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How to Succeed During Your Clinical Rotations


  1. Donโ€™t be afraid to ask questions - Be honest about what you are unsure of with your Clinical Instructor. This is the opportunity to learn from your mentor and find answers to the questions you may not have thought of in school. These new applications of interventions will likely stick in your memory for future patients!

  2. Set weekly goals for yourself to work on - whether that is formally discussed with your clinical instructor, or written down as areas to improve on your own, having goals for each week allows you to reach a higher level of independence and build your confidence!

Do you want to improve on your manual skills? Be better at taking subjective history? Be better with patient education? At the end of each week, reflect on how the last week was and what you can do to become even better the following week.

3. Be willing to try, even if youโ€™re not 100% confident in your skills yet - obviously, donโ€™t do something that may endanger the patient in any way, but if your CI is asking if you want to try to take a subjective history, or to perform objective measurements during an evaluation, try it!

Evaluations and treatments will become more fluid WITH practice. Real life situations will never be as black and white as your textbook descriptions. The more you push yourself out of your comfort zone, the more you will gain from this experience. Progress with higher level parts of an evaluation / treatment as you gain more experience with the foundational concepts.

Most importantly, remember to enjoy the process! Whether or not you are at the setting you want to be in for your future career, each experience is an opportunity to learn more, see more, do more!

Keep your head up and go in SHINING!

Sending all my healthcare students a big hug and a boost of confidence!


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