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iMAP (Inspire, Mentor, and Participate!)

Monday, July 31, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Matthew Nicholas
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iMAP (Inspire, Mentor, and Participate!)

iMAP (Inspire, Mentor, and Participate!) is IPTA’s mentorship program for both students and PT/ PTA clinicians. The purpose of this program is to provide mentorship services to students & clinicians throughout the state who are seeking guidance in the physical therapy field and to provide clinicians with leadership opportunities to mentor peer clinicians or students.

If you are currently a physical therapist or physical therapist assistant, you may apply to the program as either a mentor or protégé, depending on your interests.  If you are a student, you may apply to the program as a protégé, but once you have graduated, may transition into a mentor position if desired. There are no costs to the program, but IPTA membership is required.

We try our best to pair mentors and protégés by interest area, geographical location, and previous experience. Once you have been paired, your partnership is dependent on what works best for you. The iMAP Chair and Co-Chair will follow-up with you a few times via e-mail throughout the first year of your mentorship to make sure everything is going smoothly. It is recommended that you meet in person at least twice throughout the year, however, you may use other forms of communication such as e-mail or phone depending on what works best for you.

The iMAP program has been a great resource to many students and clinicians in both mentor and protégé roles.  For students, it is beneficial for networking, exploring interests in different settings and specialties, job search guidance, or career change guidance.  For mentors, it is a great way to develop leadership experience and give back by helping the development of our young clinicians.  iMAP is an incredibly valuable and underutilized resource and all student and new grad IPTA members could benefit from active mentorship. 

We have mentors waiting to provide expertise in nearly every practice setting, specialization, and background.  If you are interested in applying, you can find the iMAP application for both mentors and protégés by clicking here. For any questions, contact iMAP Chair, Kyle Denlinger, PT, DPT (  or iMAP Co-Chair Jessica Wierdak (


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