My first affiliation will be at an outpatient center in the suburbs of Pittsburgh. What's scariest is that I start in one month. I hope the expectations from my clinical instructor are realistic, considering at this point I can do little more than tell people which muscles are in their bodies. I'm trying to keep in mind that the purpose of the affiliation is to gain experience and learn as much as possible, but it's intimidating to step into a clinic with only an understanding of the most basic concepts.
Despite all my apparent anxiety, I am really excited. First of all, I have never experienced an outpatient orthopedic setting. Most of my experience prior to PT school was with neuro rehab, which I loved, but I am excited to see the other side of the spectrum. It's also going to be nice to have some variation in our schedules, with classes Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and clinical Tuesday and Thursday. Most importantly, I am excited to be back in a clinic. When classes become overwhelming and I start to get miserable, it's hard to remember the bigger picture. The patient interactions and skill-application will hopefully be great reminders of why I decided to do all of this in the first place.