Coronavirus

Updates

Posted Date: October 1, 2020
Categories: HSC Updates

To:      HSC Faculty, Staff and Students
From: Charles Taylor, Provost and EVP
Date:  September 30, 2020
Re:      Academic Update – October 2020

Fall is in the air! Just as seasons change, we change as well. I am so amazed with the resilience and adaptability of our students, faculty, and staff in response to the current reality of campus life during the COVID-19 pandemic. I’m reminded of a quote from Socrates, “The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.”

While things look and feel different these days, it is more important now than ever that we stay connected, inspired and support each other during these challenging times.  I encourage you to reach out to your peers via email, a handwritten note, a quick phone call, etc. I really believe that personal touch will make a big difference in someone’s day. There are many ways to interact with one another while following the health and safety protocols. Mask up, distance yourself, and be safe!

Here’s an overview of what’s happening on campus in October:

External Events – Early Voting in the EAD Atrium

  • October 13-17 8am – 5pm
  • October 19-23 8am – 5pm
  • October 24 7am – 7pm
  • October 25 11am – 4pm
  • October 26-30 7am – 7pm 

Peak Campus-Based Learning Days

Following are dates when we anticipate a larger volume of people on campus involved with in-person learning activities. These will typically be broken into small group activities that report to rooms at scheduled times:

Week One

  • Friday, October 2nd
    • DO students: MET 1st and 4th floors, 1-5pm
    • MD students: IREB 3rd Floor, 7am – 1:30pm
    • PA students: EAD 4th/5th floors, 8am – 5pm; RES Anatomy, 11:30am – 3:40pm
    • PT students: EAD 524 and 532, MET 510 and 520, 8am – 5pm
    • Pharmacy students: RES 114 and 102, IREB 220, 260 and 270, 8am – 5pm

Week Two

  • Tuesday, October 6th
  • MD students: IREB 230, 240, 150, and 3rd Floor, 7am – 6:30pm
  • PT students: EAD 524 and 532, MET 510 and 520, 8am – 5pm
  • Pharmacy students: IREB 220, 260, and 270, 8am – 5pm
  • PA students: RES Anatomy Lab, 1pm – 3pm
  • DO students: MET 1st and 4th floors, 1pm – 5pm
  • Wednesday, October 7th
    • MD students: IREB 3rd Floor, 7am – 6:30pm
    • PT students: EAD 524 and 532, MET 510 and 520, 8am – 5pm
    • Pharmacy students: IREB 220, 260, and 270, 8am – 5pm
    • PA students: RES Anatomy Lab, 10am – 12pm
    • Career Services: MET 125, 12pm – 1pm
    • DO students: RES Anatomy Lab, 1pm – 5pm; MET 1st/4th floors, 1pm – 5pm

Week Four

  • Friday, October 23rd
  • PA Students: RES Anatomy Lab, 8am – 5pm
  • DO students: MET 109-111, and 124, MET 4th Floor, 7:30am -5pm

Week Five

  • Monday, October 26th
  • Pharmacy students: IREB 100, 8am – 5pm
  • DO students: RES Anatomy Lab, 1pm – 5pm; MET 1st/4th Floors, 1pm – 5pm
  • Wednesday, October 28th
    • Pharmacy students: RES 102 and 114, IREB 220, 260, and 270, 8am – 5pm
    • MD students: IREB 3rd Floor, 12pm – 6pm
    • DO students: MET 1st/4th floors, 1pm – 5pm

  The Lewis Library

  • The library will remain closed at this time. Library services will continue to be delivered online and updates regarding its reopening will be posted on the library website.
  • In the interim, quiet study space will be available for student use from 8 am-5 pm, Monday-Friday in the following areas:
    • EAD 108, RES 100, MET 124, IREB 250 (except October 6th)

Flu Shots

HSC Health will be offering free flu shots to employees and students throughout the month of October in the clinic and at “pop-up” locations across campus. Your health and safety are our main priority so masking and physical distancing will be enforced at all flu shot locations on campus.

