Coronavirus

Updates

Posted Date: March 24, 2020
Categories: HSC Updates

Dear Team,

In accordance with the Tarrant County Stay-At-Home order announced today, HSC will further reduce daily operations to limit the number of team members on campus.

Effective March 25, only select HSC leadership and employees essential to campus security, distance learning, animal research and clinical services, which transitioned to telehealth delivery last week, and the COVID-19 hotline and testing are allowed on campus. If you have not been notified by your supervisors as part of this essential group, please work from home until you receive further information.

The Stay-At-Home order is necessary to help prevent health care workers and first responders from becoming overwhelmed by COVID-19. HSC has previously encouraged all team members with the ability to perform their duties from a remote location to do so and developed alternative educational experiences to students outside the classroom.

Team members who are currently still working on campus in areas other than campus security, animal research or clinical services should check with their supervisors to determine remote work arrangements. Both full and part-time team members, including student employees, who cannot perform job duties from home will be placed on an emergency leave with pay until a return to normal operations.  Please contact HSC Campus HR or your immediate supervisor for any questions about COVID-19 related emergency leave.

Students will receive further information from their schools should this amended order modify the alternative learning systems currently in place.

I appreciate all of you and the dedicated team members who will continue to perform their jobs on campus to keep HSC operating during these difficult times.

Sincerely,

Mike
Dr. Michael R. Williams
President

Posted Date: March 27, 2020
Categories: UNT System College of Pharmacy

March 27, 2020

Dear SCP Students,

What a heavy dose of change you have experienced over the last two weeks!  You have experienced a whole new world with social distancing, virtual learning, and new ways of connecting with your classmates, instructors, mentors, employers, friends and family.

Frankly, we have run out of adjectives to describe the COVID-19 crisis and how it is impacting the whole world, almost like an apocalyptic movie story. However, if this had to happen, please know that you are in the good hands of our faculty and staff, who have been working earnestly and innovatively to make sure that your educational interests are paramount in everything we do. I feel so much in awe of what they are doing and how, in about a week’s time, they moved an entire College of Pharmacy curriculum and teaching and testing from the classroom to online, while also finding innovative ways to help you meet your IPPE and APPE requirements.

In talking with Dr. Emanuel George, it sounds like overall, you are adjusting very well to our “new normal” for the remainder of the semester. I know you have been working very hard to create processes to increase communication within your cohorts in a time of social distancing.  Some examples including creating class webpages, Google calendars and GroupMe messaging.

I hear many students are also enjoying a much more “relaxed” dress for class, and hopefully, that is helpful in creating a comfortable learning space for you! Remember, social distancing does not mean total isolation. Please continue to stay engaged and connected with friends, family, and neighbors – give them a video or telephone call. You will be helping them, too!

I want to thank you and let you know how much I admire your resilience and flexibility to adjusting to our new virtual model. Most importantly, I want you to know the UNT System College of Pharmacy is here for you. Your well-being is of utmost importance to us, and our faculty and staff want you to know we are available to provide guidance and resources for you.

Led by Dr. Annesha White, our Work Life Journey Task Force assembled some helpful wellness and stress management tools and resources in the attached documents. Please read through them, as there are many helpful tips and resources, including:

  • Tips for studying from home
  • Strategies when talking to children about COVID-19
  • Helpful Apps & Financial Tips
  • Stress Management Tools

Additionally, as you are adjusting to new ways of learning remotely, our team has compiled some virtual learning resources in the links below.

Some of the key messages include the following:

  • Self-care is a priority. Eat healthy, exercise, stay on a schedule, interact with others virtually or by observing social distancing. Find ways to stay connected.
  • Create a dedicated study space. Carve out a space of your own, where you can get comfortable, focus, and get in your study zone. The weather is getting nicer, so don’t rule out an outdoor study session.
  • Time management is important. Get into a routine. Set daily and weekly goals. Minimize distractions. Adhering to a schedule can create a framework for your day.
  • Celebrate successes and find time to relax! For all the hard work you are putting in, reward yourself with a virtual social hour, a lunch break with your family, a walk in the park or just taking a break to listen to your favorite podcast.
  • Ask for help. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to friends, family, coworkers, instructors or mentors at any time if you need a pep talk or if you just want to visit.

