Recently, a commentary by Dr. Louis Francescutti was posted on the Canadian Medical Association’s (CMA) website. In it, he suggested there is a lack of accountability in the health system, and physicians need to take some responsibility to fix the problem. He proposed one potential solution: make all physicians sign a contract, be paid a salary, and have their contract reviewed and renegotiated annually based on their outcomes, rather than the current fee-for-service model.
I am a physiotherapist and the co-founder of healthSwapp, which is like YouTube for home exercise prescription. Outside of my clinical work and my company, I’m a swimmer, rock climber and backcountry camper.
Over the past year and a half of building my company, I‘ve come to realize that many of the lessons I’ve learned building a business have been similar to what I’ve learned in the woods.
Just like hiking, starting a business is a process that requires planning, passion and a deep understanding of the terrain. Here are the top five lessons that I’ve learned so far.
What’s your physio story?
I grew up in South Africa. When I was 11, I started my own lawn cutting business. One of my five clients was a physiotherapist who treated all of the top rugby players and athletes in the country. I remember thinking, “That’s not really a job, she’s just lucky to do that.”
Check out this fascinating series of posts about technology from APTA’s May 2016 PTinMOTIONmag.org (© 2016 American Physical Therapy Association. All rights reserved).
COULD ‘BIORESORBABLE’ SENSORS HELP INDIVIDUALS RECOVER FROM BRAIN INJURY, SURGERY?
They melt in your brain, not in your hand.
Allan Macdonald, PT, MBA
I recently reviewed some interesting passages from a book where the main purpose was simple, menacing, and genius, all wrapped into a bound set of 592 pages. This Idea Must Die: Scientific Theories That Are Blocking Progress, edited by John Brockman, is a collection of essays where the authors have been challenged to examine “infallible” ideas, and make an argument to set aside, re-frame, and/or re-examine the seemingly infallible in order to make room for new ideas to advance. For example, Nina Jablonski argues to rid ourselves of the concept of race, and Hans Ulrich Obrist warns against the framing of unlimited economic growth—certainly an interesting essay for the homeowners among us in Toronto and Vancouver!
Jaime Angus, BMR (PT) & Lisa Mills-Hutton, B.Comm(Hons), BMR (PT)
Physiotherapists at Donna Sarna Physiotherapy & Rehabilitation in Winnipeg, Manitoba
“One day, you’re a high school English teacher, and then you get laryngitis and lose your voice for two weeks. The laryngitis is gone (or so you think) so you go back to work, but your voice is raspy and quite like a whisper. Your voice continues to cut out and by the end of the teaching day you have no voice left. Not a very successful first day back to work as an English teacher. You quickly return to your doctor to check if you have another infection. After some testing and a few referrals you are diagnosed with muscle tension dysphonia….”
CPA’s Board of Directors is the governing body of the Association. It is the Board’s job to ensure that CPA fulfills its mission to advance the profession of physiotherapy in order to improve the health of Canadians. As a CPA member, you choose who serves on the Board, so it is helpful to know what Directors do, and how they make decisions on your behalf.
When I first began my physiotherapy (PT) career, I worked in a clinical area with a wonderful physiotherapist assistant (PTA). We hadn’t learned much about this role in school and I wasn’t quite sure what I could assign to this person. Wasn’t I supposed to be able to do all of this stuff myself? If I didn’t do that stuff, then what was I supposed to be doing? How could I trust that this person really knows what they are doing? What did they know?
Pierre-Yves Lauzon, PRT
I would like to take this opportunity today to talk about my profession, which is still largely unknown to the general public and the medical world.