
Lastly, I learned that work doesn’t always have to be serious and boring, and that it is ok to have fun. The PTs and aids that I was fortunate enough to work alongside were all great people and the clinic felt like a family. We had fun at work every single day and our patients had fun as well. Carrell clinic allowed me to see work as something fun and enjoyable, and not something to dread.
I learned that in the field it is vital to stay current on the newest treatments and information so that you can treat the patients to the best of your ability. Being in this field you must constantly be learning and that is one of the most attractive aspects about this field to me.
I’m very thankful for this internship because it taught me more than I could’ve even imagined. For example, it taught me the importance of networking and selling yourself to the people around you. I came into work every day with a lot of energy and worked hard and by the end of the internship they offered me a job to be a physical therapy tech and all insisted if I ever needed anything just to let them know, including helping me with applying to physical therapy school which will be helpful because I don’t know much about that at all.
The amount of involvement with the athletes that we received as interns really allowed us to test how good we are at connecting with athletes. The “customer satisfaction level” would refer to the happiness of the athletes and would manifest in their eagerness to come train each day. Based on my observations, I was not able to pinpoint a single athlete that wasn’t happy to be there each day.
The full-time coaches were always willing to field whichever questions that we had about any number of topics related to the profession and were always working extremely hard to make sure that every objective was met on a daily basis. As interns, we were held to an exceptionally high standard and pushed to our limits on most days.
Strength and Conditioning interns at Southern Methodist University have 3 duties: seek knowledge, uphold the standards and traditions of the department, and add value to the department. Seeking knowledge should be the number one duty at any internship, however, here it goes beyond learning the day to day activities of the paid individuals on staff. Interns are expected to learn outside of the weight-room, football field, or soccer field.
Although we learned about the importance of culture in the internship prep class and memorized the saying that “culture trumps everything,” it is another thing to see it put into practice and feel a culture of excellence. After being part of an amazing culture, I leave feeling both changed for the better and optimistic that I can emulate that culture in my future organizations.
In order to comply with SURF program my main duties were to design a project, create a hypothesis, collect the data, analyze the results and interpret the data on the poster for final presentation. Furthermore, in the lab I also had a duty to help the post docs with their studies and at the weekly lab meetings report on the work in progress.
The collaborative environment between different fields of sciences and health care professionals really drives the progress forward and optimizes the effectiveness of UTSW to its maximum. All the amazing hands on opportunities that are provided for students are very valuable in order to create and educate leading professionals in their fields. I really believe that UTSW research center specifically to my experience operates with high effectiveness.
I would to first begin by stating that this internship was hands down one of the best experiences I have ever had. Without having this opportunity, I think I would still be tossing back and forth between which career I would like to pursue: nursing, PA school, or medical school. I was very fortunate that I had the opportunity to discuss my future plans with Dr. Garcia.
I surprised myself with how much I was able to absorb in a matter of roughly three months. The first main duty that I did on a daily basis was to triage patients by checking blood pressure, pulse, weight, jotting down significant medical history, and accurately listing all medications. It was important that I greeted each patient with a smile and instilled that first gesture of trust.
My main responsibilities as an intern evolved throughout the time I worked at Equest, but there were some duties that stayed consistent throughout. I worked with both Equine Therapeutic Riding clients as well as the hippotherapy clients which I really enjoyed because it gave me experience with the two main types of therapy that they offer at Equest. The majority of the classes I worked with were hippotherapy classes in which the clients have a greater variety of disabilities and use the movement of the horse to help physically strengthen different areas of their bodies.
One of my biggest weaknesses as a person is that I am very unwilling to try new things and I heavily prefer things and activities that are familiar to me. Therefore, this internship pushed me out of my comfort zone in a way that allowed me to experience something new while still feeling familiar in a horse setting. Not only did I become more experienced with interacting with disabled people but I also gained more experience working with just people in general. With every lesson there is a new group of volunteers or a different instructor to work with, and everyone has to learn to work well together so that the lesson may run as smoothly as possible and so that the client can get the most out of their riding time.
Overall I consider myself lucky to be involved with an organization such as this one and I plan on staying involved with them as long as I live in the DFW area. From working with both the staff and the clients at Equest I was able to not only learn about equine assisted therapy but really develop a passion for it and for the individuals that it serves. Equest truly creates a community that makes you want to give back and makes you feel so rewarded to experience how the lives of their clients are truly impacted through their program.
Working for Dr. Bing in the Institute for Leadership Impact and Center for Global Health I was exposed to a lot. Most of the daily responsibilities were administrative tasks and were centered on Dr. Bing’s Global and Public Health class. These tasks included things such as printing/copying documents for class, technology assistance during class, and setting up the classroom before and after class on Thursday nights. Eventually I was able to become the official Teaching Assistant for the class so my duties then included Canvas management, grading, and correspondence with students.
Another experience that I would like to highlight falls in this same category of being attached to my future career as a teacher. Dr. Bing gave me the opportunity to lead a portion of one of the classes. I lead the discussion on the Aravind Eye Care Case, which was actually my favorite case from taking the class last year. This is a highlighted experience because not only did I get to take on more of a teacher-like role in the class, but it forced me to prepare for the class in advance and be ready to not only follow along with the discussion but lead it.
Finally, probably one of the most important lessons that I learned this semester is the power of listening. This is not necessarily something that I have mastered but I learned it from observing Dr. Bing and his interactions with his students this semester. Dr. Bing made the point to me one day that “all students have value” and really the only way to find that out is by talking to students one-on-one and really listening to what they have to say. Dr. Bing did this with a few different students who he had noticed struggling in the class and just from having a conversation with them it was amazing to see the improvement they showed. This is definitely a skill that I intend to practice in my own teaching career with my students in the fall.
An intern at Carrel Clinic is expected to fulfill the role of a physical therapist’s technician. Technicians act as a physical therapist’s co-pilot. They assist with retrieving patients from the waiting room, helping patients with exercises; specifically when therapists have more than one patient scheduled, cleaning tables after each appointment, and retrieving hot packs/ice for patients prior to or after an appointment, keeping areas clean and clear of excess equipment, and laundering the pillowcases and towels. Technicians are an integral part in allowing the appointment to go smoothly.
Throughout my time at the clinic I learned to anticipate this and slowed down my explanations because the name itself did not act like a prompt on these patients like it did on younger patients. Technicians have many jobs so it is important that they are able to multitask and learn to become efficient so that they can tend to patients when needed.
I learned a lot during these past months. I learned how easily my attitude would rub off on the patients. If I am too bubbly or hopeful with the patients and they have a bad session they will feel even worse about their lack of progress. But, if I am helping a patient who is stuck in a recovery rut it is important to keep their mind off the lack of progress. Knowing the patients I was working with I learned how to change my tone, pace of speaking, and topic of conversation depending on how they were feeling that day and where they were with their recovery.
The culture found at my internship made all the difference in helping me to learn and realize that an organization’s uniqueness is what makes each business standout. My internship at the KinetikChain afforded me the privilege to experience learning in an environment that welcomed my thoughts and ideas in a relaxed, professional culture. As an intern at the KinetikChain, my position was not only to increase my knowledge and skill level working in a clinical business setting, but it was a great opportunity for me to prove my passion and determination.
I thoroughly enjoyed my internship experience at KinetikChain from the relationships built to the knowledge gained. The environment of the clinic is one that most people dream of working in or hope to create for their own employees and cliental. The formula and process this business follows is so successful that I feel even in the constantly changing world of healthcare they will continue to experience success.
I soon realized that learning and cultivating my emotional intelligence and self-awareness was as paramount as my clinical education was during my internship. The first important lesson I learned during my time at KinetikChain was to increase my patience while working with patients and a better understanding that my expectations, if not controlled, could be detrimental to a patient’s progress. Being self-aware that I hold myself to high expectations and those expectations may not be realistic or fair to hold others to make it possible for me to step-back and appreciate the process.
Throughout the semester I had many duties as an intern at Mednet Surgical. Since we sell a product, not a service, I had learn my product like the back of my hand. I needed to know how it worked, how to explain it to a heart team at the surgery table, what potential things could go wrong using it and who our competitors were. My company sells two types of sternal closure systems that included cables and a plating system. In the beginning I spent many days in the office learning how to handle our product and watching videos of it being inserted into a patient.
