Critical observations of health, science, and the physical therapy profession.
Mar
7

How do I choose a fellowship program?

fellowship training

Since graduating from a fellowship program in 2012, I frequently field questions from colleagues and DPT students about the benefits of fellowship education. It’s easy to list the many ways my clinical skills have advanced, how my professional development has accelerated and how…

Feb
28

What Problem Does The Human Movement System Solve?

Apparently evolving from the new vision statement, the APTA and the board of directors introduced the “human movement system” as the potential professional identity and rallying cry for physical therapists. The definition of the human movement system is: The human movement system comprises…

Feb
23

Putting Patients First: Man on a Mission

Putting Patients First: Man on a Mission

Nov
10

Decoding the Brain: Will Future Physical Therapists Manipulate Hippocampi Instead of Spines?

National Geographic Channel is featuring a slick new program: “Breakthrough: Decoding the Brain” on Sunday, November 15, at 9 pm ET on National Geographic Channel.  As part of this show’s launch, they’re posing the following question for commentary: “What if scientists were able to implant or…

Sep
5

Debate and Dissent. Do We Need Contrarians?

Debate and dissent are useful in their own right. In the realm of professionals, argument should not be a pejorative. Agreeing to disagree is the start, forming the foundation of the discussion, not the end. Yielding of discourse and the parting of ways…

Aug
5

A Personal Endorsement for Eric Robertson #AAOMPT Secretary

Naturally, I’m biased on this matter. So, please consider that as you read this endorsement. But, I also plead that you digest my narrative and what it illustrates about Eric Robertson. As a #DPTstudent, I was fortunate to be involved in the AAOMPT…

Aug
3

What are the Issues with Therapeutic or Trigger Point Dry Needling? 9 Considerations to Ponder

Dry needling continues to garner increasing popularity within physical therapy. And, the focus is not just clinical, a pubmed search for “physical therapy” and “dry needling” illustrates an 8 fold increase of manuscripts from 2010 to 2015 (66) compared to 2000 to 2005…

Jul
26

#DPTstudent Chat for Wed, July 29, 2015 at 9PM EST: Your 1st Day of PT School!

Since the last #DPTstudent chat was about your first clinical experience, I thought the next topic should continue to focus on “firsts.” I think it would be appropriate to have the next chat be about your first year as a #DPTstudent. I’m sure…

Jul
21

A Year and a Day Later

A year later, a patient returned with an unlikely outcome and positive feedback. But, let us not be so naive to think the impact of clinician is always positive. Sampling bias is not always bad I guess, I’m lucky she walked into the…

Jul
13

A Year Later

I had been assisting another therapist with a treatment session on the other side of the medical ICU when one of our unit clerks peaked her head into the room. “Kyle, I know you’re busy, but we need you out here.” Naturally, my…