Curious that we spend more time congratulating people who have succeeded than encouraging people who have not.
— Neil Degrasse Tyson

For the 2 people that follow my blog, you two may be wondering where did I go? My apologize for not publishing a reading list for April and subsequently May. No excuses really, but let me update you on what I've been up to.

NYU Steinhardt Doctoral Convocation 2017

For most of April, I was finishing up my didactic education at NYU. It's crazy to think that I will never have to worry about final exams or group projects ever again.

I was selected by the NYU DPT faculty to be the Doctoral Student Speaker for our hooding ceremony. I've never given a speech, but was honored and excited for the opportunity. After many drafts, I realized that you could only fit so many topics in 3 minutes.

My main goal was to thank the people who've supported me throughout my life. My family had no idea that I was speaking. I was able to keep it a secret from them and my girlfriend up until the moment they saw me on stage.

Fun fact, I woke up at 2am the night before graduation with food poisoning. I spent the entire morning doing what the body does when it has food poisoning. By the time I made it on stage, I was less nervous about the speech, and more concerned whether I'd have an episode up there. Other that being slightly pale, I think my poker face was pretty solid. Mom's spaghetti.

The speech highlights only a fraction of my gratitude for those who've helped me. I hope to continue to practice what I preach and be a catalyst for the people I interact with. 

Mt. Sinai New York Eye and Ear: Vestibular Rehabilitation

At NYU DPT, we finish our program with two 8-week affiliations. My first one is at New York Eye and Ear in their Vestibular Rehab Unit. I'm already 4-weeks in. This may be one of the main reasons why I haven't posted a new reading list. I've shifted my gears to do my best to pick up a better understanding of this specialized setting, and I love it.

This affiliation is really challenging my abilities to adapt and learn. The 90 minute evaluations are sharpening my assessment skills, and my clinical instructor is doing a great job giving me constructive feedback on my documentation. 

What I found most interesting is that individuals with vestibular problems present similarly to those with chronic pain. I mean this in terms of bouncing between multiple professionals with poor previous care, the high prevalence of stress and anxiety, and just the overall elevated debilitation from it all.

Continuing Education

Over the past 2 months, I've had the pleasure to attend some great continuing education courses.

Reconciling Biomechanics with Pain Science with Greg Lehman

It was great to meet Greg and even grab a meal with him. In my opinion, the content he covers in this course should be mandatory for every therapist to know. If I had to do just one course as a student, this would be it. Check out his website for his free pain work book and a ton of other great information. Shout out to Karen Litzy for organizing the course in NYC!

Therapeutic Exercise Prescription for Runners with Chris Johnson

Everyday as a member of Chris' Runner's Zone group, I am learning an incredible amount of information whether it be on clinical reasoning, operating a business, or training the runner. I had to stop by his course in NYC where he guided the class through an interactive seminar on foundational exercise prescriptions and the creative ways you could modify them.

NYU Rusk: Lumbar Symposium Key Note Speaker: Chad Chook

Chad Cook, as expected, delivered a terrific presentation delineating the differences of the precision medicine versus population health and building a bridge between the two. It was also great to see many great therapists from NYU Rusk Center for Musculoskeletal Care (most impressive physical therapy clinic in NYC) give great presentations on the changing conversation of low back pain and the crumbling postural-structural model. Shout out to James Koo and Michael D'Gati, both excellent gentleman doing great things for the field of physical therapy and have distinguished themselves as great models to look up to.


Stay tuned for the next reading list at the beginning of July!