Student Rotations & Shadowing During Covid-19
As of March 17, 2020 the AAMC “strongly supported medical schools pausing all student clinical rotations, effective immediately.” In keeping with this recommendation University Hospital Cleveland Medical Center suspended all medical school rotations as of March 17th. Clinical rotations for our affiliate institution, Case Western Reserve University, are scheduled to resume June 1, 2020. We will make every effort to accommodate the Case students to fulfill their elective needs. Visiting rotations for domestic students (U.S. institutions) are scheduled to resume June 29, 2020. International student rotations are suspended and no date has yet been established for the international program to resume. Medical students are not to be involved in the care of inpatient or ambulatory patients with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 (specifically, any scenario where the use of an N-95 respirator is required).
While we plan to open to visiting students as of June 29th we will comply with national policy regarding elective options. We will update this website if there are any changes that are announced. For example, the Coalition on Physician Accountability (COPA), a cross-organizational group in medical education (that includes AACOM, AAMC, ACGME, AOGME, AMA, AOA, CMSS (OPDA), ECFMG, FSMB, LCME, NBME, and NBOME), has convened the Current Practices of Student Movement Across Institutions for the Class of 2021 Work Group to consider the impact of COVID-19 on away rotations and to develop recommendations to address those concerns. This national coalition is supposed to provide guidelines on May 8th. We will update our website with any additional changes to our policies once these guidelines become available.
All current student shadowing programs are currently suspended. An exception is that we will continue to support student rotations in our accredited clinical programs (medical, nursing, PT/OT, pharmacy, dietitians), although these students will not be engaged in care for suspected or confirmed COVID-19 patients.