June 13, 2017

SLU AT Student Gains New Perspectives through Multiple Preceptors at Mercy Sports Medicine

SLU AT Summer Field Experience Spotlight - Mercy Sports Medicine
By: Bridget Bushong (SLU MAT Class of 2018)

This summer I am doing my summer field experience at a Mercy Sports Medicine Clinic. I have  two different preceptors, Katie Mazzaferro ATC, DPT and Jillian Burrows ATC. It’s very nice working with different preceptors because it gives me different ideas and perspectives on rehab. In her role, Katie sees a wide variety of patients which in turn allows me to get a wider variety of experiences.
Being at Mercy has already taught me a different way of looking at rehab than what I’ve learned up to this point. They really take a full body approach to rehab, beginning with simple movements and gaining mobility to increasing stability and finally gaining strength to maintain correct body mechanics and live pain free.
This approach makes sense to me but it is proving to be difficult to adopt when thinking of rehab plans for patients. Doing it the rest of the summer will be greatly beneficial for me. I also like the excellent communication between all the rehab therapists and the doctors. There is constant communication which I think leads to better overall care.
I am very glad to have this opportunity to get a different experience than what I get during the regular school year.

Students in the Saint Louis University Athletic Training Program have an immersive field experience in the summer between their two professional years in the program. This blog post details a student's reflection on their experience.

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