Episode 7: Diversity, Part 5 [Mihir Trivedi]

Waves continues our Diversity series with an interview with Dr. Mihir Trivedi, co-chair of APTA Michigan’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion committee.

He tells about his own story and struggles as a foreign-trained physical therapist, how the process could be easier for future foreign-trained therapists, and what the main goals of the DEI committee are.

Episode 6: Diversity, Part 4 [Leython Williams]

Waves’ diversity series continues with an interview with Dr. Leython Williams, PT and clinic manager with Athletico, and president of the Detroit chapter of the National Association of Black Physical Therapists (NABPT).

He tells us of his own journey, the goals of the NABPT, and how the PT profession can support more minorities getting exposed to and interested in a caree in physical therapy.

In addition, he tells us how he balances his professional life with living as a black man in the United States, and how he can use education with his patients to build bridges.

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Episode 5: Diversity, Part 3 [Robert Burns]

Waves’ diversity series continues with a conversation with Dr. Robert Burns, owner of Novi DPT. He talks about disparities in healthcare outcomes among minorities and how PTs can be better prepared to close that gap, including learning about and appreciating the diversity in our patient population and how it relates to patient/therapist interactions.

He also talks about “myth of cultural competency” and challenges physical therapists to do more to serve the underserved.

The Tuskegee Experiment

The Dunning Kruger Effect

Episode 4: Diversity, Part 2 [Bana Odeh]

Waves’ diversity series continues with a conversation with Bana Odeh, a third year DPT student at Wayne State University. She is a member of APTA MI’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) committee and a co-founder of the student organization Inclusivity, Diversity, and Equity in Action (IDEA) at Wayne State’s DPT program.

To learn more about serving the Muslim community as a PT, you can read Bana’s article published by the APTA here: https://www.apta.org/article/2020/02/19/understanding-the-muslim-community-from-a-pt-specific-lens

Episode 3: Diversity, Part 1 [Andrea Moore]

Waves is starting a series of episodes on diversity in the physical therapy work force. We are fortunate to have four very special guests who share their experiences as a minority and how it has affected their education and careers. We will release each interview as its own episode, followed by a round-table discussion with all of the guests.

We begin with an interview with Dr. Andrea Moore.

Episode 2: Telehealth/Teleducation

We are back with a discussion of how COVID-19 has forced the physical therapy profession to rapidly adapt telehealth and teleducation as a way to engage its patients and students.

Our guests this week include Dr. Emily Wilson, owner of New Seasons PT in Kalamazoo, Brianna Chesser, assistant professor in Grand Valley State University’s Department of Physical Therapy, and Dr. Andrew Moul, assistant professor at Wayne State University’s Physical Therapy Program.

2:00 – Emily Wilson, New Seasons PT in Kalamazoo, MI on how tele-health effected her practice.

13:50 – APTA Quick Guide to Using Telephone Assessment and Management Services by Physical Therapists

19:40 – Tips and Tricks to Start Telehealth Tomorrow, by Mark Milligan, PT, DPT.

27:30 – The Role of the Human Mirror Neuron System in Supporting Communication in a Digital World, by Dickerson, et al., 2017.

27:55 – Effects of Sesame Street: A meta-analysis of children’s learning in 15 countries, by Mares and Pan, 2013.

Episode 1: Professional Burnout

Our debut features a discussion on burnout in the physical therapy profession. We attempt to de-stigmatize the word and get advice from smart people about how to deal with it.

Have you dealt with burnout? Let us know what has (or hasn’t) worked for you.