The coronavirus pandemic has forced students and professors across the college to adapt to the challenges of remote learning. Because the fall 2020 athletic season was canceled, athletic training students, particularly juniors and seniors, were dealing with changes to their routine. At the same time, many alumni who are working as professional athletic trainers were also dealing with similar challenges.
That’s why professor Paul Geisler, director of the athletic training education program, and associate professor Pat McKeon created the Virtual Preceptor program. In the program, junior and senior students are paired up with volunteer alumni who, in addition to discussing the latest research and helping students tackle difficult subjects like anatomy and physiology, work to mentor and support them.