Clinical experiences

Navigating the intricacies of student placement requirements

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Clinical apprenticeships, also called clinical experiences, are integral to most allied health (AH) student professional education. Clinical experiences begin the process of encul-turating students into a healthcare profession where higher cognitive mastery of learned skills is supported through social interaction and scaffolding with an AH professional. In AH programs, clinical experiences for students are a necessity for programmatic accreditation; however, clinical sites have developed a range of requirements for students, which lead to a myriad of issues. These requirements may include drug screens, criminal background checks, and HIPAA training prior to a student beginning their clinical experience. Because of differing interpretation of policy, there is variability of requirements imposed on students before beginning these clinical experiences. This variability can create a financial burden on the student, who likely pays out-of-pocket for criminal background checks, vaccines, or drug screens. It also creates an administrative burden for clinical coordinators, who must know what each of the hundreds of clinical sites require, and they must follow up with each site to determine if these requirements have changed. Some strategies exist that may help clinical coordinators to manage clinical site requirements for student placement.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)237-242
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of allied health
Volume47
StatePublished - Dec 1 2018

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Clinical Clerkship
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Professional Education
Accreditation
Interpersonal Relations
Pharmaceutical Preparations
Vaccines
Delivery of Health Care
Health

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Clinical experiences : Navigating the intricacies of student placement requirements. / Williamson, Thomas; Hughes, Shannon; Flick, Jami E.; Burnett, Keisha; Bradford, Jacque; Ross, Linda.

In: Journal of allied health, Vol. 47, 01.12.2018, p. 237-242.

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