Mentor: Philip Kidd, DPT '08

Mentee: Krina Shah, DPT '24

Location: Massachusetts General Hospital

What has the alumni mentorship you received during your clinical education experience meant to you?

Krina shares:

"The alumni mentorship I have received has been very valuable in helping me grow as a clinician. Phil has provided me with guidance and support based on his own experiences, which has helped me navigate similar situations. Mentorship extends beyond just technical skills; it has also helped me further develop soft skills such as communication, leadership, and problem-solving—essential for success in the professional world." 

What has this mentorship experience meant to you as an alum of the IHP?

Philip shares:

"Over the years I have had several IHP interns, but I have found that I enjoy the experience more and more each time. As I get further in my career, some of the greatest satisfaction comes from passing on what I have learned and mentoring those who are just starting their journey. The satisfaction is also just little bit sweeter knowing an intern is from my alma mater. With as much as I get from passing on what I have learned, I am just as fortunate to have the opportunity to learn from my interns. In particular, Krina has been one of the best. She has always brought a level of dedication and enthusiasm to learn that equally excites me to learn along side her. In an age of much burnout in our profession, I find working with students like Krina to be refreshing and remind me why I love what I do. I am fortunate to have students like Krina and look forward to many more." 

What role do you think mentorship plays in educating today’s IHP students?

Krina shares:

"Alumni mentorship in clinical education provides invaluable guidance, networking opportunities, and real-world insights for IHP students. Mentorship is crucial because it helps students apply what they learn in class to real-life situations, bridging the gap between academic knowledge and practical application, and fostering personal and professional development. It encourages students to thrive in the ever-changing world of healthcare."