Are you a Bad PT?
I have a friend who's a PT. But she's not real rah-rah about it. She works per-diem at a nursing home a few days a week. She enjoys her work and her patients, and feels she makes a difference in their lives, but that's basically where it ends. I'd be hard-pressed to say she's "passionate" about physical therapy--in fact, it was months after meeting her that I even knew what she did for a living.
Talking to her recently got me thinking: Is this person a "bad" PT?
After all, she doesn't do much journal reading. She's not an APTA member and doesn't plan to be. Never attended a meeting or got involved with any professional initiatives. She doesn't want a DPT. She's not out there beating the PT drum, touting the benefits of therapy for painful conditions and movement restrictions to anyone who will listen.
In short, she doesn't do any of the things industry leaders implore physical therapists to do, if PT is going to prosper as a profession.
She's just a mom and a wife who also happens to be a PT, and that's the way it is.
Anyone who attends PT conferences regularly can come away with the impression that any PT that's not in a perpetual state of information-seeking and PT promotion constitutes a drain on the profession. Is this accurate? Where does the distinction lie between the rank-and-file staff therapist, and the autonomous DPT who views himself on equal footing with physicians?
Where do you place yourself?