Safety In Office Teaching


Before students arrive at your clinical setting, they will take a mandatory online module on PPE and will have been provided a safety checklist to review.


Suggested Checklist for Preceptors Receiving Students

Site readiness checklist – This document will help to prepare for the altered circumstances attending the return of year 1 & 2 students as follows:

  • Implementation of student protection in patient care and teaching environments.
  • Plans for telehealth / online learning to cover absence from or lack of access to in-person care
  • Changes to assessment and concerns about and plans for achieving competency despite shortened rotations

Year 1&2 Family Practice Preceptor Infographic  (resource developed by VFMP)

Key messages for Students regarding Safety and PPE

The UBC Continuing Professional Development team and Nick Steel, Health and Safety Advisor for the UBC Faculty of Medicine, have developed a module for all students to take prior to arriving at the clinic. This module will teach and support learners with the following:

  • Donning and doffing
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • Right to refuse unsafe work

Click to take the PPE module that all students have taken.


PPE Guidelines

  • In clinic if physical spacing is not possible, all participants in the educational process should wear masks and eye protection.
  • Students are considered workers by WorkSafeBC and thus have the right to refuse unsafe work.  Students should report any unsafe conditions to their preceptor for resolution.  Unresolved situations should be reported to Nick Steel, FoM Health & Safety Advisor at nick.steel@ubc.ca.
  • If students are exposed to a COVID-19 patient, they are to alert their preceptor and follow the HCW Exposure Risk Assessment Tool.  Students are eligible to receive expedited HCW testing if symptoms develop and should follow local facility procedures.

Health and Safety

Years 1 and 2 Students’ Participation in Aerosol Generating Medical Procedures (AGMP)

The UGME COVID-19 Task Force does not endorse Year 1 and 2 students participating in aerosol generating medical procedures (AGMPs).  Students in Years 1 and 2 have not been mask-fit tested to N95 respirators and would thus not be able to utilize appropriate precautions for patients who may have the COVID-19 virus.  Students will have opportunities in Years 3 and 4 to safely participate in AGMPs.

Some procedures that Year 1 and 2 students may encounter in their Family Practice Office visits include:

  • nasopharyngeal scoping
  • direct laryngoscopy

Additional Guidelines

The BC Centre for Disease Control and local Health Authorities may have additional guidelines to consider.