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Part 7: Remediation Procedures for Clinical Practicum

 

As a part of reviewing a student intern’s performance, a clinic instructor must determine if, in their opinion, the student is performing at an acceptable level to continue in practicum without specific department intervention.  The Remediation Procedures for Clinical Practicum outline a formal process for working with a student who is performing at below acceptable levels in practicum.  The Procedures are in place for the support of the student and for the protection of the clients with whom the student may work.

 

All students meet with their clinic instructors on a regular basis to review their clinical performance, identify strengths and areas for growth.  Together, the intern and instructor identify knowledge and skill areas to target for clinical growth.  These goals are documented, and progress is reviewed by the student and the supervisor, as part of the mentorship in practicum. 

IS THE INTERN’S CLINIC PERFORMANCE ACCEPTABLE in the instructor’s opinion?

Grade: B- or above AND clinic instructor is satisfied with performance?

A student who is earning and grade in practicum of B- or above AND who is performing at a level which is satisfactory to the clinic instructor will continue in practicum.  A student who is earning a grade of B- or lower and who is not performing at a level which meets the instructor’s expectations is considered for remediation.

 

If NO, Instructors Meeting to review performance and determine need for formal remediation:

If YES,

Continue in practicum.

 

Instructors Meeting (Preliminary to decision for remediation):

  1. Define Concerns: In writing, instructor defines problem with suggested behavioral objectives.
  2. Instructors Meeting:  The instructor brings documentation of concern to a group of clinic instructors and the clinic director.  The instructors and director review the concerns to determine whether they are resolvable without a formal Remediation Plan.  If the group determines a remediation plan is needed to support student learning and client care, then Remediation Procedures will commence.  Instructors address whether the student’s performance is acceptable or whether Remediation Procedures should be implemented.

 

Is the student’s performance acceptable upon review of the clinic instructors? 

 If NO,

Commence Clinic Remediation Procedures

 

If YES,

Continue in practicum; no remediation.

Clinic Remediation Procedures:

  1. A Remediation Team is assigned to participate in the Remediation Procedures: The student’s Remediation Team includes the clinic instructor (s) who brought forth the concern regarding student performance; the clinic director, the student’s faculty advisor; and possibly a second instructor assigned to co-instruct the student.
  2. Meeting with Clinic Instructor and Student, followed by Remediation Team Initial Staffing: The student and instructor will review the completed Grading Protocol and receive their grade from the clinic instructor, to be followed by Remediation Staffing #1. Remediation Staffing #1 is a meeting of clinic director, clinic instructor, the student’s academic advisor, and student to review the student’s clinical performance, areas of concern, set specific behavioral objectives, and create a plan and timeline for addressing those objectives. The Plan is drawn up as a formal document.   
  3. Implement Remediation Plan:
    An additional clinic instructor may be assigned to co-instruct the student. 
  4. Regular Periodic Review of the Student’s Progress:  The assigned instructor(s) will meet with the student and discuss their progress on a regular basis at their weekly team meeting.
  5. Remediation Team Mid-Point Formal Review: At the mid-point of the remediation period, the team will meet with the student and review progress toward the established goals.  The team looks for evidence that the student is making satisfactory and steady progress, as well as acceptable overall performance on the UMD Grading Protocol. Adjustments in the plan may be made as deemed appropriate by the team after discussion with the student.

Mid-Point Review: Has student made satisfactory progress toward goals?

 

If NO at mid-point, suspend practicum

  1. If the student does not demonstrate improvement in performance, the student will be removed from practicum and his/her client will be reassigned to another intern to ensure quality, ethical treatment.
  2. The student’s performance will be reflected in the student’s grade at the end of the semester.
  3. The Remediation Team will make recommendations to the student regarding continuation on the clinical component of the Communication Sciences and Disorders Program.  The team will discuss options for additional remediation or courses of study which may help the student progress in identified goal areas. The department reserves the right to dismiss a student from practicum on basis of insufficient progress and protection of human rights of client.

If YES,

Continue in practicum; continue with Remediation Plan pending Final Review

 

Continue Remediation Plan:

  1. Regular Periodic Review of the Student’s Progress:  The assigned instructor(s) will meet with the student and discuss their progress on a regular basis at their weekly team meeting.
  2. Final Review: IF the student has continued in practicum after the mid-point review, then the Remediation Team meets with the student for the final review at the end of the remediation period.   The team addresses whether the student has sufficiently met the established objectives.   

Final Review: Has the student sufficiently met the established objectives?

If NO, Student suspension from practicum

  1. If the student does not demonstrate satisfactory improvement in performance, the student will be removed from practicum and his/her client will be reassigned to another intern to ensure quality, ethical treatment.
  2. The student’s performance will be reflected in the student’s grade at the end of the semester.
  3. The Remediation Team will make recommendations to the student regarding continuation on the clinical component of the Communication Sciences and Disorders Program.  The team will discuss options for additional remediation or courses of study which may help the student progress in identified goal areas.
  4. The student will be required to meet with the clinic director, their faculty advisor, and the graduate director or department head to discuss ways to improve clinic performance.  The student may be required to satisfactorily complete additional on-campus practicum before being placed at an off-campus internship. The department reserves the right to dismiss a student from practicum on basis of insufficient progress and protection of human rights of client.

 

If YES, Continue in practicum;

Clinic Remediation is complete.

Revised and approved by CSD Department 03/09/09 lc

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