An experienced mentor can share wisdom, point out the pitfalls of setting up a practice and help students make career-advancing connections that can lead to pivotal opportunities.
At Palmer College, our interest in our students’ welfare doesn’t end once they walk across the stage at graduation. We’re committed to helping them establish vibrant careers and become valuable members of the chiropractic community. The chiropractic training we provide is renowned, but we don’t stop there; we also work hard to connect students with alumni mentors and career advisors who are invested in your success.
Benefits of a Professional Mentor
A solid chiropractic education is certainly the foundation of any successful practice, but doctor of chiropractic schools that focus exclusively on instruction are missing a key part of the equation. As students prepare to graduate and launch their careers, most are filled with burning questions such as:
- How do I make the transition from chiropractic training to clinical practice?
- How should I begin building my personal brand?
- How do I negotiate for an associate position?
- Where can I find the best continuing education opportunities?
- What major changes are happening in the chiropractic field?
- What elements do I need to have in place before I graduate?
A professional mentor can draw upon personal experience to answer these questions and help guide students through the transition. A good one will also help students break out of their personal comfort zones and challenge themselves professionally, academically and clinically. In the process, students develop self-confidence as well as a better understanding of how a practice functions in a real-world setting.
A mentor also helps connect students to people and opportunities that can lead to associateships, partnerships or externships. Many of our alumni themselves gained their career-defining experiences through a mentor or advisor, leading them to prominent positions with sports teams, Olympic athletes and cutting-edge health-care programs.
Connecting Students to Mentors
As you consider the pros and cons of different chiropractic schools, keep in mind the value a strong mentorship can provide. At Palmer, we’ve developed a variety of programs to help students develop beneficial relationships with practicing chiropractors. These include:
Palmer CareerNetwork. Palmer maintains a vast alumni network of successful practicing chiropractors. Students and recent graduates can tap into this network to find mentors, career opportunities and more. Alumni who are looking to fill a position or recruit chiropractic talent often consult our CareerNetwork first.
Intern and Post-Graduate Preceptor programs. Qualified recent graduates and students in their last trimester can apply for these optional, off-campus programs, which pair aspiring chiropractors with mentors in the field to gain valuable insight into the everyday management of a private practice.
Field Training Program. Before completing their chiropractic training, students are required to serve as interns in a clinical setting. Through a mentorship-type relationship with a licensed chiropractor, students are able to observe the profession in action and often gain hands-on experience treating patients.
These are just a few examples of how Palmer enhances the chiropractic training we provide by facilitating mentorships between student and professional chiropractors. Contact us today to learn more about how we bring students and mentors together to help strengthen the chiropractic profession as a whole.