Observation and shadowing experiences are currently suspended until June 30, 2021.  Due to PPE constraints, Operating Room learner experiences currently have very limited learner capacity.

During this time of unprecedented circumstances and uncertainty, Wake Forest Baptist Health and Wake Forest School of Medicine have established guiding principles for Academic Year 2020-2021.

To protect patients, faculty, staff, and learners as well as maintaining a safe and effective learning environment, clinical rotations for learners enrolled in Wake Forest School of Medicine degree-granting programs will be prioritized. Additionally, nursing clinical rotations involving Wake Forest Baptist Health employee nurses pursuing an advanced degree and current Clinical Education nursing partnerships will be prioritized.

External programs that would like to be considered for placements within Wake Forest Baptist Health clinical spaces should follow the process below.

  1. Complete the Form: In order to meet the variety of needs from numerous programs that request placement of learners please complete the required form below.
  2. Evaluation of Request: Visiting Learner Task Force will evaluate all requests and make a determination based on input from key stakeholders including Supply Chain (PPE), Employee Health, and the COVID-19 Task Force Leadership
  3. Notification of Decision: Decisions will be made based upon our current state at the time of the request, factoring in PPE and patient volumes. At any time, due to changes in the PPE supply chain and the pandemic's activity, learners may be removed from clinical experiences.

Learner Responsibilities

  • Must wear face masks at all times while in a WFBH facility, except while socially distanced during eating/drinking.
  • Adhere to institutional, CDC and North Carolina state guidelines.
  • Self-monitor for symptoms.
  • Provide information as soon as possible about exposures that may affect patients, faculty or staff at WFBH facilities.
  • Proceed as noted below for any suspected exposures.

If a learner has a suspected COVID-19 exposure:

COVID-19 exposures (exposure to confirmed COVID-19 positive individual) while on WFBH campus

  • Exposures are currently defined as:
    • Patient symptomatic, not masked and
    • Within 6 feet for 15 minutes or greater and
    • Learner not masked and/or
    • Learner not wearing eye protection while patient is excessively coughing and/or sneezing
  • Learners will need to report potential workplace exposures to our Employee Health at 336-716-4801, option 2 (this info is available on intranet) and will follow the guidance of the employee health staff from that point forward.

COVID-19 exposures that occur off-campus away from WFBH facilities

  • Learners will be required to connect with home institution before reporting to clinical duties

If a learner is symptomatic:

  • They must not report to the clinical area
  • They should contact their primary care provider to report symptoms/inquire about COVID-19 testing and follow their primary care and home institution guidance about returning to clinical activities


Learner Request Form