The Office of Health Professional Education will update this page with information for trainees as it relates to the developing COVID-19 situation. Please review the following direction on the role and participation of learners in the context of our COVID-19 preparations, and inform teams as appropriate.
March 17, 2020
Relates to: Medical students & Advanced Practice Clinician students
Last week we announced that all student clinical rotations at HealthPartners would be cancelled starting 3/16/20. There will be no exceptions granted. This decision was not made lightly and was based on factors including:
- Prioritizing the health of our patients and care teams by conserving personal protective equipment and minimizing the number of team members involved in each patient’s care
- The inability to ensure safe and consistent educational experiences for learners in this evolving pandemic
We recognize this is disruptive to the students’ education and will continue to reassess the situation on 4/1/20. Students may continue rotations if departments/preceptors are able to provide non-clinical opportunities such as independent study or projects outside of the clinical environment. Visit the Advanced Practice Clinician Community of Learning page to learn more about connecting for continued education.
Please contact Michelle Noltimier, Director of APC Education, at Michelle.T.Noltimier@HealthPartners.Com with questions or inquiries.
March 15, 2020
Relates to: Clinical Simulation
Based on new guidance from HealthPartners about education events, we are cancelling most clinical simulation courses for the next two weeks and will continue to evaluate the situation beyond that date. Contingency planning is underway.
Please contact Heather Anderson at Heather.A.Anderson@HealthPartners.Com with questions or inquiries related to Clinical Simulation.
March 12, 2020
Relates to: Residents and Fellows
Residents and fellows are essential members of the care team. They may provide care directly for patients with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 as part of the care team in both the inpatient and ambulatory setting with appropriate supervision.
Residents and COVID preventive and precautionary measures:
- Residents must understand how to use PPE and be safe using it prior to taking care of a case or a rule out. Their safety is our number one concern.
- Latest information and guidelines on the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) is available on HealthPartners intranet site here: COVID-19 Preparedness (accessible while on the HealthPartners network). This health advisory includes information from CDC, as well as our local facility contacts if you have questions.
March 12, 2020
Relates to: Other learner types
For all other learners, we have determined that the risks and challenges outweigh the benefit of continuing clinical rotations. Beginning Monday, March 16, HealthPartners is canceling all student clinical rotations until further notice. This includes medical students, advanced practice students, nursing students and all other allied health professional students. We will revisit this decision on April 1.
The Institute will communicate with medical students and advanced practice students, and operational leaders should communicate with any other student type scheduled for their departments. Please contact the Institute if you would like a draft email for distribution.
If you have questions regarding the information relayed on this web page, contact Cecily Spencer.
Visit the HealthPartners website for more information on COVID-19.