Last updated: July 30, 2020, at 4:57 pm
This update supersedes all previous communications.

We are sharing the following with the caveat that information impacting decision-making changes rapidly given the evolving situation involving COVID-19. For additional COVID-19 information, please reference the COVID-19 Intranet site

NEW: Student Recommendations for Return to Direct Patient Care

A message to the MD Classes of 2021, 2022, and 2023 from C. Randall (Randy) Clinch, DO, Interim Associate Dean, MD Program Academic Affairs (read more)

Curriculum / Clinical Information Updates

  • Based upon the current stability of our institutional PPE supply and supply chain, we are able to eliminate the existing restrictions on students participating in the direct care of patients on Isolation Precautions, which includes lifting the restrictions on students being involved in the direct care of COVID-19 positive patients and PUIs effective 7/30/2020.
  • As a reminder, many rotations are currently limiting the number of people going into patient rooms and are still working to conserve PPE across the health system. Students will need to follow the instructions provided on each rotation regarding their involvement in direct patient care activities.
  • While we recognize that lifting these restrictions will be a welcomed change by many students to allow for a greater participation in the curriculum, there may be some students who are concerned about interacting with patients who would be on Isolation Precautions, specifically those with COVID-19 or who are PUIs. We emphasize that involvement with patients on Isolation Precautions requires the appropriate use of PPE in order to mitigate the risk of exposures to students. 
  • While use of appropriate PPE is an effective mitigation strategy, if you are concerned about your personal health risks related to participating in your education program at this time, it is always appropriate to contact your personal medical provider to discuss your concerns. You may also contact Dr. Marcia Wofford, Associate Dean for Student Affairs or Dr. Tanya Gregory, Director of PA Student Services, to discuss your concerns and various options WFSM may have to offer. Additionally, you may contact the Wake Forest University Learning Assistance Center & Disability Services (LAC-DS) at 336-758-5929 if you feel the need to discuss potential disability accommodation requests.
  • MD students in Introduction to Patient Care courses (such as Clinical Skills) will not be participating in encounters with patients on Isolation Precautions in an effort to continue to conserve PPE. 
  • Additionally, opportunities for students to shadow other providers is still on hold and has not yet been approved to resume.
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  • Student travel for USMLE Step exam testing falls into the category of personal travel.
    • Students must follow the institutional requirements and guidance related to personal travel.
    • This is a rapidly changing situation with information changing on a daily basis, so check the COVID-19 Intranet site for novel coronavirus (COVID-19) travel guidance prior to travel and prior to returning from travel.
    • Students should also check the NBME website for assessment information and updates prior to travel to ensure your testing site has not changed.