Coronavirus

Updates

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 

Posted Date: May 19, 2020
Categories: Graduate School of Biomedical ScienceHSC UpdatesSchool of Health ProfessionsSchool of Public HealthTexas College of Osteopathic MedicineUNT System College of Pharmacy

HSC Team,

The CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund approved by Congress included funding to higher education institutions to defray COVID-19-related costs to the institution and to provide emergency financial aid grants to assist students with expenses related to COVID-19 disruptions. HSC Fort Worth was allocated approximately $343,000 for emergency financial aid grants to HSC students. Eligible expenses include food, housing, course materials, technology, health care and child care.

In order to qualify for aid, students must meet both of the following qualifications:

  • Enrolled in the current term
  • Eligible to submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

Students can apply for grants via an online form: https://cm.maxient.com/reportingform.php?UnivofNorthTexasHSC&layout_id=7

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Posted Date: April 30, 2020
Categories: HSC Updates

Team,

Day by day, HSC continues to persevere through the challenges of COVID-19. Following Governor Greg Abbott’s announcement of a plan to gradually reopen Texas businesses, I am sure many of you have questions about HSC’s plans moving forward.

A quick update on where we are:

First, HSC leadership is in the process of formulating plans for a gradual re-opening of campus beginning in June.  To be sure, the health and well-being of HSC team members is our top concern. A team of HSC leaders is utilizing state and federal re-opening protocols, as well as Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines. Our goal is to create a plan that that will allow HSC to transition safely and efficiently toward more normal operations.

Secondly, the budgeting process for fiscal year 2020-21 is underway. As you can imagine, the COVID-19 crisis has created a great deal of uncertainty, and we must plan responsibly. We will share more information on the budget process as it becomes available.

As you know, this health crisis is fluid, and we must all stay flexible and resilient.  I will plan to communicate more information as it becomes available. My sincere appreciation to all of YOU for the Extraordinary Teamwork that keeps HSC strong and productive.

With appreciation,

Mike

Dr. Michael R. Williams

President

Posted Date: April 23, 2020
Categories: HSC UpdatesRemote LearningRemote Teaching

To: HSC Faculty, Staff, and Students
From: John McKenzie, Assistant Director, CIL
Date: April 23, 2020
Re: Zoom Licenses

I’m pleased to share the UNT System site license deal with Zoom is now complete. Licensed accounts (formally known as Pro accounts) are now available for all HSC faculty, staff, and students. These Licensed accounts allow for videoconference meetings with up to 300 participants with no limitations on meeting duration.

Following is info for existing as well as setting up a new Zoom account:

  1. If you already have a Zoom Basic account, it will automatically be upgraded to a Licensed account this week.
  2. If you already have a Zoom Licensed account and you log in at unthsc.zoom.us, no further action is required.
  3. If you already have a Zoom Licensed account, but it was on loan from UNT Denton (and you currently log in at unt.zoom.us), you may receive an email asking you to switch your account to unthsc.zoom.us. It is safe and recommended to do so. You can also log in at unthsc.zoom.us to go ahead and switch your account now.
  4. If you do not have a Zoom account but would like one, go to unthsc.zoom.us and log in using your EUID and password. You will then be asked to activate this account via email.
  5. If you require a HIPAA compliant Zoom account for use with clinical interactions with patients as part of your HSC employment or studies, contact John McKenzie at john.mckenzie@unthsc.edu
  6. If you are unsure whether or not you have a Zoom account, go to unthsc.zoom.us and login. If you have one, you will have just logged in, and if you don’t have one you will have just created one.
  7. To learn how to use Zoom, visit the Zoom at UNTHSC guide on the CIL website or Zoom’s Help Center
  8. To learn about security options for protecting your Zoom meetings, review Zoom’s Best Practices for Securing Your Virtual Classroom

If you have questions or need additional information, please don’t hesitate to email me at. John.McKenzie@unthsc.edu

Posted Date: April 21, 2020
Categories: HSC Updates

Team,

I am amazed and humbled by the resilience of HSC team members. Because of your resourcefulness, dedication and teamwork, we continue to educate our students and significantly impact the health of our community as we navigate uncharted waters.

Thanks to our early decision to transition to online learning, we did so relatively seamlessly. We created innovative online learning opportunities for 4th-year medical students whose training rotations ended prematurely, keeping them on track to graduate and enter the health care workforce, where they are sorely needed. We are finalizing a plan for a meaningful virtual commencement on June 6 despite the difficult circumstances.

Our COVID-19 testing site, operated by HSC employees and students, has already tested almost 400 people, primarily first responders and medical personnel. Students alone have put in more than 1,400 hours at the site, which is vital to keeping responders on the front lines.

Tarrant County Public Health’s information line was overwhelmed early in the crisis, so we called for volunteers to answer the phones 24-7. We’ve kept the phone lines staffed ever since. Likewise, to help the public health department trace the spread of COVID-19, School of Public Health students took a crash training course to support investigations.

Meanwhile, our dedicated faculty turned HSC into the go-to resource for health experts in Texas media, sharing evidence-based information at a time when rumors are prevalent. The HSC COVID Relief Fund has donated $58,275 for much-needed assistance to our students and research to mitigate the impact of the virus. We continue to partner with the city of Fort Worth to help educate the community.

These are just a few examples of ways that HSC is making a difference. There are many more. It is because of YOU that HSC continues to prepare our future providers to respond to this pandemic and to protect our community.

HSC leadership continues to evaluate when we will be able to return to campus and to plan for how that that transition will occur. I will update you as more information becomes available.

Please stay safe and continue to follow CDC guidelines to protect yourself and your family.

With appreciation,

Mike

Dr. Michael R. Williams