It's been a long absence indeed but I am alive and well...and hopefully a bit more educated on my intended career path. Since last typing, I began and have completed over two thirds of my physical therapy doctoral program. I've taken all the coursework and am currently in the beginning parts of our final year, which in my program is focused on four separate clinical rotations in different areas of the field. I.AM.LOVING.IT!! I am only on my first of four in an area that I didn't think I would particularly enjoy but after five weeks in, I'm in my groove. Feeling challenged by the every changing variety of acute care, but very appreciative of the skills, thinking on your feet, and clinical decision-making that the environment requires you to take.
In the life domain outside school, I trained and have been teaching barre classes with Pure Barre since May 2017 and am so loving the classes, community, and my fellow teachers. Making the leap back into a studio teaching environment was totally key to my sanity and I do not regret the time and effort that I have invested. I am a much better student, spouse, friend, and person in general when I'm busy, haha! I've also been a graduate research assistant for the last year-working on physical therapy research projects with one of my professors: testing participants, writing abstracts, and doing some poster presentations at conferences. To sum up the last couple of years, I've been soaking up all the learning goodness both in and out of school.
As I move forward on this year of clinicals, I'd like to share some insight and learned experiences to better help my fellow student physical therapists and potentially help address inquiries as to what to expect as a patient. Granted, I am not looking to replace your current medical providers, just to give you information and provide some further resources to consider looking into!