"Prior to pursuing a residency, I knew I wanted to practice in Pediatric Physical Therapy but did not know where that path would take me. I continuously asked myself the following questions:
Is there a certain population or setting I am most interested in? Is there a specific Pediatric or Health Policy SIG I would like to be more actively involved in? Where will my strengths best be served? What can I continue to improve on? How can I be involved in research and disseminating knowledge? How do I practice family centered care?
The residency program at Cincinnati Children’s provided a wealth of clinical, didactic, leadership, community, policy and advocacy experiences that helped me explore these questions on a deeper level. The residency elevated my desire to embrace and encourage cross team communication and teamwork in order to provide the best care possible for my current patients and families.
Aside from the wealth of experiences the residency offered, I was also provided with continuous opportunities for growth and self-reflection. There was a great balance between mentorship and independence as it related to clinical practice. I was challenged to assess and re-assess how I can use current literature and research to enhance my clinical skills, while still delivering cooperative family-centered care. Aside from my growth as a clinician my experience as a LEND Trainee challenged me to recognize the importance of disability awareness in our medical profession, at a community level and at a policy level. The residency highly prepared me for the Pediatric Clinical Specialist (PCS) examination, but more importantly it provided exceptional experiences and mentorship leading me to continually challenge myself for ongoing growth and learning as a clinician, mentor, advocate, and educator."