Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update
PPE Donation Information
In order to ensure the health and safety of our LKSOM and North Philadelphia communities as well as allowing students to successfully complete their studies for the year, we are making the following changes for the remainder of the Spring 2020 semester:
- Classes are moving online for First-Year and Second-Year students, effective Monday March 16, 2020.
All clinical rotations were suspended from Friday March 13th until Wednesday May 20th. Clinical clerkships for the class of 2021 are starting May 20th and being phased in through June. The class is expected to begin the fourth year curriculum on June 29th. The Class of 2022 will start their third year with a COVID course and third year prep course on June 8th, and begin third year clinical clerkships on July 6th.
- For student volunteer opportunities, please contact the Office of Student Affairs: firstname.lastname@example.org
- There is no allowable LKSOM-sponsored travel, either domestic or international – NO exceptions. We cannot mandate guidelines for personal travel, but please recognize that CDC guidelines will apply upon your return which could include a 14-day self-quarantine.
- LKSOM faculty and staff should follow department guidelines.
- MERB and all other LKSOM buildings are only open for essential personnel (including physicians, researchers, and certain staff). All others should not enter the buildings.
- Student Health Services is open in the Student Faculty Center from 9:30 am to 3:00 pm each day (closed 11:15am to 12:15pm). This schedule is subject to change at any time, so please call ahead to confirm: 215-707-4088
- There are no allowable visitors to our campus at this time.
- Further updates will follow as this evolving situation dictates.
Support our Efforts
As the Lewis Katz School of Medicine and Temple Health actively respond to the significant and growing public health threat facing our region and the nation, you can join our efforts to challenge this crisis as one. Philanthropic support for our emergency funds will help fight the COVID-19 pandemic and its ripple effects:
- The Student Emergency Fund supports Lewis Katz School of Medicine students with emergency items and services needed to support their health, well-being and continued medical education.
- The Temple University Hospital Emergency Fund supports the hospital in its immediate ability to respond to the current COVID-19 emergency.
- The Community Emergency Fund supports the immediate and evolving needs of the Philadelphia’s most vulnerable populations—especially senior citizens, immunocompromised and chronically ill neighbors and families with small children.
Gifts of every amount make a difference. Thank you!
Additional COVID-19 Information:
- Temple University - Updates
- Temple Health - Updates for Patients and Visitors
- CDC information about the coronavirus
Student Volunteering Policy
LKSOM recognizes the important roles medical student volunteers can play in addressing the COVID-19 pandemic. Based on AAMC recommendations, we strongly suggest that medical students not be involved in direct patient care activities. To protect their own health and the health of the broader community, students should observe social distancing guidelines that minimize their risk of contagion and favor distance-working activities. Volunteering projects should align with community needs.
Exception: If and only if a critical health care workforce need has been identified locally and students receive proper preparation, protection, and supervision they may volunteer to help with patient contact.
If students pursue voluntary or paid clinical work outside the medical school’s purview that could risk exposure to COVID-19, they will be required to self-quarantine for 14 days prior to returning to any in-person school-related activity.
Exception: Those who are exposed to patients while wearing all recommended personal protective equipment are not required to self-quarantine but must self-monitor for fever and other symptoms of infection for 14 days.
Students who are diagnosed with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 infection must self-quarantine, report to Temple Student Health, and follow the current CDC guidelines before ending self-isolation:
- At least 72 hours must have passed since resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and
- Respiratory symptoms (cough, shortness of breath) must have improved and
- At least 7 days must have passed since symptoms first appeared.
If students pursue such independent voluntary or paid clinical work outside the school’s purview, responsibility for the students’ competency, proper protection, supervision, and all other aspects of worker and patient safety lies with the organization sponsoring the students’ clinical work.
Policy Implementation/Coordination: To help coordinate student-led efforts, the Office of Student Affairs has organized a “COVID-19 Student Service Board,” which consists of leaders of major LKSOM student service organizations. This board communicates for guidance on policy with Dr. Reifler, Dianne Butera, and Jerome Wright in the Office of Student Affairs, who work in consultation with Center for Urban Bioethics, TEAC advisors, and other faculty involved in volunteer activities.