I recently had the opportunity to speak with a representative from a traveling physical therapy company, Advanced Medical, about the importance of mentorship with new graduates. If you are a student or new graduate looking to travel (which I think is great!), but afraid of missing out on the importance of mentorship early in your career, I hope the following post helps. You can also find this information on their new graduate program site here.
One of the major setback that kept me from being a traveling physical therapist is the lack of a consistent mentor and colleague. I find this to be a priceless aspect to any therapist, but especially a new graduate. One of the reasons I took my job is that I would work under and train with a successful clinician who had over ten years of experience. I was able to develop my skills quicker and journey through a treatment approach that would provide quick and long-lasting results. In short, I did not have to spend years on my own to learn from mistakes that others have made clinically, but had a smoother transition to patient care. We all know experience is a highly valued characteristic of any practitioner.