I had a past DPT intern contact me after starting another internship following our clinical. I cropped out a few jokes and other personal information, but read the following:
This is rewarding and disturbing all at the same time! Rewarding in that my hard work and preparation of providing the best clinical internship combining the 3 pillars of EBP has been welcomed by the future of our profession. But mostly disturbing in that the intern’s experience as described is exactly what I hear way too often.
I won’t blab on my soap box here but if you’re going to take a student, step up your game. I can certainly remember my clinical experiences (as I can remember my 2nd grade teacher), so you are making a dynamic impact on an individual. Remember, the ~$70 grand that is spent on the DPT degree only has about 5-6 internships. This is a low number for field work that a student experiences. These observation patterns and reflection for a student can mold practice patterns for years to come.
One of my favorite quotes:
“Nothing will impede our progress towards Vision 2020 more than a group of students having evidenced-based practice in adequately modeled in clinical settings” -Steven George, Guest Editorial
Are you, or did you, have a BAD experience as a student? How can we improve our clinical education???