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Is Covid contact tracing considered clinical experience?


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5+ Year Member
Nov 4, 2015
  1. Pre-Health (Field Undecided)
    Hello All:

    Is Covid-19 contact tracing work - calling patients who've tested positive - to ascertain their recent contacts and then to call those contacts to advise them that they have been exposed - considered clinical work?

    The communications are entirely by phone/email and not in person for obvious reasons.

    I'd be especially interested to hear the perspective of SDN's resident medical school admissions posters.

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    Ty Guy, Oh My!
    Jun 3, 2020
    1. Pre-Medical
      I agree with previous poster: there isn't patient interaction, so it can't really be considered clinical. Be patient, and try to attain a clinical experience that involves patient interaction (of course when things clear up a bit more). As far as I know, there is not much more that people looking to intern on the floor can do at the moment.


      the evil queen of numbers
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      15+ Year Member
      Mar 7, 2005
      1. Academic Administration
        According to my definition of clinical experience, you need to be in the same room as the patient. Clearly, you are not. Ergo, not clinical in that sense. Still, a good employment (or volunteer) activity to list on your application and perhaps something novel enough that you might be asked to talk about it a bit at interview.
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