Visiting Scholar Protocol

A Pilot Guide for Trainee Exchange within the AUCD Network

January 10, 2013


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Exchange programs can enhance the training experience by enabling trainees to observe and interact with colleagues in different interdisciplinary settings throughout the AUCD network. Such opportunities are vital to the spirit of interdisciplinary collaboration espoused by the national AUCD network and help trainees understand the power of being connected to this rich resource. This document includes guiding principles, recommendations, and a self-reflection form for anyone considering a trainee exchange.

The VSP was developed and piloted by Megan Kovac, a second-year LEND trainee from the Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and prompted by her desire to capitalize on membership in a strong national network in order to learn how different centers and programs serve individuals with disabilities. Following the steps outlined in the VSP, Megan spent one week in the Spring of 2012 visiting the LEND program at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). The visit was a significant success and the VSP proved a useful tool, especially when it came to reflecting on the experience. Observing different approaches to multidisciplinary clinical services, family collaboration, and community outreach was an invaluable professional opportunity for Megan as an early-career professional.

Read Megan's Early Career Professionals Blog entry on her idea for the Protocol and and experience being a Visiting Scholar.