Perceptions of Preceptors and Audiology Students on Practicum During the COVID-19 Pandemic

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Am J Audiol. 2022 May 27:1-7. doi: 10.1044/2022_AJA-21-00145. Online ahead of print.

ABSTRACT

PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to assess the perceptions of audiology students and preceptors regarding changes in the practicum as a result of COVID-19.

METHOD: This study was conducted during two different periods, with Internet questionnaires posted on social media forums. Preceptors and newly graduated clinicians were recruited in 2019 for a study prior to COVID-19, and students and preceptors were recruited for comparison during COVID-19. Four groups participated in this study: (a) 101 students who were enrolled in the second, third, or fourth year of an Israeli communication disorders Bachelor of Arts (BA) program during the pandemic; (b) 94 newly graduated audiologists with a BA degree from an Israeli communication disorders program granted in the last 3 years (before COVID-19); (c) 18 audiologist preceptors who supervised audiology practicum in an Israeli communication disorders BA programs (before COVID-19); and (d) 20 audiologist preceptors who, during COVID-19, were supervising an audiology practicum in Israel. Perceptions of the various groups were compared.

RESULTS: Although perceptions of preceptors and students regarding the practicum were revealed to be similar, perceptions of the practicum before COVID-19 underwent changes in the course of the pandemic. In evaluating the COVID-19 experience, both preceptors and students agreed that more hours of practicum were needed, as well as more variety in types of cases and exposure to varied placements.

CONCLUSION: Academic programs and employers should consider implications of changes implemented in the practicum due to COVID-19, which can be addressed either in continuing education and/or by additional supervision in the future workplace.

SUPPLEMENTAL MATERIAL: https://doi.org/10.23641/asha.19855639.

PMID:35623117 | DOI:10.1044/2022_AJA-21-00145