Mentorship is defined as “a relationship in which a more experienced or more knowledgeable person helps to guide a less experienced or less knowledgeable person.” This is a relatively broad and simple description of what a mentorship is, which reminds us that ultimately, a mentorship will be what you want it to be, and what you make it.
NCPTA Early Professional Special Interest Group Mentorship Program
If you are interested in being a part of the NCPTA EP SIG Mentorship program, please fill out one of the following forms. We will do our best to match you with someone based on your interests and requests.
- Are you an Early Career Professional, looking to be matched to a mentor? Please fill out this Mentee Interest Form!
- Are you a Mid to Later Career Professional, looking to be a mentor? Please fill out this Mentor Interest Form!
- “Grow Your Career Through Mentoring” page on the APTA website. The articles on this particular page are APTA members only content.
- Residencies or Fellowships: One avenue to receive very specific and hands-on mentorship is through a year long residency or fellowship program. From the American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education website; “A residency program is a postprofessional planned learning experience comprised of a curriculum encompassing the essential knowledge, skills, and responsibilities of an advanced physical therapist within a defined area of practice.” “A fellowship program is a postprofessional planned learning experience comprised of a curriculum encompassing the essential knowledge, skills, and responsibilities of an advanced physical therapist within a defined area of subspecialty practice.”
- APTA Section Mentorship: Are you currently a member of a section? Check their website for mentorship programs that are specific to that section.
- If you were not set up with one already, check with your school to see if you can be matched with an alumni that graduated several years before you that may be in your geographic area, or in your area of interest.
- If this was not discussed as an option when you were hired, ask your Rehab Director if there are informal opportunities for mentorship within the department.
- If you feel comfortable doing so, ask your colleague that has more years experience if they would be willing to chat, or be available for brainstorming. Offer to buy them lunch once a week!
- Four Ways to Make the Most Out of Mentorship from Forbes