Research Physical Therapist
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|Position Title||Research Physical Therapist|
|Full Time or Part Time||Part Time|
|Site Location||RFUMS Main Campus (MAIN)|
|Other Site Location|
Position Summary Information
|Job Description Summary|
The Center for Lower Extremity Ambulatory Research (CLEAR) welcome applications for a part-time Research Physical Therapist.
Accommodate participant schedules with 1-2 weeks notice.
Commit to the full duration of the project, which is expected to be 3 years. The average time commitment during that period is expected to be approximately 200 hours during years 1 and 2, and limited time in year 3.
|Essential Duties & Responsibilities|
The Research Physical Therapist must successfully complete training on the study protocol and will be responsible for providing physical therapy intervention to study participants. Physical therapy intervention for each participant will involve eight weekly, 1.5 hour sessions. During each session the Research Physical Therapist will be responsible for maintaining the safety of the participant, on-going participant assessment during active video game play, providing feedback to the participant regarding optimum movement patterns to improve performance during video game play, and working collaboratively and concurrently with a research psychologists to determine exercises on-the-spot that approximate real-world situations that distress the participant and which to be used as exposure therapy. The physical therapist will use best clinical practices to personalize the progression of the intervention based on an assessment of the participant’s baseline functional abilities and rate of skill acquisition throughout the intervention. The physical therapist and research psychologist will work together with the participant to identify realistic outcome goals based on their functional abilities, current behaviors and thoughts. Opportunities exist to be included on study publications and presentations.
|Required Education & Experience|
Entry-level MPT degree from a CAPTE accredited program, license to practice physical therapy in Illinois, hands-on clinical experience working with patient populations.
|Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities|
Must be able to efficiently learn operation of new rehabilitation technologies, computer literacy, and work effectively in an interprofessional team.
Practice in a VA hospital and experience with lower extremity prosthetic users.
|Typical Physical Demands and Working Conditions|
Selected candidate must have the mental and physical capabilities to perform the essential functions of the position with or without reasonable accommodations.
The physical demands of this position are no greater than those associated with physical therapy clinical practice. Participants in the study will be independently mobile, therefore the position does not require lifting or transferring participants.
All work will be performed within a motion analysis research laboratory.
Posting Detail Information
|Open Until Filled||Yes|
|PeopleAdmin Posting Number||20111111|
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- Cover Letter
Now that things are finally official as far as where I’ll be headed after graduation in May, I thought I’d write an (albeit long) overview of my experiences with the PT school application process. I know I have at least a few followers interested in the field, and hopefully this account can shed light on what to expect when it comes time to apply!
My path to PT school was a bit non traditional; I started college on a pre-med track. After a year, however, I realized that what I wanted to do in health care was more in line with physical therapy than medicine. So I spent the next 2 years working toward getting into a DPT program.
I stayed on the pre-med track as far as classes, and I kept my biology major, but I did manage to fit in a few extra classes that would round out my application–I took Exercise Physiology, Therapeutic Rehabilitation, and Human Anatomy and Human Phys (in addition to the vertebrate components that counted toward my degree). I think taking OChem made my application stand out too, as horrible as that experience was. Every PT school has different pre-reqs, so it’s important to do research early on to know what most schools will require. I really wanted to apply to TWU, but they required a Med Terms course that TU didn’t offer and I couldn’t find an alternative in time before I applied.
I also managed to get 110 observation hours at three different therapy settings (general outpatient, ortho, and pediatric). Although I know of plenty of people who got more through PT tech jobs or undergrad internships, and other people who had less than I did, so I think that may be about average. And while it didn’t count toward my observation hours, I volunteered for about 6 months at the Center for Individuals with Physical Challenges in Tulsa, and I had the opportunity to teach a series of dance classes there. It forced me to become comfortable with a population of people I had never really been around before, and I learned a lot and made some friends while I was there! I used my experiences at the Center in many of my application essays.
So finally I’ll talk about the actual application process. Cool thing about PT is that most schools are on the PTCAS, so you only have to do one application for those schools, and just worry about the supplemental essays. I applied to 6 schools on the PTCAS, (Rosalind Franklin, UIC, Iowa, KU, UT Southwestern, and UNT) and one school that had its own application (OU). The PTCAS system opens on July 1st for each application cycle, and I would recommend setting up your account and starting the app ASAP. The most tedious part is entering in all your coursework-it took me about 4 hours one afternoon. Send your transcripts first thing-just get that over with. Try to email the people you want to write your rec letters and sign off on your observations around July too, just so you have time to find back-ups in case any say no (they probably won’t, but better safe than sorry!) I was able to finish the application and most of my essays before classes started up again in the fall, which was great for my stress levels!
