I performed my post-classroom Externship Training in the General Surgery Department at The Everett Clinic.
Pros: attentive, caring, kind and knowledgeable staff.
The management at The Everett Clinic is committed to the professional and clinical growth of staff and students through their Externship program.
They take seriously, the training of students to become professional and skilled Certified Medical Assistants. In doing so, they provide a "Preceptor" (Trainer) Program to teach their staff "how to teach" students to be well-rounded and skilled Medical Assistants.
Students are guided and closely monitored during their on-the-job
externship training. There are guidelines in place, skill-based deadlines to be met, weekly reviews and a lot of relevant, hands-on training that goes on.
To ensure that the preceptors are dedicated and knowledgeable, they go through a training period and are provided a stipend.
No extern at The Everett Clinic is left to learn on their own. They are truly and fully trained.
That is not the case in some Externship programs outside of The Everett Clinic.