April 09, 2024

SLU AT Students Share Clinical Experience with Saint Louis University Men's Basketball

By: Mark Romero (left) and Carlton McDonald-Jordan (right) (MAT Class of 2024)

Our PY2 year has allowed us the opportunity to grow and learn in a competitive Division 1 environment alongside our preceptor Jonathan Burch. We are grateful for the relationships we’ve made with SLU Men’s Basketball players and staff, and those formed with the entire Athletic Training staff at SLU. This season has given us ample opportunity to tackle physical and mental challenges that prepare us as future healthcare professionals. Now, nearing the end of the road, we can attest that our confidence in our clinical skills and practice has grown tremendously. The SLU Men’s Basketball experience will be remembered as one filled with lots of excitement and teachable moments that we will carry over with us after our time at SLU is finished. 

Learning in such a challenging environment, we have seen vast amounts of growth in our clinical skills throughout the season. Our preceptor JB has done a terrific job of providing the best clinical experience possible while tailoring to our goals as individual clinicians in practice. Through his teachings, JB has encouraged us to tackle difficult tasks using sound critical-thinking and decision-making skills. The great number of hands-on opportunities have furthered our knowledge in each of the domains of athletic training, pushing us one step closer to becoming competent ATs in practice. We have appreciated the added benefit of collaborating within and across various healthcare professions because of its impact on health outcomes. We would like to thank JB, SLU Sports Medicine, and SLU Men’s Basketball for the opportunity to gain such a quality experience this season. Roll Bills!

This is one of a series of posts authored by students enrolled in the Saint Louis University Athletic Training Program. The number of clinical sites, the quality and diversity of the clinical experience opportunities, and the contemporary expertise of our preceptors are strengths of the CAATE Accredited SLU AT Program.

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