ERIC Number: ED268937
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986
Reference Count: 0
Supervisory Skills and Challenges: A Handbook for Physician Assistants.
Glennon, Virginia B.; Greenberg, Suzanne B.
A handbook for supervisors of students training as physician assistants is presented, based in part on workshops and interviews conducted at Northeastern University (Massachusetts). Topics include: the role and attributes of the supervisor, needs of adult learners and adult learning styles, beginning the supervisory process, use of skills in ongoing supervision, special problem areas for supervisors, and evaluation and grading. Qualities students want in a supervisor include: being supportive and friendly, listening actively, and possessing professional knowledge and good judgment. The supervisory process begins with getting acquainted, providing orientation materials, a guided tour, working out the learning contract, and scheduling meeting times. Skills in ongoing supervision include: demonstration and observation, teaching through feedback, using negative feedback (assertion and confrontation), and group supervision. Special problem areas for supervisors may involve student stress, the unassertive student, and dealing with difficult students. Concerns in evaluation/grading include objectivity vs. subjectivity, preparing for the final evaluation, performance assessment, and measuring change and growth. Two sample learning contracts are provided, along with a form for providing feedback to supervisors, and a student evaluation form. (SW)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Health Resources Administration (DHHS/PHS), Hyattsville, MD. Bureau of Health Professions.
Authoring Institution: Northeastern Univ., Boston, MA.
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