April 13, 2019

SLU AT Student Recognizes Preceptor's Impact on Clinical Experience at John Burroughs School

SLU AT Clinical Site Spotlight - John Burroughs School
By: Caitlyn Thomas (MAT Class of 2020) 

This semester, I have been placed at John Burroughs School as my clinical site. Dean Tiffany ATC is my preceptor and Matt Eifert is the PY2 at JBS. It has been a transition for me from the college setting to the high school setting, but I am enjoying the high school setting much more than I thought I would. We are very fortunate to have an incredible athletic training room and access to a handful of modalities, as well as respectful and friendly students and staff.
At John Burroughs, Dean is very willing to let me and Matt take the lead on doing assessments and only steps in when he sees we need help. This is allowing me to get out of my comfort zone and realize that I know more than I think I do. I get loads of hands-on experience at JBS and it has helped my confidence improve ten-fold. Dean is extremely knowledgeable and has many tips and tricks up his sleeve that he has shown me and Matt. I think he is an incredible preceptor and I am learning so much from him! Matt has also been a great resource for me because I can turn to him for any questions I have. He practices with me when I don’t understand something and he is always enthusiastic when he is in the Athletic Training room. He makes me excited to walk into the Athletic Training room every day!
So far, John Burroughs couldn’t be any better. I really feel like my knowledge of Athletic Training has sky rocketed since I arrived at JBS, and I am excited to continually learn more. Dean is a phenomenal preceptor and I have enjoyed every minute learning from him.

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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