Thursday, November 21, 2019

The iATE initiative

      Starting this semester, students enrolled in the MS-AT program received 128 GB iPads with keyboards and Apple pencils as part of the iATE initiative, a project designed to increase engagement with educational resources and real-time point of care improvements.  This project is designed to better prepare healthcare providers resulting in positive health outcomes for our current and future patients.  An iPad was issued to each student to use in class and clinical rotations.  Students keep the device when they graduate.  This allows students to leave with the collective results of their classroom and clinical work all in one place.
      The devices are purchased via fees within the program, so there is not a direct charge.  Students can access a variety of healthcare applications, textbooks, and even their classroom notes and materials.  Research has demonstrated that in other healthcare fields, the introduction and iPads have resulted in increases in board examination scores, retention, learning, and general enjoyment. Students have been overwhelmingly positive about the iPads and faculty members have noticed an increase in students' engagement with the materials.

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

27 Countries and Counting

Recently Clinical Education Coordinator Kim Moncel was featured in a piece about her travels with Team USA.  Kim's work with Team USA, including team coverage at the Olympics, Paralympics, Pan Am Games, and various international competitions translates into "real-life" examples and work experience in the classroom and potential connections for clinical experiences and future employment.  The entire story can be accessed on the College of St. Scholastica's web site by clicking the link 27 Countries and Counting.

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Immersive Clinical Experiences with the New England Patriots and Lakeland University

Over a seven-week time span, students will be sharing their experiences during their clinical immersive rotations.  This week Eric Pillsbury with the New England Patriots and Aaron Rose at Lakeland University talk about their experiences.

Eric Pillsbury-New England Patriots

I’ve been at my clinical site with the New England Patriots for 8 weeks now, and I’ve seen quite a few new things and had some great opportunities to learn.  Treatments here are don monthly three times a day, 5 days a week.  The other two days are reserved for game day and the day before when the players have their walkthrough.  Something different we do here that I haven’t been exposed to at my previous sites is there is a lot of soft tissue and joint mobs performed.  We also don’t use ultrasound as a treatment.  Early on during training camps, I had the opportunity with the rest of the interns to experience performing arthroscopic surgery on cadaver limbs.  The two surgeries we saw/participated in were a rotator cuff tear and ACL surgery.

Aaron Rose-Lakeland University

My clinical immersive experience is at Lakeland University, which is a small liberal arts school near Sheboygan, Wisconsin. Lakeland is a Division III institution and hosts 19 varsity sports. I have mostly working with the football team since the start of preseason, sometimes helping with men’s and women’s soccer as well. There are three full-time LAT/ATC’s at Lakeland University, with only one covering football on a daily basis. Having such a small staff working football (1 ATC, 1 ATS, and two student workers) has made my experience very intense. I am learning to take on quite the workload, including almost every injury evaluation. This experience has shown me that I am able to take on a large workload and manage it properly. Doing every evaluation has also allowed me to see a wide variety of orthopedic injuries, including two ACL tears, an Os Trigonum fracture, and Compartment syndrome. There have also been a couple general medical injuries, including shingles and athlete’s foot. Seeing a wide variety of new injuries has allowed me to come up with many new rehabilitation protocols that I haven’t needed to write before. One of my favorite things about being at Lakeland is that I am treated as another staff member. I get to do my own evals, write up my own rehabs, progress athletes to my liking, have the ability to hold players out, get to communicate with coaches, and have administrative duties. This opportunity has allowed me to really experience the day to day life of an athletic trainer at a Division III level and I am looking forward to seeing what other experiences it has to offer.

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Immersive Clinical Experiences at the University of Portland and the State University of New York, Plattsburgh

Over a seven-week time span, students will be sharing their experiences during their clinical immersive rotations.  This week Jenn Rahman at The University of Portland and Nick Economou at the State University of New York, Plattsburgh talk about their experiences.

