January is National Mentoring Month!

January is National Mentoring Month!


Have you worked with a mentor before?

Partnering up with a mentor can help you along your career path through gaining knowledge that students do not typically get to experience in a classroom. These individuals are typically someone in your current or future field, who is supporting your ability to grow and develop.

In terms of careers in physical therapy, mentorship opportunities can not only help the clinician or mentee, but they also prove to be benefit the patient, referring physician and the organization itself. Working one-on-one with an experienced individuals allows students and clinicians to become equipped with skills to help them to go above and beyond in their position – leading to better patient outcomes and improved career satisfaction.

When you’re looking for a mentor, you should look for someone who holds a position that you are aiming to hold in the future, potentially even has worked in the position that you are in now, so that they are able to help you along your journey. They will provide a common understanding of responsibilities that the role involves, as well as tips and tricks to get you to where you want to be.

Mentoring isn’t simply the teaching of information. It’s focus is to assist in guiding a novice clinician and to foster the development of clinical reasoning and reflection.  This is the knowledge and experience you cannot gain from a textbook or lecture.

Professional Physical Therapy’s Frank Hoeffner PT, DPT, OCS, Orthopedic Residency Director, gives us a glimpse into what it’s like to work with a mentor through Professional:

The Clinical Excellence Department offers a 12-week Clinical Excellence Mentor Program, in which the participants meet weekly with a senior clinician and work through an established curriculum. In addition to this mentor program, the Clinical Excellence department offers a robust website featuring a learning management system, in order meet our clinician’s needs and assist them in building onto their skills.

The Department also offers the Professional Physical Therapy-NYIT Orthopedic Residency Program. This is a 13-month ABPTRFE accredited program designed for those wishing to excel in the field of orthopedic physical therapy. This program includes 150 hrs of one-on-one mentoring with a clinician that is board-certified in orthopedic physical therapy.

Staffed with 15 of Professional’s physical therapists and orthopedic clinical specialists, there’s an array of knowledge that can be gained by mentees. Our residency trained and board-certified therapists work closely with residents three hours each week, rotating through every four months in order to fully indulge each individual in information to their benefit.

When you speak to any successful clinician, they will likely tell you that they had several mentors throughout their career. These are people they turned to for clinical guidance and advice.  A mentor can help guide you on your path to success.


At Professional, we take pride in our dedication to continuing education and learning. Check out our Clinical Excellence and Professional Physical Therapy-NYIT Orthopedic Residency Program for more information.