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HLTH 4200 Internship Experience

Sarah Padgett
Clemson Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation
1. Review your goals and objectives for your internship and assess your
internship site as it provided a setting for achieving the goals you set.
a. By the end of my fieldwork experience, I will be able to
administer and interpret a case study.
i. Due to the size of my internship site, it was fairly easy to
get acquainted with one patient and follow the patient
through the duration of treatment. I was able to observe
the patients treatment, whether or not I was directly
working with the patient. At my site, the therapist allowed
me access to the patient notes to complete my case study
in detail.
b. By the end of my fieldwork experience, I will be able to guide
patients in treatment exercises as able by law.
i. At Clemson Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation, I have been
given the opportunity to work with many patients and
guide them in their treatment exercises. The therapists
instructed me in leading patients through many exercises.
Legally, I was not able to perform manual therapy and use
treatment modalities.
c. By the end of my fieldwork experience, I will be able to describe
how physical therapists determine treatment goals for each
patient.
i. My internship site has provided me with many
opportunities to observe the initial evaluation of patients. I
was able to listen to and participate in conversations
between therapist and patients about goals for therapy. At
CSMR, each patient also takes a survey before treatment
begins. This survey focuses on the patients intended
outcome of therapy. At my internship site, I have been
able to read over the results of this survey for several
patients. I have also been able to administer this survey
with some patients.
d. By the end of my fieldwork experience, I will be able to articulate
by personal strengths and characteristics that are valuable in a
career in physical therapy.
i. My internship site has provided me with opportunities to
learn how to work within my gifting. The therapists and
other employees at CSMR have given me feedback about
my performance, which has allowed me to find the way I
work best. My site has made me feel very valued.
2. Explain and show how you achieved the goals you set.

a. By the end of my fieldwork experience, I will be able to


administer and interpret a case study.
i. Throughout my internship, I have been able to observe
patients during the course of treatment. When
administering my case study, I focused specifically on one
patient. I was observed the patients initial evaluation and
the treatments that followed. I have been collecting all of
the therapists patient notes in order to have all of the
information necessary to complete a case study. These
notes have allowed me to observe the patient more during
treatment encounters because I was not focused on taking
notes.
b. By the end of my fieldwork experience, I will be able to guide
patients in treatment exercises as able by law.
i. I have learned how to perform many of the treatment
exercises used in the clinic. I have also learned how to
communicate these exercises to patients. I have learned
about the way muscle groups are challenged from many
different exercises. With practice and affirmation from the
therapists, I have become more confident in my ability to
administer treatment exercises.
c. By the end of my fieldwork experience, I will be able to describe
how physical therapists determine treatment goals for each
patient.
i. I have witnessed the communication between the therapist
and the patient about the personal goals of the patient.
The ultimate goals are restoration of function and freedom
from pain. There are also additional goals, specific to the
patients, including returning to activities that the patients
enjoy. The determining of specific goals is all based on
what is expressed by the patient.
d. By the end of my fieldwork experience, I will be able to articulate
my personal strengths and characteristic that are valuable in a
career in physical therapy.
i. I have been able to recognize my strengths and
weaknesses by working with patients and completing
different tasks at my internship site. I have also received
feedback from my preceptor and other clinic employees
that have affirmed what I knew about my gifting. I know
that I am knowledgeable, empathetic, detail-oriented, and
prepared. I feel more confident in my ability to succeed in
a career in physical therapy based on my character.
3. Choose one project/assignment and describe it as follows:
a. How well do you think you accomplished the project or dealt with
the experience(s)?

i. My biggest project during my internship was my case


study. I believe that I completed this project well. I was
able to follow one patient throughout her first prescription
for therapy. I interacted with the patient enough to see
how she was responding to therapy. I also kept up with the
patient notes throughout treatment. The progress made
by the patient was documented thoroughly in my case
study report.
b. What skills did you use? (e.g. writing, speaking, organizing,
interpersonal, counseling, management, research, etc.)
i. I used many personal skills throughout the completion of
this case study. I used my communication and
interpersonal skills to get to know the patient. These skills
were also used in instructing the patient on treatment
exercises. I used by organization skills to keep track of all
of the information I needed about the patient. I have used
research skills to investigate the specific injury and the
effects of treatment. My writing skills were used to
compile all of the learned information into a case study
report.
c. Point out your strengths and weaknesses. What would you do
differently?
i. My strengths in conducting the case study were interacting
with the patient and organization. This helped me to learn
the patients goals and see how the patient was responding
to therapy. I also kept the patient notes very organized. I
was able to see the progression of therapy by reviewing
the notes in order. My biggest weakness was
procrastination of the written report. I kept up with the
notes but failed to write my report until therapy was
complete. I would not have done much differently. I do
wish that I had chosen to do a case study of a patient with
a more specific injury. It would have been easier to gather
information about the injury and measure the progress of
the patient.
4. Assess your contribution to the internship site.
a. As an intern, I felt I was able to make many contributions to the
work site. I worked hard to complete my given tasks and
responsibilities. I completed my duties with an always-joyful
attitude. I was able to build relationships with all of the
employees of CSMR and many of the clinics patients. I also had
the freedom to use my creativity at my internship site. I
contributed many ideas toward the clinics spirit week for
National Physical Therapy Month and patient appreciation. I
have also become a recent addition to the staff team at CSMR.

Now that my internship is complete, I will continue to work at


CSMR as a PT aide.
5. Has your experience changed or reinforced your career goals.
Changed or reinforced your educational goals? Could you see yourself
as a professional in this field?
a. My internship has given me a great deal of clarity in my plans for
the future. I am sure that I want to pursue a career in physical
therapy. I would like to continue my education to earn a degree
as a Doctor of Physical Therapy. I can see myself thriving in this
profession because it allows me to care for people in a gentle
and compassionate manner. Physical therapy would also allow
me to build and maintain relationships with patients and coworkers. I am willing to work for this because I feel so strongly
about my career goals.
6. Relate your internship experience to your academic work on campus.
List at least 5 specific courses (by title, not number) either in your
major or outside your major that were useful at this site.
a. Human Anatomy and Physiology I & II
b. Health Promotion of the Aged
c. Determinants of Health Behavior
d. Abnormal Psychology
e. Introduction to Sociology
7. Were there instances at your site where the health literacy training
were utilized? Explain.
a. The health literacy training was very valuable to my internship
experience. I learned that as a health care professional, patients
come to you from various backgrounds. It is unfair to jump to
conclusions about patients understanding of health care. My
internship served as an opportunity for me to listen to patients.
It also gave me a chance to communicate with each patient in a
completely neutral way. I was able to care for all patients
because I respected them as people.