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The Nominating Committee

Published June 25, 2014 11:08 AM by Toni Patt

Last year, I was elected to the Texas Physical Therapy Association (TPTA) nominating committee. The role of the committee is, as the name suggests, finding individuals to run for the various open seats in the TPTA. This is the first state-level position I have held and take it very seriously.

Imagine my surprise when I received an interest-in-running form from someone I know doesn't care about the profession. A few years ago, he was my supervisor. He told me my tDPT was worthless. He made fun of my involvement in the TPTA at the time. Later I filed ethics complaints about him within the company and the TPTA for other reasons.

When I worked for him, he didn't care about being a PT. He cared about being a manager. I don't think I ever saw him treat a patient. At that time, his primary interest was in being promoted and how much money he would make.

This is not someone we want representing us in any way. My suspicion is he's running so he can put it on his resume. Maybe it became a job requirement for a pay increase. He is too far removed from everyday therapy to have a clear understanding of what's important to the profession. Yes, we need more people involved, but we need people who are involved in the profession. Sitting in an office crunching numbers doesn't foster that knowledge.

Not being one to keep quiet, I sent a group email saying I didn't think he would be a good candidate. Unfortunately I think someone else on the committee encouraged him to run. That's another problem. I feel strongly enough about this to have sent an email to our chairperson saying I'll resign my position if he is slated.

I don't know how this will play out. I will be off the committee in 2 years. If he is serious about running he can always try then. Or, I'll be off the committee within the next month as our slate is due by the 1st of August. Wish me luck.

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