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Alumnus Named Promising New Member by American Academy of Sports Physical Therapy

By Steve Neumann

Published on February 7, 2019
Amit Gohil
 Photo Credit: University of Delaware

Amit Gohil DPT’18 had a good idea that he wanted to go into the medical field even before coming to USciences. His brother, Kunj Gohil PharmD’13, had attended the university, and Amit had done some shadowing of doctors, nurses, and physical therapists in high school. Ultimately, he felt that physical therapy was the best fit for him.

He was right. Dr. Gohil’s hard work and immersive experience over the past six years not only earned him a spot in the University of Delaware Sports Residency Program but the American Academy of Sports Physical Therapy has honored his achievements with their Outstanding Student Award. He accepted the award on January 25 at the American Physical Therapy Association Conference in Washington, D.C.

In his nomination letter, David Logerstedt, PT, PhD, said Dr. Gohil was deserving of this award because of his strong leadership and communication skills, as well as his demonstrated passion for the field.

"Amit is highly likely to be a strong contributor to the highly qualified team at any sports physical therapy clinic," said Dr. Logerstedt. "Amit has already demonstrated excellent potential for clinical rehabilitation that will impact the lives of physically active individuals served by sports physical therapist."

Dr. Gohil says that his experience at USciences is similar to his sports residency because he understood that while he was taking on more work, his experiences would be invaluable as he moves forward in his career.

“I’m expected to work more hours but I’m getting the best experience I can,” he said. “I really wouldn’t choose anything else if I had to do it all over again.”

A typical day as sports physical therapy resident for Dr. Gohil begins at 7:30 a.m., when he’s scheduled to be in the operating room with one of University of Delaware’s local surgeons until noon. After a quick lunch, he’ll start treating his own patients either in the clinic or the athletic training room, until about 6:00 p.m. If a team he’s working with has a game, he’ll attend that—and that could go until 10:00 p.m.

Though his sports residency is demanding, Dr. Gohil’s doctor of physical therapy degree prepared him well because of the hands-on clinical experience he received working with actual patients from his first year to his last.

“I don’t think I’d be where I am today without that degree,” he said. “I know I wouldn’t be doing my sports residency without it.”

Dr. Gohil has a lot of options going forward, thanks to his hard work through the USciences accelerated doctoral program and his subsequent residency at the University of Delaware. After he completes his residency this summer, he will be faced with the choice to pursue further interests in either sports or orthopedic settings.

But Dr. Gohil, a lifelong athlete himself, already has a good idea of where he’d like his career to take him.

“Within the next five years I’d love to pursue opportunities as a sports physical therapist for athletes at a professional level or Olympic level,” he said.

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