Daniel Copeland (DPT ’22) March 17, 2022
Residency Match 2022
Students from the class of 2022 are celebrating the next step in their professional
journey. Here they share what has inspired them along the way and what advice they
would give to new students.
Where did you match?
Mercer University, Atlanta Georgia – Residency in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy
What specialty have you chosen to pursue and why?
I love working with this population because each person is different. Each person
is like a puzzle, and helping them can be very rewarding. I feel especially connected
with amputees; and some of my most rewarding experiences have involved helping them
to walk again.
How did you feel when you found out you matched?
I was stunned. It took some time to sink in, but, when it did, I was super excited
What advice would you give to year one physical therapy students just starting their
If you know the field you want to specialize in that’s great but don’t close off to
the possibility of enjoying other fields as well. Specializing is a great option but
being proficient in all fields is very important. As our professors have said, every
ortho patient has a neuro problem and vice versa. That can apply to all fields in
Is there anything else you would like to share?
I could not have asked for a better group of mentors that have been with me and supported
me. I am incredibly grateful for all of them.
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