Rehabilitation Services

Clinical Education Principles

The goal of clinical education in Rehabilitation Services is for occupational, physical and speech therapy students and interns to integrate academic knowledge and theory with experience to develop clinical expertise, critical thinking skills, and caring behaviors.  Clinical education plans are developed with each intern to ensure that patients receive necessary care while the intern achieves a level of competent clinical skills and reasoning.

We recognize that each intern has unique life experiences, goals and objectives, as well as individual learning styles, strengths, needs and interests.   Interns must communicate learning needs to preceptors, mentors and supervisors.  Fieldwork educators incorporate these differences into the plan for the affiliation through mutual planning and problem-solving between the fieldwork educator, intern, and academic advisor.

Fieldwork educators are committed to using evidence-based-practice, research, and best practices as the basis for our interventions, and work under ethical and legal guidelines established by our professional organizations and Stanford Hospital and Clinics.  We are committed to providing the best possible care for our clients, the growth and development of our professions, and educating students and the community.

Interns learn to articulate and apply professional principles, intervention approaches and rationales, and to integrate evidence with experience and client preferences.  We emphasize safety, judgment, communication, and diagnostic-specific evaluation and treatment skill acquisition.  The academic program and clinical facility share the responsibility to ensure that only qualified therapists enter the profession.  Interns must meet the standards set by their professional organization and the behavioral objectives of clinical affiliation to qualify for entry–level competence in their field.

As professionals, we have an obligation to maintain the breadth and depth of our didactic knowledge; appreciate the environmental context of our work; and be committed to quality care, our consumers, and our professions.  Interns are expected to learn and demonstrate professional qualities; i.e., the ability to reflect about the quality of patient care and how care or processes might be improved; reflect about their own and organizational learning needs; and be able to develop personal professional development plans for continued growth beyond the clinical experience.

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