Shadowing Health Care Professionals and Volunteering Policy
Shadowing of any health care professional not arranged and/or authorized by the Program while enrolled in the Program is not permitted and is not covered under LMU’s malpractice coverage for PA Students. This policy is to prevent students from violating health care facility credentialing procedures (e.g. HIPAA, immunizations, etc.) and from providing patient care for which they do not have appropriate training. Students will be permitted to volunteer at free medical clinics and medical missions during semester breaks while enrolled in the Program provided they do not provide services as a LMU-Knoxville PA Student. LMU’s malpractice coverage for PA Students will not cover any volunteer activities not arranged and/or authorized by the Program.
Outside employment is strongly discouraged while enrolled in the Program as it may interfere with the academic and professional conduct requirements of the Program. Absences from any component of the Program curriculum (e.g. class, assessments, SCPEs, meetings) due to employment commitments are not allowed. Students are not required to work for the Program. Students will not substitute for or function as faculty, regardless of prior knowledge, experience, or skills. Students will not substitute for clinical or administrative staff during SCPEs, regardless of prior knowledge, experience, or skills. The Director of Clinical Education advises Clinical Affiliates of this policy.