Name: Nicole Darragh, Class of 2017
Hometown: Columbus, OH
Undergrad: Regis University
Fun Fact: I think kale is totally overrated.
The Class of 2017 recently returned from their second clinical rotations with a plethora of new knowledge and stories to share. Some students even had a visitor along the way: Flat Stanley. Flat Stanley is a small paper figurine that keeps students connected outside of the classroom. Students take a photo of Flat Stanley completing an activity, learning a new technique, or going to a cool new location, and share those photos with their classmates through social media. This helped us learn a little bit about each rotation, and keep in touch with our classmates.
Flat Stanley traveled to a wide variety of locations across the country including California, Wyoming, Kentucky, and even Alaska! Along the way, Flat Stanley learned new documentation systems, new techniques in the clinics, and went on a lot of hikes. Really, what Flat Stanley is trying to tell you is that while you’re on your clinical rotation, don’t forget to take the time to explore your new surroundings!
Clinical rotations work in a variety of ways. The first is the lottery option; students choose ten clinical sites from a large list compiled by the clinical education faculty, and rank them in order from 1-10. Once the lottery is generated, students are placed at a site. The second is the first come, first serve option; students can choose a site before the lottery begins that they are particularly interested in, and request to be placed at that site before it is taken. The third is the set-up option: students are allowed to contact a clinical site that is not affiliated with Regis and set up a clinical rotation with them if they are interested. When rotations get closer, you’ll learn more specifics about how they work, requirements, etc.
Throughout the clinical process, it is important to know that you might not always end up in Denver, and you’ll have to try something new! Wherever you do end up, make sure to enjoy your free time. Clinical can sometimes be very overwhelming, and it is crucial to take time for yourself, whether that be exploring your new surroundings, trying a local restaurant, or binging on Netflix. And if the thought of being gone for six, eight, or twelve weeks scares you a little, all of us will tell you that the time flies by so quickly. There isn’t much time to be bored!
If you have any further questions about clinical rotations–or other places Flat Stanley and/or students traveled–please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org! Also, I would recommend reading the post below called “Class of 2017 DPT Student Lindsay Mayors Reflects on Her Clinical Rotation.” (https://regisdpt.org/2016/05/27/class-of-2017-dpt-student-lindsay-mayors-reflects-on-her-clinical-rotation/)
Cover PC: David Cummins, Class of 2019