Q: On clinical rotation your preceptor is treating patients disrespectfully and making hurtful comments to you about them after they leave. How do you react and what do you do (if anything)?
What are they looking for?
- Maturity and leadership. That you can make a decision to talk to your clinical coordinator about this preceptor.
- That you can keep your cool under a stressful situation
- Despite your preceptor being “in charge” of you, you can stand up for what is right in an appropriate respectful manner
What to avoid?
- Stating you would do nothing. This is a red flag that you don’t have respect for patients or the maturity to do the right thing even if it is someone in a higher position than you doing wrong.
- Say that you would create any kind of immediate confrontation directly with your preceptor
What to say?
- That you would remain calm while on site at rotation
- Contact your clinical coordinator immediately at the end of the day
- State that you were in a very uncomfortable position
- Make it clear that you don’t support his/her actions
- How should your clinical coordinator react?
- They may or may not take a question like this in this direction. They should definitely leave you with some sense that the situation is at least being looked in to.
- What if they ask you if you are comfortable going back to the site?
- Be honest. If a preceptor is being disrespectful to patients you probably shouldn’t be at that site.