- What are the characteristics of a “true” profession?
- What does it mean to be a professional?
- How can a profession continue to develop?
- What is a current barrier to Physical Therapy practice?
- Who have been your professional role models and what did they teach you about being a professional?
- The spark that lit the flame: How did your journey as a Physical Therapist begin?
- About the Author(s)
Profiles in Professionalism: Interview with Dolly Swisher, PT, MDiv, PhD
“Profiles in Professionalism”, an innovative new 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.
In this first installment of the “Profiles in Professionalism” series, we sit down with Dolly Swisher, PT, MDiv, PhD, a powerful and thought-provoking leader in the field of Physical Therapy, to discuss her personal path to professionalism and the evolution the field of rehabilitation medicine has endured to grow in pursuit of a professional identity.
Dolly Swisher, PT, MDiv, PhD is currently the Director of the School of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science at the University of South Florida (USF), and the Assistant Dean for Interprofessional Education at USF’s Morsani College of Medicine. Dr. Swisher’s expertise lies at the intersection of ethics, professional education, and clinical care, helping to provide a framework for the development of our moral foundation as students and professionals.
What are the characteristics of a “true” profession?
“One of the things that I think [are] common… attributes that all professionals have to have … is extensive training, a commitment to maintaining currency, engaging in public service. But the other aspect that people often talk about [is] that a profession has to have some kind of autonomy”