𝐁𝐞𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐈𝐧𝐭𝐫𝐨𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐭𝐞𝐝 𝐢𝐧 𝐇𝐞𝐚𝐥𝐭𝐡𝐜𝐚𝐫𝐞
I quit after my first day of volunteering at a PT clinic for individuals with disabilities. I was anxious, didn't know how to communicate with patients, let alone take them through exercises, so I just left.
When I decided on the PA route, I knew academically I would be fine. I'm not saying I didn't think I would have challenges or wouldn't have to study, but I knew there were so many resources to help academically that ultimately I would be okay. However, I was worried about patient care experience.
As an introvert, I tend to observe more than I speak. I am comfortable speaking when I need to but I would rather listen than talk...it would just make me anxious. When I began as a PT aide I was so unsure of myself and I felt uncomfortable asking for help. The semester after I quit the PT clinic volunteering I thought to myself "sure, academically you'd be fine as a PA, but you need to prove to yourself you can communicate with patients before you go any further". I forced myself to show up the next semester, made myself speak up when I needed help and found out that communicating with patients is not scary...it's great.
Flash forward to now: I ended up volunteering there for 3 years after that, earned the student of the semester and got a letter of rec from the program director. At the end of the day, I’m still an introvert at heart and need to take an hour or so alone to re-energize and then I'm ready to get back at it. Is anyone else an introvert?
P.S. This picture is from the anatomy dissection that I attended in England!