Athletic Training

Preceptor of the Month: Rey Malave ’11

Written By: Kim MacLennan | October 31, 2018

Congratulations, Rey Malave, for earning the UCF Athletic Training Program’s first Preceptor of the Month award!

Malave (B.S. in athletic training ’11) is an athletic trainer with CORA Rehabilitation.

Praise for Malave
Elaine Judy, director of sports medicine and fellow athletic trainer at Winter Park High School, nominated Malave for the award. She said he always comes to work with a great attitude and takes everything in stride. He spends extra time with the students, and he goes into detail on why he chooses certain treatments or rehabilitation for his patients. He arrives early so he can be available to help students with competencies, makes sure he is up to date with the latest medical information and is an overall caring preceptor.

Kelsie Riveron, a current student, also has nothing but praise for Malave. She said he is an absolute pleasure to have as a preceptor. He is a wonderful instructor who brings positive energy into the athletic training room. Riveron considers Malave a great role model, and she admires his attitude and charisma even in difficult situations.

The award was a complete surprise for Malave. Just prior to Winter Park’s November 2 football game, Judy announced the award over the loudspeakers. Riveron and Judy presented Malave with a certificate and a goodie bag of items athletic trainers usually keep on hand.

Did you know?
Malave is also known as “DJ Rey.” He is a professional disc jockey and has been spinning music for 20 years. His company is Latin Touch Entertainment.

Elaine Judy, Rey Malave with award and Kelsie Riveron on a field.
(Left to right) Elaine Judy, Rey Malave and Kelsie Riveron
He always comes to work with a great attitude and takes everything in stride. — Elaine Judy

Preceptor of the Month Award

To be eligible for Preceptor of the Month, preceptors must be nominated and meet the following requirements:

  1. Be highly engaged and committed to the mission, vision and values of the athletic training profession
  2. Encourage students to be their best
  3. Make time to work with students on learning new skills and reviewing competencies
  4. Engage in continuing education to improve knowledge they can share with students
  5. Go above and beyond with mentoring students

If you work with a deserving preceptor, please request a nomination form by emailing [email protected]. The next Preceptor of the Month will be named on December 1.

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