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Orthopedic Residency Mentor's Resource Guide: Mentoring Policy

Mentoring Policy

 

Mentoring:

The resident will receive the majority of their mentoring from a physical therapist that is experienced in the management of patients with orthopedic musculoskeletal conditions. A portion of the mentoring, will be from the faculty at A.T. Still University. The resident will be responsible for scheduling appropriate patients for their mentorship experiences. The resident and mentors are required to use the clinical reasoning forms developed by the residency faculty. Mentoring sessions should include prep time, mentoring time and discussion time.

The mentoring requirements are a minimum of 2.5 hours per week. The resident will be the primary patient/client care provider for a minimum of 100 hours of the 150 required mentoring hours for the residency.

Examples of mentoring that is acceptable for the minimum hours required include:

  • Examination, evaluation, diagnosis prognosis, intervention and outcome measurement when the mentor is the primary provider
  • Examination, evaluation, diagnosis prognosis, intervention and outcome measurement when the resident is the primary provider
  • Discussion about the individual patient/client management- with or without the patient present

Examples of learning opportunities that are not included in the minimum required hours of mentoring include:

  • Loosely or unsupervised patient/client management
  • Physician or other health care provider observation
  • Clinical shadowing