WVU Medicine Student Experience Guidelines

To support our collective mission of teaching with experiences in the clinical setting during COVID-19 recovery phase, WVU Medicine will continue to permit student experiences with the following guidance at the Morgantown Campus, including JW Ruby Memorial, WVU Children’s Hospital, Chestnut Ridge Center, and Ambulatory Services for the Fall Term from August 9, 2020 to December 31, 2020.

  1. Program administrators should work closely with appropriate hospital leadership to identify an optimal experience to assure patient and student safety while supporting achievement of academic objectives.
  2. Clinical experiences for students for COVID-19 positive cases or persons under investigation (PUI) for COVID-19 will not be allowed.
  3. Shadow experiences are not approved at this time.
  4. Students and supervising faculty / instructor who answer “yes” the following screening criteria should refrain from participating in clinical experiences at WVU Medicine:
    • Have you had symptoms of COVID-19 in the last 5 days such as new fever, cough or shortness of breath?
    • In the last 2 weeks have you or someone that you have been in contact with been tested for the COVID-19 virus and/or tested positive for the COVID-19 virus?
  5. Simple cloth masks (at a minimum) are to be worn upon building entry, in all public locations, and until final exit of the hospital or clinic setting.
  6. WVU Medicine will provide face masks for students and supervising faculty / instructors to utilize during clinical experiences. A distribution and replenishment process will be established between individual programs and WVU Medicine representative.
  7. Protective eye protection (goggles, face shields) will be required for all students and supervising faculty / instructors during all clinical care and need to be provided by the school or program.
  8. Prescription eye wear does not meet the requirement for eye protection.
  9. Academic programs and schools are responsible for assuring appropriate training regarding use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) prior to clinical experiences.
  10. All students and supervising faculty / instructors must wear photo ID that is visible at all times.
  11. Parking for students and supervising faculty / instructors (non-WVU programs) during scheduled clinical experiences will be at the off-site Research Park location.
  12. Students and supervising faculty should use shuttle service and enter the building at employee entrance for experiences at J.W.Ruby, Children’s and CRC.  
  13. Building access will be provided for supervising faculty. Students should enter the building as a group with supervising faculty for clinical experience.  WVU students and supervising faculty should enter the building through the 3rd floor tunnel access.
  14. Students and supervising faculty / instructors should park in Ruby visitor designated lots on Saturday and Sunday. Building access must be through the employee entrances with the clinical group entering with assigned faculty as a group.
  15. W. Ruby and Children’s building exit should be through Shuttle or Ruby statue entrances.   Chestnut Ridge Center and Ambulatory Services will follow established processes identified by administrator contact at facility.
  16. Student and faculty presence in common areas such as cafeteria, gift shop and Starbucks should under special circumstances only. Common meeting room space will not be provided. Group meetings should occur outside of the facility.
  17. WVU Medicine reserves the right to adjust approval of faculty and students in the clinical setting based clinical and environmental conditions and/or avaialbity learning opportunities related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  18. Current guidelines related to COVID management at WVU Medicine can be referenced at https://connect.wvumedicine.org/coronavirus/