Pivoting during a pandemic Q&A: Kristina Reid
We asked physical therapy faculty members about how their lives at work and at home had been affected since the novel coronavirus was declared a pandemic in March 2020.
Physical Therapy Program Director and Assistant Clinical Professor Kristina Reid, DPT, MS, C/NDT
I value the opportunity to be part of the lives of those around me. I strive to be understanding, caring, and provide the best knowledge and skills I am able to deliver to those I teach. I work to better myself by maintaining a high level of self-reflection and continued education to grow and develop my professional skills.
A positive outcome of the pandemic:
Seeing the creativity and resilience in the PT faculty and in the college and university as a whole. Watching everyone dig in and quickly respond to the needs of the students as we transitioned to teaching online. The work and dedication that went into maintaining the quality of education while understanding the strain, stress, fear and challenges our students were having as they were thrust into a new way of learning.
A challenging aspect of the pandemic:
Not being able to see and connect with the students on a day-to-day basis. Prior to COVID-19 stay-at-home, I was fortunate to have students stop in my office frequently to let me know how things were going, tell me about successes and seek guidance (or even just grab a piece of chocolate). Now I am not able to have this connection — I miss this very much.
Recent program or research advisee achievements:
I am proud of the efforts and work that has been done to shift courses in the curriculum and keep the students moving forward toward an on-time graduation. This has required many meetings, spreadsheets, flexibility in plans and creative minds.
Take a look at how other faculty members responded to our Pivoting During a Pandemic Q&A.