Another part of my job as an intern was to promote sales in the DFW territory and generate new sales. I had to do some research on what doctors were at certain hospitals and what they were currently using to close up the sternum whether it be wires or another competitor’s product. Some doctors are really hard to get a hold of or do not take meetings so as a salesman you have to figure out how to get their interest. I had to schedule lunches and demo meetings with surgeons so we could deliver a sales pitch.
Another great experience during my internship is when I got to go down to Houston for a couple days and shadow Elisa. At my company, and from being in the hospital and meeting other reps, I have noticed there are not many women in this field. Therefore, it was nice to see how she did things and connected with doctors. I felt very comfortable with her, which made it easier to ask questions that I probably would not have wanted to ask my male co-workers.
Excel Pediatric Physical Therapy Rockwall
Excel Pediatric Physical Therapy Rockwall provides physical, occupational, and speech therapy to children and adolescents. Patients with a multitude of neurological, orthopedic, and developmental diagnosis are treated at this facility. The staff specializes in working with children with autism and ADHD. Many of these children have sensory disorders and require innovative therapy as well as traditional care. It is owned and operated by two physical therapists, one of whom was my supervisor.
One of my main duties for this internship was to check off all of the exercises that the children did while in session with [my superviser]. This helped reinforce the knowledge and nuance between the exercises and the work done on the nervous system. The exercises were categorized by the sensory system they predominantly used. Occasionally, I would help begin a child’s therapy session if [my supervisor] was having a parent conference or updating a parent on the specifics of a child’s progress or condition . Not only did I learn the administration of the initial exercises in [my supervisor] absence, but I also learned the importance of communication between the therapist and the parents.
The staff at Excel is very friendly, and they clearly have a unified team relationship. It is a positive place to work. My supervisor is a great teacher and life encourager. It is evident that she deeply cares about children, and seeks to provide the best care and equipment for her patients. The collaboration, the environment, and the experience of working with the Excel staff was a great experience.
Lindsey & Bobbie Embrey Sports Medicine Complex
This Fall I was able to work in the Lindsay and Bobbie Embrey Sports Medicine Complex located here on SMU’s campus. While working in the training room, I was able to work with the Men’s Soccer team, the Women’s Soccer team, the Rowing team, and the Women’s Tennis team. In working with these teams and the athletic trainers that are responsible for these teams, I was able to help with practices and competitions as well as various treatments and rehabilitations for the sports. The main duties that I preformed in the athletic training room were setting up and breaking down the fields for both practices and competitions. When setting up for practices and games, I was in charge of making sure that all the emergency equipment was taken out. Another duty of mine was helping the athletic trainers with treatments and rehabilitations of student athletes.
A highlight of my internship experience was helping the Women’s tennis athletic trainer with two tennis tournaments that were hosted by SMU. During these tournaments I was able to aid the tennis players not only from SMU but that athletes that attend other universities. I was in charge of setting up and breaking down of the game day equipment on the courts. I was also able to provide first aid to any of the athletes that came into the training room needing help. The athletics trainers were able to give me hands on experience in a controlled environment so that I was able to better learn.
While I have been working in the athletic training room before I started this internship, I was able to gain a better understand of the athletic training profession and gain more knowledge through this internship. The staff is truly a family and I was thankful that I was able to be a part of this family not only for the semester that I spent gaining my internship hours but also for the 3 years that I worked there. When I transferred to SMU, I was still unsure of what career I wanted. It was not until I started working in the athletic training that I found my passion. The staff truly took me under the wings and taught me more that I could have expected. I am truly thankful to the SMU Athletic Training Staff for helping to further my knowledge as well as their support in my future as an athletic trainer.
Student Athletic Trainer with SMU Football
As a student athletic trainer, many duties are given to me throughout the week in order to assist the head athletic trainer, the assistant athletic trainer, and the football athletic trainer. My interest in this internship was specifically working with the SMU Football team, so many of my duties revolved around football treatment times, practice, and breakdown time. Student athletes come in at appointed times for treatments. Several advanced treatments took place, along with physical therapy, and concussion protocols. Treatment modalities allowed to be administered by students consisted of Electronic Muscle Stimulators (or stim for short), Ultrasound therapy, HIVAMAT deep oscillation therapy, Normatech air compression, and Gameready cold therapy. Various other therapies that were also allowed to student trainers included an ice massage, muscle scraping, and muscle rolling.
