October 09, 2019

SLU AT Student Values Support from Preceptor and Community at Rockwood Summit HS

SLU AT Clinical Site Spotlight - Rockwood Summit High School
By: Emma Yonkers (MAT Class of 2020)

So far, PY2 year has been a very challenging and rewarding experience. Having a year of clinical experience, as well as my summer field experience, has been proven invaluable to how I’ve approached this year. In only a month, Rockwood Summit High School has already helped me grow and learn so much. My preceptor from Mercy Sports Medicine, Tony Mosello, ATC, is a graduate of the SLU Athletic Training Program and he has been in my shoes. He knows the caliber of the program and what he got out of it, which has helped foster a trusting professional relationship.

Everyone at Summit is incredibly kind and welcoming so it was easy to feel like I was meant to be there right off the bat. The athletes, coaches, parents, and everyone in between trust Tony. It is really cool to see the community he has built in the athletic training room in just four years at Summit. Having a role model like that as a preceptor motivates me to be the best I can be.
With the clinical experience I have thus far, I have become much more confident in my knowledge and my ability to apply it to the everyday routine. This confidence has made it easier for me to step out of my comfort zone because I know I am capable of learning something new every day. The fact that I will be at Summit for the whole year is really exciting because the environment is so welcoming and I can really be myself, which will help my figure out the kind of AT I want to be in the future. Getting to know the athletes in their fall sport and I’ll be there to help if they play a spring sport is rewarding in itself.

I like the high school environment because to get to see the athletes grow as people and figure out who they are. I am really excited to see what this year brings.

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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