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PRI Integration for Geriatrics - Salem Oregon. Jacob Mullin and his growing team at First Call were very generous hosts for yet another PRI course. Old familiar faces like Ben, Mellet, Eric and John welcomed me back again after being a part of the 6 or 7 year training history with this organization. I am grateful that I have had the long term opportunity to learn so much with and from such a great group of passionate professionals. I love getting together with you guys because I know we are always going to laugh, learn and grow together.
A big thank you to Tracey Blain for coming all the way from Anchorage, Alaska and to Valerie Chai for coming all the way from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Yes, Malaysia. Your commitment to learning gave the rest of us perspective as we selfishly considered how hard it might have been for us to get up out of bed and drive across town to attend this course. And thank you Tracey for being an excellent example for the rest of the class as you demonstrated one of my all-time favorite techniques, appendix page 13. Gotta love the concept of going right to "get left" as opposed to going left to "get left".
The new course title was a big hit for this group. The recent change to include the word "Geriatric" in the title and the words "Immobile, Frail and Chronic" in the subtitle really connected for the class. Many examples of using the material for immobile, frail or chronic populations were discussed and the adaptations made really good sense to the group. Loved all the integrated discussion and the constant reference to elements of and phases of the gait cycle. It was exciting for me to have such detailed biomechanical discussions about such frail, immobile or geriatric populations. Michael Ball, PT, PRC was one of the lab assistants and he had a really good experience with this affiliate course material. After diving into the course and assisting with the new tests and techniques, he reported, "This course goes well beyond just treating geriatric populations. The appendix is filled with so many great integrated techniques. I now have more techniques to help my patients that may not be able to tolerate traditional PRI training. The seated assessment techniques were very useful in integrating all components of the gait cycle." Thank you Michael and thank you Mellet. I couldn't have asked for 2 more capable and willing lab assistants. The class was better because of you two. And thank you to everyone in attendance for such great questions and feedback throughout the course. The group based dialogue we enjoyed and the restates of key concepts throughout the course really enhanced what we all learned and were able to take home from this course. Until my next trip to beautiful Salem Oregon.