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MEET A MEMBER: Christopher Hagan, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT; 2020 iMAP Chair

Tuesday, February 4, 2020   (1 Comments)
Posted by: Matthew Nicholas
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MEET A MEMBER: Christopher Hagan, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT; 2020 iMAP Chair

The IPTA is proud of our fascinating and influential members who are working hard towards advancing the physical therapy profession.

iMAP (Inspire, Mentor, and Participate!)  is IPTA’s mentorship program that is available to all IPTA members. Anyone can take part in iMAP, whether you are a new graduate - or a professional who is exploring a new practice setting. Mentors and protégés focus on professional growth, development, and association participation.

After serving as iMAP CoChair in 2019, Christopher Hagan, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT moves into the role of Chair of iMAP in 2020.

In getting to know Chris a little better, we asked "What inspired you to become a physical therapist?"

Christopher Hagan, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT
iMAP Chair (2020)
Member since 2012

Hagan: The inspiration to become a Physical Therapist started way back when I was in high school. My dad was receiving home health PT for a total knee replacement. I was able to sit in on most of the therapy sessions and saw how much it helped my dad get back on his feet and completely return to daily routine. The body’s ability to heal and the role of a physical therapist in facilitating that ability was so fascinating to me.

I always thought I wanted to be in the healthcare field helping patients, and after this experience, I was inspired to pursue Physical Therapy as a career.

As the iMAP Chair, why do you feel it is important for an Early Career or new Member to join iMAP and be paired with a mentor? Also, why should an engaged and/or seasoned member volunteer to be a mentee?

Hagan: The opportunity to be paired with a mentor when transitioning from the classroom to the clinic can be quite valuable for the Early Career clinician. A mentor is someone who can help you talk through a complex patient, share clinical tips and tricks, make connections within the PT community, and facilitate your professional growth. Throughout my career, I have found each one of my mentors along the way to be invaluable in my professional development. iMAP offers a partnership to be made from the beginning, and I would encourage any new grad considering a mentor to take advantage of this program. Plus, who can say ‘no’ to free mentorship for IPTA members?!

Those seasoned clinicians and IPTA members considering a mentor role should look to iMAP. We all became PT’s to help people, and this program allows an opportunity to advise and offer help to those within our profession. I believe that being a mentor is two-fold, it is rewarding to give back and have a role in a clinician's professional growth, and it is individually rewarding in your own growth as a mentor. I’ve learned just as much (sometimes more) from my experiences being a mentor.

And finally - Chris, if you have the attention of all our members, what message would you like to convey?

Hagan: Get involved! There are so many resources available to be an active member and advocate for this profession. Find something that interests you and get involved!


Tina Jonas PT DPT says...
Posted Tuesday, April 28, 2020
Thanks for being the Chair for iMAP and I look forward to seeing more people get excited about mentorship!

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