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A PT who's new to the United States faces termination on the job. Part 2 of 3 on various faces of bullying and their ethical ramifications.

Physical therapists have a well-deserved reputation worldwide as caring individuals who are dedicated to providing optimal patient and client care. Every profession has its exceptions, however. In the following scenario, a newcomer to this country has the misfortune to be paired with 1 such practitioner.

Falsely Billed

Vern has worked for 5 years as a licensed physical therapist (PT) in his home country, where he is a respected supervisor at a subacute care facility. But his longtime dream is to practice in the United States, so he initiates the long and involved process of organizing his paperwork, getting his credentials evaluated, qualifying and studying for the National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE), and applying for an H-1B visa. Obtaining the latter requires that he have "an employer-employee relationship with the petitioning US employer."

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  1. Kirsch NK. Pothole, pitfalls. PT in Motion. 2015; 7(6):10-13.

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