For the month of July, Physiopedia has the pleasure of highlighting the contributions of Olajumoke Ogunleye. She is a dedicated Physiopedia volunteer who has recently taken part in the Physiopedia Rotation Team. Olajumoke Ogunleye is very motivated and tackles all tasks she is given. She is also always willing to learn new skills and help out with the team. Well done Olajumoke! We are thrilled to be celebrating your accomplishments.
Your name: Olajumoke Ogunleye
Time active with Physiopedia: I joined Physiopedia in October 2020.
Current role with Physiopedia: I’m a Physiopedia volunteer currently on a rotation at Physioplus.
My experience on rotation at Physioplus has been great so far. It has helped me to widen my volunteering journey with Physiopedia. Some things I did in my last rotation include: editing the Achilles Tendinopathy toolkit, the Ankasas project page, as well as working alongside Kim, the Physiopedia Content Manager, on course pages.
Where did you go to university/college? University of Ibadan, Nigeria
Where do you work? Currently, I’m taking a few months off to support my family. Beforehand, I worked in a General Hospital in northern Nigeria. It was an awesome experience. I was the only physiotherapist and I was more like a community physiotherapist. My last job experience opened me up to different things and experiences. I was able to work and treat patients from another tribe; despite the communication barrier at times. I had to make the right clinical judgements and decisions and improvise some of the equipment needed for treatment. this has fuelled my passion for contributing to providing affordable and accessible rehabilitation services.
Describe your role: Although I’m not currently working as a physiotherapist, I am a neurological physiotherapy enthusiast.
What is the most rewarding part of being a physiotherapist? The most rewarding part of being a physiotherapist is seeing patients return to their activities and participation in society.
What are some of the more challenging aspects about being a physiotherapist?
The most challenging aspect of the few years I’ve worked as a physiotherapist is when I see patients who cannot benefit from physiotherapy or other medical treatments. It’s more like they are slipping away and I can’t do anything to stop it.
What are some of your professional passions?
My professional passions are:
- To be an expert in neurological physiotherapy so I can offer quality service to those who need it.
- Create a working rehabilitation system in my country that makes rehabilitation available and accessible.
What are a few of your personal passions? To raise transformed youths who understand their purpose and maximise their gifts.
What would be your advice to a newly graduating physiotherapist? My advice to newly graduating physiotherapists is to be open-minded and be ready to be a lifelong learners. Most importantly, you should enjoy the process.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years? Of course, a physiotherapist with a master’s in rehabilitation science; health policy and management. I hope to create opportunities where people can access quality rehabilitation services.
What are the best things about being a Physiopedia volunteer? The best thing about being a Physiopedia volunteer is the community and the opportunity to try new things and learn. I love the Physiopedia community, everyone is always ready to help.
How has being a Physiopedia volunteer helped your professional development/career progression? It has helped me to be a better researcher and content creator.
What are your hopes and aspirations for Physiopedia? That we will continue producing great content, promoting good health and physiotherapy worldwide.
What is your favourite Physioplus course? There are so many courses to explore on Physioplus, I don’t have a favourite. Many of the courses I have taken have been beneficial to my growth. Some include Stroke, Low Back Pain, Global Health and Rehabilitation.
Anything else you would like to share? I’m immensely grateful to Physiopedia for providing this platform and the opportunity to learn and grow as a young physiotherapist.