Mercy Hospital (S. Buffalo)
Buffalo, New York
Why did you choose this fieldwork?
It was close to home and I needed an adult placement.
Please indicate type of setting:
Please describe your living and commuting situation. (Was accomodation offered? Public transportation or parking offered? Please include price paid, location and conditions.)
I lived at home and commuted everyday. There is a parking ramp that costs $5/day. However, if you ask your supervisor, there are parking passes available. I was able to park for free for all 12 weeks!
Describe types of conditions or diagnoses, as well as age ranges exposed to during this fieldwork.
The 12 weeks are split. 6 weeks are spent in the Medical Rehab Unit where you see mostly ortho patients and CVAs. The other 6 weeks are spend in Acute care. In acute care, 98% of what do is evals, however you get to see various diagnoses (CVAs, heart conditions, ortho, ICU, etc).
What types of assessments and interventions were used?
In the MRU: FIM!!!!!!, MMSE, CAM
Acute: An evaluation made by the hospital. Includes cognition, ROM, strength, ADLs, transfers, and more.
What are your thoughts on the site's environment for the employees and students? (Please consider: organization, collaboration, mentoring, learning opportunities)
Both supervisors at this site were AMAZING! They each had completely opposite personalities from each other, but both were equally as good. The whole site is very well organized. Everyone there (PTs, OTs, SLPs, nurses, MDs) all make sure you are getting all of the exposure and experience you possibly can.
Please comment on personality traits and/or preparation that would facilitate success at this site.
A person at this site shouldn't be afraid to ask questions. They don't expect you to know EVERYTHING and they are willing to teach you. You have to be willing and eager to learn. Do what you're asked, when you're asked. There is hardly any homework, but make sure when they do ask you to do something, you do it.
To prepare, I would review FIM scores, ROM, CVAs, THR precautions, TKR precautions, Back precautions, and transfers.
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How many stars would you give your experience, from one to five?
Any lasting thoughts or advice?
GREAT GREAT PLACE!
Review submitted March 15, 2011