May 29 2014

Ross, Morven

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Professional Goal Statement_____________________________

My goal is to establish myself as a specialist and leader in orthopedic physical therapy as a clinician, teacher and as an advocate for my profession and patients. I plan to continually pursue new challenges and opportunities to advance my career, follow my passions and improve my patients’ and community’s quality of life.

Career Path_________________________________________


Self Assessment______________________________________


  • General knowledge of insurance and the day to day operations of a small private physical therapy clinic.
  • Experience in an outpatient orthopedic physical therapy and personal training setting.
  • General knowledge and skill in fitness and wellness interventions.
  • Experience in leading groups and managing teams.
  • Background working as an educator and coach as a teaching assistant in the DPT musculoskeletal I and II courses, a personal trainer and a soccer coach.
  • Experience working closely alongside a USA Track and Field and Cycling Coach and Certified Bike Fit Red Level Pro Specialist.
  • Ability to connect and empathize with individuals quickly and effectively.

Areas for Further Development

  • Need more advanced knowledge and skills in outpatient and acute care orthopedic physical therapy.
  • Further develop manual therapy skills through mentorship, courses and advanced training.
  • Expand knowledge and experience working in the fields of cycling and running.
  • Further experience working with a variety of different individuals of all ages, backgrounds and with various conditions.
  • Seek out opportunities to further develop leadership, teaching and management skills.


Special area of interest in orthopedic physical therapy with an emphasis on patient centered care and the promotion of health and wellness for a balanced lifestyle.

  1. Prepare and sit for the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy Exam.
  2. Enhance clinical, research and teaching skills by completing an orthopedic physical therapy residency.
  3. Prepare and sit for the Board Certification in Orthopedic Physical Therapy Exam.
  4. Complete training and certification for CSCS/Cycling/Running/Manual Therapy Fellowship by 2025.
  5. Continue to challenge myself professionally and personally and maintain my passion for physical therapy and empowering others.

Specific Strategies____________________________________

  • Pursue elective courses, projects, continuing education courses and certifications to enhance my knowledge of orthopedic and other areas of physical therapy that are pertinent to the patient populations seen in practice and to my interests.
  • Identify a mentor with the knowledge, skills, and professional values I wish to emulate.
  • Develop a study plan and sit for the Federation of State Boards Physical Therapy Exam.
  • Commit to pursuing as many learning opportunities as possible throughout the Duke Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency program.
  • Develop a study plan and sit for the Board Certification in Orthopedic Physical Therapy Exam.
  • Gather information and talk with mentors about various cycling, running, manual therapy fellowships and CSCS certifications.
  • Maintain an APTA and APTA Orthopedic Section membership to stay up to date on the most evidence based practices.
  • Establish myself as a member, leader and educator in my community through local events, presentations and writing articles for local media sources.

Third Year Elective Courses, Projects and Continuing Education

In my third year of physical therapy school I chose to pursue electives, projects, and continuing education courses that would strengthen my knowledge and emphasize my passion for orthopedic physical therapy, health and wellness, and community education.

PHYT 824 Health and Wellness

I worked alongside a fellow classmate (Chenin Duclos) to establish a 10 week community based therapeutic yoga and education program for individuals’ with osteoarthritis. TherapeuticYoga_RossDuclos_

PHYT875 Advanced Orthopedic Elective

I chose to take this elective to gain a deeper understanding of the histology, tissue mechanics and healing processes associated with common pathology seen in orthopedic physical therapy to help guide my evaluation and intervention techniques. As part of this course I performed a literature review and synthesized the findings on the clinical and pathological differences in the diagnosis and treatment of medial tibial stress syndrome and tibial stress fractures. RossM_MTSSandTSF

PHYT800 Independent Orthopedic Elective: APTA Current Concepts in Orthopedic Physical Therapy 3rd Edition. 

I took this elective to further enhance my knowledge of orthopedic physical therapy evaluation and intervention techniques; as well as to improve my hands on clinical skills and gain experience teaching as a TA.

PHYT752/854: Capstone Project. Bike Fit and Knee Pain in Road Cyclists.

The purpose of this capstone project was to explore the scientific literature on the relationship between bike fit and knee pain in road cyclists and synthesize the findings to develop educational and practical application materials that benefited the local community. Aside from learning a great deal about bike fit and its relationship to knee pain, I experienced many of the other roles and responsibilities of physical therapists. I gained experience working as an educator in my community and had the unique opportunity to form a collaborative relationship with other professionals to help optimize community health and wellness.

Continuing Education

The Foot and Ankle: To Stabilize or To Mobilize: To move it, mash it or hold it. FootCentric:  Pat Pande, PT, MCLSc, Cped, CSC.

Reflective Statement__________________________________

These past three years have solidified that physical therapy is the right career path for me. Physical therapy allows me to focus on my passion for the human body and kinetics, health and wellness, and helping and empowering others. As this part of my physical therapy journey comes to an end I am filled with gratitude for the people that I have met along the way and the lessons that I have learned. The next step in my journey is an orthopedic physical therapy residency program at Duke where I hope to continue to enhance my orthopedic and general physical therapy skills. Following this, I do not know where life will take me but I am excited for the continual opportunities for growth and development that physical therapy will bring me. UNC’s DPT program has provided me with all of the tools to become a successful physical therapist and I hope that I will continue to represent this program with the outstanding reputation that it deserves.


4 responses so far

4 Responses to “Ross, Morven”

  1.   Debbieon 17 Jul 2014 at 6:39 pm

    Hi Morven
    Great job on your portfolio 🙂 You have set some lofty goals in obtaining an ortho residency, an OCS and a
    CSCS/Cycling/Running/Manual Therapy Fellowship!!! I think your idea of finding a good mentor in your area of specialty as soon as you can is a good one. You did a nice job on your capstone project. Good luck….keep learning!!



  2.   Lisa Johnstonon 24 Jul 2014 at 2:50 am


    I am so excited for you with beginning the residency at Duke. I know this will be a great experience for you and that you will be an awesome resident. Good luck as you work towards expert level practice. Please keep in touch!



  3.   Mike McMorrison 24 Jul 2014 at 9:40 pm


    Your career path looks excellent! The ortho residency will be a great first step right out of school in preparation for the OCS and all that follows. Keep up the great work.

    Mike M


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