May 29 2014

Rowe, Allison

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Professional Goal Statement

My professional goal is to be a well-rounded, effective, creative, critically thinking physical therapist in a variety of settings throughout my career with continued emphasis on optimal function and a patient’s overall well being.



  • Active member of APTA, CSM attendee 2013 and 2014
  • Patient rapport
  • Clinical experiences in a variety of settings including outpatient, aquatic, pediatric school system, acute care experience on a trauma floor at a level 1 trauma center and inpatient rehabilitation on a stroke team.
  • Experience as a physical therapy technician in an outpatient clinic
  • Organized, motivated
  • Wide range of interests with an open mind

Areas for further development:

  • Orthopedics and manual therapy
  • Need to expand knowledge on billing, charges and PTA supervision laws
  • Familiarity on reimbursement policies
  • Business development and policies

Career Plan

Past History:

  • BA in Exercise and Sport Science, UNC-CH 2011

3rd year and Current Goals:

  • Expand clinical knowledge through Integrated Clinical Experience and job shadowing
  • Participate in Guatemala Service Trip, April 2014
  • Complete final clinical rotation in IP-Rehab setting on CVA team
  • Develop resume
  • Prepare for and complete study plan for national boards
  • Sit for board examination July 2014
  • Graduate August 2014

Future Plan/Goals:

  • Obtain full time job in acute care or IP rehab setting Fall 2014
  • If working in acute care, transition to IP rehab by Fall 2016
  • Guest lecture/assist with education in local PT school 2016 and on
  • Complete continuing education in Vestibular evaluation and rehab and other topics appropriate for acute care/IP rehab.
  • Transition to leadership/supervisor role 2020
  • Switch to school system pediatrics ~2026 with PRN work in either IP rehab or part time work in OP neuro/vestibular clinic.


  1. Complete and pass comprehensive examination with a passing score.
  2. Prepare and sit for The Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy.
  3. Actively pursue a job in either acute care or inpatient rehabilitation physical therapy.
  4. Maintain a well-balanced lifestyle with emphasis on empowering patients in the most effective and creative ways possible.

Strategies for Career Development

  • Take advantage of opportunity to gain outpatient experience at UNC faculty clinic through the Integrated Clinical Experience
  • Select two electives that will help expand knowledge of my clinical interests
  • Develop a capstone project about discharge planning in acute care
  • Participate in UNC’s service learning trip to Antigua, Guatemala
  • Identify a study plan for the national board examination and prepare accordingly


UNC-DPT service learning trip to Guatemala April 2014

Examples of Academic Work

During our EBP II class I posed the PICO question: Among acutely ill patients being discharged from a hospital, are hospital readmission rates higher when discharge location follows physical therapist recommendations or when discharge location is inconsistent with physical therapist recommendations? This question is important not only for our profession, but for our evolving healthcare system. My literature review presents the results of my research: Rowe_EBPIIPaper.

I then used this information to complete my Capstone Project, which included an update of the acute care physical therapy module in the PHYT 720 “Introduction to Physical Therapy Assessment and Procedures” class, and a voice thread PowerPoint presentation for third year students titled “Discharge Planning in Acute Care Physical Therapy”.

On my second clinical rotation in school system pediatrics I presented the following in-service: Utilization of the Nintendo Wii in school system physical therapy

During this same rotation, I created this Letter of Medical Necessity that assisted one of my patient’s to obtain a power wheelchair.

On my third clinical rotation in acute care on the trauma floor of a level 1 trauma center I presented the following in-service: Community Resources for the elderly population of Greenville, North Carolina.

Reflective Statement

I will never forget reading my acceptance letter. Even with all of the excitement I had when I was headed to start the DPT program at UNC, I truly never could have fathomed the experiences that I would have and the people that I would meet along the way. I have been deeply changed by all of this, and I have every single classmate, faculty, friend, family member, instructor, and patient to thank for this. I remember the absolutely terrifying feeling on my first clinical when my instructor asked if I wanted to go in and say hello to a patient. And now, on my last rotation, it has come full circle for me.  I feel confident, capable, and even though I am aware of how much I have yet to learn, I feel thoroughly prepared to begin navigating my future career, and am filled with excitement to see where it takes me!

3 responses so far

3 Responses to “Rowe, Allison”

  1.   Carla Hillon 12 Jul 2014 at 4:20 pm

    Congratulations on coming “full circle” and nearing graduation! Your focus on acute care discharge planning and experience in a variety of inpatient settings fit well with your initial professional goals and provide a solid foundation for you to begin your PT career.

    It was great having you in clinic last fall for ICE. Best of luck!


  2.   Lisa Johnstonon 24 Jul 2014 at 2:56 am


    It has been a pleasure getting to know you over the past 3 years. Thank you for all your work on the golf tournament. I know you will go on and do great things. Please keep in touch!



  3.   Katieon 24 Jul 2014 at 2:09 pm

    Congratulations! You have accomplished so many wonderful things and I look forward to hearing about all that you do in the future. Best of luck.


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