Employees

  • HSC Health Clinic – Beginning Monday, October 5, you can schedule an appointment to conveniently receive your flu shot in the clinic on campus at times that work best for you. Call Priority Care at 817.735.2273 or via online (link will be provided soon.)
  • Pop-up Clinics — You will be able to schedule your appointment online for the following days and times (link will be provided soon.)
  • Friday, October 9: 1:30–4:45 pm in EAD 1st floor atrium
  • Monday, October 12: 1–4:45pm in MET 1st floor
  • Please reserve the 4-4:45pm times for employees who work evening shifts.
  • Your insurance provider will be billed but there is no out of pocket cost to you.

Students

  • HSC Health Clinic — Beginning Monday, October 5, you can schedule an appointment to receive your flu shot in our clinic on campus at times that work best for you. Call Student Health at 817.735.5051.
  • Pop-up Clinics — You must register for your flu shot via the online links below:
  • Friday, October 9: 10:30am–1:30pm in EAD Atrium, register here
  • Monday, October 12: 10:30am–1 pm in MET 1st floor, register here

COVID-19 Updates

  • We now have a COVID-19 dashboardtracking active cases at HSC that is updated every week. Due to privacy concerns, HSC can offer only limited case information.
  • Beginning this week, you will receive an email every Monday from the HSC News Office with active HSC-related COVID-19 cases.
  • When a positive case is reported, contact tracing is used to determine if/when the student or employee was last on campus and their interactions. Team members who have been in close contact with a positive case are notified and provided
  • Please report all positive or negative COVID-19 test results and potential exposures to HSCCOVID@unthsc.edu.
  • Team members are encouraged to review the HSC reopening planand Frequently Asked Questions. These pages are continually updated with current information.

Services and resources currently available: 

Coursera Learning Management System for UNT System

  • We now can utilize UNT MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) for FREE through December 31, 2020.
  • Provides access to approx. 3,800 non-credit courses that can be used as a great resource for high quality, supplemental content for our HSC online courses.
  • Courses can be accessed at https://online.unt.edu/courseraforunt

One University Studio

The Torched Apron

  • Located in the IREB, open Monday-Friday, 11am-1:30pm

HSC Student Health Clinic

  • In-person and virtual patient visits are available Monday-Thursday
  • Virtual patient visits only – available on Friday
  • Call 817-735-5051 (student health)
  • Call 817-735-CARE (employee health)

HSC Food Pantry

  • Student Services Building, open Monday-Friday, 8am–5pm

Posted Date: September 9, 2020
Categories: HSC Updates

To: HSC Students, Faculty, and Staff
From: HSC News
Date: September 9, 2020
Re: Campus Update – COVID-19

As North Texas community leaders and public health experts continue to monitor the spread of COVID-19, HSC remains committed to ensuring the safety of our students, faculty and staff.

Recently, Tarrant County Commissioners extended the county’s mandatory mask policy through November 30, 2020. The City of Fort Worth extended its mask requirement through December 1, 2020.

Because the University prioritizes protecting the health of all members of our HSC community, we will continue to require masks be worn on campus in accordance to Tarrant County’s mandatory mask policy.

The Gibson D. Lewis Health Science Library and HSC Fitness Center will remain closed through December 31, 2020.

If you have any questions and/or need additional information regarding the closure of the Library, please contact AskALibrarian@unthsc.edu.
If you have any questions and/or need additional information regarding the closure of the Fitness Center, please contact FitnessCenter@unthsc.edu.

More information about HSC’s Campus Reopening Plan and FAQ is available online.

We appreciate your patience and understanding as we continue to take proactive measures to stop the spread of COVID-19.

Posted Date: August 26, 2020
Categories: UNT Health Clinic

In our commitment to caring for our community, HSC Health is offering telehealth or virtual visits in addition to in-person visits at all of our clinics.

If you schedule an in-person visit, please keep in mind that there are new preventative measures for your appointment that have been put in place, as the health and safety of our patients and staff remain our top

priority.

Here’s what you should expect when you schedule an in-person appointment: 

Screening upon entry of the building:

All patients and visitors will be screened at check-in. Screening involves having your temperature taken and answering a few simple questions.

