My journey to becoming a physiotherapist
The Physiotherapy team at UTS has just farewelled their first cohort of students. Bhav shares his experience of preparing for his career as a physiotherapist.
The UTS Master of Physiotherapy was a very supportive program to help achieve my aspiration to practice physiotherapy. One of the first things I noticed was how quickly, we were able to apply our theoretical knowledge from undergrad into practical contexts.
We’re lucky at UTS to be part of such a small cohort at UTS. This provided a personable experience to my studies, allowing tutors to spend more time on my practical understanding.
One thing you’re constantly thinking about as a student is preparing for your future job. UTS quickly built a network of practitioners who offer job positions through the portal for students to apply for while studying, which included sports training, physiotherapy aide positions, and volunteer work at events. It’s a great opportunity to be getting some experience on your CV while studying.
For some, the idea of having an interview for a position in the course was a bit daunting, but for me, I found it appealing.
Knowing that all the students around me would be really committed learners comforted me, as a good peer framework is important.
A definite highlight was being able to quickly mingle with each other in a matter of weeks!
Being a new course, there is a large value placed on feedback provided by students, which is taken into consideration and used to modify the learning objectives and teaching methods to what the students found most helpful– it will only continue to get better from here.
The new facilities provide a completely different learning experience compared to the traditional ascending lecture theatres. The learning pods meant that a plinth could be set up right beside you, with the teacher walking around interacting with each table.
Physiotherapy is competitive from the start. Trying to get in as an undergrad, Master’s program, or even finding a job; you must stand out differently to the crowd that’s already there. It’s shown in placement and work experience that UTS helps to bring something different to the table.
Teachers are always asking about how our placement experiences are because they vary between students even if you are placed at the same location. UTS took this into consideration when I provided feedback on all my placements regarding case-load and matched it with my portfolio. This time of uni is meant to explore and push you out of your comfort zone when practicing, and they made sure it wasn’t the same monotonous placement case experience on each placement.
I was very nervous about my first placement because it would be the first time, I’d be applying my knowledge into practice. The course simulated clinical hospital environments before our placement to make us aware, with protocols and environment set-up. The placement coordinator also came and visited us on site during placement which I found really supportive.
Seven hundred clinical hours means by the time graduating comes around, you’ve had a breadth of hands-on experience in different clinical areas. UTS has an extensive network of specialist physiotherapists, of which I was fortunate enough to experience for my last placement.
I was part of a 5-week block in specialist amputee rehabilitation which allowed the integration of different clinical areas learned at uni and my other placements. I found this placement the most rewarding because of different applications of physiotherapy care.
My Master’s experience was quick, but an unforgettable journey because of the friendships, support, and preparing us to stand out in the bigger ocean we step foot into.