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Clinical Externships: What to Expect

One of the most exciting and challenging experiences you’ll have at Pima Medical Institute is your clinical externship, where you’ll be directly mentored by professionals in your chosen career field. You may get to work in a hospital, doctor’s office, clinic, pharmacy, veterinary office, or another location relevant to your career choice. This is your chance to shine, as you’ll work directly with patients in a hands-on environment, exhibiting the knowledge and skills you’ve acquired in the classroom.

Your Opportunity

While your clinical externship is required for graduation, keep in mind this is YOUR prime opportunity to expand your knowledge base by asking questions, being exposed to alternative techniques and observing the customer service skills, diagnostic analysis and health care challenges and solutions you only heard about in the classroom setting.

Reach Your Goals

In addition, the clinical externship very closely mirrors what you can expect in your chosen field: you will be expected to complete established goals – that is, a designated number of hours, depending on your program of study, as scheduled by your externship site supervisor; and, just as you would expect in an employment environment, your performance will be carefully assessed. You will receive constructive criticism and you will be expected to achieve your goal (in this case, receiving a passing grade from your externship site in order to earn your degree or certificate).

The clinical externship is also your prime opportunity to demonstrate the standards of behavior required in a professional arena. You will be expected to exhibit punctuality, thoroughness, professionalism, compassion, and a positive attitude in order to excel at your externship and, later, to retain your job and advance in your career.

Our Commitment to Your Success

Throughout your clinical externship, Pima Medical Institute provides you with the support you need to succeed. Your demonstration of professionalism while on externship, together with your competent demonstration of the knowledge and skills you’ve acquired in the classroom, could result in an offer of employment from your externship site, to commence immediately after you graduate. However, if the site has no open positions, you may ask your externship site supervisor for a letter of reference and you may list your externship on your resume as a good first step toward building the experience foundation needed to acquire employment and/or seek a higher degree as you work your way up the corporate ladder.

As part of Pima Medical Institute’s commitment to your success, we offer career services assistance. When you’ve outgrown your entry-level job and are ready to take on more responsibility, we’re here to help you achieve your career goals!
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