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Make the Most of your Mentor Visit!
So you want to learn more about a career in physical therapy from someone who is actually already doing it? That's great! Here are some quick guidelines to make your visit enjoyable for everyone.
How to Schedule an Appointment with a Mentor
When you call to speak with an EWU Mentor, you may need to first speak with the receptionist or office manager. Leave a clear, concise message so the physical therapist knows why you are calling.
"Hi, may I speak with ****?"
"My name is ~~~ and I'm calling about the Eastern Washington University Physical Therapist Mentor program."
"I would like to... [schedule a visit] [talk for a few minutes on the phone] [invite you to speak to my college group]."
"On the EWU website it says you are available for a student to shadow you at work. I'm seriously considering a career in physical therapy and would like to see what a practitioner does in a typical day. When is a good day for me to visit in the next couple weeks?"
"Is there a good time to talk on the phone for about 10 minutes? I have some questions I'd like to ask you, though I don't need to talk in person."
"I'm part of a Health Science Club on campus and we're looking for local professionals to share about their careers. We typically meet on ...[this day]. Would you be able to speak to us sometime this semester?"
Keep in mind, this is a professional interaction. Don't freak out about having everything perfect (it's not an English Composition you're writing!), but DO present yourself in the best possible light.
Questions to Ask During a Mentor Visit
These are just suggestions to get you started. Feel free to add your own. Keep in mind to respect the therapist's time and personal experience.
Thank you for taking time to meet with me today, ***. I have a few questions for you about being a physical therapist. Why did you choose to become a physical therapist?
What do you like best about your job?
What is the hardest thing?
What do you wish you would have done differently, in school or in getting started in your profession?
Why did you choose to study at EWU?
What advice do you have for me as I consider becoming a physical therapist
I appreciate your time today. If I have more questions in the future, or when I am in grad school, may I contact you again?
Thanks again, ***** for meeting with me today. I appreciate your input..
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