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My clinic that I normally volunteer at has went virtual. The doctor is in person seeing patients and the laptop is set up in such a way where I am able to see both the patient and doctor, but I am online filling out the chart. Does this qualify as volunteering/is this more shadowing/or does this not count at all? Thank you!
 
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My clinic that I normally volunteer at has went virtual. The doctor is in person seeing patients and the laptop is set up in such a way where I am able to see both the patient and doctor, but I am online filling out the chart. Does this qualify as volunteering/is this more shadowing/or does this not count at all? Thank you!
Clinical volunteering
 
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My clinic that I normally volunteer at has went virtual. The doctor is in person seeing patients and the laptop is set up in such a way where I am able to see both the patient and doctor, but I am online filling out the chart. Does this qualify as volunteering/is this more shadowing/or does this not count at all? Thank you!
The doctor is performing their task with patients via telemedicine; you are acting as scribe to the doctor in filling out the chart for the patient visit. The insurance company will pay the doctor for the patient visit. It is clinical

@LizzyM. We need a new rule or exception for "If you can smell a patient.." standard . Maybe if you can Smell, See, Hear, or Touch a patient, its clinical. If you can taste a patient, referral to psych and legal
 
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My clinic that I normally volunteer at has went virtual. The doctor is in person seeing patients and the laptop is set up in such a way where I am able to see both the patient and doctor, but I am online filling out the chart. Does this qualify as volunteering/is this more shadowing/or does this not count at all?
I, too, would qualify this as Clinical Volunteering in the current environment. Mention your clinic's adaptation to accommodate COVID concerns in your narrative.
 
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Could you elaborate on mentioning clinic’s adaption in narrative. Do you mean mentioning that some of my hours were virtual in W&A or talking about it in my PS?
Mention it in the Activities description.
 
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The doctor is performing their task with patients via telemedicine; you are acting as scribe to the doctor in filling out the chart for the patient visit. The insurance company will pay the doctor for the patient visit. It is clinical

@LizzyM. We need a new rule or exception for "If you can smell a patient.." standard . Maybe if you can Smell, See, Hear, or Touch a patient, its clinical.
I think an objection might be that there is now no patient interaction by the OP, but at least we get a sense that (in this case) that the scribing was in-person before the clinic changed their format to protect the health of its volunteers.
 

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I think an objection might be that there is now no patient interaction by the OP, but at least we get a sense that (in this case) that the scribing was in-person before the clinic changed their format to protect the health of its volunteers.
On one hand agree with you but the other hand it is doing the same function as before by the limits the pandemic is requiring. Kind of a coin flip between volunteer and shadow but the volunteer here is active (scribing) as opposed to passively observing.
 
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