Aron- Adventist Health Glendale Resident
Hello everyone! My name is Aron Tiongco. I am a USC DPT graduate from the class of 2018 and one of the three orthopedic residents in the Adventist Health Glendale orthopedic and sports residency program.
I picked Adventist Health Glendale because I had one of my final rotations at their facility, a 16-week orthopedic clinical rotation. My clinical instructor, Mindie Sun PT DPT OCS CMP, was one of the best clinical instructors I had ever met. I wasn't even set on practicing in orthopedics until she challenged my capabilities as a student and eventually a clinician. Having the opportunity to learn from her truly shaped my outlook on the potential we have to change movement and therefore change lives. I chose Adventist Health Glendale because they had invested their time in grounding me as a new clinician and I wanted to build myself up from that foundation.
I decided to do residency because I wanted to start practicing at a higher caliber earlier in my career. Now not everyone needs to do a residency to accomplish this. New clinicians can practice at that higher level with enough motivation and mentorship, independent of a residency program. For me, I knew that I would thrive from structure and direction. Ultimately I decided to do residency for the mentorship. I had seen how the clinicians at Adventist Health Glendale practiced, a majority of which are clinical faculty, and I wanted to be guided and molded to practice at that same level. Lastly, I wanted a residency program with a smaller and intimate cohort (total of 4 residents in our program). I also wanted to direct my learning and Adventist Health Glendale offered that and more.
When you start as a resident remember that you are going to make mistakes. Remember that a part of your purpose is to make those errors so that you can learn from them and become better as a clinician for your patients. Understand that growth happens outside of your comfort zone and if you are uncomfortable, that means you are on the path to growth. Lastly, constantly ask yourself, "What is this experience trying to teach me?". High level clinical practice is based on two important principles: clinical knowledge base and self reflection. Remember what we do is a constant and daily practice of asking ourselves "How can I be better for our patients and for ourselves?"
Graduate from residency without remediating. Just kidding. In all seriousness one of my short term goals as a physical therapist would be to spend a few days a month offering my services and skills to an underserved population pro-bono. I haven't found the avenue by which to do that yet so if you have any recommendations please feel free to e-mail me at email@example.com. A long-term goal in physical therapy would be to develop myself enough to become a resident mentor and assist future generations to become excellent in their clinical practice.