McMaster University

McMaster University

Selecting the Learning Experience - "The Pearls"

Below are some suggested patients which would make good learning opportunities:pearls

  • Oncology patients-because these patients are such interprofessional cases as they involve many home care and hospital workers, carers and family members
  • Mobility cases-patient who have mobility problems illustrate how difficult it is for them to go to a clinic for care
  • Aphasic patients-particularly those with no cognitive dysfunction-enable students to learn to communicate with them and appreciate the frustration these patients experience
  • Non-compliant patients-elucidate possible causes of non-compliance and aids students learn strategies to overcome it
  • Chaotic homes/complex family issues-illustrate to students the importance of not being judgemental
  • Pediatric patients-illustrate the importance of early referrals especially for SLPs

*It is important for clinicians not to select cases that are too complex as most of the students are new to the home care experience and even a routine visit might be at the upper end of “complex” for them.

*One strategy that is helpful in selecting the experience is asking yourself: “In order for me to do MY job, I need the physician to know X”





" I liked the concept of giving the students 1 "gem" or "nugget" to take away from the shadowing experience."

— clinician taking part in the training workshop
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