As physical therapists, we spend countless hours mastering anatomy, physiology, and examination and treatment techniques—but how much time do we dedicate to learning about the lived experiences of our patients? Many clinicians choose the field of PT because it offers more patient-provider interaction time than other healthcare disciplines and requires strong interpersonal communication skills.
For many physical therapy new grads, the National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE) is the last hurdle standing between them and a long, fulfilling career as a licensed physical therapist. And it’s a relatively tall hurdle—one that typically requires months of dedicated preparation to clear. On that note, how you prepare can make all the difference. Here are my suggestions:
Physical therapy inservices are always enjoyable. If you’re in the audience, you get to learn new skills, bond with coworkers, and collaborate as a team to provide better patient care. But, when you’re the one on the hook to actually present an inservice, it can be a little stressful!
One of my favorite parts of my job is getting the chance to go to conferences. I love traveling and visiting new cities, meeting new people, and gaining actionable advice to apply in my job role. With the pandemic, I thought that attending conferences was out of the question. Clearly, I underestimated the ingenuity of event teams across the country, because a huge number of conferences have gone digital.
If there’s one good thing that can be said about 2020, it’s that our newfound plethora of free time really lends itself to learning and self-improvement. When you’re stuck at home more often than not—and when mindless Netflix binging grows old—it’s a great time to pick up a new skill or absorb some knowledge.
As much as we didn’t want it to happen, it looks like the US has entered a recession. For those of us in the rehab space, it’s an especially challenging time. While rehab has weathered other economic downturns fairly well in the past, the coronavirus pandemic (coupled with fallout from PDPM and PDGM) has caused some serious foundational cracks in the physical therapy profession.
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2020 has been one hell of a year. We kicked off the new year with a news cycle about fraught international tensions—followed shortly by all-encompassing coverage of the Australian bushfires. In February and early March, news about COVID-19 began picking up steam, and the economy started to feel the effects of the pandemic in April. Early May heralded the arrival of the murder hornets, and the month ended with the tragic death of George Floyd. June was defined by social unrest and the BLM movement (which still continues to this day), and it’s beginning to look like July will be the month of the sun-blocking Saharan dust cloud an
“New normal.” It’s a phrase we’re hearing more and more as the US begins to open up and resume operations—at least partially. This tentative move toward some sense of normalcy means many of us will face significant change in the weeks ahead.
Plenty of physical therapists have fantasized about working from home—especially after an especially hectic day with back-to-back patients. But, now that the coronavirus has rendered many in-person physical therapy models inappropriate (at least for now), quite a few PTs are taking the idea of remote work much more seriously.
Physical therapists are at the forefront of modern musculoskeletal knowledge and expertise—and it’s no wonder why. PT and DPT programs drill into the finer points of neurorehabilitation and musculoskeletal disorders, and active clinical practice keeps those skills fresh—requiring PTs to tap their vast array of scientific knowledge with each and every patient.