My name is Phil Forsythe, and I am the president of the University of Pittsburgh DPT Class of 2022. I graduated from The Pennsylvania State University in 2019 with a B.S. in Kinesiology – Movement Science. Growing up in Greensburg, PA, only 45 minutes from Pittsburgh, I always had a fascination for the vibrant cultural hub Pittsburgh has grown into. While my undergraduate choice took me away from the city, the opportunity to explore Pittsburgh at a deeper level while being apart of one of the best physical therapy programs in the nation was not difficult. Pitt physical therapy has given me a home with some of the most amazing friends and faculty who push you to dream bigger than you ever thought. My experiences with the people I met in my first semester pushed me out of my comfort zone to become president of this class. Outside of school, I like to keep up with physical fitness and running, hanging out with friends and watching BIG10 football (and Pitt!), exploring the small niches of this amazing city, and enjoying life!
After I finish my time in this program, I foresee myself moving onto either a residency or working as a travelling physical therapist for a couple of years before returning to pursue a residency. Even in only my second semester as a student, I quickly realized the opportunities available from Pitt to become one of the leading experts in physical therapy. I have become extremely motivated to push myself to my very best in order to carve out a future where I am on the front line of pushing innovation and technology. My current interests are fluctuating all over the place, but I can see myself being content in either sports or the combined pediatric-oncology specialties. There is nothing that makes me happier than the way kids see our world, and the thought that I could work day in and day out to ensure children impacted by cancer never lose the will to fight reminds me of why I chose Pitt. Already, I know that I will never regret my decision to accept my spot in Pitt PT. The choice to be great started in my home in Greensburg with my parents; now, I reaffirm that decision every day I go into class or into the clinic.