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Students Recap CSM 2018

Wednesday, March 28, 2018   (0 Comments)
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Recap of CSM 2018

By: Megan Lamphere, SPT Northwestern UniversityIt was another record-breaking year at the Combined Sections Meeting in New Orleans, LA. There were over 17,000 participants and 6,000 of them were students. It was clear in each session that students were eager to listen in on the newest research and be a part of the conversation.

Students at Governors State University were asked what they felt the most relevant and impactful session they attended at CSM was and why! Here are their responses:

“I went to an acute care session titled “Oops let’s not do it again - learning from mistakes” and it centered around 4 difficult cases that almost resulted in a very adverse outcome for the patients. The speakers were very well spoken and enthusiastic about educating the students in the audience about the importance of paying attention to lab values and timing of symptoms. One case involved the PT realizing the patient had GBS but proper action was neglected for a week. This illustrated the importance of advocating for our patients, while furthering my understanding of our role in the acute care setting.” - Derek Jones, SPT2 at Governors State University

"Well I found two presentations that sparked my interest! I went to “Oops let’s not do it again - learning from mistakes”. My big takeaway is that mistakes happen. The important lesson should humble ourselves, admit our faults, and progress. When I worked for advocate healthcare they were big on teaching risk management to us because every single person in the care team will influence the patient. Anyone anywhere along the line can make a mistake or be neglectful, and it can be detrimental to the patient if it isn't caught and rectified.
The second was related to canine rehabilitation because I love my canine friends. When I was younger, I wanted to be a vet, but my mind changed. However, this could be a good meet in the middle for me. I found the speakers to be informative and encouraging. Beyond that, they also talked about pnf techniques on dogs and they broke down the way children move and how we go from supine to stand and bridged that over to dogs movement patterns. Without a doubt I'm going to be watching for doggy movement patterns now and see what I can facilitate on my dogs." - Brianna Rae, SPT at Governors State University

“The Physical Therapist’s Role in Adaptive Sports for Recovery” made the highest impact on me. This session stuck out because the focus shifted from the typical professional/Olympic athletes to include recreational athletes. This is important to me because I know understand my own role to those whom simply want to run again or learn another sport just because that is what THEY want. Again, this theme moved me the most. It showed many different adaptive sports from skiing and running to track and field events. Overall, the session peaked my interest and I will further my exploration in this area." - David Cobb, SPT1 Governors State University

"I attended the “What Every PT Student Should Know About Pain Neuroscience Education,” and I was pleasantly surprised of the strength of my foundational knowledge in this area. I found the neuromatrix concept to be interesting and a strong consideration when dealing with pain, especially chronic pain. An emphasized theme was a thorough interview. I was taken-back when the presenter spoke of treatment as not necessary during the first evaluation because time to build compassion and empathy is the priority. Another new and exciting concept while educating patients about pain is the use of metaphors and stories to improve conceptualization of this complex topic. For example, nobody remembers “history you learned in second grade” but most people remember the story of the tortoise and the hare. Additionally, they went through a whole program that implements pain education along with aerobic exercise, sleep hygiene, and goal setting (specific to patients’ wants/needs). Within this process, you want to make sure the patient is accountable and actively participating in their recovery. If they play a passive role, whatever homework you give them, their prognosis will, likely, be worse. Furthermore, a multidisciplinary approach was repeatedly mentioned to wholly treat the pain neuromatrix which could include social, psychological, and physical elements. I hope that I can take what I’ve learned from this session and implement in future clinical experiences and practice as a DPT" . -Maribel Artega, SPT2 Governors State University

"I attended a several sessions at CSM that were very valuable and impactful but one that stood out to me was one regarding religious sensitivity and providing culturally competent care to patients. It focused on teaching a basic understanding of the beliefs of those of Jewish, Christian, and Islam heritage and how these beliefs may impact the care that we provide. The speaker emphasized looking at the similarities between each of them and the beliefs of our own rather than the differences. The speaker spoke of cultural competency and to be aware that individuals may practice differently within one religion. Most importantly, it was emphasized to show respect. She gave general examples of how particular beliefs may play a role in our plan of care. She suggested that for religious individuals, praying is an important daily activity that may requiring kneeling and other demanding position changes. Therefore, a goal to work towards would be to regain the ability to meet the praying requirements. Furthermore, she explained that in a hospital setting we should advocate for our patients and contact the necessary individuals to make it possible for our patients to practice their beliefs. She gave tips too. If there is a jar of water on the side table then consider if it is holy water. Inform the others on the healthcare team so it is not thrown away. Also, it might be considered to display a do not disturb sign during prayer to avoid unnecessary disruptions. I found this session to be very helpful in giving me a better understanding of what I may encounter and what I can do as a future practitioner to help my patients." - Lili Raya, SPT2 Governors State University

" One of the education sessions I found to be most interesting/beneficial was the last session of the weekend titled “Knee Injury Prevention Clinical Practice Guidelines.” The speakers discussed current programs, such as Sportsmetrics, that have been suggested through literature to reduce the risk of knee injuries by more than half. The research appeared valid and reliable, and I was shocked to learn of its scant practice. Up until now, most athletic teams/programs do not implement these types of prevention exercises because of reported “lack of time.” In addition, the literature suggests that the implementation of these programs will improve performance as well. One speaker provided methods to persuade the value of this program to coaches, who may have a different perspective, by highlighting injury prevention, improved performance, and overall time-saved. The speakers provided more techniques to effectively implement these Clinical Practice Guidelines, since as PTs, we treat injuries but we are also prevention specialists. If implemented practice-wide, the benefits could be incredible and furthered my passion in the field of physical therapy!" - Lizandro Sanchez SPT1, Governors State University


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