Thursday, April 30, 2015

Students Tour Physical Therapy Department

(SuDr. Griese at work.
(Submitted by CHS Junior, Mikki Hastings)
The third block anatomy class, taught by Mr. Vic Bradley, would like to thank Dr. Robert Griese at the Chadron Community Hospital Physical Therapy Department for taking the time to give a tour of the facility to the students. Dr. Griese gave a full tour to the class of eight, explaining different machines, different exercise techniques, different therapy methods, and different rooms in the department. Each individual got the opportunity to see a whirlpool machine, different stretching tables, displays of bones, a speech therapy room, and an occupational room,

On top of showing the class the whole department, Dr. Griese also explained the aspects of schooling from high school, all the way to physical therapy school, and beyond. After talking about school, students learned more about finding a job in the workforce, the differences between private and community practices, and the benefits of rural and urban areas to practice in.

Three very crucial pieces of advice from Dr. Griese that were aimed at the students were about job shadowing and schooling. The first piece of advice was no matter what field of study you are going into, especially if you are going into the medical field, job shadow as much as you can; colleges and medical programs like to accept students who have job shadowed and know what they are getting themselves into in medical school. The second piece of advice was work as hard as you can in school, because good grades are very important in getting accepted into programs such as the physical therapy program. The better grades you have, and the harder classes you have taken, the more likely you are to be accepted into school after a series of tests and interviews. Last, but not least, Dr. Griese told the students to apply for as many scholarships are possible. Since, Dr. Griese said, college debt after physical therapy school can range from anywhere between $60,000 to $160,000, it helps a lot to receive financial support.