Outpatient Clinic - Fun Workplace to be creative and innovative with each patient according to their needs
Pros: Broad variety of patients, amazing stories from veterans, free gym
Cons: short breaks, low pay, short staff at times
A typical day I would see anywhere from 7-14 patients which included active duty, guard, reserve, veterans <65 yr/old, and dependents >13 yr/old from any military branch of service. In our outpatient clinic we administered Plan of Cares which included therex (therapeutic exercise), Phonophoresis, Ultrasound, Heat/Cold packs, GameReady, Ice Massage, Suture Removal, Scar Adhesion Breakage, Joint Mobs, Manual Stretching, Paraffin Baths, Therapeutic Massage, and tools so that our patients would be successful in-clinic to the point where they were able to continue an independent POC at home on their own time. Each patient established their own goals from their baseline measurements during their interview with the Physical or Occupational Therapists. My job as a Physical Medicine was to carry out the Plan of Care for the patient as prescribed by the Therapists. My supervisor and flight commander had open door policies and were readily available for any questions I had concerning a patient or the treatment plans. My co-workers were also very helpful since they had all had years more experience than me. The hardest part of the job was seeing a patient who needed to be referred to a pain specialist or who needed surgery due to other health factors that we were not able to help with in our medical field. The most rewarding part of the job was being there from start to finish with my patients and seeing them tackle their goals and accomplish feats they weren't able to do since before they arrived at our clinic. In Physical Therapy, I get to spend time with the patient and build the type of rapport normal health care providers aren't able to do.