I took the GRE kind of late, I think, in mid-August. Those scores were one of the last things I was waiting on before I submitted my application. As annoying and as useless as it may seem, the GRE is actually pretty important. Some schools base most (if not all) of your application score on your GPA and GRE score, so I would suggest at least getting a practice book. I don’t think a prep course is necessary unless you’re a notoriously bad test taker. Also, try to write down the GRE codes for the schools you’re applying to before the test and bring them with you. You can send scores to 4 places for free, and I ended up sending one to the wrong code, so that was $27 wasted, basically.
Essays are important too, especially for schools that do interviews I was thrown off when Iowa asked me about something I wrote in my essay, which I hadn’t looked at in four months at that point. They seem daunting (“what kind of diversity can you bring to our program?”) but luckily most of the essays are various forms of the same question. I was able to use the same essay with minor modifications for two different schools. Basically they all want to know about personal developmental experiences you’ve had and why you want to do PT and what would make you a good candidate. They to think of cool things you’ve done, or experiences where you’ve learned something, and try to relate it back to the profession. They aren’t that bad once you sit down and do them.
Once you submit your PTCAS, and any other applications, check with each school to see if they require any additional application fees to be sent directly to the department. Usually they’ll have instructions on their websites, and be sure to follow these! I sent my application fee to Iowa too early and it was kind of embarrassing. Oops!
Next, you wait…depending on the application deadline for each school and how early you get your application in, you could start hearing back as early as October! Some schools require interviews, some don’t. I applied to 4 schools requiring interviews, and 3 that didn’t.
If you get invited to interview, first of all: yay! You did it, their admissions committee thinks you’re qualified to be in PT school! You’re not a sham, even if you think you are. Next: think long and hard about whether or not you will attend this interview. It’s hard to say no to your first interview invite. I RSVP’d yes immediately to mine. However, it’s important to keep in mind that if this school thinks you’re qualified, there’s a good chance others will too! Obviously if it’s your dream school, #1 choice, then by all means go! But if you’re like me, the first school you hear back from may be a super expensive private school far away from home that you only applied to to increase your chances of getting in ~somewhere~. So I ultimately withdrew my application from Rosalind-Franklin, and shortly after that I received invited from Iowa and UT Southwestern, both of which were closer to home and higher up on my preference list.
If you have to interview at a school, I STRONGLY suggest googling some sample PT school interview questions. A few schools have a list of potential questions online, which are really good to think about, even if you don’t get asked those exact questions. They helped me a lot. Also, don’t stress about it too much! If you’ve been invited to interview, they already like you and think you’re good enough, they’re just trying to find the best for for their program. And you should be doing the same thing in interviews! Figuring out whether this place is a good fit for YOU. Take good notes during their initial presentations, so you remember little details about each program. Finally, just be yourself, and don’t worry if you stumble on an answer. The interviewers know it’s a stressful situation, they just want to get to know you a little better. Even if you blank on a question-try to make something up. That’s probably what they’re looking for anyway, an ability to think on your feet.
Ooooookay. So your interviews are over….time to wait some more! The next step is probably the hardest: decision time. Things to consider when making your decision: $$PRICE$$$, length of program, distance from home, location, curriculum, class size, and research opportunities. Of the 7 schools I applied to, I got 4/4 interview invites, went to two of those interviews, and was admitted to 4 schools and wait listed at the other. For me, distance from home was pretty important, so that eliminated UIC and KU. Next biggest factor was price. I qualified for instate tuition at OU since my parents moved to Oklahoma 2 years ago, so I figured that’s where I would end up. But UT Southwestern offered to waive my out-of-state tuition, making it about $15,000 cheaper than OU over the course of the program. Their program was also 5 months shorter than OU’s, so I would be out in the working force earlier and able to pay off my loans sooner. So those two factors pretty much sealed the deal for me, in addition to my interviewer having a similar specialty to what I would like to pursue.
So after a roller coaster of a journey, I’m finally sitting pretty and just trying to finish out this last semester and graduate (easier said than done, though). I start PT school May 23rd, 2 weeks after graduation, so not much turnaround time. My biggest issue at the moment right now is figuring out where to live! So if you know anyone looking for a roommate in the Dallas area starting in May, send them my way!
Also, so sorry this is so long, just wanted to be as detailed and answer as many potential questions as I could! If you have any more I’d be more than happy to answer them! And best of luck to those of you applying in this next cycle; I beliebe in u :*