APPROVED SERVICE ACTIVITIES DURING COVID GUIDELINES
PRECAUTIONS FOR COVID-19
COVID 19 Virtual Screening
Date: March 16, 2020
For: ALL MCG Medical Students (M1-M4)
Topic: Avoiding Contracting & Transmitting Viral Infectious Illness (i.e., COVID-19)
- ALL MEDICAL STUDENTS ON ALL SERVICES MUST STAY HOME IF THEY ARE ILL WITH FEVER, WITH OR WITHOUT RESPIRATORY SYMPTOMS.
- ALL MEDICAL STUDENTS ARE TO CHECK FOR ANY SIGNS OF ILLNESS BEFORE REPORTING TO CLINICAL ROTATIONS EACH DAY, AND NOTIFY THEIR (SITE) CLERKSHIP DIRECTOR IF THEY BECOME ILL.
- THE (SITE) CLERKSHIP DIRECTOR MUST ACKNOWLEGE RECIPT OF THIS INFORMATION AND TRANSMIT THIS INFORMATION TO APROPRIATE MCG MEDICAL SCHOOL OFFICE(S) – STUDENTS AFFAIRS (i.e.,
OSMA Augusta Campus, Medical Partnership) and/or REGIONAL CAMPUS DEANS.
- ANY MEDICAL STUDENT WHO WAS ILL WITH FEVER AND/OR RESPIRATORY SYMPTOMS WILL REQUIRE A HEALTHCARE PROVIDER’S NOTE BEFORE RETURNING TO A ROTATION or CLASS.
- ALL MEDICAL STUDENTS SHOULD REMAIN AWARE OF NATIONAL GUIDELINES FROM CDC, etc. CONCERNING PRECAUTIONS FOR VIRAL ILLNESS (COVID-19)
RISK MITIGATION and EXPOSURE RESPONSES in the CLINICAL LEARNING ENVIRONMENT.
MCG Medical Student Policy
March 9, 2020
We are writing to update you on MCG planning that affects your experience as learners.
Please read this message fully and carefully.
The COVID-19 situation is being very closely monitored and local, national, and international
public health measures are being taken to mitigate the spread of illness. At present,
the following general policies have been set for MCG medical students:
- Students should continue practicing hand washing, respiratory etiquette, social distancing,
cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces, and staying home
when sick (except to get medical care).
- Students with symptoms should not attend class or participate in patient care and
should call Augusta University Student Health Service at 706-721-3448.
Student Learning Environment-specific policies
- Clinical settings: Students in clinical settings are not to participate in clinical care of patients
suspected or known to have COVID-19. Solo and small group practices as well as major
hospitals and health systems may have additional guidelines for students to follow.
MCG will work in concert with these policies and requires students in clinical settings
to also adhere to the following:
- If a student is exposed to a confirmed or possible case of COVID-19, the student is required to:
- Inform MCG immediately: email@example.com
- Inform your preceptor and site clerkship director that you will be leaving to be tested
- Get tested at a site recommended by your clinical site
- Inform MCG and site clerkship director of test results, as soon as these are available.
- If test result is NEGATIVE, the student may return to the clinical environment, as the site allows. Students
will continue to monitor for symptoms for 14 days. If symptoms occur, retesting is
- If test result is POSITIVE, students will be excused home and need to be quarantined for 14 days (in non-AHEC
and non-residence hall housing). At the conclusion of the 14 days, MCG will inform
students as to whether they may return to the clinical setting or will be reassigned.
- Classroom learning: Students in the classroom (including the simulation center) will be governed by
the Augusta University policy which can be found here: https://jagwire.augusta.edu/covid-19-update-for-the-augusta-university-community/. Faculty are preparing contingency plans should classroom-based teaching be restricted
or suspended that will involve distance learning. Course directors will be in touch
with specific plans if these plans are put into action.
- Accommodations due to COVID-19 Related Exposure/Illness: Academic accommodations will be made to testing, missed assignments, missed work
and lost time due to quarantine and/or testing. Students with pre-existing health
conditions should contact OSMA at firstname.lastname@example.org if additional accommodations are needed during this time.
Students involved in patient-involved service activities (e.g. student-run clinics,
other voluntary patient care) should curtail these services until further notice.
MCG is instituting the following travel restrictions that will be in effect as of
Tuesday, March 10th and until further notice for all MCG medical students:
- Avoid travel to COVID-19 levels 2 & 3 areas for domestic and international travel,
and utilize other means to participate by tele- or video- conference.
- Students are required to comply with the AU Study Abroad Office’s guidance relating
to reporting travel to countries with a high burden of COVID as determined by the
Centers for Disease Control. https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel
Large Group Gatherings
Please also do your best to avoid large gatherings of more than 25-50 people. We recognize
this situation is fluid, and depending on future circumstances, we may need to amend
these restrictions. If you have further questions on travel, please contact the curriculum
office at email@example.com.
School-sponsored social events
- Non -essential gatherings will be evaluated on an individual basis for the next 30
days. Though disappointing, as many of these gatherings are celebratory and we value
social connectedness, in our role as healthcare providers and providers-in-training
we have a responsibility to do our part in promoting health and safety.
- During the current outbreak of COVID-19, it is important that we do everything to
help our patients, including protecting the health and optimizing the availability
of our students. We will continue to update you as the situation evolves and encourage
you to be in touch with us, with your class deans, and with Student Health Services
with questions and concerns.