Attributes of clinical role models as described by senior veterinary students in Australia

Schull, Daniel, Kyle, Greg J., Coleman, Glen T., & Mills, Paul C. (2012) Attributes of clinical role models as described by senior veterinary students in Australia. Journal of Veterinary Medical Education, 39(3), pp. 263-266.

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Role models incite admiration and provide inspiration, contributing to learning as students aspire to emulate their example. The attributes of physician role models for medical trainees are well documented, but they remain largely unexplored in the context of veterinary medical training. The aim of the current study was to describe the attributes that final-year veterinary students (N=213) at the University of Queensland identified when reflecting on their clinical role models. Clinical role model descriptions provided by students were analyzed using concept-mapping software (Leximancer v. 2.25). The most frequent and highly connected concepts used by students when describing their role model(s) included clients, vet, and animal. Role models were described as good communicators who were skilled at managing relationships with clients, patients, and staff. They had exemplary knowledge, skills, and abilities, and they were methodical and conducted well-structured consultations. They were well respected and, in turn, demonstrated respect for clients, colleagues, staff, and students alike. They were also good teachers and able to tailor explanations to suit both clients and students. Findings from this study may serve to assist with faculty development and as a basis for further research in this area.

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ID Code: 91701
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: clinical, role models, teaching, veterinarian, veterinary student, HERN
DOI: 10.3138/jvme.0311-032R
ISSN: 0748-321X
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Past > Schools > Pharmacy
Deposited On: 10 Jan 2016 23:46
Last Modified: 12 Jan 2016 00:41

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