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SIGs Early Professional SIG

The Arizona Physical Therapy Association Early Professional Special Interest Group (EPSIG) exists to create a community for Arizona Physical Therapists and Physical Therapist Assistants who are beginning their career to go to for support and professional development as they enter the workforce.

We accomplish this by communicating and distributing pertinent information for early professionals, providing mentorship and networking events, and creating educational opportunities for all early practitioners within the profession of physical therapy.


Mentorship

Coming Soon - The Early Professional SIG Membership Program! Are you a new graduate that finds yourself asking, “What do I do now?” Are you an established professional with a desire to help others??

The EP SIG has a place for both of you! Our mentorship program will provide an environment for early and experienced professionals to meet and discuss what to expect in the early years of practice. Mentoring can offer helpful insight and advisement on career development, while bridging the gap between newly established DPT’s/PTA’s and experienced clinicians.



Kimberly Chesney reflects on her experience volunteering in Haiti and how it aligns with her passion for our profession

From early on when I was a PT student, I set the goal for myself that I wanted to do non-profit work within two years of graduating. I felt this was a direction that I really wanted to use my skills and make a difference to those who get minimal or no medical care. I looked into volunteering opportunities with various organizations but none of them seemed the right fit for me. Then I learned about STAND The Haiti Project, and immediately I knew this was what I wanted to do. In May 2018 I traveled to Port de Paix, Haiti with a group of about 20 other PTs, OTs, and a nurse to serve those in need in this very impoverished part of the country.

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