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Innovative model for clinical education in dietetics

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posted on 01.03.2009, 00:00 authored by Noel Roberts, Sonia BrockingtonSonia Brockington, E Doyle, L Pearce, A Bowie, N Simmance, Sherryn EvansSherryn Evans, Timothy Crowe
Aim: Professional practice placement programs in dietetics face a number of challenges in respect of quantity, quality and sustainability. The aim of the present study is to report on the development of an innovative placement model based on a variety of training and supervision approaches to address these aforementioned challenges.

Methods: The model was developed following an investigation of existing practice and the literature with approaches that were identified as important to the requirements and constraints of dietetics clinical training incorporated into the model.

Results: Although one-on-one supervision is the predominant approach in Australian dietetic education, the educational literature and the authors' experience showed that a variety of approaches are represented in some form. The model developed involves the pairing of two students with one supervisor with students changing peer partners and supervisors every three weeks during the nine-week placement to diversify exposure to working and learning styles. The model integrates four customised approaches: incremental exposure to tasks; use of a clinical reasoning framework to help structure student understanding of the methods and judgements involved in patient care; structured enquiry in group discussions; and peer observation and feedback.

Conclusions: The model has potential to achieve efficiencies in supervisors' involvement by coordinating the skill development activities of students as a group and promoting peer-assisted learning.

History

Journal

Nutrition and dietetics

Volume

66

Issue

1

Pagination

33 - 38

Publisher

Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia

Location

Brisbane, Qld.

ISSN

1446-6368

eISSN

1747-0080

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal; C Journal article

Copyright notice

2009, Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia