Optimizing Safety


Every member of the MUSC community must monitor themselves for symptoms using the checklist below prior to starting any clinical rotation. You are required to attest that you have not had any of these symptoms for 14 days prior to returning to patient care. If you have traveled internationally, you would also need to self-quarantine for 14 days from the date your return home.

If you have of the following symptoms, go home/stay home and contact MUSC Health Virtual Care  (https://campaigns.muschealth.org/virtual-care/index.html) so you can be assessed for testing.

  • Do you have new muscle aches not related to another medical condition or another specific activity (e.g. due to physical exercise)?
  • Do you feel like you may have a fever of greater than 100.4°F? (If so, take temperature)
  • Do you have chills?
  • Do you have a sore throat not related to another medical condition (e.g. allergies)?
  • Do you have a new or worsening cough that is not related to another medical condition?
  • Do you have shortness of breath that is not attributable to another medical condition?
  • Do you have recent (<5>loss of smell and/or taste?
  • Do you have new onset of vomiting or diarrhea not related to another medical condition?
  • If you have any symptom listed above in italics, please also take your temperature and contact MUSC Health Virtual Care.

If you have other concerning or serious symptoms, seek medical care immediately. Students who have underlying conditions that put them at increased risk include the following: age >65 years old, underlying chronic health conditions (see COVID-19 Module for more information), immunosuppression, and pregnancy.

If you have questions about your health, please contact MUSC Student Health (https://education.musc.edu/students/student-health).


Patient Care

Students may choose to be involved in direct care for suspected or confirmed COVID-19 patients.

The clinical team will help identify appropriate patients for students to see in the clinical setting and will assist them regarding appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) choices.

Should a student have any question about whether they should see a patient or what PPE is appropriate, they should pause and discuss their questions with a care team member (nurse, resident, fellow, attending) before proceeding. 

Policy on Medical Student Interaction with COVID-19 Patients


Hand Sanitizing

Use hand sanitizer or wash hands with warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds frequently (e.g. before and after wearing gloves and after donning/doffing PPE) and after touching surfaces. 


Social Distancing

Maintain social distancing at approximately 6 feet between individuals…where possible. 

Social distancing is possible in many areas, but there are clear exceptions. For example, distancing cannot be maintained on elevators, in some hallways, and in some clinical or clinical education spaces. Therefore, appropriate masks are required per the MUSC mask policy in all MUSC facilities to optimize safety.


COVID Monitoring System

The Returning Students to Clinical Settings Taskforce, the College of Medicine, the University and MUSC Health system have in place robust systems for monitoring COVID incidence, PPE supply, capacity for quality teaching, assessment and supervision, and the effectiveness of the processes and procedures that are in place to continue to optimize safety and risk.  These systems are especially important as our community begins to reopen, and will ideally allow us to determine and respond appropriately to changes.