Apr 20 2017

Lynch, Elizabeth

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Professional Goal Statement:

My professional goal is to become a well-rounded, effective, and compassionate physical therapist with a specialization in the area of pediatrics. I want to establish myself as an expert in the field by continually refining my skills and pursuing patient-centered, evidence-based physical therapy practice. I hope to utilize my knowledge and skills to serve and love children and their families by promoting the highest quality of life through physical therapy care.


Career Plan:

May 2012: Bachelor of Arts in Exercise and Sport Science, UNC Chapel Hill

2014-2017: UNC Chapel Hill Doctor of Physical Therapy Program

  • Clinical Rotation I: Southeastern Orthopaedic Specialists – Greensboro, NC (Outpatient Orthopedics, 8 weeks)
  • Clinical Rotation II: Alamance-Burlington School System – Burlington, NC (Neuro Pediatrics, 8 weeks)
  • Clinical Rotation III: Caldwell Memorial Hospital – Lenoir, NC (Acute Underserved, 8 weeks)
  • Clinical Rotation IV: Duke Children’s Hospital – Durham, NC (Inpatient Pediatrics, 12 weeks)

July 2017: Sit for Licensure Exam

August 2017: Doctorate of Physical Therapy, UNC Chapel Hill

September 2017: Begin work as a physical therapist in a pediatric setting

2018 and beyond: Consider completing a pediatric residency program and becoming a Pediatric Certified Specialist




  • Professionalism
  • Compassion
  • Active listening skills
  • Wide range of clinical experiences
  • Years of experience working with children of all ages

Areas for further development:

  • Verbal communication
  • Knowledge of billing and reimbursement issues
  • Knowledge of pediatric adaptive equipment and orthoses
  • Efficient implementation of evidence-based practice
  • National conference attendance



Special areas of interest: Pediatrics, Early Intervention

  • Pass the National Physical Therapy Exam in July 2017 to become a licensed clinician in North Carolina
  • Graduate from UNC Chapel Hill with DPT degree in August 2017
  • Attain a PT position in a pediatric setting by September 2017
  • Consider beginning a pediatric residency program by 2022 after gaining several years of experience in the field


Specific Strategies:

  • Maintain strong relationships with clinical instructors and other mentors, particularly those in the area of pediatrics
  • Seek out continuing competency opportunities related specifically to pediatric topics in order to grow my knowledge and skills in this area
  • Maintain active APTA membership
  • Attend Combined Sections Meetings and/or the Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy Annual Conferences



Fall 2016

  • PHYT 880: Child and Family Assessment and Intervention

Spring 2017

  • PHYT 885: Advanced Neuromuscular Intervention


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Reflective Statement:

As I reflect on the past 3 years, I am so grateful to be a part of the UNC DPT program. I have been constantly inspired by the passion and brilliance of my classmates and professors, and I cannot imagine going through this experience without them. I have also had 5 incredible clinical instructors who I cannot thank enough for their patience and generosity in working with me as a student.

Even before knowing that I wanted to pursue physical therapy, I knew that I wanted my career to be centered on children, and this program has allowed me the opportunity to explore my interest in pediatrics within the framework of a generalist curriculum. I am thrilled to have accepted an opportunity as a pediatric physical therapist upon graduation, and I am excited to begin building relationships with these children and their families and continue to grow as a professional. I look forward to seeing all the ways that the class of 2017 will make an impact on the physical therapy profession, and I will always look back and be thankful for my time as a Tar Heel.




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