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Imposter Syndrome: Dealing with Feelings of Self-Doubt and Inadequacy in a Doctorate Level Program

written by Rachel Harrison, SPT Imposter syndrome (IS): a collection of feelings of inadequacy that persist despite evident success. ‘Imposters’ suffer from chronic self-doubt and a sense of intellectual fraudulence that override any feelings of success or external proof of their competence.  Imposter syndrome is something we have heard about from professors, mentors, and advisors….

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Preventing Burn Out While In School

We hear about burnout after a physical therapist begins practicing for a few years, and learn about ways to prevent it and remain interested and invested in your practice and in your patients.  However, we never talk about burnout while in school.  After sitting in class week after week for 35+ hours, it can be…

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Teaching Defensive Documentation in a DPT Program

by Tiffany Enache, PT, DPT, Assistant Professor and Director of Clinical Education Documentation is an important part of the daily life of a physical therapist, and APTA presents high standards in their Defensible Documentation resources (1) and also in the Guide to Physical Therapist Practice (2).  These both serve as very useful resources when designing learning experiences related to…

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How do you introduce new concepts to existing patients?

Have you ever returned from a seminar itching to use all kinds of novel assessments and treatments on your existing caseload? While some patients may be super excited for your latest and greatest techniques, others may lose confidence if your new explanations and education are too different from what was already working. Dr. E discusses…

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