Lauren Kealy, SPT (Philadelphia, PA)
I'm an APTA member in order to be surrounded by like-minded individuals who share in my passion for elevating the profession of physical therapy.
We may all be different, but we share a unified vision.
By being an APTA member as a student, I have been exposed to legislative issues that are not talked about in the classroom. I have a broader understanding of the battles that physical therapists have to fight for and a greater appreciation for advocacy and legislative efforts. I have been able to understand the profession, with the help of APTA, in a way that is not included in DPT curriculum.
Connecting to other physical therapists and students has led to amazing conversations, supportive mentors, and several great friendships. The passion regarding physical therapy as a whole, put forth by APTA members, has taught me just as much outside of the classroom as I have learned inside.
The relationships I have formed through conference attendance, local APTA events, and even online networking (#DPTstudent!) have been the most influential part of my PT school education thus far.
These relationships will continue to help me grow as I leave PT school and enter the clinical world. I look forward to strengthening these relationships as well as forming new ones through additional APTA-sponsored events.
I am an APTA member because there is strength in numbers. The physical therapy profession is moving forward, and I will be a part of that motion. You should be, too.
Lauren Kealy, SPT, is a doctor of physical therapy student at Regis University in Denver, Colorado. She tweets at @laurenrSPT.
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