This was the simple question I was asked before I started working for RPI. I remember thinking to myself, “What a nice perk.” I didn’t think much of it and chose a PC (the wrong decision, according to most of my co-workers).
Yet over the last year, I realized that question wasn’t a nice perk at all. It was something so much more significant.
That question represents a core part of RPI’s culture. We are individuals. We have preferences and want different things from life and our careers.
We are unified in our desire to build healthier and happier communities, our quest for clinical excellence, and our support for each other. Yet we are individuals, and how we accomplish that, looks different from person to person.
Some want a variety of patients, some want to treat all endurance athletes, some want to see the aging population, and others want to treat specific conditions.
Some want to work long days and have a day off, others want...
PA is a great field and can be an amazing job, but it isn't physical therapy. So, why are PTs always talking about switching? It seems like every other week there is a discussion somewhere about how PA is the better choice. But besides both being in the medical field, are they that similar? What do you think about this topic?
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.
“It’s been pretty good,” she said, sounding optimistic.
Her answer threw me off. She was the third PT I had asked that day about how things were going since COVID started. She was the first one with a positive response. She had a lot of great things to say about how her employer was handling the situation. She described that they were in it together, that they were figuring out telehealth, and that they were all offering ways to stay engaged with patients. Her pay hadn’t changed although her caseload had decreased substantially.
Her feeling of camaraderie was a polar opposite to others I had spoken to who felt isolated and overlooked by their employer. We are fortunate to be able to coach a variety of physical therapists around the world and we have gotten to hear how people have fared through COVID-19. It has been interesting to hear the extremes of how employers have treated employees during this time and how PTs have...