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M.D. Program

Students should pay close attention to their email accounts and University channels for the most up-to-date information for this evolving situation. For questions, contact M.D. Student Services.

: MS 3 & MS 4

For MS3 and MS4 students, the clinical learning date has changed from March 31st to April 14. Therefor there will be no clinical learning events until at least April 14.

Each course and clerkship director will communicate expectations directly with the students.

As this is an evolving situation, we are working to provide answers to the questions you have regarding exams. Please be patient and keep an eye on your emails for official communications in the coming days.

MS 1

  • The MS1 spring break will remain scheduled for Friday, April 10, through Sunday, April 19. You are asked to use their best judgment for all personal travel. The University has created a form to self-report personal travel to help establish practices for a return to campus.
  • For courses that include community and clinical experiences, shadowing and community experiences are suspended until campus resumes normal operation.  This follows the guidance of the AAMC, which notes that: “…since the primary focus in these courses is on learning, not patient care…then schools should suspend these activities.”  
  • Some courses have a lab component which cannot be completed online.  While these courses will relay all didactics online, the lab experiences have been suspended at this time.

MS 2

  • Shadowing and community experiences are suspended until normal operations resume.
  • The preceptorship included in PDCI 2 will continue, provided students do not have direct contact with patients under investigation or confirmed to have COVID-19.
  • Any student exposed to a patient who later becomes a person under investigation is to notify their team and clerkship/elective director and self-quarantine away from the clinical environment.
  • Any student with a high-risk health condition, or who lives with a person with high risk, should contact the course/clerkship director.
  • The next examination is scheduled for Friday, April 3. If normal operations have not resumed by then, we will revisit how to handle the next block of examinations.
  • For courses that include community and clinical experiences, shadowing and community experiences are suspended until campus resumes normal operation.  This follows the guidance of the AAMC, which notes that: “…since the primary focus in these courses is on learning, not patient care…then schools should suspend these activities.”  

MS 3 and MS 4

  • As part of WVU Medicine’s COVID-19 Response Plan, Monday, March 16, Ruby Administration will begin restricting visitors and monitoring entrances to the hospital.
  • Please note the entrances that are to be used for employees. Also ensure you have your white, medical student ID badge visible.
  • Effective Monday, March 16, all employees and providers should only access the hospital through the HVI entrance, the shuttle entrance, or through the back of the hospital (but not the loading dock). All employees must show their badge when entering.
  • A hand sanitizer station will be available at all entry ports.
  • An officer from the Department of Security will be posted at the main hospital entrance, the shuttle entrance, the back doors of the hospital, and third-floor internal tunnel between the Health Science Center and the hospital 24-hours a day, seven days a week.
  • Rural rotations will continue as planned as of March 11.
  • Clinical Experiences
    • AAMC has alerted us that because of the COVID 19 crisis, medical schools should suspend clinical learning activities until at least March 31, 2020.  Therefore, effective March 17 at 5 p.m., all clerkships, required and elective rotations will suspend clinical learning activities. 
    • After this date, please do not report to your clerkship or rotation clinical site. 
    • As we approach March 31st, we will revisit when and if clerkships and rotations will resume normal clinical learning.
    • AAMC has noted that:  “…educators and students should develop appropriate educational strategies and alternative clinical experiences to best assure safe, meaningful clinical learning for students.” 
    • Accordingly, Clerkship and Rotation Directors are considering alternative learning experiences during this time.  You should expect to learn and address the learning objectives of clerkships and rotations in a different way.  For example, clerkship directors may implement some online clinical cases, utilize some SOLE feature (e.g., ZOOM or Collaborate Ultra) to have virtual learning experiences. 
    • They may also identify new assignments that target the learning objectives, such as assignments that may also target how different specialties are addressing the COVID 19 crisis.  While learning events will be done remotely, some assessments may still be required to complete.  We advise you to be careful about travel.
    • If you travel and a self-quarantine is required, this could delay your completion of clerkships/rotations.  
    • Please await word from rotation/clerkship directors on how to participate in these group virtual events.
    • For those of you on an M4 elective rotation, please see your campus M4 schedule coordinator (Christina, Charissa or Jane) about changes to your schedule.  They may help you explore options to help satisfy elective rotations.  
    • Many of you, no doubt, have questions about how this delay may affect your schedule or ability to meet graduation requirements.  We will do everything in our power to maintain the integrity of your education while trying to maintain the existing academic calendar. 
    • Our hope is that we will resume a normal schedule after March 31st.  We will not speculate on what might happen in the next few days. 
    • Finally, we feel compelled to say that you have handled this situation with exceptional grace and professionalism. 
    • We had to make some painful decisions about events, such as canceling Match Day. Despite all of this, we have been hearing that students have demonstrated a spirit of collegiality and comradery during this difficult time. 
    • Thank you for being professional and nimble to these unexpected changes.  Please stay tuned to your email for announcements from your clerkship or rotation director.