The Business of Love
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Similar to many students, I knew that I wanted to go into private practice early on, and like many students I had little experience with business. I was making my way through physical therapy school, trying to master the skills of our profession.
Because I was so sure of my path to private practice, I made a point to choose rotations that would combine my love for sports and athletics to my passion of physical therapy and entrepreneurship.
Partway through my physical therapy school experience, I knew that I needed to make connections, gather all the insight that I could, and figure out my plans for my future endeavor.
Eventually, I became involved with APTA's Private Practice Section leadership education task force. It wasn't until joining this team of amazing professionals and business-savvy people, that I realized the importance of my involvement with the APTA community.
The objective for this task force was to bridge the gap between what students are learning in school and what the real-world demands of a physical therapist are.
It was incredible, to say the least. Members discussed obstacles as well as solutions to these complex problems that our profession faces. Being the only student in the room I was intimidated to share my opinions and thoughts, but I quickly realized that I was representing all students in this moment. I was extremely fortunate to have a seat at this table.
Because of this experience, I've gained peers, mentors, and more insight and advice than I could've ever asked for.
Having the opportunity to help make a positive impact in our profession, with the goal of improving the lives and health of people in this country, was and continues to be very humbling.
As a #FreshPT and newly embarking entrepreneur, I am so thankful for the experiences as a student. Today, I actively seek out as many opportunities to stay involved and connected with APTA and my profession.
Joe Lipsky, PT, DPT, is a practicing clinician in New York. You can connect with Joe on Twitter at @Joseph_Lipsky1.
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