A Hidden Gem for Students and Clinicians
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In a few months I will receive my doctor of physical therapy degree from the University of South Carolina, sit for the NPTE, and begin my practice as a physical therapist specializing in geriatrics.
It's been a long road to get here, one that I undertook a little later in life than most of my classmates, but I'm excited about what the future has in store.
And honestly, I'm also a bit anxious.
During school and clinical education experiences, we typically have professors, classmates, and clinical instructors to turn to with questions about outcome measures, treatment options, or research evidence. Once we graduate and begin our careers as #FreshPTs the questions will continue, and while we won't necessarily be left to fend for ourselves, we will be expected to be more independent as we seek out those answers.
The importance of a well-stocked clinical toolbox can't be overstated, and one of the tools that you have access to as a member of APTA is PTNow.
Designed by physical therapists for physical therapists, PTNow provides APTA members-only access to the best resources for evidence-based patient care.
Among the information available on PTNow, you'll find:
- Clinical summaries of patient diagnoses
- Clinical practice guidelines
- Tests and measures
- Full-text article searches from a variety of databases
- Cochrane systematic reviews
- Rehabilitation Reference Center
All of these resources are there to help you—as both a student and a clinician—to provide the best patient care possible.
At National Student Conclave (NSC) 2018 in Providence, Rhode Island, I'll introduce you to the resources available on PTNow and show you how to get the most out of the site.
Whether you're a student of physical therapy, and whether you're in your first year or, like me, about to embark on your career, you'll walk away with the knowledge that you need to efficiently find the answers you seek for school assignments, in-services, research projects, and your future clinical practice.
There are lots of exciting presentations on tap at this year's NSC, and I hope you'll take some time to let me show you how PTNow can serve as an important tool in your clinical toolbox.
Bring your laptop, tablet, or phone, and we'll explore what PTNow has to offer together.
Join us October 11-13, 2018 in Providence, RI, for NSC! Register here.
Robyn Culbertson, SPT, is a student at the University of South Carolina and is the current Student Assembly liaison for PTNow. She has been a poster presenter at national, state, and university conferences, and she is the only student physical therapist to present an educational session at the 2018 National Student Conclave in Providence, Rhode Island.