I find it interesting that while overall new enrollment in graduate schools decreased this year, enrollment increased in grad schools in the health sciences by 6.4%. Although The New York Times doesn’t specifically mention which programs this includes, I have to assume it includes PT. As they note, “The health care industry has been hiring consistently and robustly during the recession and the weak recovery.” I know at Columbia our class is bigger than the ones before, and I’ve heard this is true of other PT programs. While the health industry seem to be growing steadily, hopefully the increased applicants won’t flood the field.
Doctors add years to your life but PTs add life to your years.
There’s a great article in The Jerusalem Post today about the rehab at Alyn Children’s Hospital in Jerusalem, Israel, where I once spent a fascinating day of shadowing. One thing I learned from the article is that “thanks to Israel’s national health insurance and Alyn donors, the Jerusalem pediatric rehabilitation hospital’s care is free.” They also mention some of the technology the hospital uses, including motorized vehicles that can help disabled children become more mobile; “The staff can teach children who haven’t yet reached their first birthday how to maneuver themselves about and participate in the world instead of just staring at the ceiling or out a window.”
I’m hoping to do one of my internships in Israel so that I can learn about the intricacies of physical therapy and health care abroad in a country where I’m comfortable speaking the language, getting around, and understanding the culture. Maybe I’ll even return to Alyn.
It can be very overwhelming! My advice is to take all the schools you’re interested in and make a spreadsheet of their pre-reqs. You can’t take every pre-req for every school, but you can eliminate some schools and take pre-reqs that will work for a bunch of schools. My spreadsheet probably had about 20 schools,… Continue reading I’m still a junior in my undergrad, but I’ve started looking into DPT schools and everything seriously the past couple of weeks. I have to admit I’m a bit overwhelmed! There seem to be quite a few pre-reqs, and I’m wishing I had gotten started on this sooner. Any general advice?
There are always a lot of rankings showing that PT is a growing profession or a field in which many people are happy. Today, a classmate of mine found a list showing that PT is also the fourth best paying job of the future, according to Yahoo. The article also sites the fact that by 2020, the number of PT positions is expected to ride 39%. Good to know.
One of my guilty pleasures is browsing the Weddings/Celebrations section of The New York Times each Sunday and reading the cute stories of how some of the couples met. This weekend I stumbled across the wedding announcement of a descendent of Kurt Vonnegut marrying her former physical therapist. Since I inherited Vonnegut’s position of Assistant Managing Editor on The Cornell Daily Sun I’m choosing to think of it as a symbol of how I hope to marry my journalism experience with PT!
As of this weekend, I have finished my first week of PT school, although I won’t have had two of my six classes until this afternoon. So far, it’s been quite the ride. The experience feels a bit like high school in the sense that once again I’m in a class of 65’ish students and… Continue reading First Week of School