DOAR Central is pleased to host Marsha Edmonds for an 8-week clinical rotation, beginning today. Marsha is a first year Doctor of Physical Therapy Student at Elon University in Burlington, North Carolina. During her rotation at DOAR Central, she will work with Kate Albright, PT and James Turner, DPT.
Marsha is a native of Fayetteville, North Carolina and an alumnus of East Carolina University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Exercise & Sport Science with a Teacher Preparation Option (Health & Physical Education). Prior to pursuing a career in physical therapy, Marsha was a Health & Physical Education teacher for seven years.
Why are you pursuing a career in physical therapy?
As a physical therapist, I look forward to having the chance to make a meaningful difference in the lives of people every day by assisting them in reducing pain, while increasing their mobility and independence. Also, the fast-paced work environment of physical therapy will bring different challenges, and new people to meet and with whom to work.
What role does the clinical rotation play in your physical therapy education?
The clinical rotation will definitely strengthen and reinforce the valuable information that I have learned in my classes in the DPT program thus far. As a kinesthetic learner, the rotation will provide opportunities for me to actually see up close and personally many of the impairments, interventions, and positive results of physical therapy that have been discussed in my classes. For me, it is one thing to hear about something, but a completely different thing to experience or see it first-hand.
What were you looking for in a clinical instructor and clinical site?
Qualities I would like for my clinical instructor to possess include being knowledgeable and skillful in their field of work, and not hesitant to share that wealth of knowledge with me. The clinical instructor should be patient and open to hearing and answering any questions I may have during my clinical rotation, and have a nurturing response to help me blossom into a well-versed, professional, future colleague to help uphold the integrity of the field of physical therapy.
My clinical site should be an environment in which I feel welcomed and a place where everyone is willing and excited to learn, as well as, share new information with others in the setting. I also look for teamwork among staff which includes being a cohesive unit which works toward the ultimate benefit of the patients.
What are your goals for your clinical rotation at DOAR Central?
One of my goals for my clinical rotation is to get as much experience as I can to build a solid foundation on which to increase my wealth of knowledge and develop my skills. Hopefully, this experience will help me on my journey to becoming the best physical therapist I can be. Another goal is to be able to share what I have learned with others to further improve my skills and become more proficient in my field.
Please join us in welcoming Marsha to the team at DOAR & Affiliates!