We Believe In Mentorship!
As clinicians our learning never ends. Whether you are a seasoned clinician or new grad, mentorship, collaboration and learning together is always fun – everyone on our team agrees that it enhances their job satisfaction.
Our clinic uses the Integrated Systems Model https://learnwithdianelee.com/the-integrated-systems-model/ a regional interdependent, evidence-informed approach and this mentorship position will take you on a learning journey like no other. The senior associates are all part of our mentorship team and are ISM certified (https://learnwithdianelee.com/ism-certification/)
Where is Diane Lee & Associates (DLA)? We are in South Surrey BC, an oceanside community 45 minutes to most parts of Vancouver, but heh, why not live in South Surrey – a much quieter part of the Lower Mainland? Housing is affordable and if you have kids our schools are new and looking after kids really well.
Ever since graduating as a physio in 2014 I have had my eye on taking the Integrated Systems Model (ISM) course. For a variety of reasons, things didn’t line up until I heard about the mentorship program offered by Diane Lee and her team. I can honestly say enrolling in the mentorship program was the best decision I have ever made for my professional career as a physiotherapist. Not only did I get to finally take the ISM course, but I received an hour of hands-on mentorship every week for 8 months.
The mentorship program was exceptional in so many facets; from the thorough syllabus, to the intense learning and continuous availability of the mentorship team for any and all questions. By getting one-on-one instruction on all the clinical skills and knowledge prior to each sitting of the ISM course, I feel that it allowed me a greater ability to take in knowledge during the course and accelerate my skillset within the ISM model.
I highly encourage any and all physios out there to apply, since it is a wonderful environment to work in and even better to learn in.
How does this mentorship work?
You’ll meet with your assigned clinical mentor(s) twice weekly to:
1. Learn how to develop assessments that are meaningful (task specific and function based)
2. Learn how to understand the relationships between multiple impairments in the complex patient and be able to explain these relationships to the patient without using ‘dangerous language’ and creating thoughts of catastrophizing
3. Find drivers – the primary impairment that if treated first, will result in improvement of function in many other sites of impairment
4. Determine the underlying system (articular, neural, myofascial, visceral) impairing the driver – that main body region to treat that may be far removed from the site of symptoms (i.e. left foot impairment for right hip pain)
5. Know which tools (manual therapy, dry needling, release techniques, motor control training, ultrasound imaging (We have 3 ultrasound imaging units and will train you how to use them)) strength and conditioning) to pull from your treatment tool box that is unique to the individual in front of you. No recipes or protocols in ISM!
Sound like fun? It truly is. These words are from Stuart Dixon – a student on the ISM Series in Australia this year
“ISM helps to trust your hands. People often look at me strangely when I, for example, make a correction [somewhere in their body] and their stiff ankle they have had multiple treatments on instantly lets go. And then I can repeatedly and easily show them how to do their own corrections so they don’t think I’m playing tricks on them. The system you have created Diane is powerful and so well organised it’s ridiculous. I think that is why people give up, and rely on “evidence” to tell them what to do. They don’t have a proper system to learn within.”
Feedback like this prompted us to formalize an in-house mentorship position.
You must be a registered member with the College of Physiotherapists of BC (fully registered or interim).