For the month of January 2021, we celebrate Preceptor of the Month, Tessa McEvoy. As the assistant athletic trainer for UCF men’s soccer and women’s tennis, students are impressed with the way McEvoy gives 100 percent to everything she does. Whether it is conducting evaluations, creating individualized patient rehabilitation plans, or preparing comprehensive records, her attention to detail comes through. She makes sure each athlete is provided excellent, patient-based care in a comfortable and engaging environment.
According to Madison Dininny, a first-year student in the MAT program, McEvoy is a natural in her role as preceptor. She consistently provides opportunities that take students out of their comfort zones and follows up with detailed feedback on what went well and how to improve.
“Tessa goes above and beyond to provide students with an exceptional clinical experience, and she is very willing to make time to teach new skills and review competencies, even if it means staying late. Her approachability creates a relaxed learning atmosphere where she encourages students to ask questions about anything regarding the athletic training profession and shares tips and tricks she’s learned along the way,” says Dininny.
After graduating with her bachelor’s degree in athletic training from Washington State University, McEvoy enrolled at California State University where she earned her master’s degree in sports medicine/injury studies. Prior to joining UCF Athletics in 2019, McEvoy gained experience as an assistant athletic trainer with football, women’s softball, and men’s and women’s cross-country and track and field.
We thank Tessa McEvoy for her contribution to the UCF MAT program and the education of future athletic trainers.