The DPT Growing Process
With my CI leaving for a weeklong beach trip and three-quarters of our caseload being discharged this week, I'm suddenly finding myself in a decision-maker's role for planning and coordinating their departure from inpatient rehab. If these responsibilities had been placed in my lap five weeks into my first clinical rotation, I would have been flustered to no end and surely would have missed many important details. It's nice to know that despite the inevitable glitches that will pop up in the next week, I feel confident enough to get through it without having a breakdown.
This is a big step for me. I finally feel like I'm able to see the whole picture and bring more than just day-to-day PT skills to the table. I ran into a few first- and second-year students at a department event last week, and this became even more apparent. In a few conversations I overheard between the students and faculty members, I sensed so much hesitancy and confusion when the students were talking about their clinical placements and performance. Those are feelings I'm all too familiar with, but I also realized that I haven't felt completely clueless in a long time. The growing process is becoming abundantly apparent.
I equate this all to learning a language. The easiest way to become proficient is to completely immerse yourself in the culture. That's how I feel about my PT skills. I've been completely immersed in the PT world for four months now, and I feel like I'm finally figuring out how to speak the language, albeit at a fifth-grade level.