With our first clinical assignments coming up, our coordinator has been trying to get a feel for our individual interests, which I am assuming are taken into consideration when determining our placements. Just the other day, we received an email asking about our interest in pediatrics. For me, this was a tough call. I always thought I would want to give it a try, but faced with the actual decision, I really didn't know what to do.
I'm torn. On one hand, I think it would be really amazing to see children develop and (hopefully) have a positive impact on their lives. On the other hand, I'm not sure that pediatrics would be the experience that I am looking for. What I love about physical therapy is interacting with people - learning about their lives and finding a meaningful way to connect with them. While kids are great, interacting with them is obviously different from adults and I fear that I would not be as satisfied. (I also imagine that it takes a special kind of patience to work with children, which I may not possess).
In the end, I decided not to express interest in pediatrics. Given an opportunity in the future, I might change my mind, but for now I'm happy to explore other areas of physical therapy.