Unpacking the Roles of a Clinical Educator

What does it mean to be a clinical educator?

The role of clinician is at your core – you have learned your profession so well, you often don’t have to think about why you are doing something or how you are going to do it.

This level of proficiency can often change when supervising a student. A shift occurs from expert clinician to relatively novice clinical educator. Novice because teaching students
may not be part of your daily routine, and because even with 5, 10 or even 20 years’ experience, every student’s learning needs are different and so one must constantly re-align
teaching styles to match.

This module aims to define the role of a clinical educator. By making explicit what you can be expected of you, you can continue to develop your skillset in this area.
The following reference from the literature has been used to inform the following discussion points:

1. Rose, M., & Best, D. (2005). Exploring the roles of the clinical educator. In Transforming Practice through Clinical Education, Professional Supervision, and Mentoring. Elsevier Health Sciences.


The six roles of a CE:

Click the buttons below to review and reflect on the following six roles, as suggested by Turney et al. (as cited in Rose & Best, 2005):


A student-centered approach:

As one reads through the list of CE roles, one can appreciate an obvious overlap between the role of the CE and the role of the clinician. This begs the question – are students similar to clients?

With clients, the initial meeting is often based on information seeking – case history, conversations, chart notes etc. From there we develop goals with our clients, put together an assessment plan, followed by intervention that focuses on empowering clients to achieve their personal best. This is client-centered care at its best. So can this formula work for students? What might an optimal student-centered approach look like?

Join the Conversation:


How do you create a student-centered approach at you clinic site?
Are there other CE roles that have not been mentioned here?


Contact Us: If you have questions or comments about this learning module, please email Eavan Sinden at esinden@audiospeech.ubc.ca