Last week I had the opportunity to be a member on a panel of athletic trainers in the physician practice setting discussing our practices with students from Moravian College.  I am always excited to share my experiences with students, especially experiences within our specialized area of practice, however this discussion was particularly exciting to me. …

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Last year was my first time attending the annual ATPPS conference, and let me tell you…it was an amazing experience!  I was able to meet new people, seek new opportunities, reach outside my comfort zone, and ultimately grow as a professional!  So if you are not yet signed up to attend the conference or you…

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I walked into the locker room, but this was not a locker room that I was used to.  Instead of being surrounded by sweaty, robust athletes in a bustling environment, furiously searching through their bags for a protein bar and their sports shoes, I was welcomed to a quiet room with shelves of scrubs stacked…

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Residency 101 What’s in a name? Per the Standards for the Accreditation of Post-Professional Athletic Training Residency Programs established by CAATE, the mission of a post-professional residency advances preparation of an athletic training practitioner through a planned program of clinical and didactic education in a specialized area utilizing an evidence-based approach to enhance patient care1.…

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Thank you to the physician who allowed me to learn and grow as an athletic trainer under his direction!  Athletic trainers working in the physician practice setting is a continuously growing area, and because of this, it is also increasingly important for us to show our gratitude for those who provide us the opportunities for…

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It’s an age old debacle, a struggle for just about anyone who is pursuing a job or even working in a job and seeking to negotiate….we’re talking about pay rate!  While I’m sure everyone would love for all the answers on how to walk into an interview or an annual review meeting and easily maximize…

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Transitions are difficult. Lots of questions arise, especially in the case of transitions that are unfamiliar or require us to venture into the unknown.  In this particular blog entry, I wanted to talk about the transition from traditional athletics to the physician practice setting. This is a transition that I have gone through the past…

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Leadership comes in many different forms, most of which are not always obvious.  Often times the most obvious leader appears to be the person in charge, however there are several opportunities to serve as a leader from the middle.  This is particularly true in the physician practice setting where athletic trainers are mid-level healthcare providers, but play a…

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We have become a pill popping society.  There is a pill for just about anything you can think of; weight loss, pain, inflammation, hormones, the list goes on.  Many of these may be taken by our patients and should become a concern of ours.  If you don’t understand medications, you better take the time to…

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Recently during an interview with DAT students I was asked how I balance my career, my various committee appointments, and my personal life. “I don’t” I replied. The answer resulted in a brief silence from the group. I went on to explain that work life balance is not something I have right now. That some…

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