It is common knowledge that a student of the health professions requires extensive training prior to unsupervised patient care. Reading books, studying notes, and taking tests represents just one portion of this training. Equally and possibly more important is the “hands-on” education and experiences the student receives when paired with a practicing graduate of the healthcare profession, in a working environment. This provides a clinical context to the concepts learned in the classroom, reinforces common medical knowledge, and gives the student a framework to develop and perfect medical decision making and interpersonal skills.
Given the value of learning in the clinical setting, most healthcare professions require their students to successfully complete various clinical rotations. Below are examples of the healthcare professions requiring clinical rotations:
- Doctors of Allopathic Medicine
- Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine
- Physician Assistants
- Nurse Practitioners
- Nurse Anesthetists
- Registered Nurses
- Physical Therapists
- Occupational Therapists
- Speech-Language Pathologists
Qualified Healthcare Professional
It’s quite the honor to be considered a “qualified healthcare professional” – after all, at the end of the day, you actually impact someone’s health or life. However, when we use the word “qualified” we are referring to those capable of providing both quality patient care and quality clinical teaching and mentorship to the students of a healthcare profession. Clinician + Teacher = Now That’s Impressive!
We realize that if you are considering our services, you probably already know the difference between a healthcare profession and specialty. However, given its prominent role in our search features, we felt compelled to clarify the difference for those who may not know. We already listed different types of healthcare professions above (e.g., physical therapists, registered nurses, dentists). Many of these professions subdivide their work into “specialties”. Examples of these include pediatrics, geriatrics, primary care, medical-surgical, internal medicine, orthopedic surgery, obstetrics and gynecology, etc. And with this in mind, in order to fully describe and/or search for a clinical rotation it may require defining both the healthcare profession student + specialty.
“physician assistant student + pediatrics”
“nursing student + medical-surgical”
“medical student + psychiatry”
“physical therapy student + acute care”
“nurse anesthetist student + obstetrics and gynecology”
“dental student + orthodontics”
“nurse practitioner student + primary care”
Clinical Rotation provides a platform to connect healthcare students and their institutions with high quality clinical education. In defining clinical rotation and all of its key elements, we are essentially telling you who we are. Our goal is to ensure the quality, availability, and varied locations of clinical education all while recognizing the qualified educators of healthcare systems.
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