Being a part of this large organization came with many learning moments and memories. A positive highlight was when everyone was travelling for the Eastern Carolina University game. Everyone who was there worked very efficiently and assisted the ATC team effectively. Away games are always a logistical challenge, and travelling via plane, and then immediately jumping out of business professional clothes, into athletic wear, and then moving 300-400lb chests and numerous amounts of equipment is no easy task. No one complained and everyone kept a positive and upbeat attitude, which contributed in finishing the work very quickly.
The lessons I learned from being a student athletic trainer for the football team include the importance of constant communication, quick decision making skills, a strong work ethic, and the importance of teamwork. Learning how to face the problem and how to have constructive dialogue with a coworker are skills I surely improved on this year. Teamwork is what made this boat continue chugging along and it is also, what made the boat stick together.
Southwest Sports & Spine- Katy Trail
Since November 2015, I have been working as a student intern at Southwest Sports & Spine – Katy Trail in Dallas, Texas. Initially, I was observing and shadowing the physical therapists for a few weeks and then was assigned the position of physical therapy technician. The primary duties of a physical therapy technician include assisting the therapists by staging equipment, cueing the patients of their exercises and updating therapy notes/flowsheets. About 6 months into the internship program, I was cross-trained to assist the front desk receptionist. During the remainder of my internship at the clinic, I was assigned to complete duties for both positions.
Besides learning several vocabularies mainly used in physical therapy including: anatomical directions (supination, pronation, anterior, posterior, abduction and adduction), exercise therapy names (“Thomas stretch,” “Figure 4,” “Leg-Over,” retraction & protraction) and different types of exercises (isotonic, isometric and eccentric); I experienced working next to experts who have been in the field for at least five to ten years. My experience provided an opportunity to understand a specialist's perspective regarding the field of physical therapy and expanded my knowledge as a student.
Another highlighted experience I had at the clinic is providing service to the patients. I met an average of 24 patients per 8-hour shifts which immensely improved my bed-side manners. The clinic serves adult population and a few adolescent patients that are active or working around the Dallas Uptown area. The main physical therapy goal is to restore the condition of these patients before the injury. A few memorable times working at the clinic inlcude seeing the patients start out therapy using crutches/braces or right after their surgeries and eventually walk and run again after a few months of physical therapy. It is very rewarding watching patients recover and improve their gait.
PhysAssist Medical Scribe
My primary role as a medical scribe is to increase the efficiency and speed of medical care. I perform this role by completing the medical charting for my designated physician. This means that I record personal medical history, surgical history, drug allergies and previous consultations of individual patients while the physician is examining them. Additional duties include transcribing physical examinations and documenting test results, including scan and EKG interpretations, plus accurately noting follow-up care and recommendations. Along this process, I was fortunate enough to work with brilliant doctors who were kind enough to give me some pearls of medical knowledge while on the job.
The greatest lesson I could have learned from this job is the importance of patient care. Our role as a medical provider is to treat and care for the well-being of our patients. There is no better feeling than seeing a patient’s life saved or improved due to the medical care we can provide. After we treated my very first patient on the job, I knew what my purpose was in this world. I want to improve the lives of others. I am fortunate to have decided to work in a setting where I can see examples of this every day. This gives me hope.
Personally, my work ethic has improved not only in school but my outside life as well. I see how these physicians manage their time even in their daily lives. They have inspired me to go to the gym more regularly and the importance of fitness. Of course, I have been learning about physical education and activity through APSM. However, it holds a bit more weight when medical doctors are relaying similar information on physical activity and work ethic in and outside the hospital. If there is any student who is borderline serious about medicine as a profession, I would HIGHLY recommend applying for a scribe job in the DFW Metroplex.
