Does this make me a bad PT?
Years ago, I remember talking with Phil in the final months of residency. He asked me if I could create the career I wanted, what would look like?
I only had a partial picture at the time and I went home to think more about it. I remember writing down working with athletes, a flexible schedule, hour long treatment sessions, and wellness visits. I was in the infancy of figuring out my ideal career, but for some reason I still felt like something big was missing. In fact, I knew something big was missing. But, I didn't want to admit it.
I didn't want to treat patients 40 hours a week. I didn't want to see patients all day long.
And I couldn't help thinking, does that make me a bad PT? I was only 1 year into the profession and already wanting to decrease my treatment hours. It made me start to doubt my future in PT. If I'm one year in and don't want to treat full-time, do I even want to be a PT?
The truth was that I absolutely did. So then why did I feel so guilty about the whole thing? Phil explains why in this week's video
. He also discusses how the feeling is more common than we think.
Just because you don't want to work 40 hours or may feel like you don't want to treat at all right now, it doesn't mean you need to leave PT. Let's stop feeling guilty or trying to ignore and hide that feeling and talk about why it's there in the first place..