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iMAP (Inspire, Mentor and Participate!)

Tuesday, August 7, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Matthew Nicholas
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iMAP (Inspire, Mentor and Participate!)

Ever been at work and really wanted to phone a friend for help?

iMAP (Inspire, Mentor, and Participate!) is IPTA’s mentorship program that matches individuals with mentors, based on what an individual might be looking for help - clinical advice, leadership development, or advanced level training are just a few ways that iMAP mentors have provided support. 

Who can participate: If you are currently a physical therapist or physical therapist assistant, you may apply to the program as either a mentor or protégé.  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.

How it works: The iMAP leadership team pairs mentors and protégés by interest area, geographical location, and previous experience. Once 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.

Why join iMAP? 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. 

If you are interested in applying, you can find the iMAP application for both mentors and protégés by clicking here. For questions, contact iMAP Chair Jessica Wierdak, PT at

The IPTA is currently looking for an iMAP Co-Chair! The iMAP Chair and Co-Chair serve as matchmakers, working to connect  individual applicants with mentors which takes, together, about 5 hours a month.  The relationship between Chair and Co-Chair is a mentoring one: the Co-Chair shadows the Chair the first year and becomes Chair the following year. 

If you are interested in the role of iMAP Co-Chair, send your name and contact information in an email to

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