Mar 18 2015

Mull, Bryan

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Professional Goal Statement

My ultimate goal is to become a licensed physical therapist in a large teaching hospital. I plan to use evidence-based treatment strategies to ensure the best quality of care is provided to my patients in our combined efforts to rehabilitate them to the highest level of function possible. I hope to advance throughout my career in various leadership roles, either as a clinical instructor for students or through administrative positions within my department, with possible interest down the road of holding an adjunct professor position in an accredited physical therapy program that will allow time to balance being both an educator and a practicing clinician.



  • Professionalism
  • Cultural Competency
  • Communication Skills
  • Ability to relate to patients and accommodate to their needs and interests
  • Calm demeanor and ability to stay level headed in a sometimes hectic acute care environment

Areas to improve

  • Organization
  • Ability to self-assess
  • Identifying a plan or strategy for professional development
  • Clinical experience and knowledge


Evidence Based Practice II
During one of my clinical affiliations at Healthsouth Columbia Rehabilitation Hospital, I worked with a patient who was experiencing difficulty managing his phantom limb pain following a transtibial amputation. Unfortunately, we only had limited success with interventions to target his issue during the few short weeks that I was able to spend with him in the acute phases of his rehabilitation. As part of my coursework the following semester, I produced a critically appraised topic (CAT) to examine whether mirror therapy or transcutaneous electrical stimulation was more effective at managing phantom limb pain.

During my second clinical rotation in the spring of 2014, I was treating patients in a variety of acute care settings. As a student with limited experience, I found myself more comfortable treating patients that were medically stable on the general units compared to the ones with more medical involved located in the intensive care areas of the hospital. Not only did I feel a bit intimidated, but also I noticed that families and caregivers were also uneasy and nervous about having their critically ill, and in their minds fragile, loved ones participating in exercises and mobility. I realized that I came into this clinical having only briefly been lectured on the advantages of early mobility. I created this Capstone project to be utilized by students about to enter into their acute care clinical rotations as a resource to prepare for interacting with patients in the intensive care settings. Through the project, I also created materials to be shared with families to educate them on the role of physical therapy in the ICU.
My Capstone Website

Career Plan

  • Graduate with a Doctor of Physical Therapy in August 2015
  • Study and pass the board exams to become a licensed physical therapist
  • Obtain a position in the state of North Carolina working as an acute care physical therapist.
  • Advance career by holding leadership positions and seeking promotion to supervisor roles within a rehabilitation department after 10-15 years experience as a clinician in the acute care setting

Career Development

  • Develop a plan of study for the Physical Therapy Board Exam
  • Pass the NPTE in July 2015
  • Graduate from UNC Chapel Hill DPT program in August 2015
  • Begin my career as a licensed physical therapist in Fall of 2015
  • Identify an experienced mentor to help guide me as a new clinician
  • Develop my skills and experience as a clinician 2015-2020
  • Secure leadership role within a teaching hospital environment, serve as a clinical instructor for future PT students, and continue developing clinical skills 2020-2025


Reflective Statement

I chose to major in Exercise and Sport Science as an undergraduate due to my interest in the performance of the human body during physical exertion.  I did not have a clear direction with how to transfer that passion into a career until my junior year when I suffered a shoulder injury that required surgery.  During my rehabilitation I developed a great relationship with my physical therapist.  He was instrumental in motivating me to regain complete function and strength in my shoulder.  I decided to pursue physical therapy because I realized it would channel my interests into a career focused on making lasting, positive impacts on the lives of others. It is hard to believe I am in the final stages of my journey to fulfill my career aspirations. The experiences and relationships that I have developed with faculty members, classmates, clinicians, and patients during my three years in this program have been amazing. I have incredibly high hopes for my career as a physical therapist and I plan to always continue developing my academic and professional skills by seeking educational and leadership experiences and opportunities.


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One Response to “Mull, Bryan”

  1.   Lisa Johnstonon 07 Jun 2015 at 8:26 pm

    Nice job on your portfolio. It was great to see some of your products after all the hard work! You will be an excellent addition to any large hospital, and I hope we can work together soon with you mentoring students…you would be great!
    Take care


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