Apr 06 2022

Marquie, Maureen

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Maureen Marquie

Professional Goal Statement 

I plan to use the knowledge and experience I gained throughout UNC’s Doctorate of Physical Therapy program to become a successful entry-level clinician upon graduation. My mission as a physical therapist is to identify the unique needs and goals of my patients and their families and incorporate these into facilitating their return to functional independence using evidence-based practice within an interdisciplinary team. After graduation from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Doctor of Physical Therapy program in August 2022, I aspire to work either in an acute care or acute inpatient rehabilitation setting serving populations with a focus on neurological injuries and the medically complex patients. I intend to stay in the state of North Carolina and will be moving to Mooresville upon graduation. I aim to never be satisfied with my current knowledge, and seek out opportunities to continue learning and growing as a clinician to enhance my practice as well as continue improving the PT profession. I hope to become involved within the community to expand PT knowledge and access to PT further. Ultimately, I want to maintain my drive, enthusiasm, and passion for this profession and continually learn and grow to promote high-quality care for my patients and practice at the full level of expertise possible.

Career Plan

  • Past Experiences & Achievements
    • May 2019: Graduate from UNC at Chapel Hill with a Bachelor of Art degree in Exercise and Sports Science with a Neuroscience Minor
    • August 2019: Enroll in UNC Chapel Hill Doctor of Physical Therapy Class of 2022
    • August 2019 – present: Member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA)
    • 2019-2020: Treasurer of the Student Physical Therapy Association (SPTA) at UNC
    • 2019-2020: UNC Graduate and Professional Student Federation (GPFS) DPT Senator
    • August 2021 – present: Member of the APTA Acute Care Section
    • Spring 2022: Teaching Assistant for UNC Undergraduate Exercise Science Course
  • Future Goals 
    • This year
      • July 2022: Pass the Federation of State Board Physical Therapy Examination
      • August 2022: Graduate from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
      • August 2022: Begin my career as a Physical Therapist in the Mooresville-Charlotte area
    • 1-3 years
      • Attain employment in an inpatient rehabilitation setting or acute care within the state of North Carolina to fulfill the Forgivable Education Loans for Service (FELs) requirement
      • Initiate mentorship relationship either within my place of work or within my field of interest
      • Begin taking courses to become a credentialed clinical instructor or consider going back for a neurological or acute care residency program
      • Utilize continuing education courses and learning opportunities to enhance my practice and provide my patients the best level of care possible
    • 3-10 Years
      • Become a certified clinical instructor
      • Assist in teaching lectures as a PT specialist for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


  • Strengths
    • Strong interpersonal skills, bedside manner, and ability to interact with patients and colleagues
    • Open communication and excellent teacher for patients, families, and coworkers
    • Inventive/creative mindset that increase my problem-solving skills
    • Motivated for continued learning and mastery to promote high-quality care for all my patients
    • Compassionate for helping my patients and for providing the best care
    • Organization and time management skills
    • Self-motivated learning and working
    • Clinical experiences in a variety of practice settings: acute care, rural outpatient orthopedic, acute inpatient rehabilitation, burn unit (ICU, step-down unit, outpatient)
  • Areas for Professional Development
    • Implementation of outcome measures and evidence-based practice
    • Involvement in professional organizations regarding leadership and advocacy
    • Political advocacy for the profession
    • Further development of clinical reasoning and evaluation skills through mentorship opportunities
    • Achieve a better work-life balance
    • Create and optimize a system for learning post-graduation
  • Areas of Interest
    • I have a variety of interests clinically which is very exciting and allows for versatility within the PT profession. A common thread amongst my various interests is that I love providing physical therapy in an inpatient setting. This atmosphere allows for interdisciplinary nature of healthcare to shine, advocacy for patients on a very personal level, and assisting when patients are struggling and requiring the most amount of assistance physically, mentally, and emotionally. I fell in love with my third clinical rotation in acute inpatient rehab (AIR) and it reminded me of why I pursued physical therapy after working with a man who had fallen on the ice and became a quadriplegic. AIR allowed me to rediscover my pursuit for physical therapy and realize that I have always been drawn to helping individuals with neurological conditions from being an aide with a woman with MD, a man who was a quadriplegic, and currently working with a man with spinocerebellar ataxia. Furthermore, I was a neuroscience minor in college. Although my love for neurological patients is growing, I still am fascinated and challenged by cardiopulmonary patients which I have spent hours shadowing and have also participated in developing research at Duke University with the PT cardiopulmonary professor regarding a new clinical practice guideline. Furthermore, during my last clinical rotation, I really enjoyed the complexity of ICU level patients and working within the Burn Unit. Thus, I hope to continue exploring these areas of interest by working in acute care/ICU or inpatient rehabilitation upon graduation.
      • Specific Populations of Interest
        • Neurological Patients
        • Cardiopulmonary Patients
      • Specific Settings of Interest
        • Acute Inpatient Rehabilitation
        • Acute Care
        • ICU


