May 21 2019

Pathman, Mollie

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Professional Goal Statement

Upon graduating from the UNC-Chapel Hill doctorate of physical therapy program, I aim to begin my professional career working as an outpatient physical therapy within the research triangle area, working with the sports population. I want to continue to expand my skills as a practitioner through continuing education courses focused on high-level athletes and sit for the SCS exam. Additionally, my experience as a former collegiate and professional soccer player has motivated me to focus on lower extremity injuries and specific injury prevention strategies for high-level athletes. Upon graduation, I am excited to further pursue and put into practice my knowledge of helping athletes prevent and recover from injuries.

Career Plan

  • Past experience:
    • BA in Psychology from Duke University; Summa Cum Laude, Phi-Beta Kappa Honors Society  (2010-2014)
    • 4-year varsity soccer player for Duke University (2010-2014)
    • Drafted and played 3 years of professional soccer in the National Women’s Soccer League (Boston Breakers) and UEFA Champions League (Apollon FC) (2014-2016)
    • Office manager and wellness coordinator an outpatient sports physical therapy clinic (winters 2014-2016)
  • Clinical Experience:
    • UNC-Chapel Hill DPT Program (2016-2019)
      • Clinical I: UNC Chatham Rehabilitation Services at Pittsboro (outpatient orthopedics) –2017
      • Clinical II: Wake County Public School System (pediatrics, neuro) –2018
      • Clinical III: Duke Regional Hospital (acute care) –2018
      • Clinical IV: Raleigh Orthopedics Athletic Performance Center (outpatient ortho, sports rehabilitation) –2019
  • Future goals:
    • July 2019- Sit for the North Carolina Licensing Board Exam
    • August 2019- Graduate from UNC-CH with a Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree
    • October 2019 –Attain a job in the Research Triangle area at an outpatient facility that specializes in orthopedic/sports rehabilitation
    • 2020 –Become a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist
    • 2022 –Become an Sports Certified Specialist (SCS)
    • 2022 –Obtain a job working with high-level athletes

Self Assessment

  • Strengths
    • Professionalism and communication skills
    • Leadership experience as Student Advisory Committee class representative
    • Excellent time management and organizational skills
    • Personal experience as a high-level athlete, both collegiate and professional
    • Founder and owner of a one-on-one private soccer coaching business, where I work with and serve as a coach and mentor for 300+ athletes of all ages in North Carolina and Massachusetts
  • Areas for Professional Development
    • Involvement in advocacy for the physical therapy profession
    • The administrative side of physical therapy and understanding insurance authorizations and billing
    • Developing a professional network in the research triangle area and beyond

Special Areas of Interest:

  • Outpatient orthopedics
  • Sports rehabilitation
  • Lower extremity injuries and injury prevention for athletes
  • Soccer


  • Pass the NPTE in July 2019
  • Attain a job in the Research Triangle area at an outpatient facility that specializes in orthopedic/sports rehabilitation with a strong mentorship program to further my learning as a new graduate – 2019
  • Become a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist – 2020
  • Implement routine free injury prevention clinicals for youth soccer players, coaches and families – 2020
  • Become an Orthopedic Specialist – 2022
  • Become a clinical instructor – 2022

Specific Strategies

  • Develop a calendar and specific study plan for NCPTE exam
  • Identify mentors who specialize in sports physical therapy who could provide me with opportunities to further develop in this area
  • Attend lectures and conferences focused on sports specific physical therapy
  • Attend continuing education courses focused specifically on the athletic population
  • Maintain my membership in the orthopedic section of the APTA

Samples of My Work:

 Reflection Statement: 

I am extremely thankful for my past 3 years at UNC. I have had opportunities to expand my interests and pursue my passions. I was fortunate to gain experience in a variety of settings, from trauma ICU to pediatric school system to outpatient sports. I was challenged and put in scenarios to grow and succeed as a practitioner.

I place a high value on education and learning for personal development. I also hope to continue to expand my knowledge and skill set through my membership in the APTA and continuing education courses. Becoming a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and a Sports Certified Specialist are two more formal ways I plan to continue my growth and development. I hope to find an employer that shares this same value of education and who encourages evidence-based practice.

I have always been interested in soccer and sports from a playing perspective. Through my experiences at UNC, I became passionate about working with and the sports and athletic population. I have become especially interested in injury prevention and methods of implementing injury prevention programs on a small and large scale. I hope to be able to advocate for improved injury prevention implementation in youth sports and help people in the community stay healthy and on the field doing what they love.

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2 Responses to “Pathman, Mollie”

  1.   Lisa Johnstonon 03 Jun 2019 at 11:35 am

    Mollie: Thanks for your portfolio! You have had some great opportunitie while you were here. I appreciate your openness to learning! Great job on your portflio and good luck to you! Lisa


  2.   McMikeon 20 Jun 2019 at 10:49 am

    Mollie, this is a wonderful display of your life activities over the past few years. I’ve always appreciated your strong work ethic and great participation in class. Your professional plan is well thought out, you’re going to be a great asset to the profession and your patients!


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