You’ve finished physical therapy school, passed your board exam, and landed your first job – now what? There are many things new graduates expect from starting their very first job and other things they do not. Today we will look at a few things to know when you start your career as a physical therapist.
What kind of new graduate mentorship opportunities are available at Athletico?
Athletico has developed a best-in-class Clinician Mentoring Program focused on skill development for new graduate clinicians. The PT/PTA mentoring program is about 1 year in length and is available for new graduate PT and PTA clinicians with less than 2 years of experience. The hand therapy mentoring program is about 2 years in length and is available for new graduate hand therapy clinicians who have less than 3 years of experience. Clinicians are paired with a Mentor for an individualized mentorship experience. The program consists of a combination of online eLearning in MedBridge and live clinical mentoring sessions.
I still remember the day I sat with my college advisor as he laid out the curriculum plan that would allow me to apply for physical therapy school. It was one of the last pieces of the “figuring out what you want to do with your life” puzzle, and I left his office energized and focused on achieving my goal of becoming a physical therapist (PT).
Starting a new role, new job, or new career can be a daunting task. Where do I go on the first day? Who are my co-workers? How will I grow? These are all common thoughts and questions on the first day of a new job. Athletico prides itself on developing its staff and living its core values daily. We have many options and opportunities for newly graduated clinicians and experienced clinicians alike. Athletico has the distinct advantage of having thousands of highly trained and engaged clinical minds to pull from as new employees start their careers with us.
As a new grad, it can be overwhelming to make plans around your career as a PT. Do I want to specialize? Do I want to start a residency? How do I get involved in leadership? It is important to dream, set goals for yourself, and understand all our profession offers. Here are some tips for making your dreams a reality at Athletico.
Clinical Excellence: Celebrating Athletico’s Clinicians to get Pelvic Rehabilitation Practitioner Certification
Co-Authors: Sarah Dawson, PT, DPT, PRPC, ATC and Hailey Colbert, PT, DPT, PRPC
Our interests in pelvic health started as students and classmates at Governors State University Physical Therapy program in 2015. We had the opportunity to take an elective course and chose to take the pelvic health elective. We learned a base level of pelvic floor anatomy and assessment and treatment techniques in this course. But most of all, we came to appreciate the growing need for providers in this specialization. We learned about the prevalence of incontinence, pelvic pain, prolapse, prostate cancer, and perinatal conditions that required greater expertise than what was covered in physical therapy school.
Practice makes perfect is arguably the familiar mantra that many hand therapists live by regarding their abilities and expertise for fabricating our patients’ orthosis or splints. Experience and understanding of the involved anatomy are also a large part of the specialized skill of orthoses fabrication. Often, there is not a playbook that meets the unique needs of a patient’s recovery. There are several factors a therapist may work through to provide the most individualized, evidenced-based care.
Authors: Athletico and Rise Science
Inability to empathize with our patients can undermine years of training, precise diagnoses, thorough care plans, and world-class facilities. Without it, we miss key unspoken needs, fail to establish trust, and limit our ability to influence the behavior that helps patients reach their goals.