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Program Policies

Practice Specific Policies

Practice specific policies are special requests given by our partnering clinicians; therefore, Practice Specific Policies should be followed at all times. Practice Specific Policies will supersede any other conflicting policies. Furthermore, we consider a violation of a Practice Specific Policy to be disrespectful to the clinician, and violators will be considered for suspension from the program on a case by case basis. 



CMED is open to all students enrolled at Clemson University. Before shadowing participation, students are required to successfully complete the program requirements found on the this page. Students who fail to follow the policies of CMED will have their access to this program revoked and the participating clinical practices will be informed of these students' ineligibility.


CMED reserves the right to remove your eligibility for participating in this shadowing program. There is a zero-tolerance policy for breaking the Code of Conduct. A complaint by a healthcare professional from your shadowing experience indicating such actions will result in loss of eligibility.


Prior to participation in shadowing, students are required to:

  1. Enroll in Biochemistry 4900 or have received official authorization from a CMED coordinator to shadow in the rare case a student is not enrolled in the course. 

  2. Provide proof of required immunizations or immunity (flu,PPD)

  3. Complete AnMed Student Privileges Form

  4. Submit an agreement of confidentiality and adhere to the Code of Conduct


Confidentiality and Privacy of Patient Information
As a student who is rotating in this health care setting and office practice, you have an ethical and legal duty to keep patient information confidential. Federal law known as the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) allows health care providers to use and disclose patient information for certain reasons, such as treatment, but at times it is necessary for the patient to agree to have his/her information used or disclosed. Health care providers also must consider who has access to the information and how much they need to see. Allowing a student to observe an encounter between a provider and a patient requires patient authorization. Failure to maintain the confidentiality of patient information as required by HIPAA is considered a violation of the law and may have serious consequences. 
General guidelines: 

  • Access patient information only under the direction and supervision of the health care provider you are shadowing. 

  • Share or discuss patient information only when necessary and only in locations where the confidentiality of that information can be maintained. 

  • Patient information should never be disclosed in any form of social media. 

  • Be familiar with and follow the health care system and provider’s policies on confidentiality and privacy. 

  • Should you have any questions or concerns, discuss them with the physician you are shadowing. 


Dress Code

Dress is business professional. Remember, you are representing Clemson University.

  • Men: Dress shirt, khakis or slacks (no jeans), no tennis shoes

  • Women: Professional dress, skirt, or pants (no jeans), no tennis shoes

Automated System Policies

  • Shadowing sign-ups must be at least 7 days in advance.

  • Shadowing sign-ups can more no more than 30 days in advance.

  • Cancellations are HIGHLY discouraged and will impact final grade.

  • Only 1 student is allowed to shadow a physician per day.

  • Shadowing events must be a minimum of 2 hours.


Tracking of Shadowing Hours

Unless a clinician cancels a shadowing event immediately following the request to shadow, CMED will count the intended hours towards a student's total shadowing experience. The rationale being that the cancellation was initiated by the clinician, and students should not be accountable to the dynamic schedules of health care.

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