World Physical Therapy Day 2021
Today is World Physical Therapy Day.
First celebrate your achievements – you tirelessly pursued a vigorous education. You earned a Doctorate of Physical Therapy, successfully passed the National Physical Therapy Examination, and achieved state licensure – none of which are easy tasks.
If you have been practicing for a while, it’s very likely you have continued to educate yourself and have completed clinical residency programs, fellowship programs, and/or became a board-certified specialist.
Being a physical therapist is demanding work, but the effort is always worth it. If you are feeling a little stagnant in your current job or specialty – good news physical therapy continues to be in high-demand and there are so many educational opportunities to grow, you can redefine yourself easily. If you are looking to further educate yourself and expand on your physical therapy career, consider completing clinical residency programs, a fellowship program, or even working towards being a board certified specialist.
I recommend you use every continuing education dollar that your employer offers and seek out week courses in the specialties that you would like to expand your knowledge base. One positive outcome of COVID-19 was the transition to Zoom-based learning. I have been able to participate in more weekend courses in the past two years that I would not have otherwise been able to.
Take a Travel Assignment
Consider a travel or temporary staffing assignment to shake it up! Travel and temporary assignments are excellent opportunities to expand your skill base, increase your physical therapy community which can positively influence your career growth and open doors in the long term. Traveling allows you to explore different parts, learn from a variety of sources, often with higher pay rates!
Today, take a moment to reflect on the journey you have taken to get you here in your physical therapy career. Also, be sure to thank other physical therapists for the hard work they do and their part in changing the lives, for the better, of each patient they have encountered.