21 Study Tips for Online Class Success

Tips & Tricks for Taking Online Classes During COVID-19

12 Study Tips for Online Learners

8 Strategies for Getting the Most Out of Online Class

Additional resources & Contacts:

We are all in this together, so I encourage you to reach out to each other, faculty and staff at any time to help you with your needs. You may also reach me at Suresh.Madhavan@unthsc.edu if I can help in any way.

Stay well! 

Suresh Madhavan, MBA, PhD, FAPhA
Dean and Professor
UNT System College of Pharmacy

Posted Date: March 27, 2020
Categories: Academic TestingUNT System College of Pharmacy

As of Monday, March 30, UNT System College of Pharmacy will resume our exam schedule as planned. Moving forward, all exams will be held on their originally scheduled dates. Exams will be administered online with remote monitoring (not conducted on campus). Please check the Class Calendar and Canvas, as some start times may change.

If you have questions, please reach out to your instructor via Canvas or the contacts below.

Posted Date: March 27, 2020
Categories: UNT System College of Pharmacy

To:       SCP Faculty and Staff
From: Dean Madhavan
Date:   Friday, March 27, 2020
Re:      Message from the Dean

Another extraordinary week and you all have continued to respond superbly to the fluid situation with new work-from-home guidelines. Our institution’s top priority is to maintain your safety and health while making sure our students are able to graduate or complete the semesters in a timely way.

It is simply amazing to me what our dedicated group of faculty and staff have achieved in such a short time! You have moved an entire College of Pharmacy curriculum and teaching and testing from the classroom to online while also finding innovative ways to help our students meet their IPPE and APPE requirements. Kudos to all of you who did this transformation AND our dedicated staff who enabled the transformation, quietly and unassumingly. You have demonstrated resilience and grit throughout this process, and I couldn’t be more proud of the example you are setting for our students during these difficult times. You have truly shown what our values service to others, collaborate, and be visionary is all about.

I sincerely hope you are all doing well and adjusting to working remotely. As I’ve seen in some of your photos, you’ve adopted new “office mates” and are settling in to new routines. I too am adjusting to remote working but do miss seeing you all in person and the hustle and bustle of our hallways in between classes. I encourage you to reach out to one another and stay connected throughout this process. In some ways, I think, the Zoom meetings and teleconferences have brought us together metaphorically as we practice social distancing.

I know things are not easy with the daily adjustments and other challenges, but I appreciate everything you are doing to help our students and each other to feel supported and get through these incredible times. Indeed, I am sure that eventually we will get on the other side of the COVID-19 crisis, but what you are doing now to help the college is much more long-term and critical for our students to graduate and have long and successful careers. That is the very essence of why we exist and our mission.

Please know I am deeply grateful to all of you, and don’t hesitate to contact me if I can be of help in any way at Suresh.Madhavan@unthsc.edu .  Warm regards.

College Updates from Dr. Lisa Killam-Worrall

Experiential Update: The class of 2020 finished block 7 APPE on March 27 and the class of 2021 finished block H of IPPE on March 26!  We are proud to announce that we have secured APPE rotation placement for our Class of 2020 students in Block 8 beginning March 30.  This has been accomplished with much review, collaboration and innovation from ACPE, AACP Experiential Education SIG, TCEP and our faculty.  We continue to ask preceptors and sites to consider our soon to be graduates essential personnel so that rotations can continue especially during shelter in place.

Curriculum: The remainder of the Spring semester will be offered online.  Faculty such as Dr. Wesling, Dr. Howard and Dr. George continue to innovate and collaborate so that hands on or face to face OSCEs can be delivered via electronic means this semester.  Faculty, with the help of SEAS and each other, are quickly learning Zoom, Mediasite and other parts of Canvas to deliver courses.  We appreciate the leadership within the classes reaching out to faculty and administration and providing actionable feedback for this transition time.  It is clear that we are all in this together and committed to success!  Together, we make healthcare better – our college’s motto, as amended by Dr. Clay.

