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…


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…


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…


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?


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


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.


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!



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


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


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

Aimee 🙂

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