Masking:

Everyone — including patients, visitors, and clinic staff — will be required to wear a mask or acceptable face covering while in the practice. Universal masking is one of the best ways to limit transmission of the

virus. Patients and guests should bring their own mask or face covering. Limited exceptions include children under the age of two, anyone who has trouble breathing, and anyone who is unconscious, incapacitated or unable to remove the mask without assistance.

Visitors, Guests & Caregivers:

We are permitting only one person to accompany patients to their appointment if assistance is needed. Additionally, this person must be at least 16 years of age and will be screened at check-in.

Social Distancing:

Appointments will be scheduled to minimize the number of patients in a waiting room at a time. Also, waiting room seating has been updated to keep seating groups 6-feet apart.

Prior to Your Appointment:

• Remember to complete you Pre-Visit Check-in, sent to you by email or text message for contact free registration.

• Please notify your doctor’s office before your appointment if:

o You have been exposed to someone who has tested positive with COVID-19 in the last 14 days

o You are experiencing any of the symptoms listed below or a combination of symptoms:

▪ Cough

▪ Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

▪ Fever

▪ Chills or repeated shaking with chills

▪ Muscle pain

▪ Headache

▪ Sore throat

If you have any questions or concerns, we are here to help. Please do not hesitate to give us a call at 817-735-3627.

Posted Date: August 26, 2020
Categories: HSC Updates

To: HSC Faculty, Staff and Students
From: Charles Taylor, Provost and EVP
Date: August 26, 2020
Re: Academic Update – September 2020

It’s great to have all our new students on board and welcome back our returning students. As our orientation activities and white coat ceremonies conclude, we now shift to the heart of the Fall semester. It’s certainly not what I imagined but I am so appreciative of the extraordinary teamwork, dedication, and resilience to advance our purpose of transforming lives to improve the lives of others!

Beginning this month, the campus community will notice a sustained uptick in on-campus activities now that all programs are progressing into their “return to learn” components. The following highlights specific days and times where those activities will peak in volume and are important to be aware of in the upcoming weeks.

External Events

  • September 1-11 COMLEX testing, Levels 1/2CE/3, SSC building
  • September 14-30 COMLEX testing, M-W-F: Levels 1/2CE/3, SSC building

Peak Campus-Based Learning Days

Following are dates when we anticipate a larger volume of people on campus involved with in- person learning activities. These will typically be broken into small group activities that report to rooms at scheduled times:

Week One

  • Tuesday, September 1
    • DO students, MET 1st and 4th floors, 1-5 pm
    • PA students, Anatomy Lab, 1-5 pm
    • PT students, EAD 5th floor and MET 5th floor, 8 am-5 pm
    • Pharmacy students, RES 1st floor, 8 am-5 pm
  • Wednesday, September 2
    • DO students, Anatomy Lab and MET 1st and 4th floors, 1-5 pm
    • PT students, EAD 5th floor and MET 5th floor, 8 am-5 pm
    • Pharmacy students, RES 1st floor, 8 am-5 pm

Week One Continued

  • Friday, September 4
    • DO students, Anatomy Lab and MET 1st and 4th floors, 1-5 pm
    • DO students, IREB 230, 7:45 am – noon
    • PA students, Anatomy Lab (10-noon) and EAD 4th and 5th floors, 8 am-5 pm
    • PT students, EAD 5th floor and MET 5th floor, 8 am-5 pm
    • Pharmacy students, RES 1st floor, 8 am-5 pm

Week Two

  • Friday, September 11
    • DO students, Anatomy Lab and MET 1st and 4th floors, 1-5 pm
    • DO students, IREB 230, 7:45 am – noon
    • PA students, Anatomy Lab (8-noon) and EAD 4th and 5th floors, 8 am-5 pm
    • PT students, EAD 5th floor and MET 5th floor, 8 am-5 pm

Week Three

  • Monday, September 14
    • DO students, Anatomy Lab and MET 4th floor, 1-5 pm
    • PT students, EAD 5th floor and MET 5th floor, 8 am-5 pm
    • MD students, IREB 230, 240, 270, 350, 7 am-6 pm
  • Tuesday, September 15
    • DO students, MET 1st and 4th floors, 1-5 pm
    • PA students, Anatomy Lab, 1-3 pm
    • PT students, EAD 5th floor and MET 5th floor, 8 am-5 pm
    • Pharmacy students, IREB 220, 260 and 270, 8 am-5 pm
    • MD students, IREB 230 and 350, 8 am-6 pm

Week Four

  • Tuesday, September 22
    • DO students, MET 1st and 4th floors, 8 am-5 pm
    • PA students, Anatomy Lab, 11:30 am-3:40 pm
    • PT students, EAD 5th floor and MET 5th floor, 8 am-5 pm
    • Pharmacy students, RES 1st floor, 8 am-5 pm
    • MD students, IREB 230, 270, 3rd floor, 8 am-6 pm

Online Programs

  • Faculty have partnered with our Center for Innovative Learning to launch well-designed, engaging, and rigorous online learning experiences. Online courses undergo peer review during the Fall Semester to ensure high academic
  • All educational activities of the School of Public Health will be conducted remotely through December 2020. SPH has successfully carried out all new student and returning student orientation activities in the virtual environment. All Fall Semester courses will be delivered online to our MPH, MHA, MS, and PhD
  • Our Lifestyle Health Sciences and Coaching program in the School of Health Professions will host its Mosaic (LHLT 5120) virtually on September

The Lewis Library

  • The library will remain closed at this time. Library services will continue to be delivered online and updates regarding its reopening will be posted on the library website.
  • In the interim, additional quiet study space will be available for student use from 8 am-5 pm, Monday-Friday in the following areas:
    • MET 124
    • IREB 250 (except Sept 10th, 16-18th, and 21st)
    • RES 100
    • EAD 108 (except Sept 18th, and 25th)
    • EAD 514 (except Sept 4th, 11th, 18th, and 25th)

COVID-19 FAQs

I’m waiting on my COVID test result. Can I still come to campus?

  • If you’ve been exposed to someone who is known to be COVID positive or have symptoms of COVID and are waiting on a COVID test result, you should isolate and not return to campus until you receive a negative test result and/or are symptom free per the exposure and symptom

Can I take my mask off if my chair is 6 feet away from others?

  • Masking is required while you are on campus in any shared or common space. The exception to this is while eating and/or

Is it okay to be gathering with others if I wear my mask?

  • Masking is an essential component of the health and safety protocol when coming into contact with others on and off campus. However, the safest approach is to incorporate all of these together: frequent handwashing AND proper masking AND physical distancing of 6+ feet.

Services and resources currently available:

Coursera Learning Management System for UNT System

  • We now can utilize UNT MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) for FREE through December 31,
  • Provides access to approx. 3,800 non-credit courses that can be used as a great resource for high quality, supplemental content for our HSC online
  • Courses can be accessed at https://online.unt.edu/courseraforunt

One University Studio

The Torched Apron

  • Located in the IREB
  • Monday-Friday, 11am-1:30pm

HSC Student Health Clinic

  • In-person and virtual patient visits are available Monday-Thursday
  • Virtual patient visits only – available on Friday
  • Call 817-735-5051 (student health)
  • Call 817-735-CARE (employee health)

HSC Food Pantry

  • Located in Student Services Building
  • Monday-Friday, 8 am-5 pm

Posted Date: July 3, 2020
Categories: School of Health Professions

DPT class 2022 and 2021:

Based on extensive preparations with HSC leadership, I am sending our overall plans to return to campus, as discussed in the last class check-in. Understand that even with the best laid plans, we are likely to make adjustments along the way. We thank you for your continued patience and flexibility on the re-entry plan.

Why are we creating this plan?  We are committed to continuing to deliver quality educational experiences that you have come to expect from our program. To lessen the disruption to your plan of study, this will need to be a joint effort with you with the overall goal of providing you the knowledge and skills needed to go out on clinical rotations AND to ensure the safety of all students, faculty and staff and our community.

