Creating Your Professional Identity

Brought to you by the APTASA Director of Communications and the APTASA #XchangeSA (join the conversation here):

“In this day and age, perception is reality. The entire world can see exactly who you are! Are you the same person that is on your resume or social media accounts? How do you hope to be perceived? How do you ensure that people perceive you as a future professional? All of these questions and many more will be answered during this month’s #XchangeSA on “Creating your Professional Identity.” Join me in welcoming two amazing physical therapists who are experts in this area, Dr. Donna Lampke and Dr. Ben Fung!”

Student Advocacy at the State Level


Considering Your Future? Think Geriatrics

As we make our way through school, we start to think about the opportunities beyond graduation and whether or not they are right for us.  You might hear your classmates discussing their options, which may include jumping into practice at an outpatient ortho clinic, traveling physical therapy, residencies, home health, and more.  Sometimes, it is difficult to determine what is right for yourself amidst all of these plans and, let’s face it, really awesome ideas.


NC National Advocacy Dinners

Learn the top federal and state legislative issues affecting your future profession and patients.

Find out how YOU can get involved and make a difference NOW.  National Advocacy Dinner will be hosted in cities across the country.  NC National Advocacy Dinners will be hosted across the state on Thursday March 30. Times and locations to be announced!  RSVP HERE! 

This is a great opportunity to meet and mingle with other students and faculty in PT and PTA programs, local clinicians, and leaders of our profession.

Current schools hosting and contact info:
Methodist University (Travis Herald,
Combined dinner with Duke University and UNC (Anne Gross, or Ali Serrani

Not close to one of these locations and you want to host a dinner at your program? Contact Anne Gross and learn more at!

North Carolina Community Outreach Challenge!

The North Carolina Outreach Challenge is an annual competition among all DPT and PTA programs in North Carolina. The challenge is simple, compete with one another throughout the year to accumulate the greatest number of community service hours! The top DPT and PTA programs with the highest total community service hours will be recognized at the next NCPTA Fall conference. A second prize will go to the program with the largest attendance at any one community service event. Once a program has completed a community service event, a simple form must be completed each time, and submitted to the NC SSIG.


Article: Lessons from the 2015 earthquake(s) in Nepal: implication for rehabilitation

An article authored by one of Duke’s own faculty, Dr. Landry, and his colleague Sheppard, discusses the need for rehabilitation services in post-crisis areas. This article was written after the 2015 earthquakes in Nepal that killed thousands and left tens of thousands injured. The article reports that as the number of casualties following disasters has been declining, there has been a marked increase in disability among the survivors. This particular incident shed light on to the need for acute rehabilitation, as well as, discharge planning that includes rehabilitation care.

Click HERE to read the full article

Durham Stroke Camp

In December, thirteen 2nd-years assisted Dr. Jody Feld, Dr. Marcus Roll, and 14 local clinician volunteers, with running the “Durham Stroke Camp,” which provided an intensive week of rehabilitation services for 7 stroke survivors from our local community that have had limited access to rehabilitation services. (more…)

Winter Tips from the National Parkinson Foundation

Excellent information offered by the National Parkinson Foundation:

Winter often brings unexpected weather and for many, the shorter days can lead to vitamin D deficiency, increasing chances of developing seasonal depression. The good news is that NPF’s Ohio Chapter has gathered these tips to help people with Parkinson’s disease (PD) and their caregivers ensure that PD-related needs are accounted for this winter.

Falls Prevention

Parkinson’s can affect mobility, memory and thinking skills. People with PD may experience tripping or “freezing” episodes that can lead to falls. Add snow and ice to the equation and winter can be an especially dangerous time. To stay safe this winter:

  • Wear shoes with good traction and non-skid soles.
  • Take off shoes as soon as you return home. Snow and ice attach to soles and as they melt lead to slippery conditions inside.
  • Shovel the path to your door, garage and mailbox to clear them of leaves, snow or ice. If possible, ask someone to shovel for you.
  • Be realistic and ask for help walking outside when you need it. Don’t let pride lead to a fall!
  • Use salt before or immediately after a storm to melt icy sidewalks and steps. If you don’t have salt, cover the ice with something gritty or non-slippery (like sand or cat litter).
  • Replace a worn cane tip to make walking easier.
  • Allow yourself plenty of time to get where you need to go in winter weather. Taking your time reduces your risk of falling, especially if you use an assistive walking device.

Seasonal Depression

With depression as a common PD symptom, people with Parkinson’s should be conscious of their increased susceptibility to seasonal depression, which can be brought on by the cold and grey or the potential isolation of the winter months. Keep reading this and more at the National Parkinson Foundation website!

Workplace Prevention

Congratulations everyone for finishing up with courses for the semester!  We did not have a meeting November/December due to the busy nature of everyones schedules.  However, here is a small introduction of information and resources for you in regards to workplace prevention.  Some of the podcasts are really great so if you can find time (I especially recommend the Dr. Jarod Carter podcast on the practical implementation of prevention services).  Please reach out to us if you have any follow up questions/comments/etc.  Happy holidays!

In 2014 the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that of all injury and illness cases, work-related musculoskeletal disorders comprised 32%.  350,000 cases happened at the workplace. The average time lost away from work was approximately 13 days. OSHA cost calculator estimates costs of some injuries resulting in indirect costs of 1.1-4.5x the direct cost depending on the direct cost amount.  Smaller direct cost figures have the higher multiplier values for indirect cost.   

Opportunities and Hurdles:

Workplace injury prevention represents an opportunity for therapists to interact with employers and provide prevention services.  The Duffy-Rath System is one such example that has been in place for over 20 years.  Other examples include performance of Functional Capacity Evaluation, ergonomic assessments, return to work programs, etc.  The sky’s the limit.  The issue is whether insurance will cover these?  It depends.  In the below podcasts some of these issues are discussed in more depth with some services being cash-based.  Considering the cost after an injury occurs, financially it makes more sense for employers to pay for prevention services.  As providers we need to present that information.

Insurance Breakdown:  Workers Compensation vs. Medical Insurance?

Recent changes in healthcare have brought forth the scenario of mandatory medical insurance for employees by employers. This issue is constantly addressed and in flux. In regards to workers compensation insurance this is less complicated, employers are mandated to hold a policy for their employees. Employees injured at work go through a process that allows them to be treated outside of their individual medical insurance policies. There is a process that must be followed that HR navigates employees through. Knowing more about requirements and the process allows us to better manage and guide patients.

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Neurological & Geriatric Journal Club

The DPT Neuro-Geri SIG held a journal club meeting on Thursday, 12/1/16. We were honored to be joined by our esteemed faculty members, Dr. Leonard White, and Dr. Jeff Hoder, who helped provide context to the case study we selected from PTJ entitled: “Long Term Exercise Training for an Individual with Mixed Corticobasal Degeneration and Progressive Supranuclear Palsy Features: 10 Year Case Report Follow-Up”.

Read the case report here: