COVID-19 Update from Frank Filipetto, TCOM Dean – March 20

Published: March 20, 2020
Categories: Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine

To: TCOM Faculty, Staff and Students
From: Dr. Frank Filipetto, Dean
Date: March 20, 2020
Re: Dean’s Update

It has often been said that “Mother Nature is undefeated.” Over the past several days, she may have taken the lead in the beginning but our TCOM community has pulled together, adjusted our game plan and are fully committed and prepared to hand her that first loss! I want to begin by thanking everyone for your extraordinary teamwork this past week and demonstrating many of the core values our University is based upon:

Be Visionary

I witnessed our great team of faculty and staff innovate and transition a 4-year Osteopathic Medical School curriculum into alternative methods of curriculum delivery to assure uninterrupted service to our students in an unprecedented time frame. This commitment to the ongoing success of our students is inspiring as I acknowledge the countless additional hours and effort our team has committed this week in this curricular transition and in the creation of several new on-line elective courses.


The teamwork for this monumental endeavor goes well beyond TCOM. The collaborative efforts of all our schools, CIL, Student Affairs, Testing Services, and the Provost’s Office in creating and implementing this new game plan has shown us the value of One University.


In times of crisis and stress it can be quite easy to lose control of our emotions or lose awareness of what’s going on around us. I’ve seen first-hand our team demonstrate the emotional intelligence that we pride ourselves on by extending patience and grace to one another while providing additional support to those who need it most. Thank you for supporting one another as I believe going through this crisis together will afford us a new sense of “work family” and all that it entails.

Service to Others

In consideration for the health and safety of our campus as well as our community, I have communicated to all TCOM chairs and deans that all essential personnel who can perform their essential duties remotely should be transitioned to do so ASAP. I have no doubt our TCOM Team will continue to excel in all that we do regardless of the geography of your respective workspace.

Things are continuing to evolve daily and I’m committed to keeping you abreast of these changes as quickly as possible. In addition to emails and Canvas updates, I encourage you to go to for campus-wide updates as well as program-specific information.

  • Today, our Class of 2020 learned where they will be completing their residencies.
  • And as you know, we weren’t able to host our formal “Match Day Celebration” for the Class of 2020. Through the creative, out-of-the-box thinking of Melva Landrum and Steven Bartolotta, they developed an innovative “Virtual Match Day” experience that you can check out here: TCOM Virtual Match Day.

In closing, I ask you to keep in mind what Osteopathic Medicine brings to our current Coronavirus Crisis:


  • Compassion and kindness affect our physical health and the outcomes of care we can provide as a profession. Keep in mind the human needs of all and that such needs are heightened by the stress we may be experiencing.


  • To our Osteopathic clinicians and students, your hands have been trained to assess the respiratory system for somatic dysfunction and to eliminate impediments to optimal function through use of OMT.

Innate Capacity to Heal

  • Remove impediments to recovery by maintaining adequate nutrition, rest, and sleep.

At a time of national concern let’s remember the framework we have learned as Osteopathic physicians and students as our innovative contribution to transforming the lives of others. Thank you for all you do – together, we will persevere and hand Mother Nature her first “Loss.”