This week’s blog prompt is,” Reflect on your progress on one of your unique clinical goals, other than completion goal.” So I will talk about my goal on evaluation proficiency. My goal is, “I will become proficient at doing evaluations by attempting or practicing at least 1 a week.” I most definitely have not done an eval a week. I guess it wouldn’t be impossible to do, but it would be difficult to find a teacher or upperclassmen to do this with once a week. That being said, I feel fairly confident in doing an eval. I have done 2 real clinical evals and several practice evals in my upper extremities class this semester. Each time I do one I feel like I do it better and more accurate. Thinking back to last semester, I remember one day in the clinic when the AT asked me to do a lower back eval and my class hadn’t even covered the knee yet; I kind of freaked out, and did not know what I was doing. I can compare that to the first eval I did this semester on the hip and even though I got stuck at some point, I was much better off. I can continue to compare this to the Elbow practical I took this Friday, and think that have been my best practical so far. I feel like I was actually palpating this time around instead of just poking a pointing to areas. Although I am not necessarily following through with my goal, I think the purpose of having this goal is still being achieved. Evaluations are a skill that builds up over time, and I can only see myself continuing to progress.
This week I did my Physical Therapy Out-patient clinic observations in addition to my normal clinical hours. I thought this was pretty fun. It was kind of like our clinic x10. I saw a variety of different patients from, post total joint surgery to stroke patients learning how to walk again. I think the highlight of being there was when the PT was showing me a model of the total knee repair, and I asked what the surgeons do with the ACL and PCL and she did not know so we had to look it up. Apparently, the product the surgeons put on the knee is secure enough to where the joint does not slide all over the place. I’m not going to lie; I was pretty proud of myself for asking a question they didn’t know. All in all, it was a good experience to go to the PT clinic. I’m not sure if it clarified if I would want to work there myself. Parts of it seem fun and interesting, but I also like the more live action that happens when working in a college setting. I think working in a PT clinic is something I would do after I lived my happy glory days in a college setting.
For more detail on the PT clinic, I will be posting another post on my Clinical Experience tab.
Like I said earlier, I took an elbow practical this week. Once I get my score back I will have an official number of masteries, but I could guess I got about 25 masteries.
This is where I do my weekly clinical blog assignment. There is either a prompt I am responding to, or I just talk about something exciting I saw during the week.