πŸŽ“ PT Student Essentials

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πŸš‘ Pathology Template

This template can be used to collect note on various diagnoses encountered in PT school.

The first tab collects information on tissue types and tissue healing. The next tabs collect diagnosis-specific information sorted by that can be easily compared and contrasted.

Review the origins, insertions, actions, and innervations of a variety of muscles using this Google Sheet.

Pro-Tip: Utilize the PAINT FORMAT function to create pseudo-flashcards to quiz yourself using this sheet. Simply turn the color of column B-F to black, and then choose a cell to make white once again. Then, choose that cell and click on the PAINT FORMAT tool (looks like a paint roller). The cell that you click next will turn to a white background and you'll be able to see what text is inside (similar to flipping over the flashcard).

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πŸ–₯️ Research Template

You will read a lot of research in your PT career.

Compile your notes and links to journal articles in this template for easy reference.

πŸ“ Evaluation Templates

Cervical

Upper Extremity

Lumbar

Lower Extremity

Above are a few customizable and printable evaluation templates to be used in any clinical setting. I have found these helpful to structure my subjective and objective evaluations.

I made this diagram of the brachial plexus using Google Drawings, a tool built inside of Google Docs and Sheets that allows you to create simple or complex flowcharts, diagrams, and drawings.

The brachial plexus is the branching of nerves from the upper portions of the spinal cord that provide nerve supply to the arm.

Much to their dismay, students across healthcare disciplines are required to memorize this pattern.

Physical therapists must grow especially acquainted with the brachial plexus, as it may help illuminate the cause of weakness, pain, or movement dysfunction.

When studying for board exams, I compiled a list of terms and definitions for different cognitive domains relevant in the physical therapy setting.

Also included is information about the Rancho Los Amigos Cognitive Levels, another key concept when working with patients after neurologic injury.

The Canadian Cervical Spine Rules is a decision-making algorithm used to help clinicians decide whether or not imaging is indicated following traumatic neck injury.

Review the Canadian C-Spine Rules with this flowchart based on Stiell et al. 2001.

Utilize this spreadsheet to translate commonly used clinical terms, body parts, and verbs into 60+ different languages.

This sheet utilizes the =GOOGLETRANSLATE() function, which is a really unique tool with virtually unlimited uses. Play around with it, add words of your own, and brush up on those languages you could use some practice with.