When Carl Fairburn ‘10 earned his doctor of physical therapy degree from Pacific, he thought he was done with school. After spending some time working in a small rural hospital in Oroville, CA, Fairburn will be moving to North Carolina to attend the CardioVascular & Pulmonary Physical Therapist Residency at Duke University.
“Resident programs offer the next step in higher education. There is always something new to learn,” Fairburn said.
The residency is one of only two cardiovascular and pulmonary residencies certified by the American Physical Therapists Association. Currently, only clinical-based residency programs are credentialed through the American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education.
“I hope to further my education so that I may become a better practitioner. This residency will provide me with the knowledge to deliver optimal care and treatment for my patients,” said Fairburn.
What inspired Fairburn to continue his education was his passion. Throughout his career he went where his passion led him and found himself “curious and driven to learn more and provide better care for my patients.”
Fairburn was born and raised in Oregon and moved to California after high school to attend Porterville Community College. While earning his associate’s degree, he also played baseball competitively. Later he attended California State University, Chico to continue his education and collegiate baseball career. Fairburn knew he had an interest in sports but “really wasn’t sure what to do but, a counselor suggested exercise physiology” which ultimately brought him to Pacific.
At home, Fairburn loves to play the guitar, both acoustic and electric. He also enjoys riding his ’98 softail Harley Davidson and holds the Oregon state youth hunting record for bighorn sheep. In the future, he would like to return to academia and teach graduate courses.
By Dua Her '09