Students must be prepared to study for clinical experiences. The student should make a commitment to read about patient encounters and ask for learning issues opportunities.
Identification During Supervised Clinical Practice Experiences
Name Tag and Badges: The RVU badge identifying the student as a Physician Assistant student must be worn at all times during the clinical experience. If a specific site requires additional identification, it is the responsibility of the student to comply. If separate badges are required at hospital sites, it is the responsibility of the student to complete paperwork necessary to obtain the required identification prior to the start of the clinical assignment. It is the student’s responsibility to return the badge to the site prior to departure and, if not, the student assumes responsibility for fees associated with a lost badge.
Greeting Patients: Students are required to identify themselves to patients by their name and by their RVU PA student status. The student must explain to patients their working relationship with the preceptor.
Signing Charts: When a student signs a chart, they must identify their student status (e.g., PA-S). The student signature on any official paperwork (e.g., charts, prescriptions) must be co-signed by their MD, DO, PA, NP, or other licensed clinician preceptor.
Students are supervised by licensed/board certified physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, or other licensed providers (such as behavioral health providers) at all times. Under no circumstances should a student in the RVU PA Program be permitted to practice independent of direct supervision. The preceptor or designee with equal education and qualification must be on site. Under no circumstances should the RVU PA student be used as an employee of the practice or represented to the clientele as such.