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Students in Medical Fields Should be Careful with Clinical Rotations

With the growth in the medical field, numerous students are now pursuing degrees allowing them to be a doctor, nurse, psychologist, pharmacist, CNA, dental hygenists or other type of health care provider.  This is a good development in the Denver, Colorado area because it will give consumers a wide range of options for service providers.

Students in these fields generally will begin a program and successfully complete it.  At times, however, they will run into troubles along the way -- and quite often those troubles begin when students are completing their clinical rotations. Such rotations essentially function as interships for students, allowing them to work at various clinics, hospitals and/or offices to gain hands-on experience in which they can apply their schooling in a practical environment.  

Students sometimes run into problems at such rotations due to various reasons.  At times, personality clashes could arise between students and their immeidate supervisors at these rotations and/or their preceptors, who monitor a student's progress at these rotations.  At other times, students may discovery that the requirements at a clinical rotation are much tighter than they are in the classroom.  For example, whereas students may be allowed to miss a handful of classes and still pass a course, some rotations are so strict that even one absence without a very good excuse is enough to lead to failure of a rotation.  This could lead to a snowball of consequences that ultimately results in a probationary status, suspension or even removal from an academic program.

If this happens, students may feel powerless, but they do have options.  Plus, schools -- especially public universities and colleges -- may be flexible in allowing a student to reenter if they follow the proper procedures.  An attorney could help students navigate the maze of procedures and also may be effective in negotiating with a school to come to a resolution that allows a student to continue in the program.  

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