October 06, 2019

SLU AT Student Appreciates Preceptor's Role in Clinical Experience at Westminster Christian Academy

SLU AT Clinical Site Spotlight - Westminster Christian Academy
By: Alejandra Chavez (SLU MAT Class of 2020)

For my PY2 clinical rotation, I am at Westminster Christian Academy. I have been enjoying my time a lot at WCA and have enjoyed learning from my preceptor and SLU alum Katherine Love MAT, ATC, from Mercy Sports Medicine. Katherine and everyone at WCA have been very welcoming and have made me feel like a very valuable member of the team. Getting to know and be around the athletes has also been a lot of fun. I am happy to be back at the high school setting for my final clinical rotation.

I am surprised as to how much I have grown to like being at the high school setting. Prior to entering the professional phase of the program, I was not too sure I was going to like being in this type of setting, but I have had great experiences that have made me really enjoy being in this environment. Although it can be chaotic at times, it is a fun environment because every day is a different day and you never really know what to expect. Since the beginning of my clinical rotation at WCA, I have had so much hands-on experience and I have grown a lot more confidence in my clinical skills because of how much I have been able to practice them on a daily basis. Every day at WCA is a busy day full of opportunities to grow as an athletic training student.

My preceptor Katherine always makes sure I am very involved and is continuously providing me with opportunities to learn and practice my skills. I appreciate her trust in my clinical skills and how encouraging she is. I am excited to continue learning from Katherine and from my experience at WCA and I look forward to the rest of my year here.

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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