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"TALKING TO YOUR CI" Joint CACEF/ SSIG Meeting event recap

Wednesday, March 28, 2018   (0 Comments)
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"TALKING TO YOUR CI" Joint CACEF/ SSIG Meeting event recap

By:: Megan Lamphere, SPT Northwestern University & Garrett Stroup, SPT Governors State UniversityThere were over 100 students that attended this year’s Chicago Area Clinical Educators Forum (CACEF) & SSIG joint meeting on March 21st. Clinicians from all over the Chicago area gathered at Swedish Covenant Hospital to discuss how to handle differences in clinical reasoning between students and clinical educators.

Students broke out into small groups to discuss a case regarding a disagreement in the clinic between a CI and a student. Lots of great conversation came about from the case discussion and ideas were shared when the group came back together again. To further understand a strong CI/student relationship, a panel of experienced clinicians and CI/student pair was put together.

Here are the questions that were asked and some of the answers from the panel:  

What's 'teamwork mentality to you?

  • It's a two-way street, you have to do your homework and be active in your learning
  • Don't say 'I didn't learn it that way. Be humble and open to new ways of performing

  What can students do to become a team player in the clinic?

  • Know that you're already coming into an established team in the clinic
  • Ask your CI what the one thing that really bothers them is and don't do it!
  • Learn the names of the staff around you

What do students do that prevent them from becoming a member of the clinic's team?

  • You're a bad house guest and do pesky things
  • Not being open to constructive feedback
  • Not having an appropriate tone in conversations

What recommendations do you have for students?

  • Have a code word to navigate the tough situations
  • Think about how you start a new relationship with a friend and use that experience to build your relationship with your new CI
  • Pick and choose which battle you’re going to pick with your CI
  • Remember at the end of the day, you have to choose what’s best for your patient on that day at that time
  • Figure out what your learning style is, what your CI’s teaching style is and continue to reflect on that throughout your clinical experience

While overcoming travel time, traffic, and busy schedules, each member left motivated and determined for tomorrow’s challenges. As the event ended, one defining quote resonated, “it takes 2 flints to build 1 fire.”

Overall, it was a fantastic event for both students and clinicians.

If you would like to contact any of the members of the panel or the facilitator of the event please reach out to then via email.

Special Events Coordinator: Garret Stroup, SPT

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Check out these pics from the March 21st meeting!


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