Testing: We had to postpone exams the week of March 16.  As of 3/30, we will be back on the exam schedule for all classes.  The exam date will remain the same, but the start time may change slightly.  SEAS will update the Class Calendar.  Please read emails from Testing carefully.

Posted Date: March 25, 2020
Categories: Graduate School of Biomedical ScienceHSC UpdatesSchool of Health ProfessionsSchool of Public HealthTexas College of Osteopathic MedicineUNT Health ClinicUNT System College of Pharmacy

How do I know if I was exposed to COVID-19?  

You generally need to be in close contact with a sick person to get infected.

Close contact includes any of the following:

  • Living in the same household as a sick person with COVID-19
  • Caring for a sick person with COVID-19
  • Being within 6 feet of a sick person with COVID-19 for a short period of time
  • Being in direct contact with secretions from a sick person with COVID-19 (i.e. being coughed on, kissing, sharing utensils, etc.)

If you have not been in close contact with a sick person with COVID-19, you are considered to be at low risk for infection.

What should I do if I come in close contact to a Person Under Investigation (PUI) or someone with a confirmed case of COVID-19 but am not feeling sick?

If you are a student, you should notify Student Health (817-735-5051) and your primary care physician. If you are staff or faculty, contact your primary care physician. Monitor your health for fever, cough and shortness of breath for 14 days after the last day you were in close contact with the PUI or person with a confirmed case of COVID-19. You should not go to work or school and should avoid public places for no less than 14 days.

What should I do if I come in close contact with a PUI or someone with a confirmed case of  COVID-19 and am feeling sick? 

If you get sick with fever, cough or shortness of breath (even if your symptoms are very mild), you should notify Student Health (817-735-5051) and your primary care physician if you are a student. If you are faculty or staff, contact your primary care physician. You should stay a minimum of 6 feet away from all people, not go to work or school and avoid public places for no less than 14 days.

If you have any of the following conditions that may increase your risk for a serious infection –age 60 years or over, are pregnant, or have medical conditions – contact your physician’s office and tell them that you were exposed to a PUI or person with a confirmed case of COVID-19.  They may want to monitor your health more closely or test you for COVID-19.

If you do not have a high-risk condition but want medical advice, call your primary care physician and tell them you were exposed to a PUI or person with a confirmed case of COVID-19. Your primary care physician can help you decide if you need to be evaluated in person.

If you have a medical emergency and need to call 911, notify the dispatch personnel that you may have been exposed to COVID-19. If possible, put on a facemask before emergency medical services arrive or immediately after they arrive at your location.

 

Posted Date: March 25, 2020
Categories: HSC UpdatesUncategorized

To: UNTHSC Students
From: Financial Aid and Registrar Offices
Date: March 25, 2020
Re: Enrollment and Financial Aid

During these challenging times, we understand that each of you have concerns about your enrollment at the Health Science Center as well as the financial aspects of funding your education. We want you to know that we hear you and we are here for you.

Our offices are working with multiple entities to determine the best course of action to ensure you and your classmates are able to progress through your programs as planned.
We receive daily updates from agencies including the Department of Education, Veterans Affairs, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, and programmatic accrediting bodies. Our offices are working to navigate the guidance we receive from these agencies in collaboration with the UNT System and HSC leadership to assist you in the best way possible.

Unfortunately, we are unable to answer many questions right now as we simply don’t have the information due to this being an unprecedented event. Your concerns are the same as others all over the country and we are committed to doing everything within our power to try to get answers for you as soon as possible. As we wait for further direction, we want to keep you informed of your current financial aid options. Below is a list of each Program’s last day of the Spring 2020 term.

If you need additional funding, we strongly encourage you to apply 5-10 business days prior to your term end date. We cannot disburse any financial aid to students after the last day of your Spring 2020 term has passed. Please note that funding is not guaranteed.

