COVID-19 Updates

Get the latest updates, information, and Frequently Asked Questions from Medical Education and Graduate Medical Education.

Highlights

  • Library Study Spaces Closed November 25-January 18: More information
  • Thanksgiving Travel Guidance for Foundations 2 and Career Launch Students: If you are returning from travel outside the 9 County Bay Area after Thanksgiving and plan to return to your clinical rotations, please follow directions  on the UCSF Travel guidance website for onsite workers. Attest that you are asymptomatic using the Conversa app and visit the SHCS website on November 30  for directions on how to request your COVID 19 test. For immediate issues, please send a secure message to the SHCS nurse.

  • Foundations 1 (pre-clerkship students) Continues Hybrid In-person/Virtual Instruction through Spring (10/21/2020): More Information
  • GME Update on Occupational Health/PPE and Infection Control (10/2/2020): More Information 
  • New Student COVID Testing-Care Protocols: On August 14, 2020 SHCS announced new testing protocols. More Information.
  • F2 Students Return to Clinical Environments: On July 13, 2020 students returned to clerkships. More information.
  • Visiting Student Program Cancelled for 2020: More information 
  • All lectures and discussion groups of greater than 10 students will be held remotely for all phases of the curriculum through December 31, 2020. More information
  • UCSF Residents and Fellows - COVID-19 Care: Residents and fellows are expected to be part of the planning and care of COVID-19 patients/suspected patients in the context of their specialty programs.
    ACGME guidance
  • Universal Surgical Mask Policy: All Students, Trainees, Faculty and Staff Required to Wear Surgical Masks When Entering Any UCSF Health Clinical Care Building
    UCSF HEALTH universal Surgical Mask Policy
  • Daily Health Screening: All UCSF Personnel, Including Students, Must Complete In-Person or Online Screener Before Entering UCSF Hospitals. Text "Screen" to: 83973 
    ​​​​UCSF Health Mandatory Daily screening policy
  • Required Form for External COVID-19 Volunteer and Work Activities: All students involved in COVID-19 external volunteer efforts, elective or paid activities that increase your risk of contracting COVID-19, must sign this form and return to Lee Jones

Where can students send additional questions? MedEdDeans@ucsf.edu


Updates by School of Medicine Phase

Please note that all information is accurate as of the dates noted below. For the latest, up-to-date information, please visit the UCSF COVID-19 website

COVID 19-Testing Update - All Medical Students

video  Watch: All Student Check-in, August 27, 2020

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Foundations 2 Students

 videoWATCH: Foundations 2 Student  Step 1 Check-In (October 15, 2020) 

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  • Core Clerkships Part B resumed on July 13, 2020
  • Step 1 Study Plans Due November 6, 2020

videoCareer Launch Students

WATCH: Career Launch Residency Advising  (Sept. 17,2020)

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Graduate Medical Education

OcCUpational Health/PPE & Infection Control Update (10/2/2020) 

UCSF Residents and Fellows - COVID-19 Care

Residents and fellows are expected to be part of the planning and care of COVID-19 patients/suspected patients in the context of their specialty programs.
ACGME GUIDANCE

Life Continuity Resources for Individuals and Families

UCSF GME Resources on Xenophobia, Hate Speech and Bias During the COVID-19 Pandemic ACGME COVID-19 FAQs
​​​​​UCSF GME Responds to Zoom Bombing

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COVID-19 Medical Education Principles, Code of Conduct and Guidance

COVID-19 Medical Education Principles

  • Our top priority is the safety of all, including patients, students, faculty, staff
  • We are committed to ensuring that all students have the clinical experiences needed to continue to make progress toward curricular milestones and graduation
  • We are reintroducing students to our limited clinical sites in a staged, prioritized way, starting with more advanced learners first
  • In many instances, clinical experiences occur at affiliate or partner and community sites; we are committed to working safely with them around our educational collaborations

COVID-19 Citizenship Code of Conduct for Students  

All students are asked to attest to this code to protect themselves, each other, and their communities; and to serve as public health role models. Students affirm that responsible behavior extends to off-campus and personal lives, including at minimum:  

  • Always wearing a mask in public and when gathering with individuals outside our households
  • Maintaining physical distance of at least six feet in public and when gathering with individuals outside our households
  • Limiting the size of outdoor gatherings
  • Minimizing the size of indoor gatherings with people outside our households

Students commit to adhering fully to current and future directives about social encounters from state and local public health officials. 

Guidance for All Students (updated 9/1/2020)

If You Have Symptoms 

  • Follow  Student Health Guidelines
  • Remember that attendance policies enable students to miss course/clerkship rotations due to illness
  • Contact your Student Experience Advisor if you anticipate a long absence
  • If you have been traveling or left the Bay Area, you may be required to take a test for COVID-19 before resuming any educational activities. Please visit Student Health COVID-19 Care about next steps

Volunteer Activities

  • All students involved in COVID-19 external volunteer efforts, elective or paid activities that increase your risk of contracting COVID-19, must sign  this form  and return it to Lee Jones.
  • Student-run free clinic activities remain suspended. 
  • UCSF-sponsored institutional COVID response volunteer work may be approved after consultation with the Medical Education Deans
  • Career Launch students who want to participate in UCSF-sponsored volunteer clinical activities, should contact Naomi Chapman to enroll in the Community Engagement Elective Rotation.  

Student Organizations

School-sponsored student organizations cannot meet in-person until the pandemic subsides, but can still hold virtual events including game nights,  speaker panels and parties.

FAQs: COVID-19 Testing and Precautions 

F1 Students*

UCSF-sponsored institutional COVID response volunteer work may be approved after consultation with the Deans.

