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Journey of a DPT Student

Getting Involved During PT School

Published July 18, 2011 3:07 PM by Lauren Rosso

This past week, the faculty held a "meet and greet" for our class to officially welcome us to the program. As these first few weeks of school have revolved solely around studying for anatomy, it was refreshing to gain a new perspective on the program as a whole. We have the opportunity to get involved as officers and representatives at various levels, which of course seemed like a great idea when I was listening to the head of the department speak about these positions. Each provides an excellent opportunity to form professional and personal relationships with our faculty and other respected therapists, as well as to contribute to the growth of our field. However, when I left and subsequently realized how much work I had to do, the thought getting involved in any extracurricular activity seemed less appealing.

I can't decide what to do. I am so used to being highly connected to everything I am part of, and I fear if I do not consider one of these positions that I will be missing out on a great opportunity. At the same time, I fear that by adding extra obligations I will be setting myself up for failure. (Not to mention, I would like to maintain some semblance of a social life). Does this sort of involvement make a great difference? Is or has anyone been in a similar situation? I would be interested to hear some perspectives about whether or not the added responsibilities are worth it.

2 comments

Jyndia-  thanks for the advice!  The more I think about it, the more a leadership position seems like it's worth it.  I know I'll manage to find the time to do it all, as long as it's something I care about.

Good luck with your last year!

Lauren Rosso July 20, 2011 10:28 PM

Hi Lauren-

I too am a DPT student, but now beginning my third year of the program.  I remember being in your shoes; overwhelmed by anatomy, histology, the basics of examination and evaluation. If your program is anything like mine, the summer semesters are a sprint- where you find yourself striving to just keep your head above water.  If I could offer you any advise, take a leadership position that you find interesting. This will prepare you to be a leader in the profession as you move through the three years of the program. As you apply for clinical rotations, the leadership position will separate you from your class.  Additionally, you will find a myriad of opportunities that "fall into your lap" as a result of being in a leadership position.

Hope that helps!  Just keep pushing through!

Jyndia

Jyndia Schaible July 19, 2011 11:37 AM
Denver CO

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