SLU PT Alumni Spotlight - Derek Fenwick, PT, MBA, GCS, SHRM-SCP
Hometown: Cape Girardeau, MO
Current Town/City: Portland, OR
American Physical Therapy Association: APTA Nominating Committee, Leadership Development Committee, Post-Acute Care Work Group
Oregon Physical Therapy Association: OPTA Nominating Committee, past President, Vice President, Oregon Delegate to the APTA House of Delegates
See more at https://www.linkedin.com/in/derekfenwickpt/
If you could come back to SLU and teach a class, which class would you like to teach?
Strategic Human Resources (HR) for Health Care Professionals
What is your greatest professional accomplishment?
Helping to create my own dream job. I am blessed to work for an organization that takes risks and innovates to tackle big business challenges. When the need to do more to support and engage our high-performing employees became clear within our company, I worked with our Vice President of Human Resources to craft a draft job description for a Director of Professional Development role focused on turning high-potential employees into influential leaders. Together we made the business case and got it funded. Now many years later, I have had the privilege of helping to build several key programs to address the clinical, management, and leadership needs of our company, and in the process have found an exciting career path in human resources that I would have never imagined possible during my time in PT school.
What advice do you have for students getting ready to graduate with their DPT?
There will always be a job for a PT willing to take on a leader role in health care. Health care needs more leaders with clinical backgrounds. If the opportunity for management or other leadership presents itself early in your career and you've got a curiosity about it, take a chance and do it. You will be forever changed for the positive - and so will the patients you serve.