COVID-19 Update #10 - April 1 - UME Update, Research & Access to Labs Reminder, Accommodation at Windermere Manor

This is the 10th update to the Schulich Medicine & Dentistry community.

This update includes information about:

  1. Undergraduate Medical Education clerkship, online curriculum and clinical activity

  2. Research and access to labs

  3. Accommodation at Windermere Manor

You can now access all these updates online. You can also continue to access the Travel, Education and Visitor Policy , the COVID-19 Travel Reimbursement Policy and the status of our education and research programs online.

Undergraduate Medical Education

  • Clinical learning in the Clerkship course will not occur earlier than July 6, 2020.
  • A town hall is scheduled for the Medicine Class of 2022 at 12:00 p.m. and for the Medicine Class of 2021 at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, April 3.
  • UME educators and faculty are developing online curriculum aligned with advancing Clerkship competency for the Medicine Class of 2021 to start in 10 days.
  • There must be NO clinical learning for any MD Program student at any clinical care site. There are no exceptions to this decision. Anyone engaging has no insurance or support from the MD Program.
  • This decision respects the requests of our patient care partners and ensures patient and caregiver safety are prioritized.
  • Thank you to all faculty, staff leaders and educators for your continued support in delivering the Year 1 and 2 curriculum online.

Research and access to labs reminder

  • Western has moved to an essential services model, which has resulted in closure of all university labs with the exception of those deemed essential by the Vice-President, Research.
  • Wherever possible, it is expected that essential research will be performed by lab technicians and research associates, rather than by graduate students.
  • Graduate students may not be comfortable in expressing safety concerns and under no circumstances should they feel pressured to perform on-site research if they do not feel safe to do so.
  • You can access more information online.

Accommodation at Windermere Manor

  • In recognition of the significant contribution of health care providers to the health and safety of our community, Western University and the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry are partnering with Windermere Manor to make a select number of rooms available to all health care providers seeking an exclusive, extended-stay retreat (three to seven day blocks) from their hospital work at no cost.
  • This service will be made available through to Thursday, April 30 inclusive.
  • The rooms will be allocated on a first-come-first-serve basis, so your timely response to this offer is encouraged.
  • The service is scaled down, and there is security and weekly cleaning included.
  • Please contact Brenda Brandt, General Manager.

Please send ALL communication related to the COVID-19 pandemic that you need to be shared with the Schulich Medicine & Dentistry community for faculty, staff, students, learners, trainees and fellows to Jennifer Parraga. The information will be compiled and shared with the School.

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