TEAMWORK, ONGOING ORGANIZED LEARNING, AND PHILOTIMO
Physical Therapyworks and PTWorks+ are guided by many principles, including teamwork, ongoing organized learning, and Philotimo. These fundamentals shine through in our culture and practice.
To us, ongoing learning means that regardless of one’s experience, one can always be better and should constantly seek additional knowledge in an organized fashion with an open, yet critical, mind. We put this philosophy into practice in an organized fashion with daily and weekly discussions, collaborations, and learning sessions. It is because of these efforts that we continue to excel as individuals and as a team, and create new insights and improved outcomes for our patients.
Our 25 years of excellence have earned us the honor of being selected as one of the clinical education sites for the USC Post-Professional Orthopedic Residency Program, the original and top ranked Post-Professional Residency Program in the country. Physical Therapy Residents are fully licensed PTs. Unlike MD’s, it is not required for Physical Therapists to to go through a Residency as part of their education. Instead it is purely optional, and as a result Post-Professional Residency programs attract the best, brightest, and most motivated and dedicated Physical Therapists. The application process is stringent and competitive, and only the best of the best are accepted. Residents participate in and are subject to numerous examinations, evaluations, projects, mentoring, oversight and more.
The Residency has amazing benefits for the clinic as well. As mentioned, it means that we are staffed with the best and the brightest graduates, typically from the best schools. It literally means that we have the top PT graduates in the country working at our clinic, year after year. In addition, they keep us on our toes, as they are only willing to make the sacrifices and efforts that come with a Residency if they are going to receive a great amount of learning in return. This serves as yet another motivating tool for the clinic, so it means we can never rest on our laurels but instead must always stay current and at the top of our game.
We are also a clinical education site for local schools including USC and Chapman. Doctoral Interns share a caseload with their PT Clinical Instructor, creating a dynamic that benefits all parties involved. The patient benefits from the group approach, collaboration, and the ongoing discussion of each patient case throughout their clinical experience. As is the case in all areas of life, different people naturally have different strengths and weaknesses, so by sharing a caseload we can always best match people and skills as best befits the patient. When you combine that collaborative approach with a patient centric approach, where patient preference is truly valued, the outcomes are most always excellent, and certainly improved over the care delivered by a single provider.
Philotimo is a Greek word, with numerous and varied interpretations. To us, in short, it means "Do The Right Thing". If you're interested and would like to read more about Philotimo, please click here.