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Robot Professor Goes Rogue in Physical Therapy Class

Author Travel Force Staffing | 04.01 | Category Allied Healthcare, Fun Events, Gadgets, Medical Robotics, Physical Therapist Education, Physical Therapy, Physical Therapy Humor, Rehabilitation Therapy, Therapist Jobs, Therapy Jobs, Top Therapy Blogs

In search of creative ways to teach rehabilitation therapy students, one prominent university is testing the new AutoProf1000, a robot teaching device developed by a group of cutting-edge researchers who are also responsible for several popular mobile phone apps. The AutoProf1000 stores a digital download of hundreds of therapy textbooks, practice manuals and pharmaceutical databases. According to its designers, it can answer any question that a rehab therapy student “texts” or “IM”s to it in fourteen seconds or less. And because it has six multi-pronged arms and is mounted on casters, the AutoProf1000 is capable of demonstrating at least three routine PT procedures at once. In beta testing, the AutoProf1000 received sub-par evaluations for a kinesiology lesson in which it repeatedly told a mock patient to “move it, move it, move it, move it” until a student finally took out the AutoProf’s batteries. Designers attributed this to a simple “programming error” and told everyone to have a happy April Fools’ Day.

The world may not be ready for AutoProf1000 just yet, but if you’re ready to advance your career in rehabilitation therapy, give us a call at 800-617-0608 or browse some of our best therapy jobs online.

Physical Therapy Jokes: Join the Humor-in-Hospitals Movement!

Author Travel Force Staffing | 05.25 | Category Career Tips, How to Tips, How To's, humor-in-hospitals movement, Physical Therapist Jobs, Physical Therapy, Physical Therapy Humor, Rehabilitation Therapy, Therapist Jobs, Therapy Jobs

Physical therapists are devoted to improving their patients’ quality of life, which means that professionals trained to succeed in their physical therapy jobs must possess the ability to empathize and sympathize; basically, to connect with patients on an emotional level. Since physical therapist jobs are fun and hands on, the sheer nature of the job—how it lends itself to social discussions as you work one-on-one with patients—puts you more than half way there when it comes to establishing rapport.

The good news is you don’t have to perfect your stand-up routine to utilize humor with patients. We have tips for jumping on the Humor-in Hospitals band wagon (cart) even if you’re missing the actual humor cart some medical facilities are using.  Click here for advice on how to create a hospital humor cart of your own.

Cart or no cart, physical therapy jokes don’t have to be jokes at all; they can be funny stories or even observations about what’s on TV—so long as you show your patients you share a mutual interest, hobby, or have something small in common, the potential for laughter is there—as well as the invaluable assurance that patients look forward to seeing you when you’re on call.

And why would physical therapy jokes or attempts at physical therapist/patient warmth qualify as a valuable career resource?

Because it’s the responsibility of physical therapists to provide pain management that lessons the patient’s discomfort. Laughter won’t alleviate pain, but it will provide the temporary benefit of distraction while physical therapists get pain management under control.

It’s true that the clinical skills and knowledge you learned in physical therapy schools are the biggest piece of the puzzle in improving patient mobility and independent function, but the ability to create warmth in doctor/patient rapport is important too; having realized this, more and more hospitals are filling humor and “ha-ha carts” with magazines, funny props—even water pistols.

The medical community has yet to produce definitive research that laughter is literally the best medicine, but studies—like one conducted by the University of Maryland—did discover laughter has some positive physiological benefits.  A good long laugh is equivalent to a couple minutes of cardiovascular exercise. Our pulse and blood pressure go up, we stretch muscles throughout our bodies and we breathe faster—sending more oxygen to our tissues. So bring on the funny jokes and funny stories in your physical therapy jobs!

The bottom line? Laughter is harmless. Physical therapists should hone their sense of humor, beef up their funny stories and funny jokes repertoire and make brightening a patient’s day part of their everyday work detail. When a patient smiles, it’s proof that their quality of life—what physical therapists help give back—is returning!


Interested in learning more from experts on how to use humor for your personal and/or career development? Click on the Humor Project to find pubic speaking events, featuring topics like humor in chronic illness, team building with humor, and the mirthful approach to excellence on the job. There’s no reason why the effort couldn’t translate into excellence in your physical therapy jobs too!