May 01 2018

Bart Satterfield

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Professional Goal Statement

My goal is to become an orthopedic clinical specialist that provides high quality care to individuals of all ages. I will stay abreast of the latest evidenced based practice by constantly seeking opportunities for continued education and becoming involved in professional organizations. I plan on building a good rapport with local physicians and surgeons in order to increase my referral rate. As I gain experience, I want to become a certified clinical instructor in order to help educate the next generation of physical therapists. I also want to donate my time to a pro bono program in order to provide services for individuals who cannot afford health insurance. Ultimately, I want to become the lead therapist at my facility/clinic.

Career Plan

  • December 2014: Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science from East Tennessee State University
  • August 2015: Begin Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at The University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill
  • Clinical Rotations
    • June-August 2016: Acute care rotation at Cape Fear Valley Hospital in Fayetteville, NC
    • March-June 2017: Outpatient orthopedic rotation at Brunswick Physical Therapy Associates in Supply, NC
    • June-July 2017: Inpatient neuro rotation at CarePartners Rehabilitation Hospital in Asheville, NC
    • May-July 2018: Outpatient orthopedic rotation at UNC Meadowmont and Spine Center in Chapel Hill, NC
  • July 2018: Pass Federation of State Board of Physical Therapy Examination
  • August 4, 2018: Graduate as Doctor of Physical Therapy
  • September 2018: Work in an outpatient orthopedic clinic in Tennessee
  • 2020-2022: Obtain Orthopedic Clinical Specialist Certification
  • 2022-24: Become a certified clinical instructor
  • 2027: Become Lead PT or clinic manager
  • 2030: Possibly become an anatomy lab instructor at local a community college


  • Strengths
    • Ability to communicate with individuals from various backgrounds
    • Experience working with different patient populations in various settings
    • Ability to adapt to change in a timely manner
    • Makes treatment sessions fun and interactive for patients
  • Areas for Professional Development
    • Continue to improve public speaking skills
    • Continue to improve my understanding of medical billing and insurance
    • Become more active with professional organizations to further improve my clinical knowledge and networking
  • Objectives
    • Pass the Federation of State Board of Physical Therapy Exam in July 2018
    • Graduate with a Doctorate of Physical Therapy in August 2018
    • Obtain a position in an outpatient orthopedic clinic in September 2018
    • Become a orthopedic clinical specialist
  • Specific Strategies
    • Participate in ICE to improve my clinical reasoning skills in the orthopedic setting
    • Enroll in the Advanced Orthopaedic Assessment and Treatment course to further improve my orthopedic knowledge
    • Maintain positive relationships with faculty at UNC and previous clinical instructors
    • Become active in professional organizations
    • Adhere to NPTE study plan while balancing clinical and class work
  • Electives and Capstone
    • Electives
      • PHYT 875– Advanced Orthopedic Assessment and Intervention
      • PHYT 870– Integrated Clinical Experience
    • Products
      • Capstone Site
        • I made a comprehensive guide to be used to evaluate and treat plantar fasciitis. This project includes a powerpoint presentation, clinician quick reference guide, evidence table, and patient brochure.
      • Critically Appraised Topic
        • I found the latest evidence to determine if platelet-rich plasma or corticosteroid injections provided better short/long term pain relief for those with chronic plantar fasciitis.
  • Reflective Statement

Attending the Carolina’s DPT program has been a life changing experience. I have been challenged both academically and personally, which has facilitated my growth as both a clinician and person. Carolina has presented me with numerous opportunities to learn and interact with some of the brightest minds in our profession. I have made connections with some of my classmates that will last a lifetime. I am grateful to be surrounded with faculty that has never hesitated to help. The Integrated Clinical Experience and Advanced Orthopedic elective courses allowed me to explore my interest in foot/ankle pathologies and greatly improved my orthopedic knowledge. Following graduation, I plan on moving back to Tennessee and practicing in an outpatient orthopedic setting. I hope to gain employment with a company that allows me to create an orthotic fabrication lab. As my experience improves, I plan on earning my orthopedic specialist certification. I am looking forward to my life journey of knowledge.

2 responses so far

2 Responses to “Bart Satterfield”

  1.   Lisa Johnstonon 18 Jun 2018 at 10:14 am

    Bart: It has truely been a pleasure to get to know you. I am happy to get a chance to see some of your work and also some of your plans. i look forward to sending you a student when you become a clinical instructor. Good luck and take care. Lisa


  2.   Jennifer Cookeon 04 Jul 2018 at 3:24 pm

    I enjoyed reading your portfolio Bart! You have a great plan moving forward into your career and I have no doubt you will achieve your goals. Best of luck to you!


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