The need for mentoring does not end at graduation. For new clinicians, mentoring that occurs after entering practice provides growth opportunities in clinical skills, reasoning, management and leadership. Drayer Physical Therapy Institute® (DPTI) provides a formal mentoring program to help young therapists grow in an accelerated manner. Our staff is committed to working with new clinicians to set expectations and goals to advance their professional growth.

The Mentoring Program was designed to assist with the transition from student to clinician entering a primary orthopedic outpatient environment. All DPTI new graduate physical therapists are required to participate in this program, while physical therapy assistants and athletic trainers are encouraged to participate in optional programs designed similarly for their disciplines.

Program Outline

The mentee is paired with a mentor, which allows each new employee to establish a working relationship immediately upon entering the clinic. The program consists of pre-outlined material including:

  • MedBridge video library manual and examination techniques
  • Online course taught by expert clinicians provided by MedBridge
  • Anatomy and biomechanics review
  • Differential diagnosis
  • Clinical reasoning
  • Journal articles
  • Monthly conference calls with peers

Weekly meetings with onsite mentors are encouraged to review material and discuss relevant cases and patient problems. Flexibility within the program allows the mentor to provide individualized guidance.

New graduates are also encouraged to attend a live continuing education course within their first year of employment with DPTI.

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