CFMT testing week, August 3-8th, 2015
It has been 7 years in the making but I recently sat for the Certified Functional Manual Therapy (CFMT) exam. It is an advanced certification held by the Institute of Physical Arts (IPA). The exam is held in Steamboat Springs, CO every August and there is currently a 4 year waiting list to test. Physical therapists from around the country come to test their knowledge and abilities of patient care and clinical reasoning.
Testing week is a misnomer. There is 4 days of intensive review of the 7 course followed by 2 days of testing. Each class has a written and oral practical component. I haven't worked this hard since physical therapy school.
It is difficult to tell you how much I learned this week. Even though the material is about Functional Manual Therapy, I also learned more about more about myself and what I can do under pressure. This week all started in February 2008 when I took my first IPA class, Functional Mobilization I. At the time, I didn't realize it was going to lead me towards a path of changing the way I treated patients, starting my own practice, and ultimately taking this challenging test.
I thought this week was going to be about how much I was going to be challenge but it was much more than that. I also got to meet other people like myself, highly motivated medical professionals who are willing to put in the work to make a in change in the profession and in their patients. Through the process, we all bonded in our blood, sweat, and tears. I can honestly say that I would recommend any patient to each of the physical therapists in CFMT 2015.