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ORIGINAL RESEARCH
Year : 2019  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 81-90

Part I: Perceptions of clinical experience in the veterinary teaching hospital: Views of students, staff, house officers, and faculty in veterinary medicine clinical education


1 Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine; Department of Family, Youth and Community Sciences, College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, USA
2 Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine, Gainesville, Florida, USA
3 Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine, Gainesville, Florida, USA
4 Department of Family, Youth and Community Sciences, College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, USA

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Candice Stefanou
University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida
USA
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/EHP.EHP_18_19

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Background: The clinical portion of the education of health professionals occurs through the combined efforts of staff, interns, residents, and faculty in the teaching hospital. Exposure to the clinical environment is an essential element in shaping the emerging medical professional's development as a competent practitioner for their 1st day of independent practice. Although high value is placed on clinical education by students and educators alike, the expectations of what educational activities will occur, and the value of each to professional development varies. Thus, this study sought to explore the perceptions of students, faculty, and staff in clinical veterinary medical education regarding their expectations about what students would experience during clinical training and how important those experiences are believed to be. Methods: This study utilized survey research methods. Results: The results reveal a complex picture of competing expectations and experiences that differ based on the status of the respondent as a student, veterinary technician, resident, or clinical faculty. Conclusion: Varied perspectives speak to the complexities of clinical education in the authentic environment of the hospital.


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