“…progress to positions of increasingly greater administrative, supervisory and professional responsibility”
The demands of wartime service had created an opportunity for physical therapists to craft short-term treatment plans and long-term rehabilitation regimens. Recognizing the profession’s independence from other medical disciplines, physical therapy associations at mid-century voted to drop “technician” from the job title of physical therapists. The school’s affiliation with Tufts College brought physical therapy students into the professional network of the New England Medical Center, one of the oldest medical institutions in Boston. Additions to the curriculum, such as courses in public health and visits to the Boston Dispensary for treatment demonstrations, prepared students for expanded job responsibilities. Physios tackled a rigorous course load within a competitive environment with hopes of obtaining full-time positions throughout the country.