May 21 2019

Stevenson, Sarah

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Professional Goal Statement

Upon graduating from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Doctorate of Physical Therapy program, I plan to begin my career in acute care in North Carolina. Throughout my years at UNC, I have realized my passion for acute care and I want to use this to provide my patients with compassionate and quality care. Wherever this field takes me, I will strive to keep my skills ever-growing and evidence-based.


Career Plan

  • May 2016: Received a B.A. in Exercise and Sport Science- Fitness Professional from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • August 2016: Began UNC DPT Program
    • Clinical Affiliation I (8 weeks) 2017: UNC Hospital, Acute Care
    • Clinical Affiliation II (8 weeks) 2018: UNC Home Health, Neuro
    • Clinical Affiliation III (8 weeks) 2018: Outer Banks Physical Therapy, Outpatient Orthopedics
    • Clinical IV (8 weeks) 2019: Pi Beta Phi Rehabilitation, Outpatient Neuro
  • July 2019: Sit for my PT Licensure Exam
  • August 2019: Graduate with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy, UNC-Chapel Hill
  • September 2019: Begin my career as an acute care physical therapist in North Carolina
  • 2021: Become a Clinical Instructor


Self Assessment

  • Strengths
    • Able to communicate and empathize with patients
    • Well-rounded clinical experiences in a variety of settings and experiences (acute care, home health, outpatient orthopedics, outpatient neuro, vestibular rehabilitation, facial rehabilitation)
    • Able to be adaptive and flexible in an ever-changing field
    • Compassionate for patients and enthusiastic for the profession
  • Areas for Professional Development
    • Knowledge and experience with reimbursement and the administrative side of physical therapy
    • Advocacy for the profession on local, state, and national levels
    • Continuing to integrate evidence-based practice into my skill set



  • Pass the National Physical Therapy Examination in July 2019
  • Graduate from UNC-Chapel Hill’s DPT program in August 2019
  • Start a full time job in acute care in North Carolina in September 2019
  • Become a Clinical Instructor in 2021
  • Maintain APTA membership throughout my career


Specific Strategies

  • Prepare for the NPTE by adhering to a study schedule while on my last clinical
  • Complete and pass my last clinical and class to qualify for graduation
  • Update my resume and LinkedIn account with utilization of resources in preparation for applying for jobs
  • Find a job with other professionals who are willing to mentor and help me to continue to grow in my skills
  • Commit to be a life-long learner and maintain membership to the APTA to have access to new literature and research



  • Spring 2018
    • Interdisciplinary Service Learning Trip to Tyrrell County
  • Fall 2018
    • Research Elective with Mike Lewek
    • Teacher Scholar- Introduction to Physical Therapy
  • Spring 2019
    • Integrated Clinical Experience in Outpatient Orthopedics with Jennifer Cooke


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Reflective Statement

These past three years at UNC have been such a blessing for me, not only as a future health care provider, but also as an individual. I have grown in many ways, both professionally and personally, through all of the experiences and opportunities that I have been provided during my time at UNC. I am so thankful for wonderful professors, classmates, clinicians, family, and friends that have been able to support and encourage me in my journey to become a future physical therapist.

UNC has taught me the value of patient-centered, evidence-based care along with the importance of lifelong learning, in which I am excited to incorporate into my future practice. The wonderful and challenging opportunities that UNC has given me have helped to shape me into the clinician that I am today, and I could not be more grateful for these experiences. I do not know what the future has in store for me, but I look forward to finding out where the great field of physical therapy will take me.

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3 Responses to “Stevenson, Sarah”

  1.   Lisa Johnstonon 11 Jun 2019 at 3:47 pm

    Great job on your portfolio! It is really nice to see your accomplishments and your goals. Great work and congrats on all you have done. Lisa


  2.   Michael Lewekon 14 Jun 2019 at 1:06 pm

    It was such a pleasure to get to work with you over the past year. You and Ali were remarkably productive, and I know you will be successful as you move into full time clinical work.


  3.   McMikeon 20 Jun 2019 at 10:53 am

    Nice work n your portfolio. You’re going to be a great addition to the profession, can’t wait to have you joining us in clinical education as a CI in a couple years!


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