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A Critical Analysis of the Costs-Benefits of Utilizing Students in a Psychiatric Facility: A Case Study

A Critical Analysis of the Costs-Benefits of Utilizing Students in a Psychiatric Facility: A Case Study


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Alan Whiteman PhD, Joel M. DiCicco PhD CPA, Rainford M. Knight PhD, Robert A. Moran MD, and Jorge Sigler BS
 
Medical teaching institutions usually face the daunting task of obtaining enough rotation blocks for their students for clinical experience. Based on the study we report here, healthcare facilities underutilize potential students for rotations and can provide an untapped source for student rotations. If students are properly supervised, a win-win situation could occur: more rotation blocks would open, and, at the same time, these students would gain experience, improve the quality of care, and reduce operational care costs. We examined data obtained from a psychiatric facility over one year to evaluate the cost–benefit of precepting students.