I haven’t had many evals during my clinical hours. The few evals have done though I can recall them all. The one that sticks out the most was while I was off site at VA High School. It was during the halftime of the football game, and my preceptor wanted me to eval a baseball player that came in to see him earlier. It was my first shoulder eval so I was a little nervous at the time. I went through my history as best as I could. I started palpating and realized I didn’t ask him if he had ever hurt this area before. Of course the athlete said yes and was just done with his rehab. After that it took me no time to figure out what was going on. I took a step back from this experience and really thought how the history really is the most important part of an eval. It's how I can narrow down what's going with just a couple questions. I obviously will ask more than a couple, but it just explains what I am saying. I know that I will not forget this experience and every eval I will think of this as a reminder until I don’t need it anymore. It is just crazy to see what I have been learning actually apply to what I am doing.
For the documentation of the my masteries and attempts for my clinical packet I am sad to say I am still not able to reach my 12 attempts per week yet.This past week I got 4 attempts in my clinical packet. So far I am around 4 or 5 a week with no mastery yet. I am ready however to obtain a couple of masteries now so that is exciting. Once Gen Med lab starts up I will be able to achieve my goal of 12 attempts and 6 masteries a week.
As an Athletic Training Student, I feel there are many challenges we go through. Time management is probably the most obvious challenge to everyone. The amount of hours we have to put in for clinical is more time than most students are willing to give up. I struggled with this aspect this past semester in the program the most. Playing football here and traveling really put me in a bind to complete my hours. Another challenge people don’t know about is the classes we have to take on top of all the other classes Emory makes us take. When I explained how my major works to my old teammates here they were shocked that I even came to play my junior year. It has been pretty hard to overcome some of the challenges I have faced here, but I always get through it. The best way to deal with all the stress that comes from this is to sit back and do one thing at a time. Whenever I get loaded down with school I try not to think about all of my classes or the homework I have to do, and just think about what I’m doing that moment. Taking it one thing at a time is very simple and I can work with that. I’m not too sure what exactly support I would need if I did need support. Whenever I feel overwhelmed I just talk to my parents or my close friends for advice. . I feel like I have the support I need from family and friends. For this past week I got 2 attempts and no masteries. The only reason why is because we haven’t started going over the material we need to know from our clinical packet. I am going to start working the part of the packet that we can do for now this week.
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