USC is fortunate to have a large pool of dedicated faculty, both full-time and part-time, who are committed to our students as mentors. Students currently enrolled in the USC DPT program also provide guidance to new students through the buddy system and through various student activities.
The purpose of the DPT student mentoring program at USC is to provide each student with a personal link to a faculty member who can offer information and professional guidance to the student. The goal is for each student to have a faculty contact who will know them well and can discuss all aspects of the student’s education as a professional physical therapist. Students will have a formal meeting with their mentor at least once during the first month of each semester to review the student’s progress. The student has been formally assigned to a mentor but that does not mean that the student will not develop mentoring relationships with other faculty. For example, if a student is interested in participating in research or has a specific clinical interest, another faculty member would also mentor the student. The faculty mentor should be seen as an advocate for the student and the student should feel that their mentor is there to help them obtain the most from their physical therapy education at USC.
Students currently enrolled in the USC DPT program provide guidance to new students through the buddy system and through various student activities such as the Physical Therapy Multicultural Alliance and Fit Families. Each incoming student is assigned to a second-year buddy before they arrive on campus thereby letting them ask questions about upcoming courses, textbooks, and student life. There are also student-organized events that occur throughout the three years of the program including volunteer opportunities, community events, and social events that allow current USC students, graduates, and faculty to come together outside of the classroom setting.
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