There is a growing need for physical therapists. The Bureau of Labor Statistics expects the employment of physical therapists to increase by 17 percent through 2031. In that time, more than 15,000 physical therapist positions will open each year. With the increasing population of elderly people combined with advances in technology, there simply are not enough physical therapists to meet the demand.
Leaders in Physical Therapy are Giving Back
Robb Seahorn, Executive Director of Strategic Alliances at CORA Physical Therapy, understands these staggering statistics better than anyone. Robb has committed to working with undergraduate students and new graduates of physical therapy programs as a mentor and resource to ensure our clinicians of tomorrow are prepared to be successful in their professional journey.
Recently, Robb reconnected with two physical therapy students from The University of Tennessee, Hannah Bain-Selbo and Michael Mitchell. Robb mentored Hannah and Michael in separate programs. They reflected on their unique paths and the strong support that helped bring them to where they are today.
Mentoring Future Physical Therapists
Hannah participated in Robb’s interview and graduate school preparation discussion at the University of Tennessee Pre-PT Club. Hannah described the event as extremely beneficial and alluded to the fact that it was integral in her getting into school.
“In the fall of 2019 Robb came to our school to speak about application essays and interview questions. He provided us with information and resources I used to prepare for my UTHSC interview in the fall of 2020. It definitely helped me and I can credit that preparation for my success in the application process. I am now in my 2nd year of the UTHSC DPT program.”Hannah Bain-Selbo, SPT
Student Physical Therapist
Class of 2024 Secretary
The University of Tennessee Health Science Center
College of Health Professionals
Department of Physical Therapy
Michael observed Robb and other CORA physical therapists at the Tennessee Orthopedic Center (TOC). It is common for physical therapy schools to require students to log observation hours prior to applying. During observation sessions students learn about patient care as well as the many responsibilities and opportunities in becoming a physical therapist.
“When I was in undergrad at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville I had the opportunity to observe at TOC under Robb and a few other CORA therapists. I learned so much during my few weeks there and was exposed to a lot of things I had never seen before. I believe my time at TOC helped me solidify the fact that physical therapy was the right career path for me. I graduated with the techs that were working in the clinic at that time, and since then one is now a PT, and I and the other tech have started our second year of PT school!”Michael Mitchell, SPT
SGA President, COHP
Vice President, DPT Class of 2024
College of Health Professions
The University of Tennessee Health Science Center
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“Many students gain an interest in physical therapy because they or a family member have needed to attend PT. This initial introduction often translates into asking about observation in the clinic to learn more about the field. This is an important opportunity to gain a more comprehensive perspective to see if this a career they would want to pursue.”Robb Seahorn, Executive Director of Strategic Alliances at CORA Physical Therapy
CORA is committed to being a resource in our community by helping undergraduate students gain the experience and knowledge needed to excel in the field of physical therapy.
CORA has observation, volunteer, and formal undergraduate internships available to help these individuals receive the resources they need to further their education.
“We have introductory level information for students just learning about the field and more comprehensive assistance available for our interns. We have the resources and expertise to help prepare them for the next step in their education.”Robb Seahorn, Executive Director of Strategic Alliances at CORA Physical Therapy
Once students enter graduate school, CORA has dedicated educational pathways to provide a customized clinical experience for our professional students.
“Our professional students have access to our learning management system and even the internal educational courses that our clinicians attend. It is really a comprehensive approach.”Robb Seahorn, Executive Director of Strategic Alliances at CORA Physical Therapy
CORA therapists take pride in sharing their clinical expertise and being a resource to our communities.
“They are not only taking care of patients in their communities today but also helping build the next great therapist in their community for tomorrow!”Robb Seahorn, Executive Director of Strategic Alliances at CORA Physical Therapy
By investing in the future today, these key stakeholders represent promise and opportunity for the sustainability of the practice and availability of low-cost, conservative care our nation’s healthcare system for years to come.