Feb 25 2013

Schlossberg, Kendall

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The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Doctor of Physical Therapy

Doctoral Portfolio

Kendall Schlossberg

A. Professional Goal Statement

My professional goal is to provide high-quality, evidence-based physical therapy intervention to the general public, therefore enhancing quality of life, focusing at first in the acute rehabilitation Hospital setting.

B. Career Plan


C. Self-Assessment



  • High degree of professionalism and interpersonal communication
  • Passion for the field of physical therapy with an exceptional work ethic
  • Open to all areas of clinical practice and eager to experience a variety of clinical experiences
  • Strong desire for advocacy and involvement with the professional organization
  • Skilled in documentation
  • Good understanding of billing and business management/procedural side of clinical environments
  • High level of desire for volunteerism
  • Amount and variance of clinical experience to date (volunteer across all settings, physician-owned outpatient ortho rehab tech, administrative assistant, small town rural hospital setting, outpatient ortho, inpatient rehab specializing in spinal cord injury, and large city hospital setting)
  • Diagnostic abilities for complex patient populations in clinical environments already exposed to
  • Skill with manual therapy techniques
  • Knowledge of pediatric PT practice areas
  • Wound care
  • Knowledge of special certifications and residencies post-grad
  • Understanding of writing manuscripts for research journals for publications in the future
  • Contacts outside of the state of North Carolina

D. Objectives:

  • Prepare and sit for the Board of Physical Therapy licensure examination in July 2013; Graduate UNC with DPT August 2013
  • Attain an entry-level position through UNC-Hospitals or a hospital in the RDU area in which I can expand upon my clinical experience up to this point and build a solid, generalist foundation upon which to enhance my professional career development
  • Continue to pursue educational opportunities and continue to foster my knowledge of the most evidence-based physical therapy interventions
  • Be a leader for advocacy for the profession of physical therapy
  • Serve my local community through volunteering and providing physical therapy services to the underserved areas of the population
  • Attain an adjunctive position as part of faculty for a PT program and eventually transition into full-time faculty position for PT program.
  • Maintain involvement with research and clinical development throughout my professional career trajectory

E. Specific Strategies

  • Identify a mentor through which I can gleam professional insight and expertise
  • Attain an entry-level position in a local hospital setting that emphasizes mentorship and strong clinical relationships with co-workers and managers.
  • Foster my desire to be involved with advocacy through continued membership in the APTA and NCPTA and become involved to a greater degree throughout my professional career
  • Remain involved with the acute care section of the APTA and involved with all NCPTA/APTA events, conferences, and networking.
  • Keep up to date on all legislation affecting all areas of practice of physical therapy
  • Apply for an Orthopedic Residency program that will enhance my professional growth and widen my clinical expertise
  • Maintain volunteer activities throughout my professional career by involvement with local PT programs and facilitation of learning for students of physical therapy
  • Stay involved with clinical research throughout my professional career and seize all opportunities to be involved with clinical research abstracts and publications

F. Program Involvement:

  1. As a second year PT student, my classmate Jennifer Tooher and I identified a need in the MSK class for curriculum improvement by the addition of a series of videos that show a progression for rehabilitation of shoulder injuries. After identifying this need, under the guidance (and amazing narrative talents) of Mike McMorris, we developed the following video: http://vimeo.com/62839644 (Password to view video: phyt732)
  2. With the success of the above video, we further assisted with the MSK class by helping Mike McMorris create Upper Quarter Screening for the future MSK classes: http://vimeo.com/35982078 (Password: phyt732)
  3. Mike and I took this project a little bit further and created the following products to enhance the MSK class:
    Lower Quarter Screen Video: http://vimeo.com/39805479 (password: phyt732)
    Sacroiliac Joint Screen Video: http://vimeo.com/40361549 (password: phyt732)
    Shoulder Special Tests Handout (this one was mostly Mike, but it was part of a shoulder special test video progression that we did together): Unit 2 Shoulder Special Tests
    Lumbar Stabilization Program (again, this one was mostly Mike, but it was part of a video progression we did together):Lumbar Stabilization Exercise Progression Sheet
  4. In my first year of the program, I helped with other members of the student and faculty body to paint the faculty clinic in Hillsborough, NC.
    Group pic 2 IMG_1694
  5. In my third year of the program, I was awarded a work study position with the department. For this position, I was placed in the faculty PT practice (University Physical Therapy) in Hillsborough, NC as an administrative assistant 15 hours per week. During my time there, I helped organize a charitable program known as Free Your Feet under the guidance of Mike McMorris and Pat Pande, helped organize the clinic’s holiday party, had a role in the big move from Millstone to Oakdale drive, and brainstormed marketing efforts with the clinic staff.
    PB168351 PB178721
  6. In my third year, as part of our Advanced Practice Issues class, I helped organize a Legislative Day in which students from UNC, Elon, and local PTA programs went to the state legislature building in Raleigh and met with our legislatures to advocate for PT.
  7. Participated in Combined Sections Meetings (2012 and 2013); NCPTA Fall and Spring Conferences, Board of Directors Meetings, and Student SIG Representative Meetings (as the UNC DPT 2013 Student representative).
  8. Served as the PT Discipline Coordinator for SHAC-Beyond Clinic Walls and presented for PT involvement in yearly organization meetings. (2011-2013)
  9. Active participant in Interview Day (2011-2013) for upcoming DPT classes.