  • Obtain a general educational background in the science of physical therapy by August 2022.
  • Adequately prepare for NPTE boards to become a licensed physical therapist 2021-2022
  • Pass the National Physical Therapy Exam (NPTE) in July 2022
  • Graduate with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from UNC-Chapel Hill in July of 2022
  • Begin working in the state of North Carolina as a physical therapist by September 2022
  • Initiate a professional mentorship relationship
  • Use my knowledge and passion to serve the community through volunteering in free clinics and other community service opportunities in the area where I will be working
  • Participate in the advancement of the profession through dedication to mentoring the younger generation of physical therapists and future students through involvement with UNC and/or a CI

Specific Strategies 

  • Complete general coursework for the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at UNC
  • Create and implement a NPTE study plan in December 2021 and follow it to take the board exam in July 2022.
  • Pursue employment in an acute inpatient rehabilitation setting or acute care.
  • Actively and consciously seek out a mentor upon employment after graduation.
  • Continue with APTA membership with neuro, cardiopulmonary and acute care section membership.
  • Maintain relationships, both with faculty, other professionals, and individuals I met doing community service to broaden my network for community service needs and opportunities
  • Attend physical therapy conferences and workshops to continue developing more skills and expertise.
  • Regularly read research to keep abreast on evidence-based practice


Spring-Summer 2021

  • PHYT 800: COVID Service Course – 1 hr.
    • This course enabled me to be a front-liner in promoting access to vaccines for Covid-19 during the height of the pandemic.

Fall 2021

  • PHYT 754: Research Elective  – 3 hrs.
    • This course allowed me to be a member of Dr. Cassidy’s research lab where I was directly involved in the The Stroke Management Training and Inpatient Rehabilitation Discharge Education (STRIDE) program for individuals post-stroke. I assisted in participant recruitment within the UNC AIR unit, helping maintain active participation for the members of the study, and synthesizing the data collected. This elective allowed me to determine gaps of patient education materials to help enhance this study and future studies that I utilized as my motivating factor for my capstone project.
  • PHYT 800: Teacher Assistant for Introduction to PT Interventions (PHYT 720)– 1 hr.
    • This course allowed me to enhance my teaching skills to first-year DPT students in the Introduction to Physical Therapy course regarding fundamental skills for PTs including MMT, ROM, acute care examination, etc. I created and presented on discharge planning to help prepare the students for their clinical rotations.

Spring 2022

  • PHYT 874: Topics in Sports Physical Therapy
    • This course provided an understanding and appreciation of the current practice of Sports Physical Therapy as defined in the Sports Physical Therapy Description of Specialty Practice (DSP) and discussed a variety of special topics including concussion, primary/secondary risk reduction, management of acute injury and illness, ACL rehabilitation, as well as a physical performance testing lab.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Community Outreach Work Assistant for Man with Autism: 2019 – Present
  • Duke University Research Assistant for Cardiovascular Clinical Practice Guideline: 2020-2021
  • Aquatic Exercise Aide for Older Adult with Cerebellar Ataxia: 2021-Present
  • Teaching Assistant for UNC Undergraduate Exercise Science Course: Spring 2022

Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

Throughout my time during PT school, we have experienced a plethora of change. Whether it be the Covid-19 pandemic that changed everyone’s lives, the political divide, the various social and public health issues that have been brought to the forefront, or the continuing drive for making change in the world with the complex factors involved, it has brought up great conversations and meaningful adjustments in the world to address the injustices that exist. Of course, this is a continuing battle for equity, increasing diversity, and promoting justice and inclusion in the world. I am thankful to have gone to UNC where these topics are discussed directly and included in our profession as we have a direct rule in creating a better future. From day one of PT school, we were tasked to read a variety of readings that challenged our implicit biases and made us dive into how those would impact our profession and thus the world around us. These topics created a drive for further understanding and continued questioning and learning of the vast injustices out there. I was a part of a book club where me and my fellow classmates read Taking on Diversity: How We can Move from Anxiety to Respect, by Rupert W. Nacoste and discussed the reading and how it impacted us personally, professionally, and socially among other implications. These discussions enlightened a drive in me to continue asking the difficult questions and continuing to strive for a better future. I have read countless other books and research articles, listened to podcasts, and speaking honestly and directly with my peers, professors, and healthcare professionals, discussing these prejudices in hopes of learning more and figuring out how to become more directly involved in addressing these issues. One such webinar I attended, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion webinar: Building the Foundation of a Socially Responsible Profession by Jazmine Tooles (DPT), Fatmata Kabia (MPA, EdD), and Maria Aguila (DPT) mentioned there are 5 essential elements to cultural competence: 1) involving valuing diversity, 2)capacity for cultural self-assessment, 3) being conscious of the dynamics inherent when cultures interact, 4) institutionalizing cultural knowledge, and 5) developing adaptations to service delivery. I strive to continue doing these tasks as a clinician in the work force and asking not only my coworkers, but also myself the hard questions to make sure I am doing what is best to promote an inclusive environment. This will require peeling back the layers of limitations whether that is knowledge, lack of awareness, perspective, etc. and making sure that I consider and include diverse groups that surround me, educating myself to decrease bias and improve retention of minorities especially in healthcare, engaging in the community and being involved in the APTA and the PT politics to create change, and being a leader to increase diversity and knowledge. I am committed to implementing these lessons into how I treat each patient I work with and all the other relationships I create as a physical therapist. Maintaining and promoting a  just, equitable, diverse, and inclusive environment takes conscious, devotional effort and I plan to continue putting in the arduous work to ensure I continue this as a PT when providing holistic and patient-centered care.

Product & Project Examples 

Capstone MaterialsThe Stroke Management Training and Inpatient Rehabilitation Discharge Education (STRIDE) Mindfulness/Meditation and Neuroplasticity Participant Materials

Critically Appraised Topic –  Overground Training vs Treadmill Training for Gait Motor Outcomes for those Post-CVA

  • PICO: Is body support treadmill training (I) more effective than overground training (C) for improvement in gait motor outcomes (O) in a 48-year-old man with left hemiparesis due to stroke (P) ?

Community Program Proposal – “Big Moves: A Program for Individuals Living with Parkinson’s disease”: Big Moves – Community Program for Individuals Living with PD

  • Big Moves program is for individuals with Parkinson’s Disease (PD) that includes interventions focusing on high intensity exercise training, dual-task and amplitude/speed mixed with music and dance therapy that utilizes the Social Ecological Model.

Reflective Statement 

The past three years at UNC’s DPT program have been an incredible journey. I have seen myself, my peers, professors, patients, and the world change before my eyes. I can honestly say the person I was three years ago has grown for the better and today I feel prepared to enter this chaotic, challenging, and ever-changing world in front of me to make a positive and meaningful impact on all my future patients. This program has opened my eyes to new populations, settings, treatments, etc. that I love and admire, widened my perspectives and knowledge, opened my eyes to the widespread reach that PT’s can have, and helped frame and guide my personal and professional dreams and goals. I hope to start working within an acute care or inpatient rehabilitation setting to gain knowledge and experience with patients with neurological conditions with a hope of achieving enough hours or attending a residency program in the future to become a clinical specialist in that setting. I plan to not only improve my personal knowledge, but I would like to be directly involved within the APTA to help improve the profession and create meaningful change.

I feel incredibly blessed and thankful for a program that put in so much time and effort to be with us through all the unexpected adversity that we had to face and fight for us to get the education we deserved. I am honored to go out into the workforce and represent the quality of UNC DPTs they create. I plan to never stop learning, asking myself the hard questions, always promoting an inclusive environment, and never forget the foundation of knowledge and roots UNC gave me. I’m forever grateful for this program and my time at UNC through undergraduate and graduate school. It has been nothing short of remarkable. Go Heels and as always its truly a #GDTBATH.

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2 Responses to “Marquie, Maureen”

  1.   Lisa Johnstonon 06 Jun 2022 at 11:07 am

    I have so much enjoyed watching you grow over these last 3 years. In particular I loved watching your interest in acute and inpatient care grow. I can see your passion for caring for others and your desire to do an excellent job. I appreciate your work as a TA and I hope to call on you to be a CI down the road. Good luck to you! Lisa


  2.   jcassidyon 18 Jul 2022 at 11:20 am


    I really enjoyed reading your portfolio, especially about how you became interested in the AIR environment. I remember talking to you just before STRIDE began after giving a brown bag presentation to the clinicians. Having you on our STRIDE team was wonderful, and I hope that it was a good experience for you, too. Thank you for your contributions. I look forward hearing about your next steps. Good luck and best wishes.




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