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Profiles in Professionalism With Carol M. Davis

Profiles in Professionalism With Carol M. Davis

Profiles in Professionalism With Carol M. Davis

By Carol M. Davis, PT, DPT, EdD, MS, FAPTA and Melissa McCune, SPT

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This innovative series featured in the Journal of Humanities in Rehabilitation seeks to explore the elusive yet crucial concept of professionalism and its role in the field of rehabilitation medicine. Providing insight through the words of visionary leaders, we seek to reflect on what it means to be a professional in the current healthcare environment, and how the past can help to inform the future of our growing field. Through captivating video interviews, the concept of professionalism is presented in a format that aims to speak to rehabilitation professionals across the spectrum of clinical care, research, and education.

Introduction

In this installment of the “Profiles in Professionalism” series, we sit down with Carol M. Davis, PT, DPT, EdD, MS, FAPTA. Dr. Davis is recognized for her scholarship and expertise in physical therapy education, professional socialization, and ethical decision making. Her research is focused on building the scientific foundation for and determining clinical outcomes of complementary therapies used in conjunction with traditional physical therapy services. In her interview, Dr. Davis gently urges physical therapy students and clinicians to contemplate their role as professionals and how the humanities can facilitate this professional formation. 

Biography

Dr. Carol M. Davis is Professor Emerita in the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and author/editor of numerous manuscripts and books, including: Integrative Therapies in Rehabilitation, Evidence of Efficacy in Therapy, Prevention and Wellness, and Patient Practitioner Interaction/An Experiential Manual for Developing the Art of Patient Care. In addition to her doctorate in physical therapy from Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions, she has a doctorate in Humanistic Studies from Boston University.

How would you describe to someone what a profession is and how would you distinguish it from an occupation?

How has your idea of professionalism evolved throughout your life, and how would you describe your early experience in Physical Therapy education?

How should a professional deal with the uncertainty often experienced in clinical care and education? How do the humanities help us better understand our patients and ourselves?


Carol M. Davis, PT, DPT, EdD, MS, FAPTA

Carol M. Davis, PT, DPT, EdD, MS, FAPTA is Professor Emerita in the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and author/editor of numerous manuscripts and books, including: Integrative Therapies in Rehabilitation, Evidence of Efficacy in Therapy, Prevention and Wellness and Patient Practitioner Interaction/An Experiential Manual for Developing the Art of Patient Care. In addition to her doctorate in physical therapy from Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions, she has a doctorate in Humanistic Studies from Boston University.

 

Melissa McCune, DPT

Melissa McCune is a third-year Doctor of Physical Therapy student at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia. She also pursued her Master of Public Health degree at Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University during the 2018-2019 academic year. As a dual-degree student, Melissa wanted to gain a broader perspective on health and the meaning of disease and disability within our communities. Originally from Ohio, Melissa earned her Bachelor of Science in Applied Physiology at Wright State University in Dayton, OH. During her undergraduate career, she cultivated a passion for rehabilitation as she realized the capabilities of the human body to rebuild and recover. She’s continued to work and seek out opportunities at the cross-roads of science, art, and the humanities. She has served as an AmeriCorps State and National member where she saw the effectiveness of teaching STEM education through an art-focused lens and the effect it had on building up her students and fostering healthy relationships within her classes. Melissa is the recipient of the 2019 Frank S. Blanton Jr., MD Humanities in Rehabilitation Scholar award and is currently working as the Senior Digital Graduate Editorial Associate for the Journal of Humanities in Rehabilitation. By focusing on the power of human connection and our shared experiences, she hopes to provide a unique perspective and contribute in meaningful ways to the field of rehabilitation.

 

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