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Students & Observers

Students or Observers desiring to rotate or shadow at ASPIRUS HOSPITALS or ASPIRUS CLINICS with a PHYSICIAN, PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT (PA), NURSE PRACTITIONER (NP), CERTIFIED NURSE MIDWIFE (CNM), or CERTIFIED REGISTERED NURSE ANESTHETIST (CRNA) should contact Michelle Winowiski, Medical Education Coordinator, at michelle.winowiski@aspirus.org  or 715-675-5288.

The approval process for students/observers following Physicians, PAs, NPs, or CRNAs at Aspirus Hospitals and Aspirus Clinics is summarized below. You can also refer to the “Authorization of Medical Learners Observers Guests AI Policy.”

PLEASE NOTE: The Aspirus Office of Medical Education will seek to accommodate every request. However we cannot guarantee that all requests can or will be provided a rotation or observation (shadowing) placement. We will begin considering rotation requests for the upcoming academic year in May.

For Rotations

Students looking to participate in clinical rotations need the following:

ADVANCE NOTICE: Advance notice is required; to be as much time as possible prior to a planned rotation (ideally several months) but at no time is it to be less than 30 days notice.

PRE-APPROVAL: The following items are to be submitted:

  1. DEMOGRAPHICS - Basic demographic data as follows:
    • Name:
    • Phone:
    • Email:
    • Address:
    • Permanent Address:
    • Are you an Aspirus Employee? If yes, indicate location & position:
    • Type of rotation (Med, NP, PA or CRNA Student):
    • Name of School:
    • School coordinator name:
    • School coordinator email:
    • School coordinator phone:
    • Expected Graduation Date (month/year):
    • Exact start & end dates of clinical rotation g (month/date/year):
    • Number of hours requested (NP, CNM, CRNA):
    • Provider(s)/Specialty requested:
    • Location(s) requested:
  1. GOOD STANDING: Letter of good standing from the student’s school.
    • The school will need a current academic affiliation in place using the Aspirus Academic Affiliation Agreement (school initiated versions will not be accepted). If there is not an Aspirus Affiliation Agreement with the school on file this too must be completed prior to any rotation.
    • The school is to provide proof of liability coverage ($1M/$3M])
    • Submission of a completed WI and/or MI (depending on rotation site) Caregiver Background Check on each student .
  1. HEALTH WORK: Written documentation of immunity to:
    • Measles, mumps, rubella (MMR), chicken pox (history of disease is not considered proof of immunity), Hepatitis B (voluntary), and Tetanus, Diphtheria & Pertussis (Tdap; voluntary).
    • Two PPD skin test results (no more than 12 months apart); or a QuantiFERON Gold test or T-Spot test within the last 12 months.
    • Proof of flu shot (October-May) or mask
  1. PROVIDER APPROVAL: Approval from the physician or allied health provider that includes the date range of the rotation experience.

APPROVAL: Once we have received these four items, the student file will be submitted for approval.

POST-APPROVAL: Once approved, a confirmation packet will be sent to the student/observer to be completed and turned in prior to the start of the rotation experience including a:

  • Wisconsin and/or Michigan Caregiver Background Disclosure form.
  • Confidentiality Agreement form.
  • Orientation Requirements & Acknowledgement of Completion form.

A brief hospital orientation with will be scheduled before any rotations/shadowing can take place in Aspirus Wausau Hospital.

For Observations

Students looking to participate in clinical observation (shadow) need the following submitted to Michelle:

NOTE: Observations (shadowing) are limited to one day per learner per year. Surgical observations (shadowing) are limited to 4 hours. Additional days can only be provided with additional authorization and require a compliance and paper work process consistent with that of a clinical rotation. You must be at least 16 years old.

ADVANCE NOTICE: Advance notice is required; to be as much time as possible prior to a planned observation/shadow (ideally two months) but at no time is it to be less than a two-week notice.

  1. DEMOGRAPHICS - Basic demographic data must be submitted as follows:
    • Name:
    • Phone:
    • Email:
    • Address:
    • Permanent Address:
    • Are you an Aspirus Employee?
    • Type of observation/shadow (Physician, PA, NP, CNM or CRNA; or High School):
    • Name of School:
    • Expected Graduation Date (month/year):
    • Dates available/requesting (month/date/year):
    • Provider/Specialty requested:
    • Location requested:
  1. PAPERWORK - Completion and return prior to observation
    • Confidentiality Agreement form.
    • Proof of flu shot (October-May) or mask.
  1. PROVIDER APPROVAL: Approval from the physician or allied health provider that includes the date of the shadowing experience.