Safety for Health Professions preceptors

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

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

Preceptors click here to take/ view the module.

See below presentation that was delivered to returning Year 3 students and additional resources for support.


Guidelines for Student Participation

Please review the following table which outlines which patients students are and are not able to see even with appropriate PPE. We understand the trade-off between limiting students’ clinical experiences and prioritizing safety. Thank you for understanding that student safety is a top priority.

The following table may help guide you in determining which patients’ students are permitted to see. This guide is written from the perspective of student safety.

The table information is subject to change, and is not a clinical decision-making tool. Please check back for updates. Students are not to be involved in the Direct Care of patients with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 Infection

Is COVID-19 Suspected in this patient?

COVID-19 Test Results

COVID-19 Student Category

No (LOW PRETEST PROBABILITY) → Pending patient swabbed for other reason e.g. – hospital policy →
Unknown*** → Pending →
N/A → Positive →

= students are permitted to see     = students are not permitted to see

*Example of a LOWs PRETEST Probability case: A patient with no COVID-19 factors (eg no overseas travel, has been practicing social distancing, no known COVID-19 positive contacts) presenting short of breath. The patient has a history of CHF and evidence of volume overload, both clinically and radiographically.

**Example of a HIGH PRETEST Probability case: A patient presenting with symptoms compatible with a COVID-19 infection and is living with someone who has recently been diagnosed with COVID-19.

***Example of an Unknown case: An example of a case where the risk of COVID-19 is Unknown would be a person who was in a car accident, is unconscious, and no history is available.

As health professionals, students are eligible for expedited covid-19 testing as health professionals.

Additional Guidelines

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