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Strategies to develop student support mechanisms in medical radiation sciences clinical education

Authors
  • Chamunyonga, Crispen
  • Singh, Ajesh
  • Gunn, Therese
  • Edwards, Christopher
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences
Publisher
Published by Elsevier Inc. on behalf of Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists.
Publication Date
Sep 02, 2020
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/j.jmir.2020.08.004
PMID: 32888858
PMCID: PMC7462897
Source
PubMed Central
Keywords
License
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Abstract

Clinical placement experience is an important component of medical radiation science (MRS) education, equipping students to safely transition into complex healthcare environments. This commentary draws on evidence from the literature that reports challenges allied health students face in clinical environments. As several factors are implicated that could result in a higher prevalence of psychological distress and mental ill-health in MRS students, there is a need to re-emphasize the importance of developing strategies to support students in clinical education. A key recommendation is to identify associated risk factors early as they can impact on the quality of education and in severe cases be detrimental to students' psychological well-being. This requires an understanding of the full extent and nature of the challenges through partnered approaches between professional organisations, clinical departments, academics and students. Developing evidence-based strategies for improving students’ well-being in clinical environments is also essential.

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