It looks like we’ve had our second contributor, Dr. James Bailey, DPT, PT, come through to offer his transition into the tribal system. As I’ve mentioned before, the tribal sector is not a road well travelled and making the transition from an outpatient facility to a tribal facility isn’t an easy task. Thanks for taking the time to post, James.
My name is James Bailey and I obtained my doctorate in physical therapy from the University of Oklahoma in 2011. I was excited to graduate and start my career in an outpatient facility where I believed I was ready to take on any and all patients. Just like any new grad I was excited but also a little petrified about taking on a patient-load while knowing I was solely responsible for patient outcomes. This unease melted away quickly as I became more efficient with my techniques and my ability to communicate to address patient questions. My rotations while in school helped tremendously with these skills, but it is not the same when you are set loose with a clinical license and become the one making the ultimate decisions with patient care. Continue reading