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Journey of a DPT Student

My First Affiliation

Published September 6, 2011 4:50 PM by Lauren Rosso

My first clinical starts tomorrow, so in an effort to be prepared (and not panicked) in the morning I decided to take a dry run to the site to make sure I could find it. This was a good idea until I realized that the clinic was not where I thought it was. The whole ordeal continued to fall apart, especially when I had no option but to call my CI and ask him for directions. In an attempt to prove to him that I wasn't a complete flake, I asked him if he would prefer for me to come in before our scheduled 7:00 start time. Then he told me we were starting at 9:00. It was a disaster.

Hopefully now I'm back on track, but the whole situation fed into my fear of looking incompetent at the clinic. I know I'm not the first PT student to be nervous about "performing" during my affiliation. Even though I won't be expected to know much, that doesn't mean I won't feel ridiculous if I can't answer a question in front of my CI or a patient. I suppose this is all a part of the experience and I have to start somewhere. My goal for tomorrow: Find the clinic and show up at the right time.


Thanks Diana!  Now that I'm a few weeks into the clinical, my CI and I have already laughed off the entire incident.  But you're right- I'm really glad I went the night before.  I would have been in a panic.  I'm really loving the clinic and I'm learning so much.  

Lauren Rosso September 23, 2011 5:50 AM

You will do fine Lauren.  Keep your ears and eyes open and learn as much as you can on your affiliations.  I remember how scared I was during my first clinical. Don't worry your CI's where there at one time also.  You already made the right move by going to see where it was.  Could you imagine what would have happened if you didn't prepare yourself for the first day. GOOD LUCK!

Diana Singer, , Director Avant Care Physical Therapy September 20, 2011 8:00 AM
Paramus NJ

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