I chose to pursue a pediatric residency immediately after graduating physical therapy school because I knew that I was going to work with the pediatric population, and I knew that I still had a lot to learn. Cincinnati Children’s Pediatric Residency quickly became my number one choice for residency because of the strong mentorship program, the many rich opportunities to work in and observe different areas of pediatric physical therapy practice, and the LEND program.
Looking back on my residency journey, I am most grateful for the relationships that were formed with the residency mentors. It was career altering to have my first year of practice be guided by multiple mentors who are experts in different diagnoses and practice areas. I also benefitted from the opportunity to work in multiple practice settings (outpatient, inpatient, school system) and observe in numerous specialty clinics within the Cincinnati Children’s hospital system and early intervention settings. I learned information about diagnoses, treatments, and evaluation techniques in every new and unique setting I had the privilege of being a part of.
The LEND program also opened my eyes to numerous other disciplines that work with the developmental patients that I work with, and to the wide world of disability and disability advocacy. I had the opportunity to work on a research project in the disability field that led to a poster presentation at a national conference. I also formed relationships through LEND with professionals from disciplines outside of physical therapy that have become lasting friendships.
Overall, I am so grateful for the opportunity to participate in the Cincinnati Children’s Pediatric Residency. My confidence in my physical therapy practice was significantly higher because of the mentorship, the opportunities for exploration within pediatric physical therapy and through the new ideas learned in the LEND program.