Sarah Cameron, PT, DPT (Class of DPT 2020)
Where do you currently practice physical therapy
The Orthopedic Center at Sentara Rockingham Memorial Hospital (Harrisonburg, VA)
What do you like most about being a physical therapist?
It’s a highly rewarding career. Each day I get to observe my patients achieving their personal goals and make a return to what they love. It’s the ultimate combination of teaching and coaching. Every patient presents differently, and I enjoy the challenge of tailoring each treatment to match someone’s personality and goals. Physical therapists have a unique role in health care. We get to spend time with patients throughout the rehabilitative process, often fostering connections far deeper than other members of the health care team.
Why did you choose the Marshall School of Physical Therapy?
Marshall SOPT has a well-rounded faculty, a welcoming atmosphere, and a state-of-the-art facility. Although Marshall is what I would consider a big university, it still evoked the small-town feel that was important to me. Marshall graduates have an excellent employment rate and first-time NPTE pass-rate, two factors that were very important to me when evaluating PT programs.
What advice would you give to a prospective student who is applying to physical therapy school?
Apply! Remember that you are assessing the perspective programs equally as much as they are evaluating you. Ask questions among the current faculty and students to ensure the program will be a good fit for your personality. Remember that there is far more to you than a GPA or GRE score. Expand upon what makes you unique during the interview process.
What advice would you give to the current first-year DPT students at Marshall University?
Just like on any journey, you will face hills and valleys. PT school is meant to challenge you in an attempt to mold you into the best possible clinician. Build solid relationships not only with your classmates but also with the professors and adjunct faculty members. Establish an altruistic relationship that can benefit you as you transition into your professional career following graduation. Don’t be afraid to admit that you are unsure about something. Consult your classmates and strive to turn your weaknesses into strengths. A teamwork approach to learning will benefit everyone and mold better clinicians.