David Gillette, PT, DPT, GCS earned a Bachelor of Arts in History at the University of Washington in 2001, and his Doctor of Physical Therapy at the University of Washington in 2009. He completed his geriatric clinical physical therapy residency at the University of Minnesota in 2012, and became board certified in geriatric physical therapy in 2013. He is now an Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy at University of the Pacific in Stockton, CA, where he teaches several classes including Geriatrics and Advanced Clinical Problems, a clinic-based class. The humanities, including history, music, and art, have been a way for him to learn about and influence how he sees others and the world around him. This narrative describes his experience of coming to see more clearly the humanity of himself and his relation to others. He is working on incorporating the humanities into the classes he teaches, as he believes they can inform students of the patient experience and of themselves as professionals and as human beings. He would like to thank Becky Olson-Kellogg, PT, DPT, GCS, CEEAA and Debbie Hanka, PT, DPT, GCS for their mentoring during the residency and for their feedback on this submission.
The Journal for the Humanities in Rehabilitation is a peer reviewed, multi-media journal using a collaborative model with rehabilitation professionals, patients and their families to gain a greater understanding of the human experience of disability through art, literature and narrative. The purpose of this interdisciplinary journal is to raise the consciousness and deepen the intellect of the humanistic relationship in the rehabilitation sciences.
The Journal of Humanities in Rehabilitation offers a mailing list with periodic updates about new articles.