The hype of Lane Kiffin leaving University of Tennessee and going to USC has blanketed the sports news this week.  It is interesting to hear from sports reporters that he continues to leave jobs for superior coaching positions even though the outcome is mediocre with current teams.  The coach continues to get credentials (Oakland Raiders to Tennessee to now USC) but doesn’t get results (success).  How so?

This can relate to our profession or any profession at that.  Designators and other credentials continue to make our name longer but is this necessarily making us better clinicians?  Do some of us take continuing ed courses each month just to get as much designators possible masking our actual ability to get results.   I don’t think a patient cares too much what is behind the name, as long as they get pain relief and back to full function.   Just some thoughts.

Maybe we should just keep the professional designation simple…John Doe, PT

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