Already as a resident, I am seeing my clinical practice change dramatically. Whether it is dropping old habits, modifying a technique, or understanding the diagnostic process more thoroughly, I am constantly changing and improving my skills. Generally, these changes are made based off changes in the research and learning from expert practitioners.
Last Friday, Dr. E wrote a post regarding his top 5 things he has abandoned over the years. It was a very well written post defining how an expert practitioner has modified his practice. In physical therapy school, we all learn so much information. Frankly, it is overwhelming. There is tendency to believe that every skill one learns in school needs to be practiced OR that these are the only skills available. As you continue to practice and continue to develop your area of expertise, you gain a sense of what is important and what may be less efficient aspects of your clinical practice. You also begin to attend continuing education courses AND learn the different schools of thought. To be an expert clinician you need to recognize these changes in your own practice and think about why you changed that old habit. Read Dr. E's post to gain a sense of what I mean.
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