Dear PT Students,
“I feel like a fraud,” she said. She wasn’t my student, but she was in the middle of completing her final clinical.
I think most of us can relate to this on some level. One minute you’re taking a test and answering questions in class and the next you realize that hardly any patient presents like the textbook said they would.
But, you’re not a fraud, you’re not an imposter, and you are good enough.
You just don’t have the experience or the reps to feel confident. That will come with practice. In the mean-time, here are 3 ways to deal with the feeling.
In this video, we discuss the difficult question of how do you know if it is time to leave your physical therapy job. While the answers to this question are certainly complex, thinking about it as we discuss in the video might help to bring some clarity.
Dear PT Students,
You may not know what is possible for your future.
We had residency interviews this past week and I was asked a question that really made me think. “Did what you wanted for your career change from before residency vs. post residency?”
The question resonated with me because residency changed me quite a bit. However, this isn’t a post about doing a residency. This is a post about recognizing that your ideas and your dreams about your career may be unfinished.
I wanted to be a professor directly after residency because I knew I wanted to teach. But it never occurred to me that I could teach continuing education and I never knew that could be even more appealing.
Think of your future career with the possibility that you haven’t been exposed to what you’re truly passionate about lately. If you don’t know anyone in pro sports, you might not think it is...
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“I would have contacted you, but I didn’t have any concrete action steps or questions, so I didn’t want to waste your time,” She replied to me reaching out to see if she wanted a mentor meeting.
I asked if she was stuck. She said, “Yes, I don’t know my next step.” We met and it turned out to be one of our most productive mentoring sessions.
I learned a lot through this interaction. Part of being on a journey toward your ideal career is that you frequently don’t know what’s next. And that is when you need high quality people who are on the same journey around you. That means that some are ahead of you, some are behind you, and some are right with you on the path.
That group, along with your guide, can see things that you can’t. I used to think that answering questions was one of the most important parts of mentoring. Actually it's not. It is being there and being understanding when the person is stuck,...
“You shouldn’t go into PT,” I overheard a physical therapist telling a college student.
I had been eavesdropping since I heard the student say that she loved observing and was almost certain that she wanted to go into the profession.
The PT went into detail about there not being enough money, that there is no longer job security, that there is no flexibility, and that you don’t have as much freedom as you’d want. It was for over five minutes that he continued trying to convince her not to go into physical therapy.
I took a quick glance in her direction and immediately saw the disappointment on her face. She told him she’d think about it and I don’t think she spoke again the rest of the day.
I don’t want to argue about whether or not what he said is true. And I’m not saying that there isn’t any truth to it.
But, if you hate the profession so much that you would destroy the dreams of a college...
I’ve read two different ideas about how to reflect on 2020 - the first I hated... and the second I loved.
The first idea said something like, if you didn’t hustle in 2020, you don’t have what it takes in you. It said that if you didn’t work harder than you ever have before then somehow you don’t have what it takes. I couldn’t disagree more. 2020 was a time for survival. A time where you constantly had to adjust and respond to things you never saw coming. When you are in survival mode, it is hard to “hustle” and hard to grow. So, don’t beat yourself up.
The second concept I think is great. In an email from Jon Acuff, he recommends grading the year on a curve. When a test was harder than anticipated and when the outcomes were skewed to one end, you often get a curve. 2020 gets a curve.
Maybe you didn’t start your own practice like you wanted, but you picked a...
I think at one point in time or another we are all looking to have that great career. It starts with a dream or maybe a plan in high school or college “to be something.” For most of us, that “something” was to be a physical therapist. Over the years, the meaning of “being a physical therapist” changes. Frequently it can change from a dream to boredom or worse change into a nightmare.
When we get out of school, many times PT is not what we thought it was going to be.
At some point we get disenchanted. We find ourselves saying things like:
Is this all there is?
I can’t see myself doing this the rest of my career
There has got to be more
I don’t want to be a PT anymore
We then look for a change. Change jobs, change cities, change careers. Unfortunately, this doesn’t always help.