Because of the patient safety and confidentiality, students planning on starting medically based DISC projects must follow these guidelines to qualify for the DISC program. These program types include:
- Medical screenings at public events or venues (farmer's markets, health fairs, shelters, community centers and churches, etc.)
- Students must follow protocol for screenings such as Blood Pressure, BMI and Blood Glucose checks. See below for examples.
- Students must have a medically licensed provider such as MD, PA, RN, NP, etc. at the event for emergencies.
- First year students may not participate in screenings until January of their first year unless they are a RN, EMT, and medic or have specific training in basic clinical skills from previous experience in health professions.
- Students must have a referral service to a local clinic that will take the client if they are currently without a physician. Students should always ask the attendee whether they have a regular physician and if not would they like to be given a referral. (participant or attendee)
- Students must be aware of patient confidentiality. Patient data cannot be kept by the project unless it is anonymous or if the student has obtained an IRB for research from Mercer University.
- Students must also explain verbally or in writing to the attendee that this is a voluntary screening by medical students and not meant to be a diagnosis. Health history, unless relevant to the particular screening, should not be solicited by student. Screening forms should be in population familiar vocabulary (plain speak) and not in medical jargon.
- Since most projects are medically education based, students should make sure their surveys are educational to the participant. Students are encouraged to speak to participants about health related topics pertinent to the screening and counsel them on how to modify/change lifestyles to ensure health.