Did you know that January is National Mentoring Month? In the healthcare industry, the quality of your mentorship can have a huge impact on your career path, job satisfaction, and your ability to grow and develop.
When job seeking, it is standard practice to ask about wages, benefits, and other common perks that workplaces offer. But why aren’t more people asking about mentoring opportunities? Is it not top of mind or are career decisions being made solely on salary? When it comes to clinical careers, mentorship opportunities can be even more valuable than starting salary. In the physical therapy field, mentorships not only help the student or mentee, but they’re beneficial for the patient, referring physician and the organization itself. Why? Because clinical mentoring develops skilled therapists, which result in better patient outcomes – a win—win scenario for all parties involved.
If you’re a new physical therapy or occupational therapy graduate seeking your first job or a career move, asking about a mentorship program on your next job interview should be on your list of questions…and here’s why:
Mentorships transform careers
A seasoned, hands-on mentor, backed by an organization’s comprehensive mentorship program, puts you ahead of the curve, and can take you from a novice therapist to an expert clinician in just a few short years.
Mentorships are an investment in YOU
Organizations that allocate the time and resources to develop a mentorship program made up of experienced therapists, dedicated clinical instructors, physician lectures, in-house continuing education courses, and residency and fellowship programs, are utilizing valuable resources to help make YOU a better clinician.
You won’t learn everything from a textbook or behind a desk
Yes – books, lectures, and test scores are important and necessary. But nothing compares to the experience you’ll get working in the clinics, alongside clinical instructors that can demonstrate hands-on approaches to clinical care. Unique and complex scenarios present themselves in the clinics every day, and you’ll want to best prepare yourself for when those situations arise within your caseload. Remember…there’s not a patient out there who wants to be your experiment.
You’ll open the door to other opportunities
First-class physical therapy and occupational therapy mentorship programs afford clinicians opportunities to receive specialized training and earn certifications in areas such as McKenzie Method®, Orthopedic Clinical Specialist, Certified Orthopedic Manual Therapist, Certified Hand Therapist, and many others. The more you know, the better equipped you’ll be to treat a wide variety of patient populations.
At Professional Physical Therapy, a first class, comprehensive Clinical Excellence mentoring program, founded by Professional’s Chief Clinical Officer, Rob Panariello MS, PT, ATC, CSCS, is offered to every full-time clinician. Rob and the Clinical Excellence team have a combined 100+ years of experience, with a focus on developing new clinicians into highly-respected authorities. The program consists of Essentials and Foundations Classes, Grand Rounds, Clinical Excellence Training Centers, Physician Lectures, Journal Clubs, weekly Technique Peek educational videos, and a Continuing Education stipend. Plus, clinicians have access to an APTA-accredited Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency program, in partnership with New York Institute of Technology (NYIT), an Orthopedic Manual Therapy Certification Program, a Physical Therapy Fellowship Program through Boston University, and Professional Seminars clinical education courses throughout the year at a deep discount.
In addition, Professional Physical Therapy places over 280 students each year through its Clinical Affiliation Program (CAP), matching students with experienced clinical instructors throughout the company.
So on your next job interview, will clinical mentorships be on your list of questions?