TEAMWORK, ONGOING ORGANIZED LEARNING, AND DIVERSITY
Physical Therapyworks and PTWorks+ are guided by many principles, including teamwork, ongoing organized learning, and diversity. 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 not students, they 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. These residents participate in numerous examinations, evaluations, projects, and more to ensure that our patients have the best experience possible.
Our consistently excellent residents practice only the most up-to-date techniques and expect a great collaborative learning experience in return. This serves as adequate motivation to maintain a current and effective plan of care, combining the tried-and-true therapeutic methods with the newest and most effective. Just as patient collaboration with their PT is the key to a great patient experience, collaboration between a mentor and a mentee creates a dynamic that is good for all involved, including the mentor, the mentee, their patients, and the clinic as a whole.
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.