Case Report Accepted
The day has finally arrived. The conclusion of the DPT program came just a few days ago, when I received the "green light" from my mentor. After two years of preparation, the day has come where I can close my laptop on my distance-based, transitional DPT preparation. Now the fun begins as my daughters and I plan our vacation around graduation.
To encourage others to return to school to earn a DPT and not just be "grandfathered in" has always been important to me, and on almost a weekly basis I discuss the necessity of the same with peers. A question that has been posed to me time and time again is, "Will it really make a difference in how you practice?" I quickly respond with my answer, "Yes!" Not only will it make a difference in how I practice, but how I approach other healthcare professionals and make decisions about the most appropriate treatment for my patients.
What keeps many physical therapists away from returning for their DPT may be exactly what kept me away for a few years; raising two daughters alone, fostering and adopting homeless pets, working 40-plus hours a week, playing tennis frequently, volunteering as a Guardian Ad Litem, and having quite an active social life. Self-discipline, love, patience and my faith navigated me through this journey, and certainly did not interfere with my ability to complete this career goal.
As I've said before, I'll say it again: If I can do it, anyone can. In less than two weeks, I will accept this honor and continue to support those around me to do the same. For now, it's time to plan some much-needed family vacation time!