Choosing to quit physiotherapy

Since I began my education here, quite a few people has dropped off. Life reasons, such as landing a dream job or other interests often get in the way and you have to change course. I decided to interview a few people as to their reasons for departing from their programs.

I want to shine a light on the reasons they left, what they liked about the program and what they didn’t. These aren’t deep dives, just quick reflections, but I think it’s important to do that too. The interviews are translated from Swedish.

Tina Rezaei

How come you decided to study Physiotherapy?
The main reason was that I wanted to study something, anything, and I’ve been to a physiotherapist a lot before applying, due to a knee injury 2013. I thought the job looked fun, and I liked the thought of working outside of a hospital. I also liked the idea of being able to start my own clinic and the broad range of things to work with.

What did you like the most about your time here?
You got to read about a lot; physiology, anatomy, psychology. I thought it would be less breadth to it, but deeper. I liked that we got to try many ways of practicing physiotherapy. In the gym, doing tests. I liked that there seemed to be many areas to work in.

What were the parts you didn’t like?
One thing I didn’t like was the over admission in terms of students. This was specially annoying during the practical phase where everyone wanted help from the teachers but the sheer amount of students prevented some from getting help. So too few teachers in relation to the amount of students. Some courses also had questionable lectures, but I guess that happens at most places.

If the information about the education was better, would you have never applied in the first place, or was it something you had to try?
No, not really. The info at the website shows mostly what you can expect, and they do warn of the over admission. Maybe, more perspectives from students in the forms of blogs. There is one, but it’s not really pushed to the forefront in my opinion.

When did you have the realization you needed to change course and why?
Maybe I wasn’t really committed from the start. When we started the practical moments, around physiotherapy 2, I felt that the knowledge stayed more surface level and I wanted to go deeper into it.

Now studies: Dentistry at KI

Melissa Kahilainen

How come you decided to study Physiotherapy?
I sat there a week before admissions thinking: “what will I do this autumn?”. Primarily I wanted to study engineering at KTH but I needed a foundation year in natural science. So my boyfriend had the idea that I should study physiotherapy since it was something I had thought about before. So I did both at the same time.

What did you like the most about your time here?
I like the theoretical parts the most. I like nerding into the things I like, and exercise has always been one of my interests.

What were the parts you didn’t like?
Ever since the first course in physiotherapy I started feeling like it wasn’t for me. And in physiotherapy 2 I felt kind of the same. So I didn’t enjoy the practical parts and also that the pace was too low. 

If the information about the education was better, would you have never applied in the first place, or was it something you had to try?
No, I don’t think so. I had a thought about finishing the education and then go into science, something I seriously considered. 

Now studies: Architect at KTH

Thanks for reading!

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Jag är fysioterapeut (utbildad vid Karolinska Institutet) som är intresserad av hälsosam träning och forskning.

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  1. Du kommer nog att forska i framtiden ?
    Du kommer ha väldigt mycket materiel såsom du systematiskt tar reda på saker o ting.
    Ser fram motvalls det än är

    Gilla

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