2016 OCS – Dr. Johnson adds OCS (orthopedic clinical specialist) to his credentials

Posted On: June 27, 2016

I am Dr. David Johnson, and I am licensed as both a chiropractic physician and as a physical therapist in the state of Illinois. I was a chiropractic physician first and then in my early 40’s decided to go back to physical therapy school at Rosalind Franklin University of medicine and Science. It was a lot of work. The experience deepened my understanding of physical medicine and I had a lot of fun doing it.

My last clinical rotation before graduating Rosalind Franklin was at Swedish Covenant’s Galter Center in Chicago. I was in their out patient physical therapy department. My clinical instructor Adam Andersen PT, OCS recognizing my skills and interest in orthopedics encouraged me to sit for the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties Orthopedic Specialty exam.

I signed up to take the exam as soon as I had met the qualifications of practicing in an orthopedic setting that the exam requires. I had been practicing for years in an orthopedic setting as the Director of North Shore Spinal & Sports Rehabilitation but this was under my license as a chiropractor.

I had a bit of an advantage, as I am both a Diplomate of the American Board of Chiropractic Orthopedists as well as a Fellow of the Academy of Chiropractic Orthopedists. I completed my training at the National College of Chiropractic under the tutelage of Dr. Dennis Skogsbergh. I have repeated the sequence of courses 4-5 times over the past 25 years, taking it again after I graduated from physical therapy school.

Even with all of my training and experience I had to study for the board. I signed up for an excellent on-line course offered by Evidence in Motion and studied for one year. The course exposed me to good content, gave quizzes and practice exams so you could grade your progress. It also reviewed test-taking strategies that helped me understand the type of test I was taking. I actually found the course’s tests and quizzes harder than the actual exam itself.

I passed the exam with flying colors scoring well above the passing score. I was pleased because I particularly high in Medical/Surgical Interventions as well as the Prognosis/Interventions/Outcomes sections. Orthopedic surgical interventions are vast and understanding these was part of the reason I went back to physical therapy school in the first place, so this was gratifying for me.

I scored above average in all of the body region categories as follows: cervical spine, shoulder, elbow, wrist, hand, lumbar spine, hip, knee, ankle and foot. Some of these areas I actually scored well above average. My experience and thirst for knowledge was an advantage.

I would like to thank all of my instructors and patients over the years. They have all taught me well. I would also like to congratulate American Board of Physical Therapy Specialists for giving such a good exam.

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