Tolulope is a great example of someone who is passionate about both clinical practice and research. He is a full-time clinician, working towards his PhD and a contributor to Physiopedia and Physioplus. His passion is working with vulnerable populations, particularly the elderly. Tolulope has led a Topic of the Month on Geriatrics and has also developed two introductory courses of Physioplus on Understanding Biomechanics. Tolulope is generous with his time and knowledge and has made definite positive contributions to Physiopedia and Physioplus. Please congratulate Tolulope on being our Top Contributor for the month of October.
Time active with Physiopedia: One year and 5 months already.
Current role with Physiopedia: I am a Content Developer and Physiopedia volunteer page editor. I am also a Physioplus Course Presenter.
Where did you go to university/college? I earned my MSc Physiotherapy (focus on Geriatrics) from the University of Maiduguri, Nigeria and I also have a Bachelor of Medical Rehabilitation from Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria.
Where do you work? I work in a few different places at the moment, including the Federal Medical Centre in Nguru as well as the Ganadar Healthcare Services Ltd. I also contribute to Physioplus courses on Understanding Biomechanics.
Describe your role: My roles are varied but always focused on the care of my patients. I am a clinical physiotherapist as well as a founder and leader of my own clinic. I also enjoy working in the realm of research. Furthermore, I am pleased to be a Physioplus Course Presenter where I am able to make physiotherapy knowledge available to a wide variety of learners. They are all very rewarding jobs.
What is the most rewarding part of being a physiotherapist?
- It is human serving.
- Mobility is life!
- It gives me joy to be able to help vulnerable populations such as older adults.
What are some of the more challenging aspects of being a physiotherapist? Functioning as a researcher and physiotherapist is a long process. Translating knowledge into practice and producing new knowledge is also challenging in the sense that it requires being exposed to, and creating new information, as well as research concepts. However, these activities are enjoyable, especially when you have a passion for them.
What are some of your professional passions? To immerse myself in all things academia. I also enjoy contributing to healthcare as an institution and technological industry. My professional aim is always to facilitate healthy ageing for all.
What are a few of your personal passions? My personal and professional goals are blended. I would like to continue to work in different academic positions and healthcare organisations. I also enjoy fundraising and philanthropy. Of course, my family is always important to me.
What would be your advice to a newly graduating physiotherapist? To have focus and life objectives and do something which challenges you on a daily basis. What do I mean by a challenge? I mean performing those activities which are essential but may not be the most enjoyable to do. You grow from challenges.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years? I am hoping to finish my PhD, perhaps also work towards a post-doctoral fellowship. I would like to spend my leisure time on holiday with friends and family. I would also like to move my organisational goals forward. As for the rest, who knows!
What are the best things about being a Physiopedia volunteer? When you make other people happy, you are happy too. I see this happiness effect across the Physiopedia Team. Collectively, we are making knowledge accessible to all across the globe. It is a very rewarding experience.
How has being a Physiopedia volunteer helped your professional development/career progression? The experience is great in the sense that it motivates me to have more knowledge about physiotherapy activities and techniques. It also stimulates and guides my research interests.
What are your hopes and aspirations for Physiopedia? In one word, growth! To continue to have a strong editing team in order to create and facilitate more Physiopedia pages and Physioplus courses.
What is your favourite Physioplus course? All the courses that I have taken are outstanding and unique on their own.
I am interested in ageing science, research and practice. Currently, I am enjoying the MOOC on Understand Rehabilitation. It is rewarding to connect with other professionals from different countries. We all have something to learn from each other.
To learn more about Tolulope’s courses on Physioplus, please click here.