Procedure for Radiation Safety - Medical Students
A. Medical students entering areas subject to ionizing radiation will have affixed radiation badges or will not be able to enter those clinical areas. This includes any clinical site (MUSC, affiliated site, or on an away rotation). Students entering clinical sites will all receive full education on radiation safety through CATTS training and complete necessary consent and paperwork.
B. The radiation safety badges will be dispersed prior to the start of a rotation at the request of the rotation coordinator or director. The badges will be dispersed by the Dean’s Office. Failure to return the badges will result in a replacement fee (students will sign an acknowledgement of this when signing them out).
C. The clinical manager of each clinical area which requires badges will conduct routine observations to ensure badges are worn as required.
D. Operators of radiation generating machines or room supervisors are accountable for ensuring that all medical students who enter areas exposed to ionizing radiation have dosimetry badges properly affixed. A time‐out will be conducted by the operator or room supervisor to verify that all individuals in the area are wearing badges and other safety devices.
E. The operator or room supervisor must direct anyone not wearing a badge to immediately leave the area and not return until a badge is properly placed.
F. Operators, managers, or room supervisors are required to report violations to the MUSC Radiation Safety Officer (RSO). The RSO will notify the College of Medicine of violations. These student violations will be tracked by the Dean’s Office.
G. If the offender is an MUSC student, he/she will be reported to the College of Medicine Dean’s Office. A physicianship form will be completed as this is seen as a professionalism violation. In addition, the student will be required to meet with the RSO and complete the CATTS module on radiation safety again.
H. If the offender is a visiting student, he/she will be reported to his/her place of higher education for corrective action. In addition, the student will be required to meet with the RSO and complete the CATTS module on radiation safety again.
I. The College of Medicine will track individual and aggregate data on compliance and report unsafe exposures. This information will be reviewed on an annual basis by the Education, Diversity, Admissions, and Student Affairs (EDAS) group.
J. The Radiation Safety Officer will monitor the overall exposure and notify the College of Medicine Dean’s Office of any unsafe exposures (for any of the medical students) in a timely manner.