Observation Rotations & Field Trips
To address questions raised by programs, the JRCNMT has formalized definitions of observation rotations and clinical field trips.
An observation rotation is an activity:
- in which each student participates no more than one time
- that is limited to no more than one day in length per student
- that enhances, but does not substitute for, a program’s accredited clinical education program
- in which student activity is limited to observation
If a program wishes to utilize a facility for longer student rotations or plans to allow students to scan and/or process patient studies then the facility must be recognized as a clinical affiliate and an affiliation agreement is necessary for the appropriate legal protections.
A field trip is:
- a one-time group visit to a facility
- supervised by program faculty
- a few hours in length
Beginning with 2019 self-studies, programs will be asked to identify facilities and provide objectives for any observation rotations and/or field trips incorporated into the program. Data, such as that collected for regular clinical affiliates, will not be requested for these facilities.