Apr 20 2017

Green, Christopher

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Professional Goal Statement

Upon graduating from the DPT program at UNC–Chapel Hill, I will enter into an orthopedic residency to further develop my skills as an evidenced-based clinician. When I finish the residency and successfully complete the Orthopedic Certified Specialist exam, I hope to gain employment at a major medical center as an orthopedic physical therapist where I will begin to develop expertise at applying the skills I learned in the PT school and the residency. I look forward to participating regularly in continuing education opportunities, to remain involved in the advocacy for our profession, and become a lead therapist. After being a full-time clinician for a number of years, I would like to complete an MBA in Medical Management. My hope is that this will allow me to split time between seeing patients and managing clinics, either through a major medical system or by entering into the private practice area. I want to place myself in a position to make large scale changes that both advocate for the needs of patients and PTs alike. It is also my intent to stay involved in the educational realm, including teaching, being a clinical instructor, and providing mentorship to students, physical therapists, and health professionals in general.

Career Plan

1-5 Years

  • Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill
  • Licensure as a Physical Therapist in North Carolina
  • Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency
  • Orthopedic Certified Specialist
  • Employment in the orthopedic setting of a major medical center in NC

5-10 Years

  • Certified Clinical Instructor
  • Lead Clinical Therapist
  • Entry into MBA program

10-15 Years

  • Completion of MBA
  • Educational involvement in DPT programs through teaching, consulting, and potentially research
  • Managing clinics through major medical system in NC (hopefully UNC!) or owning/managing private practice

Self Assessment


  • 2 years experience as university professor
  • 8 weeks of orthopedic experience in a spine specialty clinic
  • Leadership experience as UNC SPTA President, Student Advisory Committee class representative
  • Professional involvement at local, state, and national levels, including hosting an inaugural national advocacy dinner for physical therapy at UNC
  • The rage to master my craft combined with real world professional and educational experience.
  • Regularly volunteer and advocate at the local and state level

Opportunities for Growth

  • Experience with higher level patients, including athletes
  • Experience with orthopedics in a private practice setting
  • Develop professional network
  • Develop relationships with career mentors
  • Work/life balance


  • Graduate from DPT Program at UNC Chapel Hill
  • Become a licensed physical therapist in NC
  • Complete an orthopedic residency
  • Become an Orthopedic Certified Specialist
  • Identify and enroll in MBA program

Specific Strategies

  • Continue to volunteer for orthopedic opportunities including NC Special Olympics and NC Marathon Race support
  • Enroll in ICE program to continue development of orthopedic skills
  • Remain in contact with and utilize support from mentors at UNC
  • Interview clinic managers and directors to develop a better sense of what is involved in their role and to inform my future decision making.


  • PHYT 875 – Advanced Orthopedic Assessment and Intervention
  • PHYT 870 – Integrated Clinical Experience
  • PHYT 754 – Independent Research Experience

Product Examples

Critically Appraised Topic: For my Evidence Based Practice II class at UNC-CH, I produced a Critically Appraised Topic that assessed several studies that examined the relationship between prognostic factors and the Oswestry Disability Index (ODI), a commonly used outcome measure for LBP-related disability.

Review of Literature: As part of an independent research class, I generated a review of LBP literature that included a survey of commonly studied prognostic factors, a review the psychometric properties of the ODI, a discussion of multivariate logistic regression analysis, and a consideration of LBP clinical prediction rules.

CSM Abstract: The culmination of my Capstone project was the completion of a manuscript regarding spine pain, direct access, and healthcare costs. For the complete project overview, please visit: https://dptcapstone.web.unc.edu/category/current-students-spring-of-2017/entry-level-students-current-students-spring-of-2017/green-christopher/

Other Professional Activities

  • President, UNC Student Physical Therapy Association
  • Class Representative, UNC Student Advisory Committee
  • Member, APTA, NCPTA, Orthopedic Section, Sports Physical Therapy Section, Private Practice Section, Education Section, Research Section
  • Legislative advocacy
    • NCPTA Legislative Day
    • Spinal Manipulation Task Force
  • Conference Attendance
    • APTA Combined Sections Meeting
    • NCPTA Fall Conference

Reflective Statement

As I reflect on my time in the UNC DPT program, I am humbled by having the opportunity to grow and learn in such a supportive environment. I have been inspired by the passion of my instructors and the motivation of my cohort, all of whom I also consider friends. I chose to come to UNC because of the genuineness of the family environment I felt when I first interacted with faculty and future students at our interview day. It is safe to say those intuitions have held true and I could not be happier to have shared the last three years of my life in Chapel Hill with my new extended family. I began physical therapy school with an open mind to all the dynamic areas of the profession. The coursework, clinical experiences, and patient population that has most captivated me, however, has been outpatient orthopedics. The prevalent low back pain problem I encountered during my clinical rotations captured my attention, in particular, and inspired much of my research and efforts during my third year in the program. I feel confident that I have set myself on a path to reach my personal and professional goals. I look forward to the challenges ahead and I aspire to represent the UNC DPT family with the highest of standards in all my future endeavors!

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