All the Things I Don't Want to Do...
After 19 months of physical therapy school, I find it hard to believe that I haven't decided what type of setting I want to work in after I graduate. I'm getting closer to figuring it out, but I'm still torn between inpatient rehab, outpatient neuro and at least four other settings. When I think about it, I get a little bit stressed in realizing that this is something I probably need to figure out. Tonight I found some comfort (and humor) in listing all of the things I definitely don't want to do.
I'll start with ergonomics. We just finished our ergonomics module and I don't think I've ever been as bored in class. I can usually force myself to pay attention by reminding myself that one day, I'm going to be paid to know this information. This time around, I couldn't do it. It's not that I don't see the value in having a basis of understanding for ergonomics, but I genuinely could not make myself interested in it.
Wound care. In saying this, I recognize that I sound like the typical, wimpy, whiny PT student. However, I don't think there's enough money in the world to convince me to spend my career assessing and treating wounds. The pictures in lecture were bad enough. Hats off to anyone who can stomach wound care -- you're much tougher than I am.
Early intervention. And to be honest, I might extend this to pediatrics in general. I really wanted to be good at peds, but I'm starting to accept that it's not for me, particularly early intervention. I've said this before, but it's not appropriate to cry every day at work. If I worked in pediatrics, I think that would happen. Perhaps if I could work with adolescents only I'd be more inclined to go in this direction, but for now I don't think pediatrics is for me.
Last but not least -- acute care. I just finished my acute-care rotation, and while it was one of the most accelerated and valuable learning experiences I've had thus far in PT school, I don't think I'd enjoy practicing permanently in that setting. My favorite part of physical therapy is the amount of time you can spend with patients if you're in the right specialty. This gets lost in acute care. I wouldn't mind another clinical rotation in this setting since I recognize acute care as an amazing learning opportunity, however I wouldn't want to make a career of it.
It's a short list, but it's something! I'm halfway through the program, so it's time to start narrowing my focus and figuring out what I want to do after graduation.