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Pate Bishop

Pate Bishop is one step closer in his journey from patient to practitioner. At the age of 17, Bishop had just finished the first day of his senior year of high school. That afternoon, on the way home from Hatley High School, Bishop lost control of his vehicle. The results were a broken wrist, several broken ribs and compression fractures to his vertebrae.

Over the next eight months, he would go from being bed bound to full recovery in what Bishop described a relatively quick time. He not only gained new health, but a new goal in life-to become a physical therapist.

“I made a full recovery because of physical therapy. It was a crucial time of my life,” said Bishop. “They (physical therapists) were really nice and personable. It made the time pass quickly.”

Now, half-way through his senior year at Mississippi University for Women, Bishop became the first student of his graduating class to be accepted into a doctorate of physical therapy program. The son of an alumna Leigh Ann White Bishop, ’92, he transferred to The W from Itawamba Community College.

“I liked the curriculum and the small class size. It’s a more personal experience here.”

Described by Bishop as a daunting task, the application process of applying to physical therapy programs began in July. The process required writing multiple essays, logging every collegiate level class taken and submitting his Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score. In addition to submitting grades and test scores, Bishop logged 428 hours of shadowing and internships.

“They (W faculty) were really helpful during the application process. We went through several rough drafts before submitting my application,” said Bishop.

On Oct. 27, Bishop received an invitation to attend Memphis Mingle, a meet and greet opportunity hosted by the University of Tennessee Health Science School. He was one of 60 students who attended the first session where he met other potential students and faculty members of the college on Nov. 18. Two weeks later, Bishop received an email from UTHSC informing him that he had been accepted.

“I was getting anxious because I had finished all my application back in October,” explained Bishop. “I am most excited about expanding my knowledge and finally getting to practice.”

Bishop’s ultimate goal is to open an orthopedic outpatient clinic so that he can provide treatment like he once received.

He will graduate from The W in May 2017.