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What are the top things all new AT’s should know?

In your opinion, What are the top things all new AT’s should know? And what characteristics do elite AT’s have that average AT’s don't?


  • To me, the questions and their answers are one in the same: There is considerable evidence about medical expertise available in the literature, very little to none on expertise in AT. In medicine, we know that amongst other things, experts display/possess attributes or characteristics of a) advanced clinical reasoning skills, b) reflection/metacognition, c) lifelong learning, and d) a Hx of at least 10,000 hours of deliberate practice (in their craft). Interconnected and complex as they are, this too is what "excellent" AT clinicians display or possess, though we don't have any data to support this claim. Thus, it is a much needed area to address with research and investigation. Further, we need to know and understand HOW these skills and qualities are developed in young ATs and students in order to start our future clinicians on this path, earlier and more productively. Obviously, a mastery of the based and applied skills, knowledge and theory are the fundamental pre-requisites for the development of expertise, so the educational platform is core to the process. But simply, achieving Bs and As in classes and simply "getting experience" is not enough...there are "experience experts" and there are "experienced non-experts"...we need more of the prior, and less of the latter
    PR Geisler, EdD, ATC

    “Liberating education consists in acts of cognition, not transferals of information.” ~ Paulo Freire
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