As a new year begins, I feel the urge to change up the normal routine and refine my approach to professional and clinical development. As an early riser, I get up at 3 am (I imagine this habit is why my mother taught me how to make my own breakfast as soon as I could reach the table). Historically mornings are my most productive time of the day. No one is up. I can get to emails later when I get to the clinic. There are no phone calls or urgent matters that I must attend. I do whatever I want. Lately that has consisted of reading about injury surveillance, general statistics, and critical reasoning and problem solving. Really it’s just a scattershot of whatever crosses the desk or the inbox. My goal is to be the best physical therapist possible. Instead of randomly grabbing an article, I believe an outline with clear objectives of topics to be mastered is necessary. I notice that I always revert to areas I know well instead of challenging those I do not.
Reflecting on the past year, I can confidently say that 90% to 95% of my reading was on topics that I knew very well before picking up the paper. This is really not good or bad, but it is definitely the habit I have developed, but I do not support the main goal to become an expert physical therapist because critical aspects are missed. Continue reading