As the year comes to a close I've spent more and more time thinking about how incredible this year has been. Graduating from Saint Louis University's Doctor of Physical Therapy program is at the top of that list.
As I have begun my professional career as a physical therapist and sport's resident I have really valued my education that helped me get here. It was that education and relentless commitment from SLU's faculty that game me the tools and necessary skills to build from. After all, we are all adult learners in graduate school. You get what you put in.
It was professors like Dr. Ann Hayes who would sit with me and go over orthopedic exam concepts I'd missed or needed more information on. Or professors like Dr. Chris Sebelski who would meet to go over extra movement analysis cases unrelated to any classes for hours. Or Dr. Mark Reinking who would listen and give guidance to any one of the hundreds of nagging sports residency questions I had for him. Or Dr. Darina Sargent who would take the time to stop me in the hallway to tell me about the good things I did in class and give me positive encouragement about my future. The list goes on and on. The point is without my education at Saint Louis University and the amazing faculty who took the time to help me, I would never have had the foundation to start my career the way I have.
While the education I am receiving in the residency is incredible, I still find myself going back to some of my notes from PT school to assist my studying. I think it's important to always make sure a physical therapist's foundation is solid. Going back to my SLU notes has helped me keep and build off of my foundation.
For students who are looking to attend PT school in the future, I hope Saint Louis University will be in your considerations. More importantly, find a PT school that will go above and beyond for their students like SLU so that you can get as much out of the experience as you put in.