After publishing a story about an experience a friend encountered, Edwin pursued his idea of creating a blog. Through his online platform, he hopes to encourage dialogue between student-healthcare providers and patients of the healthcare system. Read below about why he was chosen as an SPT Spotlight!
My blog, “Patient Theory” initially began as a generic “student blog” because 1) I didn’t know where to go with it and 2) I had already written a few times about healthcare before a blog was even an idea. I started by documenting experiences in my own life with health care providers, which lead to later publishing a story about an incident my friend went through in the ED.
The blog came from the encouraging response from other students and clinicians via a mentorship group I’m a part of. Although I was concerned about being judged, the idea that if just one person reads a patient’s perspective that planted a seed of compassion, it would be worth it. Inspirations from people like Jerry Durham, Jeff Moore, and other giants in our profession deserve the nod of acknowledgement. Any thoughts or perspectives I share are simply my own spin on their idea; therefore, I don’t consider myself a thought leader. I just want to spark a conversation to move us forward. With all that said, my priority is not necessarily “to grow a following” as much as it is to raise awareness that we really can do better in terms of empathetic patient care. Questionable (at best) treatment of patients is not in a distant world because we don’t see it daily, as I have observed it myself.
Social media and online content sharing isn’t the way of the future. Frankly it’s the way of now. Check out Physical Therapy 2.0: Leveraging Social Media to Engage Patients in Rehabilitation and Health Promotion by Knight et.al. If we don’t have a virtual presence as a profession, then we are genuinely doing a disservice to the people we serve. We must “go where the people are” as Mike Eisenhart, PT says. A summary of Patient Theory’s purpose is to bridge the gap of communication among patients and students in health professions.
(You can check out Edwin's blog at https://patienttheory.wordpress.com/)
While juggling tests, assignments, and clinicals, Taylor Morris has turned his hardship of school expenses into a growing business. Check out below why he was chosen as a SPT Spotlight!
“Find what you love to do and do it well. Make the world a better place.”
This is a quote I heard recently that perfectly sums up my unique experience while in PT school. Three years ago my wife, Susan, and I were both working full time. I was an Athletic Trainer and serving in the Army National Guard and Susan was an ER nurse. We were financially stable and had just bought our first house when we were both accepted into graduate school in the same year. She started her DNP and I started working towards my DPT. Suddenly we had no income and were living on student loans. Not long after, we decided a little girl would be an amazing addition to our family! It was during this critical time of financial stress that the idea of my woodworking shop started to develop. I needed something that could earn enough money to help ease our burden yet flexible enough to work around family and school.
It took a lot of trial and error but two years later my business is going better than I could have ever hoped for. It’s the constant drive of always improving that has gotten me this far. I specialize in custom engraved wooden American flags and truly enjoy the stories behind each piece. I’ve also been able to donate a small portion of every sale to the charity Homes for Our Troops. They build adaptive homes for injured veterans to enable them to focus on rehab, family, and return to their lives as quickly and independently as possible. Not only does this correspond with my patriotic style of woodworking, but also my soon to be career as a PT! Woodworking has brought me a lot of joy and sense of fulfillment and has enabled me to do my small part in making the world a better place while in school. So I want to challenge other PTs and DPT students! Find what it is that motivates you and has brought you this far! What is it that you love about Physical Therapy? There is no such thing as too busy. Don’t settle for being “okay.” Creating “okay” flags never would have made me successful. And like my flags, always find better ways, always push for new ideas, and be passionate about your product. Then you can dedicate yourself fully to your patients and begin to make the world a better place.
What is the Spotlight?
The Student Board of Directors for the KPTA SSIG are excited to start this project to feature the exceptional DPT and PTA students within the Kansas and Midwest area. There are students who have been involved with amazing community organizations, traveled to unique locations for clinical rotations, impacted lives, built businesses, won national awards...the list goes on. The SPT/A Spotlight is the central place for these great students to forever be recognized for their hard work and to be seen by students, faculty, and community members across the area.
Are you currently a student who deserves to be in the Spotlight?
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