All other UCSF non-curricular, direct, in-person activities with each other, staff, faculty and communities remain suspended. This includes all UCSF-sponsored in-person physician,  F1 shadowing and student-run free clinics.

F1MS1
  • Guidance updated 10/21/2020
  • All instruction virtual from Thanksgiving-Winter Break. 
  • Lecture/Small Groups: Effective July 2-June 30, 2020, all lectures and small groups of greater than 10 students will be held remotely for all phases of the curriculum.
  • In-Person Learning: Small group, experiential learning activities such as physical diagnosis, simulation training, sensitive topic discussions and preceptorships will be held in person on the Parnassus Campus. On average, we expect that each student will be on campus one day a week. Groups will be fixed, so that in the event that a student or faculty contracts COVID-19, only the members of that group will need to be quarantined.
  • Foundation Block Exams, and ARCH Week Sessions remain virtual through June 30, 2020 
F1MS2
  • All instruction virtual from Thanksgiving-Winter Break. 
  • Lecture/Small Groups: Effective July 2-June 30, 2020, all lectures and discussion groups of greater than 10 students will be held remotely for all phases of the curriculum.
  • In-Person Learning: Small group, experiential learning activities such as physical diagnosis, simulation training, sensitive topic discussions and preceptorships will be held in person on the Parnassus Campus. On average, we expect that each student will be on campus one day a week. Groups will be fixed, so that in the event that a student or faculty contracts COVID-19, only the members of that group will need to be quarantine
  • Foundation Block Exams, and ARCH Week Sessions remain virtual through December 31, 2020 

 

Students in Clinical Environment 

Patient-Care Guidelines
  • Students should not be involved in the direct care of patients with known COVID-19
  • Students should not be involved in the care of someone whose suspicion of having COVID-19 has placed them on enhanced precautions (e.g., Novel Respiratory Virus Isolation)
  • Students ARE allowed to participate in the care of other patients, including patients who have recovered from COVID-19 and patients who have PPE requirements for concerns other than COVID-19
Before Entering the Clinical Environment
  • If you have been traveling, you should review the Student Health COVID-19 guidelines to see if there is additional screening needed before you start
  • Confirm procedures at your clinical site. Your clerkship coordinator will give you that information 1 week before you enter the clinical environment 
  • For all UCSF Health Sites please visit this page for up-to-date information about PPE. Sign up for the screening questionnaire in order to gain access to UCSF Health sites (you can text “SCREEN” to 83973 to get a link to the website). ​​​​​​
  • UCSF Health, ZSFG and the SFVAHCS all require eye protection for all patient encounters while in the patient room

    .Students will have eye protection available in all UCSF inpatient and outpatient facilities.
  • Make sure you are up-to-date with your fit testing mask requirements, per the UCSF Office of Environment, Health and Safety

Students Involved in Research*

Space on campus is prioritized for essential classroom activities. Lab research is at 50% capacity. Students interested in doing lab research must receive approval from their faculty mentor before coming on campus. Please see guidelines below. Updated October 21, 2020.

Please contact MedEdDeans@ucsf.edu with additional questions. 

Guidelines for Student Researchers

Campus activities are restricted to essential classroom activities unless you are a student whose faculty mentor has approved program. 

  • Students may participate in research in nonclinical settings, including face-to-face interactions with others (e.g., lab workers, research participants, etc.), with the approval of their faculty mentor with following caveats:​​​​​
    • Surgical mask at all times for all in the research environment
    • Maintaining safer physical distancing (at least 6 feet away from others)
    • For instances that require interaction that violates safer physical distancing, appropriate enhanced PPE is available as needed, and such interactions are limited in time (15 minutes or less)
    • Disposable gloves available, particularly for handling materials touched by others
    • Hand sanitizer always available for frequent hand hygiene 
  • Campus guidance is followed for safer on-campus operations, including: 
    • Appropriate screening prior to coming on campus (symptom screen app, etc.)
    • Management of symptoms and testing as per SHCS/EHS for those who declare symptoms or have exposure(s).
    • If a student feels uncomfortable about in-person interactions, mentors must be able to re-assign to alternative projects. 
  • In case of any future research activity curtailment, a reminder that students are considered non-essential and should follow the directions of their research units in conjunction with research guidance from campus.

 


Medical Education Leadership Messages Related to COVID-19

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Thanksgiving Travel Guidance for Foundations 2 and Career Launch Students
Foundations 1 Winter/Spring Educational Plans (October 21, 2020)
GME Update: Occupational Health, PPE, and In-person Gatherings (October 2, 2020)
COVID 19 Updates - New SFPDH Guidelines, White Coat Ceremony (September 14, 2020)
COVID 19 Testing Update from Student Health and Counseling Services (August 21, 2020)
COVID 19 In-Person Activities Guidance (For Faculty, August 18, 2018
Students Return to Core Clerkships 7/13; Updates and Resources (July 10, 2020)
Important Updates Regarding Medical Education (July 8, 2020)
Police Violence is a Public Health Issue That Must Be Stopped (July 2, 2020)
COVID-19 Message for Graduate Medical Education (May 15, 2020)
Clinical Medical Education Update for Faculty (May 8, 2020)
Message about a Virtual Graduation to Students, Faculty and Staff (April 16, 2020)
COVID-19 Message for Graduate Medical Education (April 2, 2020)
COVID-19 Message for Students and Faculty (March 30, 2020)
COVID-19 Message for Graduate Medical Education (March 24, 2020)
COVID-19 Message for Students (March 23, 2020)