Jenn and her Clinical Preceptor 
I am currently involved in a clinical immersive experience at the University of Portland in Oregon. They are a private Catholic university with an enrollment of about 4,000 students and participate at the Division I level in all sports. I have been working mostly with men’s soccer and occasionally work with women’s soccer and other fall sports. One new thing that I have been getting more experience with is how athletes have to have insurance before participating and how to go about
checking that they do. One interesting thing that I have seen new is a prolotherapy injection at the rectus femoris origin performed on a soccer athlete. I have also seen an acute Achilles tendon tear in a baseball player and the management of the injury. An interesting tool that is used very frequently is a diagnostic ultrasound. Having this tool is very useful in determining the extent of an injury and getting the proper treatment right away. Although only used by the team physician, it is a significant tool in the management of acute injuries and helping to get the athlete returned to play faster. I have noticed that the athletes at this level are more in tune with their bodies and what percent they have to be at to function and be effective for the team. In addition, there have been very little serious injuries thus far in the season. As my preceptor was away on a five-day travel trip, I was not able to capture a photo with her.
The view from the soccer field at the University of Portland

My clinical site is at the State University of New York at Plattsburgh. This site is where I had completed my undergraduate degree. This had made the transition into clinical much easier for the simple fact of how familiar I am with the people here and each of the facilities. This also makes it easier on my preceptor so that I don’t need to be trained on where things are in the Athletic Training Room, emergency action plans, and the different rules in place for safety. Clinical is very busy as I am with both the Men’s and the Women’s soccer teams. Each team has their fair share of injuries, from concussions to the very frequent lateral ankle sprain. Some injuries not only involve the physical health of the athlete but the mental health as well. One of the soccer players I have treated continues to have reoccurring injuries due to their eating habits. Their body does not have the nutrition necessary to repair the injuries that they have sustained which result in repeated, more frequent injuries. The environment that I am working in is a very enjoyable one. The college has hired two new Athletic Trainers since the last year I attended college. The new Athletic Trainers are awesome to work with and really enjoy helping me whenever I have any questions or need guidance. The other two Athletic Trainers are seasoned veterans and have been there throughout my years of playing college soccer. They are not only my boss’ but also friends of mine, which makes working with them an even bigger honor.

Monday, September 16, 2019

Immersive Clinical Experiences at The College of St. Scholastica and University of Minnesota, Crookston

Over a seven-week time span, students will be sharing their experiences during their clinical immersive rotations.  This week Emily Boyle at The College of St. Scholastica and David Kimmer at the University of Minnesota, Crookston talk about their experiences.

Emily Boyle-College of St. Scholastica

Greetings from the College of St. Scholastica in beautiful Duluth, MN! I am currently with CSS football and loving every minute of it. We just had our first home game on Saturday (9/7/19) and we won in overtime! Great first win for the new coaching staff. Being with CSS football has been a great experience so far. Typical days start at 12pm and end around 8pm. The first few hours consists of treatment and rehabs with football players. Nick and Garett are awesome because they really want us to focus on making a clinical decision about our patients from the start of an eval to the treatment plan. With this, we are given a lot of autonomy with our patients and it is up to us to create a course of treatment and treatment plane for our patients. It’s been very cool to see how all the skills we learned as 1st year AT students have come full circle and now I have used them all! Even the ones where you thought “when am I ever going to use this?”, trust me you will!

David Kimmer-University of Minnesota, Crookston

I am currently stationed at the University of Minnesota – Crookston in Crookston, MN.  I am observing under Dani Schroeder, MSAT, LAT/ATC who is a St. Scholastica Alumni and Racheal Reichal, MS, LAT/ATC both preceptors have a wealth of knowledge and experience.  I am working with the NCAA DII football program here at the college.  I am responsible for preventing, education, treating, rehabilitating, and evaluating athletes in need of assistance under the supervision of my preceptors.  The aspect of this rotation that I feel is most beneficial is using my education to create rehabilitation programs and implementing them to an athlete from injury to recovery.  This type of education allows me to take what I have learned and apply it to a real athlete to find what works best for that athlete.  I am further developing my style of Athletic Training with the guidance of Dani Schroeder and Racheal Reichal.  Something that was brought to my attention that I was not expecting while arriving here was the behind the scenes labor that is required from Athletic Trainers.  I have been involved in implementing documentation, attending coaches’ meetings, and preparation of travel material required for any and all athletes.  I have learned a lot of valuable information as well as I am allowed to sharpen my Athletic Training skills here at the University of Minnesota – Crookston. 

