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Raising the Bar in Rehab

What makes a good PT?

Published December 30, 2008 10:15 AM by Lisa Catenacci

I don't really know what motivated me to write on this topic, but for some reason I have been reflecting on my goals of being a good PT.  What differentiates a good PT from a great PT, from an average PT? 

I want to change lives.  I want my patients to be better off after working with me.  I want to make a difference.  A friend of mine once said, "We don't make goals, we make commitments."  I am 100% committed to doing the best I can to become a great physical therapist. 

I think being a good PT is similar to being a good teacher.  You can know a lot, and be very intelligent- but if you cannot communicate and connect with your patient/student, your knowledge means nothing.  Being a PT means being able to form good relationships with your patients.  (Is anyone else counting how many times I'm using the word "good"?  It's kind of annoying, but I can't think of anything else at the moment.) 

I have a strong desire to continue learning, which is why I applied for and accepted the residency program for next year.   The bottom line is I want to be an exceptional physical therapist- and I am willing to do everything to make that commitment. 

What do you think makes a good PT?



A new grad will take on the world.  Listen closely and watch others.  Follow which suits your style but be willing to change quickly if you need to.  

You will see good, great, and "you did what to that patient"?Therapists and Assistants.  Patients know the difference.

The most important thing is the ability to be able to change your thinking quickly and form a plan with three or four different results prior to treatment.  Imagine a chess player - they are several moves ahead of the game in which they are playing.

Karen January 1, 2009 1:09 PM

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