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Transition to Rehab Management

We Come to a Close

Published December 27, 2012 12:33 PM by Karen Schiff

What a wild year it has been for those of us enrolled in the DPT program. We acquired the credit hours to partially meet our goal, which is set to be achieved in August 2013. We've learned new techniques, new terminology, diagnostic vocabulary and how to read the literature in our field. Plenty has been absorbed into our practice of physical therapy already, and as a result we're practicing a bit differently than we were before starting the program. As a PT staff leader in our outpatient department, it has opened my eyes to the potential of other therapists; not just those who have been practicing for years, but also those who just missed the graduation deadline to reach their DPT.

Interestingly enough, those who have their master's degree in physical therapy have been the most resistant to returning, but have also become the ones who just started a new DPT program this fall. I'm proud to say that as this year comes to a close, there are eight staff enrolled in a transitional DPT program, and as of last night, another two will be starting in 2013 (Congratulations Christine and Amy!). For those of you with small children, single or married, working full-time or part-time or as staff relief, it's absolutely possible to achieve what you may feel is impossible. What better gift to yourself to advance your degree, knowledge base and open a vast array of opportunities for your future! (Not to mention, share with your children the gift of success).

Besides what we've gotten ourselves into with this project of completing our DPT, we've leveraged ourselves to become more active in other areas such as community-based programs, continuing education and lecturing to our peers, other medical professionals, as well as the community. If you would have asked me in 1990 where I saw myself in 2013, it certainly wouldn't have been standing in front of a large group of professionals sharing information and learning as much as I have (I never really was much of a public speaker).

Throughout the past year and half, I've embraced the idea of doing so, and I partially attribute this to understanding why we do what we do in the field of physical therapy. As we come to a close this year, I want to congratulate those who have achieved the accomplishment of a DPT, as well as those who have decided to become part of Vision 2020. Happy New Year!

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