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Practice Report
As the newly-elected NCPTA Director-at-Large for Practice (DAL), I’d like to introduce myself and how I hope to serve the membership during my term of office. I am a North Carolina native, and earned my BA in English from the University of North Carolina. In 2000, I began the Masters program in Exercise Science at the University of South Carolina (USC) (the “other” Carolina, I learned!). Concurrently, I completed my USC’s DPT program and Exercise Science degree in 2005. After graduation, I moved to Greensboro, North Carolina, where I began my professional career as an acute care Physical Therapist with Cone Health System. In 2007, I became the Center Coordinator of Clinical (CCCE) Education, a position I held until 2011, when I left full time patient care for a role as educator and program developer for a home health agency. In 2014, I found my home at Winston Salem State University, where I worked under the mentorship of the Director of Clinical Education. In 2015, I assumed the role of Director of Clinical Education upon my mentor’s retirement.
During my professional career, I’ve had the honor of serving in leadership roles representing the physical therapy community in academic, clinical and practice areas. While CCCE for Cone Health, I was a clinical board member for the Carolinas Clinical Education Consortium, a group of Physical Therapy and Physical Therapist Assistant academic and clinical educators whose mission is to develop and support student clinical education across the North Carolina and South Carolina region. In 2012 I was elected as the NCPTA DAL of Education and served until 2015. I am enthusiastic to renew my service in this new role as Director at Large of Practice.
As the Practice DAL, I want to introduce you to the resources that are available through APTA and NCPTA, and to provide current information on physical therapy practice. What is Physical Therapy Practice? A visit to APTA’s Practice resources reveals the numerous aspects of the work encompassed in this wide-reaching concept, including: patient care, practice administration, evidence based practice and research, licensure, scope of practice, ethics and professionalism, legal matters, and public relations and marketing. Wow, where does one even begin?
Shouldn’t the priorities of the Practice Chair reflect the care we provide in all practice settings to patients across the lifespan, and include current and future areas of specialization? What should our priorities be as we continue to move the practice of physical therapy forward?
Working with the NCPTA Board of Directors, I will attempt to address these guiding questions: How do we differentiate our profession and promote the value and benefit of physical therapy to the public? How do we consistently practice at the highest level, assuring that the care provided by every Physical Therapist and Physical Therapist Assistant is legally, ethically, and compassionately delivered? How do we reach those patients and clients who most need us and who could most benefit from our care? Ultimately, the answers lie firmly in your hearts and minds, the professionals who serve and represent physical therapy across the state. I need your help to tackle this ambitious agenda, and I invite clinicians from all practice settings to share your opinions and experiences by volunteering to serve on a new Practice Committee that is being formed. I’m confident that together we can accomplish great things and share the benefits across our state. Will you help? If you are interested in serving on the new Practice committee, please contact me at jenmartindpt@gmail.com. I look forward to the great things we’ll accomplish.
Jennifer Martin, PT, DPT, MS, GCS