Clinical affiliations offer students invaluable opportunities to observe and develop skills and qualities that will hold them in good stead as entry-level physical therapists (PTs) and physical therapist assistants (PTAs). But what if a student questions his own judgment? And what if his mentor fails to provide sufficient clarification and support? Consider the following scenario.
A "Nice Problem To Have"?
Greg, a student at Southwestern State University, is in the fourth week of a clinical affiliation at ProCare Physical Therapy. He's learning a great deal under the tutelage of Natalie, the practice's owner and Greg's clinical instructor (CI). While she's quick to answer all of Greg's questions, she also challenges him to develop his clinical reasoning skills and make independent decisions.