Help: I Feel Alone – How Physical Therapists Can Find Their Tribe

As physical therapists, we often hear about colleagues leaving healthcare, chasing higher pay, or seeking the comfort of work-from-home jobs. This constant chatter can be disheartening, especially if you’re one of the dedicated PTs striving to push the profession forward.

The good news is, you are not alone!

Finding Your Community of Like-Minded PTs

So, how do you connect with other PTs who refuse to settle for the status quo and are driven to achieve more for themselves and the profession? Here are some steps to help you find your tribe:

1. Explore Board Certification

One of the best places to start is by checking out the list of board-certified specialists on the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS) website. Fewer than 10% of PTs in the USA have pursued board certification. Those who have are likely to share your commitment to professional excellence and continuous improvement. Connecting with these individuals can provide a network of peers who understand and value your dedication.

2. Look into Accredited Residency and Fellowship Programs

For even deeper engagement, explore the list of accredited residency and fellowship programs on the ABPTRFE website. With fewer than 2% of PTs in the USA pursuing residency training, those who do are undoubtedly passionate about the field. These programs are hotbeds for innovation, advanced clinical skills, and leadership development.

3. Engage with Entrepreneurial and Innovative Communities

If you’re interested in entrepreneurship and innovative practice models, the private practice section of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) is a great resource. Additionally, the APTA’s Department of Clinical Implementation and Innovation offers insights into cutting-edge practices. Following PT-focused social media accounts can also inspire you with stories of PTs breaking new ground.

4. Join Forward-Thinking Practices

Consider seeking out and joining practices that prioritize excellence and innovation. Look for organizations that sponsor residency and fellowship programs, have high percentages of board-certified specialists, engage in international service projects, and experiment with new practice models. These environments can foster your growth and connect you with other driven professionals.

You’re Not Alone

The reality is that there are many deeply passionate PTs out there doing amazing things. It can sometimes feel like you’re on an island, but rest assured, your community is out there. If you need help finding them, don’t hesitate to reach out. We’re here to support you and connect you with others who share your drive to elevate the profession of physical therapy.

By seeking out these connections, you’ll not only find camaraderie but also contribute to a movement that is striving to reshape and advance our field. Together, we can make a significant impact. So, take heart, keep pushing forward, and know that you are part of a vibrant, passionate community.

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