Due to the intense and demanding nature of study during Marshall University’s Physician Assistant program, employment during this time is strongly discouraged. Students should treat their PA education as a full-time job and use their time for class, assignments, labs, study, and personal reflection. In the event that a student still wants to pursue employment, the student must receive written permission from the program director prior to employment. If permission is received, no accommodations will be made by the program to adapt to the student’s employment schedule. Students are not permitted to work during the clinical phase of the program due to the variety of schedules encountered during their rotations.
Additionally, students are not required to ever work for the program, substitute for or function as instructional faculty, or substitute for clinical or administrative staff during supervised clinical practical experiences.
Principal faculty in the PA program, the program director and the medical director will not act as health care providers for students in the program.
To ensure compliance with the current recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), all matriculating and current students of the Physician Assistant program at Marshall University are required to present proof of immunity to the following:
A student physical examination form shall be provided to all new students. A physician or designated health care provider MUST complete and sign the form. The form must be returned (along with the proper titer and immunization documentation) to Diane Alcorn, MU JCESOM Family Medicine, Division of Occupational Health and Wellness, 1600 Medical Center Drive, Suite 1500 Huntington, WV 25701. Any treatable conditions that the student is at increased risk for or health impairments that may interfere with the student performance of his/her duties must be reported. Documentation of immunity (i.e. titer results) must accompany the returned form. Should the titer indicate that the student is not appropriately immunized, additional vaccines may be required. In the case of a positive TB reading, documentation of follow-up (i.e. x-ray) and any needed treatment will also be required.
Noncompliant students will not be eligible for registration and, therefore, matriculation will be delayed. Extensions may be granted based upon late acceptance or other special circumstances as deemed necessary and appropriate by the program director for the PA program. Those granted an extension may have up to one semester to become compliant. In cases of allergy or religious objections, please contact Ms. Alcorn at 304-691-1979.
The following Includes exposure to needle stick, blood, or body fluid.
STEP 1: SEEK IMMEDIATE TREATMENT
Percutaneous injury by needle sticks and sharp objects injury in which there is the slightest suggestion that the integrity of skin has been broken by a potentially contaminated item, requires immediate treatment.
Non-intact Skin Exposure
Mucous Membrane Exposure
Irrigate copiously with tap water, sterile saline or sterile water.
Intact Skin Exposure
Exposure of intact skin to potentially contaminated material is not considered an exposure at any significant risk and is neither considered an exposed person or in need of evaluation. Thoroughly clean and wash exposed intact skin.
STEP 2: EXPOSURE PROTOCOL