PT Pintcast - Physical Therapy

PT Pintcast - Physical Therapy

The Importance of Mentorship and Reflection in Your career with Trent Harrison

March 09, 2020

We talk to Trent Harrison who's the Residency Coordinator at Brooks IHL and the Creator of an Online Education Platform, PhysioNexus.

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Our Guest

Trent is an Orthopaedic Certified specialist & fellow of AAOMPT.  An Orthopaedic residency coordinator for Brooks Rehab for over 5 years.  Self-taught web designer & video editor all for the purpose of creating a new online community hub for Physical Therapy education & collaboration.  

Very much into the concept of culture development.  Was an anthropology major, spent first career overseas in Japan as an English Teacher/Bartender studying Japanese intensively at Waseda University.  Came back to pursue a career in Healthcare.  Has been on both the membership committees of Academy of Orthopaedic Therapy (APTA) & AAOMPT (was also the chair of the Membership & media relations committee).  This all highlighted the need for increased educational cultural development outside of the typical social media platforms.

We talk about:

How people currently approach learning subjects or topics.  How people currently discuss cases and try to work with their colleagues on learning information.  How most of this does not involve a roadmap, reflection, or mentorship.  How Physionexus is hoping to tap into those things.  Also how important mentorship and reflection are and that’s in essence what Residency truly is about.

Current Education practices -> memorize, cram, piecemeal, reactionary.  Best methods -> scope topics, chunk information, space repetition, interleaving of topics, REFLECTION!  People are just doing it wrong, and most of it is habit.  Need to tap into habit forming concepts for the good of the profession.

Takeaway points:

Proper learning techniques will foster improved overall understanding of the profession.  Hopefully it begins to decrease practice variance.  I created Physionexus to try and improve outcome tracking, decrease practice variance, have a supportive nurturing location for conversation that would in turn act as a repository of information for others to learn off of. In addition to all of that utilizing educational tracks with proper education techniques to then improve our knowledge base.

* Current education techniques are poor habits that feel good, but aren’t storing information* Current online educational hubs involve expense lecture based tracts that dont help with reflection & implementation* Current social media & community usually is fleeting, meaning that information isn’t stored for others, and it usually can be way too polarizing.