The Bigger Picture
While I've been making the transition to working in the UK, starting a new life with my spouse and terrifying the drivers of Great Britain, I've also started my master's in public health degree with Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, FL. It has been a real eye-opening experience.
I wasn't really sure about my choice at first. I knew I didn't want a DPT and definitely didn't want an MBA, but I needed bigger challenges and to have a bigger impact. I'm the only PT in my class. The rest are doctors, dentists, osteopaths and one speech-language pathologist. We are learning about global health systems, epidemiology, environmental health (not just ergonomics, which is a part of public health, but the natural environment as well) and finally the massive implications of an aging society on the health of the nation. How will we secure the resources necessary to provide care? How will the extension of life expectancy tax our care providers for years to come? How will our future generations have sufficient means for their health when this aging population is swallowing up funds like locusts in a field? I don't know the answers to these questions... yet.
The amazing thing that nearly every topic comes back to is thus, function. "How do we maximize function?" This field desperately needs PT involvement! Why am I the only one in the class? Well, it looks like I'll be in demand once I graduate.