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Working with Doctors

I recently had an interaction with a doctor that I wanted to share, as I think that it is important to understand our own role and how we need to educate and interact with doctors.

  • I was getting ready to see a patient, but noticed that in the OT orders (everything is on the computer), the order said that the patient was on bedrest. I couldn’t find anything in the chart that would indicate why the patient was on bedrest. Usually, it is obvious; they’re being ruled out for DVT or PE, they’re scheduled to go to the OR, etc. But for this patient, I could not find any reason in the chart as to why the patient was on bedrest, and the nurse herself couldn’t figure it out. Finally, after a half an hour of trying to figure this out, I was able to track down the doctor who had put in the order. Turns out, she was in a lot of pain, and he figured it would hurt even more to get out of bed, so he ordered bedrest. In my mind, I was thinking that if every single patient we saw was put on bedrest because of some pain, I wouldn’t have a job as every one of my patients would be on bedrest. Instead, I had to explain to the doctor that as therapists, it is our job to get them out of bed and be able to work through their pain to be able to ambulate and complete their ADLs. I went on to explain that when we see an order for bedrest, the therapists don’t touch the patient. Needless to say, the doctor was a new grad, but I was happy that I was able to educate and explain our role as therapists. Combined with the fact that I did it nicely, the doctor didn’t feel insulted, and he even asked a few further questions regarding our role.

September 16, 2007 at 11:15 am 2 comments


Things have been really busy with graduation and the subsequent studying for the Boards. But I just wanted to let everyone know that I am still alive!

In my previous post, Dr. Iwama honored me by posting a comment with a link to his website that explained the Kawa Model, and I was going to attempt to explain it in my own words, but I realized that his website explains it best, and my summary didn’t give the model the proper respect. So check out his website on the Kawa Model!

June 20, 2007 at 3:07 am 4 comments

Applying for the same job

One thing that I am finding that is coming up pretty often is how to deal with more than one person applying for the same job. As new grads, the entire class is graduating at the same, which means that we’re also all looking for jobs at the same time. So what do you do if you find out that your best friend is applying for the same job that you are?

I see two potential ways of handling it. On the one hand, you can keep your friend informed from the beginning and tell him or her that you’re planning on applying for a specific job. Alternatively, you can keep all your job interviews a secret.

Personally, I like the second option better. If you go with the first option, then you may have to deal with a friend who says, “Oh, but I’m already applying there, and if you still want to be friends, you wouldn’t take away a possible job from me.”

But even if you do keep things hush hush, there is plenty of room for awkwardness. Just yesterday, I was doing an internship at a hospital that I interviewed at when I saw a classmate of mine getting a tour from the senior OT at the hospital. Now I had already applied for the job, and they had said over and over again how interested they were in hiring me. So when I suddenly saw my classmate dressed in a suit and getting a tour, I was a little put off.

So no matter how you handle the situation, it’s a tough call. I would say that if you go out on interviews with the realization that there’s a whole class of new grads, then there is going to be competition for jobs. Thankfully, there are plenty of OT jobs currently available with most offering hefty sign on bonuses.

Any comments on how to handle the situation are welcome.

March 15, 2007 at 11:52 am 2 comments


As I get ready to graduate from OT school, I wanted to start this blog so that I can write about my experiences as an OT student about to enter the workforce and the challenges that I might face. I also hope to talk about the process of taking the boards. Hopefully, this will develop into a good blog that will talk about the issues that OT students and new grads face. If you would like to contribute or know someone that would be interested, feel free to leave a comment.

Updated at 11:23pm:
A speech therapist was kind enough to agree to occasionally post things from an interdisciplinary point of view. I think that it can be beneficial to see things from another perspective

March 15, 2007 at 5:52 am 3 comments

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