March 19, 2020

SLU AT Student Enjoys the Continuity of a Year-long Clinical Experience at Westminster Christian Academy

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

My time at Westminster Christian Academy has been great! It’s been awesome getting to be at the same clinical site for more than one semester because I have been able to spend more time with the same group of athletes. My time at WCA feels like it is flying by so quickly and it is hard to believe I have only a few more months left until I finish my last clinical rotation.

One of my favorite parts about being at WCA has been how kind and welcoming everyone has been from the beginning. The WCA family have truly made me feel like an integral part of the team. Being at the high school setting has provided me with many experiences that has pushed me to be more creative and take new approaches to the treatment of injuries because of the limited supplies and equipment compared to other settings, which is one of the primary reasons why I chose to be at this setting for my PY2 rotation. Although being at the high school setting can be chaotic at times, it has taught me many valuable skills that I know I will take with me as I begin my career as an athletic trainer.

Learning from Mercy Sports Medicine AT and SLU Alum Katherine Love ATC has been an amazing experience as well. She has taught me a lot and has helped me gain a lot more confidence in my skills. She’s encouraging, allows me to be very independent and is always open to answering any questions I have. I feel very lucky to have her as my preceptor and I value the relationship I have with her.

Overall, I am extremely thankful for the experience I have had at WCA. This experience has helped me to grow a lot personally and professionally and I am excited for what’s to come in the final few months I have at WCA.

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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