October 07, 2017

SLU AT Students Enjoy Learning in the Collaborative Environment at Washington University

SLU AT Clinical Site Spotlight - Washington University in St. Louis Athletics
By: Jenna Ginsberg and Mike Milek (SLU MAT Class of 2018) and Danielle Jabcyznski and Jesse Schmitt (SLU MAT Class of 2019)

Washington University has been a very impactful experience so far. Being able to work with such an experienced preceptor, Rick Larsen ATC, along with three other ATC’s, including recent SLU graduate Bailey Draheim MAT, ATC, has been great for our collaborative problem solving skills. The PY1’s developing skillset is challenged and growing everyday, and the PY2’s are held to very high standards of accountability in the day-to-day work of caring for the football team. 

Being with the football team provides constant opportunity for improvement in our ability to provide acute and emergency care, rehabilitation, and administrative/organizational skills. The university setting also allows us to practice with an abundance of great resources such as laser therapy and hydrotherapy in the form of an underwater treadmill. 

The sports medicine team at Washington University is vast, which allows us as students to witness great teamwork and interprofessional care between physicians, chiropractors, and other heath care professionals in addition to the athletic training staff. Rick Larsen and the rest of the athletic training team have created a very efficient system in which the coaches and athletes have great respect for what the AT’s do. Working in this environment as students has been and will continue to be great for our professional development.  
This is one of a series of posts by the Saint Louis University Athletic Training students featuring their clinical site and their preceptors. The number, quality and diversity of clinical instruction are major assets for the SLU AT Program.

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