We need a way to measure progress. To do so we must communicate as a group, a network. Challenging ideas and concepts in real time and in complex circumstances.
Apprenticeships, fellowships, and internships are the best avenues for acquiring knowledge and skills. We all need coaches and mentors throughout our careers, but it is never more important than at the beginning or when we plateau (even when we appear to be successful).
In working in complex environments like fitness training and rehabilitation, modeling is a key element to accelerate your professional development. Limitations such as time, money, and travel prevent many from ever achieving the level of mastery they desire. 2-day courses are great for information, but ongoing growth and understanding through modeling is impossible. Thankfully, technology has provided us with advantages.
We’re going to do something about it. We’re going to get better.
Even if you can’t come to Indianapolis, you can still benefit from mentorship. It’ll be just like you were in the “purple room” with Bill yourself.
Online Professional Mentorship is coming in 2018. (you can request notification at the bottom of the page)
Find out how valuable mentorship really is… READ WEDNESDAYS WITH BILL
The learning process can oftentimes become a wretched jungle of trial and error. Of failure, reflection, recalibration, and refinement. Going at it alone takes work, but most importantly, time. Though the struggle remains, having a guide to help you navigate along the path helps streamline and skyrocket the process. For the right guide can save you from many of the common mistakes made along the way. For me, that guide is Bill Hartman. Both clinically and in life, Bill is a man who I continue to come back to for guidance, discussion, collaboration, and advice. He has an incredible knack for teaching, challenging, and growing the people he works with. Having learned under his watchful guise and the mistakes he’s made in the past has expedited my learning curve in a way I never could have dreamed. I wouldn’t be where I am today if it weren’t for Bill’s mentorship. In the jungle of learning, there simply is no better guide than Bill Hartman.
Zac Cupples, former NBA Physical Therapist and Strength Coach
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I spent 12 weeks under Bill Hartman experiencing the first-class mentorship experience that he provides. Those 12 weeks were instrumental in developing me into the clinician and person that I am today. Bill challenges you to grow by making you reason your way through every decision, allowing you to develop your own model of treatment. His wisdom and experience provide the foundation for which you will build your approach. Where many therapists may carry an ego, Bill checks his at the door to facilitate learning and growth for both you and him. I give my highest recommendation for any opportunity that he provides.
Josh Madonick, PT, DPT
Making the 15 hr drive to Indianapolis to learn from Bill Hartman for 12 weeks is the smartest professional decision I ever made. Clinical affiliation is an understatement; it was an educational utopia. I am reminded on a daily basis that it is an investment that will always pay dividends and I am forever indebted to Bill for fostering my learning and professional growth. I received an unfair advantage in having the opportunity to “pillage” his mind for 3 months. Frankly, he is a walking encyclopedia on all things physiology. Bill has a passion for understanding the human body and an unwavering desire to refine his craft. If you want to improve your knowledge base and skill set as a clinician or coach from someone “in the trenches,” you have come to the right place. You can assure what you’re reading is honest, valuable information from a perspective respectful of scientific rigor, sound physiology, and validated clinical application. He has an uncanny ability to consolidate information from all facets of human performance to produce a unified and holistic methodology. He marries performance and rehab information seamlessly so you can apply the right principles at the right time to anyone in your care. Do yourself a favor; listen to what he has to say, learn it, practice it, master it, and delve deeper. I promise, you will not be let down.
Michael Roncarati, PT, DPT, CSCS
Director of Rehab, Atlanta Hawks
I spent 10 weeks with Bill at IFAST for my final clinical rotation prior to graduating PT school. On the first day of my rotation I was told that I will get out of this clinical what I put in. Staying true to this, he provided an excellent blend of structured and unstructured mentorship, pushing me into uncomfortable situations that fostered my growth while also being available to me in a way that let me guide my own learning process. This dynamic environment provided insights and understandings that deeply influenced my thinking and practice in a positive way, accelerating my clinical development by easily 5-10 years. Bill embodies the true meaning of mentorship, but to get the most out of it you will have to do the work.
Leor Giladi, PT, DPT
I have had a lot of teachers in my lifetime. The most effective teachers are dynamic and inspirational, which promotes the learning process. A mentor is quite different from a teacher. A mentor’s main role is not to help you pass tests or inform you about the latest and greatest research and techniques of the profession. Mentors teach you how to process and use the information that you have. They see your weaknesses and help you grow in those areas. This is done by providing the right questions and challenging you as a professional. Through these processes a mentor will guide you in becoming a skilled and confident professional.
Bill Hartman is a fantastic teacher. Anyone can come away with incredible insights after even a short conversation with him. But, if a student is willing to put aside their ego and embrace the challenge in growing as a clinician, they will find that Bill provides invaluable and lifelong mentorship. This is his true gift. I will never forget being broken down and built back up as a stronger clinician during my internship with Bill.
Bill’s mentorship provided me the opportunity to become the clinician I aspire to be. This relationship continues. Every time I meet with him, I find an area of my skill set that I want to strengthen. Anyone who wants to become the best clinician they can be should seek this opportunity of mentorship from Bill Hartman.
Sarah Martin PT, DPT, PhD
I had the pleasure of spending 8 weeks with Bill at IFAST after graduating from PT school. Facing mounting financial pressure to start my career as a PT with student loans looming, and high pressure and self-expectations as the first post-graduate IFAST intern, I was struggling with my decision prior to day 1. Very quickly, it was evident that this experience would be one of the best life decisions I have ever made, and can say that the decision to spend this time under Bill’s mentorship is one that will forever be cherished. Bill’s thorough understanding of all things physiology, system interaction, and working models/principles, allowed me to accelerate my professional development in more ways than I could have imagined. After 8 weeks, I was to appreciate the complexity of humans and human behaviors, and implement strategies into my practice that better allow me to serve my own patients through all things sleep, rehab, performance, and more. As I found out through many mistakes and failures, learning occurs at the point of struggle. Be prepared to think, to be challenged, and to self-assess your thought processes.
Eric Oberst, PT, DPT
Much more to come including real-time discussions in the purple room, live video, and video conferencing as well as individualized mentorship options.
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