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Immersive Clinical Experiences at Concordia University-St. Paul and University of Minnesota, Duluth

The next seven weeks, students will be sharing their experiences during their clinical immersive rotations.  This week Ashley Qualley at Concordia University-St. Paul and Sam Noeldner at the University of Minnesota, Duluth talk about their experiences.

Ashley Qualley-Concordia University-St. Paul

My immersive clinical site is at Concordia St. Paul. I am currently working with the football team and have been solely with them for roughly a month now. There are 4 full-time Athletic Trainers here with 2 who work with football. We are still in the busy part of the football season so we have not worked with other sports yet however, once the schedule becomes more regular, we may work with soccer or volleyball. The first 5 days of football camp, we went up to a military camp in Brainerd (Fort Ripley) and stayed there. During that week, we worked 18-hour days so it was pretty full-on immediately, but it was such a cool experience. We stayed in the barracks, ate at the cafeteria (which actually had really good food), and held practices on base. On the second day of camp, the football team participated in an obstacle course run by marines and I’m very thankful I was a spectator and not a participant. That course exhausted even the most athletic players. One player had a pretty bad asthma attack that I handled so that was intimidating but I’m also glad it happened because I learned that I’m prepared for emergencies and can handle them. After camp, we came back to campus and have been working 12-hour days and now that school has started, we have a more “regular” schedule which is nice. I have greatly increased my rehab skills and learned so many new exercises-I love being creative with rehab and trying new things and really like the freedom we have in designing rehab programs (I have also found some very helpful Instagram™ profiles which are constantly posting new exercises that I have used very often in my rehab’s). I have learned so much from my immersive and have had a lot of hands on experience which has really helped me develop my skills and learn so many practical uses for what we have learned in class. 

Sam Noeldner-University of Minnesota, Duluth

My clinical immersive this semester is with the University of Minnesota Duluth football team. The preceptors that I work with are Dr. Mike Wendinger, LAT/ATC, Donnie Hermanson, MEd, LAT/ATC, and Alisha Macioch, MS, LAT/ATC. There are three first year students from St. Scholastica and four interns who are all senior students in the exercise physiology program from UMD. This clinical experience has been amazing so far, I have been given a lot of independence as a clinician and multiple learning opportunities which have helped me grow as a healthcare provider. The atmosphere in the athletic training facility at UMD is very positive, which creates an environment which is conducive to learning and beneficial in developing my confidence and willingness to learn and ask questions when needed. Being that I am the only second year graduate student from St. Scholastica, I get to do the majority of the evaluations and have the pleasure and opportunity to develop rehabilitation programs for a variety of patients with a wide range of pathologies. Another big thing this year that is beneficial to my learning experience and which is different than my clinical experience last year is that I am allowed to go out onto the field with the other certified athletic trainers and assist in on-field assessments and emergency care. The other day I had the opportunity to witness out team doctor putting a dislocated shoulder back in, which was a fantastic learning experience to observe that particular situation in real-time. Altogether, I am thoroughly enjoying my clinical immersive experience with the University of Minnesota Duluth football team and am looking forward to the future learning opportunities that I will be provided with at this particular clinical site. 

Monday, August 12, 2019

Students Attend NATA National Meeting

MS-AT students attended the 2019 National Athletic Trainers Association's 70th. Annual Clinical Symposia and AT Expo in Las Vegas this summer.  Twenty-four students were able to attend the convention as their registration, airfare, and hotels were covered with their only financial responsibility being food and ground travel.

Every year thousands of Athletic Trainers attend the national convention for a week of learning, networking, catching up with colleagues and evaluation of the latest equipment and materials that are in use in athletic healthcare.  In addition, this gives students exposure to the profession on a national, not just local or regional view and the potential to interact with future employers from across the nation.  Although some programs require that students attend the convention it is a CSS advantage that the entire cohort attends and the major costs are covered.  It is typical in other programs that the students are responsible for all or most of the costs associated with attendance.

In addition to educational meetings and networking, the students had an opportunity to explore Las Vegas and enjoy so much needed downtime.  This trip served as the inaugural national meeting trip, which future cohorts will enjoy each year, allowing students to interact with peers and future colleagues on a national level.   Next year students will be attending the 2020 National Convention in Atlanta, GA where the program will be hosting our first alumni gathering away from the Twin Ports.  See you in Atlanta!!