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We spend countless hours in PT school learning clinical skills and how to reason through the clinical decision-making process. Yes, those skills are important…however, while foundational, they are not the most important! There’s so much more that we should teaching young, impressionable students in PT school to help them achieve the practice of their dream and better define what true success looks like. In particular, we will review a few “contrarian truths” that we often assume to be true in physical therapy, yet when examined under a microscope and after years of anecdotal experience, we actually find not to be the case. Come join us for a lively and thought provoking discussion from me to you. It’s purely opinion, so use with caution!
Dr. John D. Childs is a board-certified Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist and a Fellow in the American Academy of Orthopaedic and Manual Physical Therapists. He completed his PhD in Rehabilitation Science from the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Childs has made numerous scientific presentations at national and international meetings, and his research agenda is focused on injury prevention, the identification of subgroups of patients with musculoskeletal disorders, and the development of clinical prediction rules to better inform diagnostic and treatment decision-making. He has received numerous research grants from federal and professional funding agencies and has published over 100 peer-reviewed manuscripts in leading scientific journals. Dr. Childs currently serves as an Associate Editor for both the Physical Therapy and Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy journals. He has received numerous awards including the American Physical Therapy Associations’ Eugene Michels New Investigator Award, Jack Walker Research Award, Rose Excellence in Research Award, and the Air Force’s Outstanding Achievement in Clinical Research Award. Dr. Childs was the founder of Evidence in Motion and co-developer of the Evidence in Motion blog.