We will continue with the current model of educational content delivery in which everything that can be done online, will be done virtually in synchronous or asynchronous formats. Activities that cannot be assessed virtually will be on campus to complete psychomotor skill development and skills check. However, we will continue to limit total onsite population during this period.  I would like to acknowledge the efforts of our faculty, staff, Dean, and Committees who have worked on the reentry plans so that you can return to campus this week.

We cannot control the trajectory of this pandemic in the community and in places you call home, nor do we have a say in the government’s response. We are in a constant state of uncertainty and we must accept these unknowns and be ready to adapt. However, we do have control over the Department’s ability to mitigate the risk. Due to the nature of our work as PTs, we work physically close with each other. We will adhere to physical distancing and recommendations from the university, state, and CDC. Much of our labs are designed such that you will be in close proximity with each other, as such, we are going above the recommendations to mitigate the risk inherent in engaging in this type of activity. We need everyone’s participation to make this work.

BEFORE you come to campus

  • Complete reentry training online
  • Be prepared – read up on the HSC website, FAQ, re-entry plan. Get informed.
  • DAILY: Self-screen. When you come to campus you are self-attesting that you are healthy and cleared to be with your class and faculty.
  • DO NOT come to campus if you are symptomatic or sick. IF you have a known exposure to a confirmed COVID-19 case or a person under investigation (PUI) for coronavirus, do NOT come to campus. Please notify the Chair at the soonest time
  • If you do not show up for class, you instructor will be sending an email to you on the day of your absence to follow up on rescheduling of missed lab activities. Notify the course director of absences at the soonest possible time.
  • Know your sections/groups before you come into class. You will remain within these sections for the entirely of all on campus activities.

 ON CAMPUS 

  • Mandatory wearing of surgical face mask and face shield for all onsite classroom activities for the DPT program.  Cloth masks may be worn on TOP of the surgical face masks but are not to be substituted in place of the surgical face mask.
  • Alternatively, you may choose to use your own reusable goggles and double mask (surgical and cloth to provide an additional layer of protection).
  • Physical distancing: Be aware of signage and markings and adhere to physical distancing guidelines.
  • Access the MET 5th floor rooms will be in a single direction; entry and exit doors will be clearly marked.  Please follow signage as posted throughout the building.
  • Staggered schedules for classes.  Please see the summer 2020 schedule and/or course announcements for specific details.
  • Enhanced cleaning procedures: Vacate the rooms after class or by 5 PM each day and from 12-1, every day. This allows for sanitization of the classrooms.
  • No gatherings; if necessary, small groups only (<10) with physical distancing and face masks.
  • Sanitizing stations will be on the floor. Rooms will have supplies provided.
  • Quiet spaces have been designated on campus – MET 124 and EAD 514. First come basis. Please observe physical distancing and wear masks while utilizing these spaces.
  • Water stations are available; limited to the bottle dispenser use only.

 5th Floor MET and EAD

  • Temperature checks will be done daily before labs class start.
  • Entry from two points: Elevator and stairs. Physical distancing for both.
  • Temperature checks at entry points; observe distancing as proceed through the temperature check line.
  • Show your badge, staff will check you off, and will direct you to go the classrooms when you are cleared.
  • IF you are flagged, you will be asked to separate yourself in a designated place for at least 3 minutes. Your temperature will be checked again. You will either be cleared to go to join class, or asked to visit the Student Health, your PCP, and/or go home. Your name and ID number will be recorded, and we will follow the university protocol for reporting symptomatic individuals.
  • You will receive a PPE kit on your first day back on campus. Take care of your supplies.
  • You will receive surgical masks that are to be changed every other day and a reusable face shield.  Place your mask in a paper bag (not a plastic) in between uses.
  • BE ON TIME. We will start screening at least 30 minutes before the class starts; come in early to avoid overcrowding.

