As of July 30, 2021, clinical rotations will continue as planned and will follow local policies designated by each Core Site and/or affiliated locations. ACOM is not currently changing its policy limiting each student to two virtual rotations; however, this may change depending on future COVID developments. To the extent there is flexibility in rotation scheduling, students may want to consider strategically the timing of in-person versus virtual rotations.
Students should plan to participate in clerkship rotations as scheduled, be open to learning as much as possible from experiences and be willing to function as an essential part of the healthcare team. ACOM will inform students as soon as possible if this plan changes and will continue to facilitate physician training success. Students should maintain active communication with the clinical curriculum team, credentialing team and core site training team (including preceptor, core site coordinator, medical education coordinator, and regional coordinator).
Students should still be mindful of following universal precautions, wearing appropriate PPE, and avoid treating known or suspected COVID-19 patients. As always, if the student becomes ill, he/she should follow the participation guidelines located in each syllabus, complete appropriate forms and do not report for the rotation. If the student feels that he/she is high risk for any reason, including but not limited to being immunocompromised, the student should reach out to Student Services to discuss options for a leave of absence or other special circumstance.
Despite the above precautions, some of students might have to deal with a possible COVID-19 exposure. Exposures may be considered low or high risk and each of ACOM’s training sites may have slightly different protocols. Regardless, if a student develops symptoms, he/she should seek medical attention and not report to the rotation site. However, the student must still communicate appropriately with the team.