Rotation schedules in one45 are organized using block templates. This means that the academic year is divided into a series of equal blocks of time (e.g., 2-week blocks, 4-week blocks, etc.), and your rotations are scheduled within this structure. Your block templates are set up by one45 when you first enrol with us.
When deciding on your particular block template, one45 strives for simplicity. In consultation with you, we look at the durations of your rotations and choose the shortest block length that will accomodate them all (the mathematical analogy to this is choosing the lowest common denominator for a series of numbers). For example, if your program has rotations that last 2 weeks, 4 weeks and 6 weeks, we will structure your schedule with a 2-week block template. Some of your rotations will last one block while others will last two or three. And most importantly, all of them will either begin or end at the junction between two blocks in your schedule.
Occasionally, a program will require two block templates instead of one. In these cases, the different block structures are administered separately from each other. You might need two block structures if external learners often join your program for rotations. Rotations in the learner's parent program might be structured in, say, 2-week blocks, while your internal schedule might be based on a monthly template. Since there is no way to accomodate both of these parameters within a single block template (i.e., there is no common denominator), one45 can be set up with two separate templates.
You might also want two block templates instead of just one for the sake of simplicity. If some of your rotations are 2 weeks long and others last 10 weeks, you might prefer to administer them as seperate block structures, even though they share a common multiple. The choice is yours, but we can advise you on the simplest solution for your program. Just remember, each block structure is administered separately.
Your block structure (i.e., the unique combination of block templates your program uses) is shown at the top of your rotation schedule, just below the calendar. In cases where two templates are used, one of them is called the "primary block structure" and the other is called the "secondary block structure."
Beside each trainee's name in the schedule is space for the primary and secondary rotations they have been scheduled for. Note the length of each rotation in the following image corresponds to the primary and secondary block structures in the image above.
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