Senioritis -- Acceptable in a Clinical Doctorate Program?
With four short weeks remaining in the didactic portion of our education, the inevitable is happening -- the general attitude of my ever-engaged class is turning down a road toward apathy. I've been here before. At the end of college, my friends and I had similar mindsets as graduation came within reach. But I can't help but wonder if what was comical then is inappropriate now. At the end of a clinical doctorate program, can we use the "burnt-out" excuse to explain our general lack of interest and drive as we near the end?
We're all guilty of it (some more than others). It started with minor complaining and has turned into full-blown rage, particularly when it comes to certain end-of-term projects and requirements. It doesn't help that we all of a sudden have found ourselves in the CAPTE-required portion of the program where so much of what we're learning feels detached from clinical practice, or at least the type of clinical practice that lies in our near future.
I honestly do attempt to keep a positive attitude and "good" work ethic, but it all goes out the window when we're learning about leadership styles and business development models. Most notable, however, is the lack of attendance. As the semester rolls on, more and more people aren't coming to class, sometimes to the point where I get embarrassed by the lack of attendance. There has to be a better way to get people engaged again.
If I designed my own PT program, I would make the last few months revolve around clinical techniques, skills and application. At this point in our careers, we feel like we have the baseline skills to begin practicing as clinicians, and it's very frustrating to sit in a classroom all day long. I'd bring in patients, revisit manual therapy techniques and provide students with every opportunity to have hands-on practice prior to beginning a full-time clinical rotation. Maybe then, senioritis wouldn't be such a huge problem.