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

Schull, Daniel N., Kyle, Greg J., Coleman, Glen T. and Mills, Paul C. (2012) Attributes of clinical role models as described by senior veterinary students in Australia. Journal of Veterinary Medical Education, 39 3: 263-266. doi:10.3138/jvme.0311-032R

Author Schull, Daniel N.
Kyle, Greg J.
Coleman, Glen T.
Mills, Paul C.
Title Attributes of clinical role models as described by senior veterinary students in Australia
Journal name Journal of Veterinary Medical Education   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0748-321X
Publication date 2012-09
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.3138/jvme.0311-032R
Volume 39
Issue 3
Start page 263
End page 266
Total pages 4
Place of publication Toronto, ON, Canada
Publisher University of Toronto Press
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Formatted abstract
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.
Keyword Role models
Veterinary student
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: Faculty of Science Publications
Official 2013 Collection
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