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How do you face change?

marilyn-pink-profileINTRODUCTION: We received a number of great PT stories and we will announce the random winner of our $200 Amazon card next week. Meanwhile, as PT Month wraps up, I’d like to focus on the future and invite you to consider and answer this important question: How do you face the one certain thing we have in front of us: change. I look forwards to your comments!

— Marilyn Pink, PT, Ph.D.

Eyes on the Future

PT Month wk 3 offerThere is a letter from Martin Van Buren to president Andrew Jackson that I keep in my wallet to remind me that things change: always have and always will (see below).  Our profession is changing.  Reimbursement is a stickler, more paperwork is necessary and less hands-on treatment is given.   There are three ways to face the changes that comes you way:

  1. You can resent that which happens to you
  2. You can consent to that which happens to you, or
  3. You can invent that which happens to you

As you consider the motivations that brought you into PT –the “why”– and as you consider the work you have done so far, we’d like you to tell us how you can leverage your experience for the next phase of your career: what is your response to the inevitable change?

Railroad letter

Tell us your physical therapy story!

The results of last week's EDUCATA poll.INTRODUCTION: We were not surprised, but still very gratified, to see the results from last week’s poll. We love that PTs and PTAs are so prompt and ready to help. And we loved comments like Larry’s, who loves what he does!

We look forward to hearing what you have to say and the stories you’d like to share. In fact, if you tell us one of your PT stories (it can be touching, funny, a learning experience — whatever you feel like telling us), we’ll be keeping an eye out to randomly select one story for a $200 Amazon gift certificate.

So, you started down this path with a specific purpose. Is that still your motivation today? Or has it changed, adapting to the twists and turns of life as it happens?

I remember serving on a panel about career direction to a group of PT students. One person on the panel was a pediatric PT, one was well known for her work in governance, another worked twice a year (for a month at a time) in a country/region of need, the fourth person worked in home health, and I was a researcher. Since I was the last seat on the panel, I had the luxury of hearing everybody else’s story first. I commented on how interesting it was to look at the pattern of the five of us: While our careers were so different, we were each PASSIONATE about what we did, we all had the same background/studies/degrees, yet we were able to contribute to our profession so differently.

Now, it’s YOUR turn. I look forward to hearing from you! — Marilyn Pink, PT, Ph.D.

Tell us your story!

PT Month PTsHave you ever run into a situation, either as a PT student or in your work life, that you thought, “This one is for the books!” Tell us! If you found something to be funny, or something that inspired you, or something that has a lesson — we’d love to hear it.

We look forward to hearing from you! Click on “leave a comment” and tell us your story below.

 

What led YOU to become a PT or PTA?

It is PT Month and let’s focus on YOU as we open a 3-part series focus around the career ofmarilyn-pink-profile physical therapy.

As a PT myself, this month is the time I use for professional reflection: where I have been, where I am, where do I want to go, and how am I going to get there. Am I leveraging my past to be the best PT that I can be today? What have I given, what am I giving, what do I still want to give to our profession?

Given this is a ‘professional reflection’ month, let’s start by remembering your interview for school. Please take this short poll (below), and let’s engage into a conversation about this wonderful path we have taken. I look forward to what you have to say! 

Marilyn Pink, PT, Ph.D

PLEASE TELL US…

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There are no right or wrong answers — you’ve chosen a noble career and we salute you as we look forward to what you have to say.

And keep your eyes peeled for stories, reflections and tools that we will be publishing, which we hope will be useful in your professional life.

Comment at will!

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