As a senior ATS, how do you model professionalism as a student and mentor younger ATSs? Do you feel you are a mentor/ role model/ resource for other students?
I model professionalism to the younger Athletic Training Students in a few ways. The first way I do this is by treating my athletes in a professional way. I believe that everybody has seen, at some point during their clinical experiences, athletes being treated differently based on how their athletic trainer or their athletic training student likes them. I try to treat all of my athletes the same, because I believe that one person should not receive better care just due to how much they are liked by the athletic training staff. I also model professionalism by always being on time. I believe that in my “career” in the athletic training program, I have only been late one time. I think that being on time is one of the most professional things that someone can be in control of. It is also one of my pet peeves. I hate not being on time. Most of the time I show up to events or anything like that at least 15 minutes early just to make sure I am on time, and to account for any delays. Another way I show professionalism is by always following the dress code. Even though I wear a hat almost everywhere, I never wear it in the clinic. I always wear clean clothes that follow the dress code to practices and games. There are certain instances where I have seen a couple of the girls in the program wear clothes that are provocative, mostly wearing shorts that are too short. I really don’t have any control over that, but I feel that the older girls do a good job of wearing clothes that are not provocative. I feel that in the dress aspect of being professional, all of us seniors set good examples of professionalism. I am always respectful to my preceptors, and I always talk to them when I have problems or questions with anything. Overall, I feel that this shows more professionalism than anything. Openly communicating with preceptors and professors helps build professionalism in the long run by showing how to approach and speak with them.