Yes. We are requiring all 3X/04 students back, unless you have a situation or circumstance that prevents their return. We want all 3X/04 students back on campus in January to benefit from hands-on clinical skills training and anatomy lab sessions, which are unique learning opportunities that benefit your development as future physicians. There is also great value in collaborating in person with your classmates and faculty, while maintaining safety.
You are entering a hands-on profession that requires physical contact to perform clinical skills like physical exams and patient histories. It is our responsibility, as your medical mentors, to provide you the time and space to safely develop and practice those skills while getting accustomed to wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) during rotations. In-person learning will allow us to simulate those experiences for you in a safe, controlled and socially-distanced environment. This is particularly relevant for students entering semesters 3X/04.
We understand that some of you will have situations or circumstances that prevent your return. In these instances, we may be able to provide you an exception to this requirement, including the possibility to continue distance education. We will soon share instructions on how to initiate that process.
Are other cohorts required back next semester?
No. For all other semester cohorts, we are encouraging, but not requiring, your return for the January semester. In preparation for a likely required in-person return in May, we are starting a gradual return with the January semester to avoid potential safety and quarantine implications. A staggered return to campus also helps ensure a seamless transition to on-island learning. Please remember that all students who wish to return should contact us prior to booking flights so we can properly plan for your entry.
What does it mean if my cohort is being prioritized for the return?
We prioritized the return of semester 3X/04 students because their coursework is more closely aligned with in-person learning. They will be given housing priority at Coverley and remaining housing will be offered to other cohorts on a first come, first served basis.
I hope this provides some added clarity as you prepare for next semester. I know many of you still have questions and we are committed to answering them as our January 2021 plans are solidified. Please continue to submit your questions and comments using this anonymous feedback form.