TexStar Physical Therapy
For the past four months, I have been an intern at a physical therapy clinic named TexStar Physical Therapy. During this time my duties have fluctuated but I was always given the opportunity to understand the intricacies of what goes into to being part of a physical therapist. My duties during this semester were a combination of office work and therapy help. If the physical therapists had an evaluation of a patient, my main duty was to lead the patient through his or her exercises and stretches. That usually looked like me stretching their hamstrings or providing them with a Thera band or an exercise ball. One of my main duties that were given to me during the semester was to go through the exercise and stretching program that the therapist had written up for that patient. I particularly remember leading two women in their exercises and it gave me a lot of experience on the job on how to talk to and instruct someone on how to perform an exercise.
From this internship, I learned a physiological lesson about the body. The physical therapist showed and talked me through the lessons and processes of how the back is the central cause nerve damage and pain in a person. They taught me about the fluid between the discs and physically showed how extension and flexion affects the hip, leg, and arm pain. Also after Anatomy, I understood the impact of the nervous system in the body, but I never saw up close the physical impact of stretching the back has on arm and hip pain. I saw after 2 minutes of extension that had he more flexibility and reduced pain.
The mission statement of Texstar is, “We are a TEAM of committed, passionate and positive physical therapists who strive to give you the best opportunity to heal. We take pride in the very best possible care for patients in our clinic.” The effectiveness of the clinic to this mission statement is very true. They are committed because each physical therapist will work at least ten hours a day one time a week. The positivity is there because they always try and mention the littlest improvements in range of motion. This clinic takes pride in providing the best care. I know this because I fill out the initial forms for discharges and in the past month over 20 people have been discharged due to them not needing therapy because they healed or are able to function. I view that as proof that they provide the very best possible care and treatment for patients.
Summer 2016 Applied Physiology & Health Management Internships:
This summer I interned at Holaday-Parks, Inc. which is a mechanical contractor that specializes in heating and air conditioning. While there, I worked under the director of safety, June Nailon with the main task of creating a new stretch & flex program. Throughout the construction industry, crews go through a morning warm-up in order to prepare for the day’s work and to mitigate strain injuries. This opportunity allowed me to better understand the physical impact that manual labor has on the body and helped keep me focused on the stretch and flex program’s key areas. Working in the office, I was asked to support other departments when necessary which gave me the opportunity to see other sides of the company that otherwise I would not have. This allowed me to learn more about not only our company but the construction industry in general which helped me in the long run understand the best way to present my program. An understanding of your industry, no matter what your job title is, can help you to be way more effective than a narrow view. Perhaps the most important lesson I learned, was that being healthy is not something only people in the health and fitness industries care about. I was able to apply the things I’ve learned in my anatomy and health management classes while working at a construction company which wasn’t something I had thought could happen. This internship opened my eyes to the possibilities of using the skills I’ve learned through my degree in a field I never expected.
The Institute for Sports and Spine Rehabilitation
One thing that I did during this internship was observe the physical therapist evaluate patients and teach them exercises. The PT that I mainly followed was very thorough in his patient evaluations, and I think that is definitely one of the things that makes him good at what he does. A lecture that I watched was about gluteal tendinopathy and it included the condition’s definition, its common causes, how to diagnose it, and current research regarding it. I was able to understand a lot of the concepts covered in the presentation, thanks to my previous applied physiology & health management classes (especially anatomy and biomechanics). Seeing that these experienced PTs are still learning new things and are still making changes to their treatment strategies has shown me that there is always more room for learning no matter how experienced you are in the field. I really enjoyed my internship at The Institute for Sports and Spine Rehabilitation and I learned a lot. All of these experiences and lessons put together helped me confirm my dream of becoming a physical therapist one day.
The Carrell Clinic
I am beyond grateful to have had the incredible opportunity to work for The Institute for Orthopedic & Sports Rehabilitation at The Carrell Clinic, summer 2016. I could not have asked for a more passionate team of people to surround myself by for my APSM 5310 internship. Three experiences that were particularly notable during my internship include observing and learning about the benefits of dry needling, performing an ultrasound on two patients and working at the front desk for a day. Overall, I think that The Carrell Clinic’s operational effectiveness lines up directly with their mission statement, which is “defining the global standard for the therapeutic experience.” The lessons I have learned at the Carrell Clinic are invaluable as I continue steps towards figuring out my own career path. I know that my future career will be informed by the strong knowledge I have gained from this incredible opportunity.