  In class

  • Observe physical distancing as much as possible. High-low tables and mats are set in the rooms for small groups only.
  • Bring own equipment: APTA kits, book, laptops. No communal sharing of supplies/equipment.
  • Virtual reservation for study rooms through Google docs.  You must submit a request to access the rooms at least 24 hours prior to room use.  First come first reserve basis on room use.  Please see the summer 2020 schedule for room availability.

This is a lot to take in. The details matter and will be particularly important as we look into the fall semester. I know you must be frustrated with the many schedule changes and persistent unknowns.  Know that on our end, we are making decisions for your educational experience based on incomplete, imprecise, and ever-changing information from many sources. We will continue to respond and adapt as necessary to ensure your safety and continue your progress through the program.

I appreciate your continued patience and look forward to your participation in our efforts to keep you and our community safe.

Take care. See you shortly.

Dr. Quiben

Posted Date: June 29, 2020
Categories: HSC Updates

The virus that causes COVID-19 can be spread to others by infected persons who have few or no symptoms. Because of the hidden nature of this threat, HSC has established the following requirements for face coverings in order to enter or remain on campus.

  • All persons over the age of 10, including employees, customers, visitors, invitees and contractors who enter HSC must wear a face covering over their nose and mouth, such as a medical mask, homemade mask, scarf, bandana or handkerchief.
  • The requirement of a face covering does not apply if covering the nose and mouth poses a significant mental or physical health risk to the individual.
  • The requirement of a face covering also does not apply when an individual is consuming a food or beverage or receiving a service where the wearing of a mask would impair the performance of the service.
  • Visitors who do not wear a face covering will be asked to leave the premises and will not be provided goods or services until the face covering requirements are followed.

HSC also requires the following social distancing protocols.

  • Even with the use of appropriate face coverings, individuals should maintain six feet of social distancing whenever possible.
  • Team members should not work within six feet of one another, except to the extent necessary to provide services.
  • Visitors should maintain six feet of separation from other individuals outside their household, to the extent feasible when on the HSC campus.

For more information about HSC’s COVID-19 safety guidelines and reopening plan, visit https://www.unthsc.edu/coronavirus/

Posted Date: June 26, 2020
Categories: HSC UpdatesMeetings and Events

To: HSC Faculty, Staff and Students
From: Charles Taylor, Provost and EVP
Date: June 26, 2020
Re: Academic Update – July

I’m very appreciative of our teams who have played such a significant role in our campus reopening plan. This is a massive undertaking and couldn’t be done without everyone stepping up to the challenge so thank you! The following is as an overview of educational events planned for July including high density days on campus. In addition to the information below, each program will provide more details relative to their respective activities at a later time.

Orientation Activities

Join me in welcoming our incoming TCOM and PT students!

  • July 13th (TCOM and PT)
    •  Student packets will be distributed in the CBH garage from 10am-4pm.
    • These packets include items such as technology packages, t-shirts, ID badges, and personal protective equipment.
    • Anticipate approximately 30-40 cars per hour entering Clifton Street during this time (the HSC Police Dept. will assist with traffic flow.)
  • July 17th (TCOM)
    • Basic Life Support Training, MET 124/125
  • July 1st-July 31st
    • Beginning the first week in July, TB Testing will be conducted by appointment at HSC Health.
    • Details will be provided in student welcome packets as well as on the HSC Daily News.

External Events

  • July 1-10th Early Voting in the IREB Lobby
  • July 30th USMLE Step 1 and Step 2 Testing, MET 1st floor

Peak Campus-Based Learning Days

Following are dates when we anticipate a larger volume of people (> 500) in our buildings involved with in-person learning activities. These will typically be broken into small group activities that report to rooms at scheduled times:

  • July 1-10th DPT students, MET 5th floor and EAD 5th floor (7am-5pm)
  • July 1st TCOM students, MET 1st floor and 4th floor (7am-5pm)
  • July 15-17th TCOM students, MET 1st, 4th, and 5th floors (8am-5pm)
  • July 29th TCOM students, MET 1st and 4th floors (1-5 pm) and SCP students, RES 1st Floor (8am-5pm)

The Lewis Library

  • The library will remain closed at this time. Library services will continue to be delivered online and updates regarding its reopening will be posted on the library website.
  • In the interim, additional quiet study space will be available for student use from 8am-5pm, Monday-Friday in MET 124 (except 17th and 30th), RES 100, IREB 250, EAD 108 and 514.

