How to Succeed in Clinical Mentorships

  • Documentation of essential skills performed in the clinical mentorships assures that students have
    • received a quality education
    • met all the standards set for graduates
    • met AVMA accreditation standards
  • The function of the on-site mentor is to guide and encourage the student at the mentorship site. Mentors are responsible for documenting that tasks have been done the required number of times by the student, but only one performance of the task is submitted for evaluation.
  • There are some concepts that the student should keep in mind to facilitate evaluation and acceptance of mentorship tasks:
    • Is it helpful, but not necessary, to show the tasks in the order listed in the logbook.
    • Read through each task completely before performing, to be sure that you understand the criteria.
    • Announce verbally on video exactly what task is being performed. Identify the task exactly as it is named in the logbook.
    • For projects and other materials submitted, make sure each item shows the exact title of the task.
    • Review task demonstration videos prior to performing the task. 
    • Watch your video before sending. Be sure that all criteria listed in the logbook are met, and that the viewer can evaluate each criteria. When editing the video, be sure that no criteria is omitted.
    • Narrate all tasks as you perform them. Evaluators may not able to read labels, etc. and depend on the student to tell these things verbally.
    • It is acceptable to show attempts, goofs, or struggles as you perform tasks, as long as errors are corrected and the task is completed satisfactorily. It's OK to be human!
  • Evaluators of submitted materials are program instructors at Purdue who also evaluate clinical skills of on-campus students.
  • It is not unusual for evaluators to request resubmission of some tasks in a mentorship. Materials submitted must document correct performance of each task. 
  • Mentorships must be completed in the semester in which you enrolled.

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