G. Doctoral Education Elective/Class Products:

Advanced Orthopedic Assessment
In year 2 of the program, I began to develop a special interest in the sacroiliac joint, limb length inequality, and musculoskeletal issues that arise as a result. Orthopedic Physical Therapy remained an interest throughout the program for me. For this reason, in the third year, I took the Advanced Orthopedic Assessment elective. I chose to write my research paper for this class on the topic of Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction. Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction – Course Paper

Evidence Based Practice II
Hinging off of my interest in the sacroiliac joint, I developed a PICO question related to intervention for back pain that is related to SIJD and delved into research surrounding the effectiveness of manual therapy and exercise interventions. I compiled this research into an evidence table and literature review. EBPII_EvidenceTable_SIJ & EBPII_LiteratureReview_SIJ

Health and Wellness
My classmate Megan Eyler and I teamed up to combat Coronary Artery Disease in Robeson County, a rural area of North Carolina. Heart disease is the number one leading cause of death among people 65 years of age and older living in NC. We developed Healthy Hearts – a health promotion intervention plan which included resources to help this county in their efforts to eradicate their risk factors for developing heart disease. Healthy Hearts

Doctoral Capstone Project
Taking my interest in limb length inequality and sacroiliac joint dysfunction even further, for my Capstone project, I chose to create a case report of a clinical example of these two impairments and show the effectiveness of orthotic management to eliminate a limb length inequality and therefore treat musculoskeletal pain associated. The subject was a fellow third year UNC DPT student and with Patricia Pande as the treating therapist, we took objective data at two points in time (before and following orthotic intervention) and observed for cause and effect relationships. From this data, I compiled the following evidence table and case report. My plan is to take the feedback that I received from my committee members and make a final draft of this case report research to submit to the Journal of Orthopedic Sports and Physical Therapy after graduation. Here is the link to my Capstone website: http://dptcapstone.web.unc.edu/category/current-students-spring-of-2013/schlossberg-kendall/
Integrated Clinical Experience
For my spring elective, I chose the Integrated Clinical Experience. I completed the three credit version of this elective, which put me in the clinic 8 hours per week with a faculty mentor, for a total of 120 hours for the semester. This allowed me to get more outpatient orthopedic experience and work in a close mentorship as a student. Essentially, this elective gave me another clinical rotation experience, and I feel as though this was an invaluable experience as part of my professional growth. I worked with a McKenzie certified therapist and gained proficiency with cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spine pathologies and associated treatments. For my ICE project, I helped with development of the new clinic website for UPT where I completed my experience. Visit the site at: www.university-pt.org

H. Reflective Statement

Phew. Where to begin?! My time as a part of the UNC DPT program has been the best time of my life. I had 25 amazing classmates to experience this journey with, and I couldn’t have begged for better people to learn and grow from and with. The faculty at UNC are stellar and absolutely dedicated to the development of their students, as well as the field of physical therapy as a whole. I feel that in my third year, I chose the right electives and course topics to further develop my interest in orthopedic concepts, particularly the sacroiliac joint. I have developed contacts that will be crucial for me to maintain and use throughout my career. I was able to foster my passion for advocacy by actively participating in NCPTA and APTA events all three years, and by developing a good relationship with our Practice Issues instructor, as well as by having a CI who was the Parliamentarian on the Board of Directors, and participating in Board of Directors meetings with him. I truly feel that I was part of something bigger than myself in this program, and I know that because of it, I will be a great physical therapist. I am ready to go out there and start practicing, advocating for, living, and breathing physical therapy. I couldn’t have done it without this program, and I am so glad that not only I chose UNC, but that UNC chose me. I plan to keep up with all things UNC DPT and will forever be of service to this program so should they need me.


3 responses so far

3 Responses to “Schlossberg, Kendall”

  1.   Mike McMorrison 24 Jun 2013 at 9:29 pm

    You have reflected upon quite the journey in your portfolio, so much accomplished in just 3-short years. UNC eDPT students will benefit for years to come from the work you put into the MSK 1 videos, thank you for volunteering your time and efforts.

    You’ve been a big help to the faculty clinic from the painting project in 2010 to the past year as the clinic work study. Great work all around, all the best to you in your future endeavors!
    mike m


  2.   Carla Hillon 25 Jun 2013 at 12:55 am

    Wow! Wonderful job on constructing your portfolio and sharing your vast array of experiences throughout the past 3 years. You have been very busy with class and professional activities that have prepared you to be a great physical therapist. Keep striving for greatness but don’t forget to appreciate the knowledge and skills you already possess!


  3.   Lisa Johnstonon 27 Jun 2013 at 8:29 pm

    Three years has gone by so quickly. You have much to be proud of. You may have doubted it at times, but you are an amazing student and your dedication to the profession shows. I am excited to see what great things you do in the future. You can also count on us calling on you in the future….to be a CI or to help with the alumni activities. Thanks for everything…painting and moving boxes included! Great job


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