Other services currently available on campus include:

The Torched Apron

  • Monday-Friday, 8am-1:30pm

HSC Student Health Clinic

  • Virtual patient visits are available Monday-Friday
  • In-Person visits available Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday
  • Call 817-735-CARE

HSC Food Pantry

  • Located in Student Services Bldg
  • Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm

COVID-19 Update

Masks are now required on all UNT System campuses (including the HSC) as well as all public spaces in Tarrant County.

Posted Date: June 26, 2020
Categories: HSC Updates

Face Coverings Now Required at all UNT System Locations

 

UNT World Faculty & Staff:

Effective June 25, 2020, face coverings (cloth face coverings, disposable masks, etc.) must be worn by all students, faculty, staff, contractors, tenants and visitors at all UNT System locations and campuses in the following areas: 

  • Indoor public areas, except where marked, even if you are alone. This includes all classrooms, non-private offices and common spaces in residential facilities.
  • Outdoor spaces where six feet or more of physical distancing cannot be maintained.

Full details of the face covering requirement may be viewed on the UNT System COVID-19 web site.

Any questions related to face coverings, or any of the UNT System’s risk management guidelines, may be sent to: covid@untsystem.edu.

As our campuses and offices open in phases, the UNT System and all member institutions will continue to follow COVID-19 safety guidelines provided by the Center for Disease Control (CDC). All relevant UNT System risk management guidelines can be found on the UNT System web site and each UNTS institution also has its own coronavirus web site with updates specific to that campus. As circumstances related to COVID-19 evolve, system-wide risk management guidelines may change.

Thank you for continued adaptability – we appreciate your support of these plans to ensure safety at all UNT System locations and campuses.

Sincerely,

Lesa B Roe

Posted Date: June 11, 2020
Categories: UNT System College of Pharmacy

 June 10, 2020 

Dear Student Pharmacist: 

I hope you are enjoying the summer so far, whether you are in the midst of your IPPE or APPE rotations or preparing for your first semester with us. As we begin to prepare for the Fall 2020 semester, I want to provide you with some updates. 

In light of the ongoing COVID-19 crisis and with an abundance of caution to ensure the safety of our students, faculty, and staff, the UNT System College of Pharmacy will conduct Fall 2020 in a hybrid mode of instruction with most in-class educational components occurring remotely via CANVAS (digital learning platform). Campus-based, instruction will occur for laboratories (Skills Labs 1 and 3) and experiential training (immunizations). Skills based testing (OSCEs and laboratory practicals) will also occur on campus, whereas testing in didactic courses will occur remotely. 

A college Task Force is working on developing detailed plans for the logistics and procedures for our faculty, staff, and students to follow for the in-person activities based on detailed guidelines developed by the UNTHSC leadership for campus reentry. We expect that our plans will be ready by the end of June, when we will share more information with you about the training required for in-person in-class activities, dates, times, and locations for campus-based activities, and expectations of you to have SAFE and EFFECTIVE learning experiences. 

Those of you who will be P2 or P3 students are familiar with remote learning from the spring 2020 semester. For those of you who are starting your first year of the PharmD program, please be assured that we will prepare you well for your safe arrival on campus and a smooth start to your educational program and experiences. 

Given the fluid situation, our intention is to make sure that we are responsive to changing circumstances with the COVID-19 crisis and also stay abreast of county, state and CDC recommendations. We will regularly send you information from now until the start of classes to keep you informed of any updates. If you have any questions that we can answer, please don’t hesitate to contact me via email at Suresh.Madhavan@unthsc.edu or Mr. Austin Luna, Senior Program Manager and Task Force Chair, at Austin.Luna@unthsc.edu. 

Thank you very much for your patience and understanding as we finalize our Fall 2020 plans, and be assured that you will hear from us later this month with more information. 

S. Suresh Madhavan 

Dean, UNT System College of Pharmacy