My video is available here: https://storycorps.me/interviews/interview-with-scott-wilson-physical-therapist-and-chiropractor-specialist-september-18-at-1150am-est/
Here is my Blog Post 1: ( I modified the questions a little so that they would concentrate more on listening and communication) http://social.rollins.edu/wpsites/truestories/2016/09/01/blog-post-1-julia-shelest/
Here is my Blog Post 2: http://social.rollins.edu/wpsites/truestories/2016/09/11/blog-post-2-julia-shelest/
My interview with Scott Wilson a physical therapist was better than I expected since I gave Scott the questions in advance so he would be prepared to answer them without much hesitation of what type of questions I would be asking. I was shocked at how much information that we read about in Listening Pays and Listening in Everyday Life he expanded on. His explanations gave me a much clearer understanding of the text and how it relates to my everyday activities, most importantly my future career as a physical therapist. First, I was amazed to find out that that since high school Scott always knew that he wanted to be a physical therapist and completely ruled out all the other medical professions. He knew right of the bat that he liked to work with his hands, and that he wanted to educate other people about how their body worked. As I think about me in high school, I did not know right away I wanted to be a physical therapist but I was always enjoyed helping others and tried to make them better.
As I was growing up, I experienced working at different health clinics. The internship I had with Scott directed me toward my passions and interests in physical therapy. I asked Scott the most important characteristics of his job and he mentioned that communication is key. Obviously he mentioned the anatomy and physiology part not changing and being important, but he said its even more important is to be able to communicate to the level of the patient so they could see what you know and can apply a proper treatment plan. He further expressed on how important it is to stay on top of things such as new new modalities because it gives the patience a way to see that the therapist is not only capable at doing his own daily activities but he is also “staying on top” of what is the best treatment/method. Scott mentioned this skill is not something that is often recognized quickly by patients and takes quiet a lot of work and time. Another skill that Scott kept mentioning is the importance of communication and listening. To go along with what he was saying I then asked Scott to define active listening. The two ways he defined them was either being a passive or active listener. He stated how a “passive listener is someone who sits back, takes all the information in” while an active listener is “someone who is acknowledged and interactive (nonverbally & verbally).”
From experience working at different clinics I saw a large variety of patients that were either passive or active, however, I discovered the patients that got the most out of their visit were the ones that asked questions, and didn’t just let the therapist do all the talking. They were involved in the conversation and also tried to understand why they were brought into the clinic, and how to reduce their pain. That being said he kept repeating that what makes an excellent physical therapist stand out over a good therapist is being able to understand the patients “why” and be able to educate patients on the what their condition is and how they can go about treating that condition.
Lastly, the best advice Scott left me with was how crucial my interview process is. I learned that I have to be ready for any questions that they ask of me during the interview process and try to answer it as if I am in the shoes of a physical therapist. As I am so passionate about this profession, I have to go beyond just simple answers to questions such as “I applied to be a physical therapist because I like working with people” but rather let the interviewer know how badly I want to give back to the community as a physical therapist and eventually mentoring students like myself to spread the word to other people. Scott obviously being in the business for 22 years has much more experience than me, but by learning and taking his advice as I go into the process of applying will only benefit me in the long run and with my future endeavors.
Three scholar sources:
- 1 on Communication
- 1 Responsibility & Problem solving
- 1 on understanding health behavior of patients