The Monday Memo
March 30, 2015 PITT DPT STUDENTS
“Keys to Becoming an Expert PT”
Recently, there was an interesting post on the AAOMPT sSIG asking experienced PT’s what they wished they had known coming into their education. It garnered some great responses, and these are (paraphrased) what the top five were:
- Constantly be reassessing yourself and keep an open mind.
- It is constantly stressed to people here in Pitt’s program to always reflect and assess the good and bad of every situation. Realizing a mistake or a missed opportunity is the first step needed in correcting it for the future. So the next time you treat a patient, come back to it afterward and look at them with fresh eyes, you may see them differently.
- Perfect the basics.
- Spend time early in your education honing your techniques. The devil is in the details, and being able to skillfully perform your craft is almost as important as knowing when and where to use it.
- Surround yourself with people that are skilled and passionate.
- There’s an old saying that if you are the smartest person in the room, you’re in the wrong room. Challenge yourself with your surroundings, and most importantly, be receptive to what it has to teach you.
- Listen to the evidence.
- Be able to back your decision, and the evidence is a great place to start. Use the information that others have given you, and keep in mind that new knowledge is always available.
- Love what you do.
- Hopefully the easiest of the five, and by far the most critical. Invest in those around you, take some time for yourself, and relish in the fruits of your labors. You don’t have to work a single day in your life if you love what you do.
Good luck and best wishes in your endeavors!
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