The mentorship program that the physical therapy department offers helped me to feel comfortable and prepared as I approached graduation. The speed mentorship event was a great opportunity to interact with clinicians and have my questions about post grad answered. It was helpful to be in a small group with classmates who asked valuable questions that I wouldn’t have thought to ask on my own. At the event, there was a range of clinicians who practiced in different settings and who had varying specialties and years of experience. This was beneficial for being paired with a mentor as I was able to select a top 3 who best resembled the type of therapist that I wanted to become. The mentorship program is well set up to ensure that once you are matched, you can easily connect with your mentor and set up a time to chat. My mentor made it clear that I could reach out anytime with questions and concerns and that she would be happy to help. My mentor assisted me throughout the final months of the program and while searching for employment. The mentorship program is a highly valuable program for all students in the PT faculty as you prepare to transition from student to professional.
PT Class of 2021
My mentorship program experience began at the speed mentorship event where I had the opportunity to meet a variety of clinical professionals from all different backgrounds and areas of practice. Following this, I was paired with a mentor based on my interests and some great conversations that I had during the event. My mentor served as a formal and informal support throughout the rest of my MScPT program and beyond as I navigate entering the professional world. The mentor I gained from this program served as a key resource in supporting and mentoring me as I enter the clinical world as a Physiotherapy Resident.
PT Class of 2021
The Physical Therapy mentorship program has been so helpful throughout my transition from school to work. During the speed mentorship event I was able to network and connect with physical therapists in many different areas of practice which helped me to learn about the various options after graduation. The mentor-mentee match program provided me with 2 incredible mentors who provided me with valuable advice during the transition into practice. I was able to reach out for help when searching for and applying to jobs, and when preparing for interviews. With the help of one of my mentors I was able to make valuable connections in the physiotherapy community which eventually helped me to land my dream job in paediatrics as a physiotherapy resident! I am so grateful for the mentorship program and the opportunities that it has provided me with. I would highly recommend it to all graduates of the physical therapy program.
PT Class of 2020
I really enjoyed the Department of Physical Therapy’s Mentorship Programming. During the speed mentorship event I was able to briefly meet each of the mentors, and get an idea of who I might like to follow up with. The informal mingling at the end of the event provided me the opportunity to ask Physical Therapists working in the field I was interested in pursuing which was extremely beneficial. I was matched with 2 mentors for the Mentor-Mentee Match during my transition into practice, which has been INCREDIBLY helpful. I have had discussions with my mentors about reaching out to employers, interviews, continuing education courses, advice on which direction to take while job searching, and much more. I have really benefitted from this program and feel lucky that I am able to access it through the University of Toronto. It has definitely made me feel quite supported especially during this crazy year!
Mo Wright Stein
PT Class of 2020
As a soon-to-be graduate, the Speed Mentorship event sponsored by University of Toronto Affinity Partner Manulife and facilitated by the Community Engagement Committee in the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Toronto was a very valuable experience. As our class prepares to apply for jobs and enter the world of physiotherapy as clinicians, we all have a lot of questions, and this event was a great way to not only have some of those questions answered, but to introduce us to new topics and situations as we approach graduation.
The group of clinicians included individuals with a wide-range of work experience including those who worked in hospital, outpatient MSK, rehab, research, and home-care settings, all of which had very unique backgrounds and years of experience. The fact that a brief bio was provided beforehand made it very easy to recognize the individuals who shared my interests and who I would consider approaching with my questions. Additionally, with the food provided and organized schedule, I was able to meet/speak with a number of clinicians in an efficient circuit in both intimate group settings as well as informally at the mixer afterwards.
Also, it is great that the event is coupled with a mentor-matching opportunity based on my initial career goals and interests. As the event is only one night, the opportunity to remain connected to at least one of the mentors is great. To be able to continually reach out with questions formally during my initial 6 months post-graduation is invaluable, and I could imagine it will help to ease my transition into the workforce.
Overall, the event was organized and executed very well, and I am grateful for the way that it impacted, and will continue to impact, my thoughts about the profession and ease into practice.
PT Class of 2019
The Speed Mentorship Event provided an opportunity to meet and make connections with community physiotherapists from multiple areas of practice in an informal setting . During the event I learned about the different areas of practice (eg. hospital versus private) and what the work environment looks like and the roles the physiotherapist plays in those settings. It was also a great way to learn about the transition into practice for new grads. The Mentor Mentee Match program was also very beneficial, I was matched to a community clinician that has similar career goals and area of practice interests. It was nice to have a mentor I can reach out to for practice resources or even just advice on resume building, jobs, interviewing, etc. I would highly recommend both the Speed Mentorship event and the Mentor Mentee match to the second year students.
PT Class of 2019