Major: Kinesiology and Health
Minor/option/emphasis: KIN-Exercise Science
Hometown/State: Forrest, IL
Type of experience: Internship
Company/Organization: Physiotherapy Associates
Company/Organization website: http://www.myphysio.com
Destination: Downtown Des Moines
Advisor/Coordinator Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
I was responsible for...
My job was simply to follow the clinic director to get a good understanding of the flow of normal day at Physio as a rehabilitiation therapist. I would grab patients from the waiting room and get them started on their exercises. I would also correct exercise form if/when I was one on one with a client. I was beginning to get a good idea of treatments to certain types of injuries as the internship progressed, which was my goal. I wanted to be able to take a certain injury and prescribe correct exercises for long term pain relief.
During my time at Physio, I would say that I accomplished my goal of getting familiar with a normal and busy day of an occupational and physical therapist. I got accepted into an OT program in the first few weeks of the internship, so I was very grateful to be able to learn techniques and various treatment strategies from well known therapists.
My most valuable effort...
I was not assigned projects throughout my time at Physio due to legal issues; however, everyday did feel like a project. I challenged myself each week to work on one thing whether it be perform six ultrasounds or lead a patient through an entire 40 minute session. I learned the best this way.
The most valuable learning experience was working under the therapists that I did. The location is well known for it's work and I got to witness that firsthand. The therapists are so knowledgable and truly want the best for the patients. I met with a lot of patients and as they would graduate, nearly all were completely satisfies and very thankful for their experience. The entire clinic does their best to keep numbers up and really work to please.
I will never forget...
I would say that most memorable experiences I took away was getting the know the patients and staff. The connections one makes for a whole ten weeks is amazing. It was so hard to say goodbye to everyone and knowing I have a family there to welcome me back with open arms is a great feeling.
Advice for others...
It can get frustrating have an observational internship. A majority of Kinesiology majors are hands-on and eager to work/assist. This made it difficult to just stand back and watch, especially during busy days. I would make sure you speak with your supervisor and ask what to do in those situations. Some like assistance, while some get worked up during busy times and want to just fight through it on their own. Get a feel of what they expect so you can do your part.
I first learned about this career-building experience from...
I was actually driving through Des Moines one day and noticed the building from the interstate. I went home and googled more facilities and it really stuck out to me.
I landed this assignment by...
I contacted the clinic director of Physio and simply asked if they offered internships to undergraduate students. She replied quickly and told me to send a resume. We then coordinated times and dates and it worked out.
I wanted this experience because...
I wanted the Downtown location for the diversity of the clients. I knew the facility worked with athletes (professional, college, and high school) which I have a passion for. I love combining therapy with a sports aspect. I also just loved the post surgical. With the clinic being connected to Iowa Ortho, they see a lot of patients after major surgeries. I love seeing how far clients from beginning to end.