November 15, 2023

SLU AT Student Share Collaborative Clinical Experience at Washington University St. Louis

By: I-Chen (Hugo) Lee (MAT Class of 2024), Nia Collion (MAT Class of 2024), and Madison Wriborg (MAT Class of 2025)

This marks my second clinical experience in college, and my time at WASHU (Washington University in St. Louis) has been an entirely unique and enriching journey. WASHU students stand out for their exceptional intelligence, and this becomes apparent in their interactions with faculty members. In comparison to high school students, WASHU students often have a clear understanding of the assistance they require when seeking support. Even when they are uncertain, they exhibit a strong willingness to learn and possess the ability to grasp concepts rapidly. This dynamic contributes to a seamless and efficient communication process. I am grateful for the opportunity to get to know these academically accomplished students. 
- I-Chen (Hugo) Lee

This fall I have had the privilege of completing my first clinical experience with the SLU AT program at Washington University in Saint Louis assisting athletes under the guidance of many preceptors. WashU has become a huge stepping stone within my academic career, as the school has many resources available to grow and develop my knowledge. As a first year student there are many new and exciting things to see and learn and WashU gave me those opportunities. My time at WashU has taught me that it is important to challenge yourself and be open to new ways of thinking and treating. Because I had the opportunity to work under different preceptors I saw how everyone treated and attended to athletes differently and in their own way. I have slowly started to find my way of treating athletes and believe that after these next few semesters I will feel confident the same way the WashU Athletic Training team shows confidence! 
- Madison Wriborg

This fall I have had the opportunity to complete my fall clinical field experience with Washington University in Saint Louis under the guidance of a multitude of preceptors. The preceptor that I have the most contact with is Angie Tejada as she is the main athletic trainer of the football team at WashU. WashU offers a great collegiate athletics experience, and while assisting with mainly the football team I have had some opportunities to practice my developing skills with other sports. WashU has shown me the value of interprofessional collaboration whether that be collaboration between the athletic trainer and the various doctors that assist the sports medicine program or the collaboration between the ATs themselves. One of the things I have valued most while helping out at WashU is gaining the trust of not only the athletic trainers but the athletes as well; I see the same athletes everyday and watching their trust in me and my abilities to assist them in any needs and respect what I can do for them has been truly meaningful to me. Throughout the remainder of the semester I hope to continue to grow my clinical knowledge and build confidence in my skills before being sent to the real world on my own. 
- Nia Callion

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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