SNAPSHOT: Physiotherapy From the books to the Practice - CHARU SHARMA

This maiden article gives some ideas to improvise the current physiotherapy education in India in view of the challenging clinical practice and its scope. This article aims to bridge the gap between the education being imparted in various physiotherapy institutes and the work opportunities available in the existing set-up in India.

Let us start from the basics, that is, a student enrolling in the Bachelors of Physiotherapy (BPT) may not have clear understanding of Physiotherapy as most of the students are those who were aiming for MBBS but could not make it and end up joining BPT course. Very few students and their parents have clarity about this field. So, the first and foremost step for any institute/college should be to conduct the orientation program giving an insight about physiotherapy, course details, scope of practice in India and abroad, and work opportunities after the course completion. The institutions need to ensure providing best faculty and clinical exposure to the students during academic program. For this, institutions should enter into collaborations with the leading hospitals, clinics and health providers, sports teams, etc. Physiotherapy provides wide range of scope for clinical practice, from working in hospitals, clinics, with sports teams to gyms, NGOs, etc. Students should be made exposed to the various fields of physiotherapy, from being posted in OPDs to working with geriatric patients in old-age homes to the field visits. Higher education and research has its own advantages to get into academics and contribute to further provide quality education. 

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