Tales of a New Grad PT

Hey Fit Nerd fans! Sorry for my hiatus from the blog, but life is busy as a new grad PT! I began working my first PT job back in June of this year and so far it has been a whirlwind trying to get accustomed to full-time clinical life. All you new grads out there know what I mean! So I’m back with a light-hearted post detailing my thoughts on life as a new grad PT. Hope you enjoy!

I remember back to my first day in clinic on my own. It felt something like this…

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I was ready to conquer the world and teach everyone everything I had learned, but shortly realized that there is soooo much I don’t know. Despite all of the studying, sometimes you just can’t prepare for what walks in the door and it’s a sink or swim moment. Here are my general thoughts on a daily basis…

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It is true what they say: “fake it ’til you make it”.

My evaluations have steadily improved, but I definitely find myself in these moments from time to time, especially when attempting to explain pain to a patient…

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And then there’s the dreaded paperwork. I don’t think I can stress enough just how much I despise notes. Wouldn’t it be great if notes went more like this?

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And then there’s searching for an ICD-10 diagnosis code to add more time to your initial eval paperwork, gotta love ICD-10…

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But in all seriousness, here are some things I also try to remind myself of on a daily and weekly basis:

Hard work pays off in the end.

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Even if you’re not the best therapist, but you’re good at communication, that can take you a long way. So here are 2 things I regularly do with my patients: high fives and smiles!

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When prioritizing what I need to learn for the upcoming week this is always running through my mind…

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Lastly, and perhaps most importantly, there’s nothing wrong with demonstrating your passion to your patients. They will appreciate you for it!

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Until next time, keep kicking butt in the clinic and #neverstoplearning!

Aimee 🙂

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