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Talus Media—“Gait”way to PT News

Monday, February 18, 2019   (1 Comments)
Posted by: Matthew Nicholas
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Talus Media—“Gait”way to PT News

By: Kathryn McLeland, SPT, MS, CSCS, Northwestern University

The post-CSM let down is finally wearing off. The surge of excitement from lectures, networking, and nerd-ing out with like-minded individuals hung around longer than the three day conference. One particularly driven individual I had the pleasure to meet was Dr. Rachel Jermann, PT, DPT, CEO of Talus Media: The PT News Project.

Founder of Talus, a “PT version of NPR” (or “The Skimm” for those who prefer reading the news), Rachel got involved while attending PT school at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. She was given the opportunity, aside from being the Wisconsin Physical Therapy Association Student SIG President, to attend the Federal Advocacy Forum, where her interest in PT policy and hot topics began. She attributed her continued involvement to the mentorship of faculty and collaboration with peers in her program and throughout the country. “The biggest benefit students have is time and resources,” said Rachel, “and your tribe. Opportunities in and out of the classroom provide outlets to find your “people”—those with similar interests to grow and flourish with.”

Physical Therapy was a second career after majoring in Biology. As a non-traditional student, her perspective on school was different than most. “Learning outside the classroom can be as valuable as what is taught during lectures,” said Rachel.

Today, Rachel is a PT in the Pacific Northwest where she treats the orthopedic population and maintains a busy schedule. She works with a team of Talus reporters, PTs, PTAs, & SPTs from across the country, to publish breaking news through a weekly podcast, website, and online community. Recently, she addressed the pros and cons of open access journals and potential challenges it would create here in the USA for maintaining small journals whilst combating the snares of predatory journals. Talus covers APTA conferences, such as CSM, NSC, and NEXT, as well as other events and meetings.

This summer, Rachel and her team will be coming to Chicago for APTA NEXT, covering the Oxford Debate and House of Delegates as part of the program. One of Rachel’s most motivating events was attending the House of Delegates as a student, when she recognized a proposal impacting repayment of student loan debt. The assembly was non-chalant about proceeding to pass the proposal. However, Rachel realized the impact this would have on our generation as students and future rehab clinicians: “Students are the future of the profession--don’t be afraid to speak up on issues that affect you”.

Rachel demonstrates the commitment to the profession from student to young professional. She is aware of what is going on in the profession and speaks up for what will impact our future, while dedicating herself to helping others become informed professionals. She is an advocate for mentoring the next generation of Physical Therapists and helping others make informed decisions and remain active members of the PT community. She is an example of how students can get started now, moving forward in our calling and career in Physical Therapy. “Start small, at the state or local level.” Rachel advises, “It is an entry point to get involved, find your tribe, and fulfill your potential.”

If you are interested in getting involved with TALUS MEDIA during APTA NEXT Conference in Chicago, please email Rachel ( Follow @Talusmedia on Twitter & sign up for newsletters to become an informed professional.

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Christina M. Frank PT MBA says...
Posted Saturday, February 23, 2019
Thank you for the interesting article. Now I have a new PT site to follow!

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