Med School Ordering Students to Sign COVID Waiver or Risk Graduation Delay

June 1, 2020 by Christen Aldrich

Filed under COVID-19 for Employers, COVID-19 for the Workforce

Last modified June 2, 2020

The University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville is asking students to sign a waiver acknowledging risk and absolving the school of liability before starting their next clinical rotation, officials confirmed to MedPage Today in this article. If students do not sign, they risk delaying their graduation.

This waiver came despite the Associate of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) guidelines that “strongly suggest that medical students not be involved in any direct patient care activities” unless there is a “critical [healthcare worker] need locally.”

Nevertheless medical school dean Marjorie Jenkins, MD, stated “Future doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and other health professionals are tasked with understanding the challenges they face as they return to in-person patient care.” The school’s goal, she said, was thus “to ensure students know what to expect when they enter the clinical environment.”

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