ARC-PA 5th ed Standard A3.07, A3.08, A3.09

Enrollment in physician assistant and medical educational programs often yields unintentional exposure to diseases such as viruses that are unavoidable. It is the student’s responsibility to pursue healthcare and treatment advice, including timeframe for safe return to SCPE site, from their medical provider, should the need arise.

The GWU Department of PA Studies Pathogen Exposure & Infection Control Policy is located in Part III, Section 16, page 42 of this handbook and policy manual. 

In the event of injury or potential exposure, the student must contact the DCE (or ADCE) at the earliest opportunity, but no later than within 24 hours.

  • If the student sustains an injury at a SCPE site, the student must report the incident immediately to the preceptor, complete any site requirements, and complete the Student Incident Report (located in Blackboard).
  • If the student sustains a potentially harmful exposure at a SCPE site, the student must report the incident immediately to the preceptor, complete any site requirements, and complete the Accidental Exposure Form (located in Blackboard).

The student is responsible for initiating care and obtaining recommended follow-up after the injury or exposure. Worker’s compensation insurance does not cover injuries that occur at SCPE sites or the GWU campus.

NOTE:  All expenses incurred related to an exposure are the sole responsibility of the PA student.  Clinical sites and Gardner-Webb University and GWU Department of PA Studies are not liable for the cost of exposure testing.