Outcomes Measurement and Management: What Do We Really Know About the Clinical Fellowship Experience? The completion of the clinical fellowship (CF) experience is the capstone of certification in speech-language pathology (SLP). It is a training period that leads toward clinical independence. Regardless of the quality of their academic and clinical preparation, graduates from SLP programs can find themselves disoriented by the fellowship experience. ... Article
Article  |   October 01, 2007
Outcomes Measurement and Management: What Do We Really Know About the Clinical Fellowship Experience?
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  • Douglas F. Parham
    School of Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology The University of Memphis, Memphis, TN
  • Melanie HudsonColumn Editor
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Professional Issues & Training / Outcomes Measurement and Management
Article   |   October 01, 2007
Outcomes Measurement and Management: What Do We Really Know About the Clinical Fellowship Experience?
SIG 11 Perspectives on Administration and Supervision, October 2007, Vol. 17, 12-16. doi:10.1044/aas17.3.12
SIG 11 Perspectives on Administration and Supervision, October 2007, Vol. 17, 12-16. doi:10.1044/aas17.3.12
The completion of the clinical fellowship (CF) experience is the capstone of certification in speech-language pathology (SLP). It is a training period that leads toward clinical independence. Regardless of the quality of their academic and clinical preparation, graduates from SLP programs can find themselves disoriented by the fellowship experience. More experienced clinicians who supervise these graduates can also benefit from information that improves the supervisor/supervisee relationship. Resources do exist that explain in a general sense what the CF is, but there is little about the nature of the experience that is generalizable. The purpose of this article is to provide a general description of how we should define the CF experience, explore the literature of the field of SLP to determine what is known about the CF, and ask questions that might provoke clinical supervisors and Clinical Fellow alike to think about what the CF is.
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