Program and Year Last Day of Term
TCOM, 1st Year 6/5/2020
TCOM, 2nd Year 5/1/2020
TCOM, 3rd Year 6/19/2020
TCOM, 4th Year 4/24/2020
PASG, Year 1 5/15/2020
PASG, Year 2 5/22/2020
PASG, Year 3 4/28/2020
DPT, Years 1 & 2 5/8/2020
DPT, Year 3 4/3/2020
SCP, Years 1-4 5/8/2020
GSBS 5/1/2020
SPH 5/8/2020

If you have questions or need additional information, please reach out to us at Financial Aid, FinAid@unthsc.edu or Office of the Registrar, Registrar@unthsc.edu.

Posted Date: March 24, 2020
Categories: Graduate School of Biomedical Science

To:      GSBS Faculty, Staff and Students

From: Michael Mathis, Dean

Date:   March 24, 2020

Re:      GSBS Continuity Update

In response to the “Stay at Home” directive announced this morning by Tarrant County Judge Whitley and Mayor Betsy Price, all GSBS on-campus activities must cease by midnight tonight through Friday, April 3, 2020.  Until that time, any ongoing ramp-down research activities will need to be performed with a limited staff of one individual per laboratory (or at most two with adequate social distancing).

Beginning at midnight on March 24, 2020, no GSBS personnel (faculty, staff, or students) are permitted on-campus (with the exceptions exemplified below) until the directive is rescinded.  All GSBS activities should proceed remotely as UNTHSC is not shutting down and operations will continue with very limited on-campus personnel.  Supervisors are responsible for maintaining continuous day-to-day communications and directing the operations of remote team members.  Team members with any questions or concerns should reach out to your immediate supervisors as soon as possible.

The GSBS Department Chairs and NTERI’s Executive Director, have designated the following individuals as representatives, who will be allowed on campus during this time to regularly monitor the functionality of critical laboratory equipment identified by Department faculty:

  • Tom Cunningham and Dr. Jonathan Tune – P&A
  • Harlan Jones and Dr. Rance Berg – MIG
  • David Siderovski, Ms. Ali Winters, and Dr. Kathleen Borgmann – P&N
  • Raghu Krishnamoorthy – NTERI

GSBS investigators performing ongoing on-campus experiments (such as those requiring continued animal maintenance, or preserving sensitive samples), whose cessation would result in the irretrievable loss of research may request an exception from this restriction in writing to the Department Chair for approval by the Dean.  Each exception request must contain a justification, activity and safety plans, a timeline for operations, as well as a list of any individuals who will be on campus.  The plan should also accommodate only essential laboratory activities.

The Dean must approve all other exception requests for on-campus occurrences of essential activities that cannot be accomplished remotely.

 

Unfortunately, the HSC Food Pantry is closed until further notice. We are currently exploring other options and will share that information as soon as possible. We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience.

In the interim, if you have any questions regarding the Food Pantry please call the Care Team’s on-call number at 817.735.2740 or send an email to careteam@unthsc.edu.

Testing Update – Previously planned on-site exams will be administered online or rescheduled.  Students will be contacted by GSBS Faculty and/or Testing and Evaluation Services regarding all scheduled exams moving forward.

As a reminder, please go to our website for academic program specific information, general HSC updates, meeting and event cancellations, etc as it’s updated multiple times a day.

The COVID-19 pandemic is unprecedented, and we must do everything we can to work together in mitigating virus spread while continuing to be kind and supportive of one another.  I am deeply grateful to all GSBS faculty, staff, and students for your sacrifice and dedication during this challenging time.  Please stay well and send me an email at Michael.mathis@unthsc.edu if you have any questions or need additional information.

Posted Date: March 24, 2020
Categories: School of Public Health

To:      SPH Faculty, Staff and Students
From: Dennis Thombs, Dean
Date:   March 24, 2020
Re:      SPH Update

In response to the “Stay at Home” directive announced this morning by Tarrant County Judge Whitley and Mayor Betsy Price, all SPH on-campus activities (with the exception of essential health care services) must cease by midnight tonight through Friday, April 3, 2020.

While working from home, all faculty and staff are expected to maintain ongoing communication with your supervisors for regular department updates as well as any modification in your work-from-home responsibilities.

I’m going to continue reiterating the importance of maintaining social distancing of at least 6 feet from others in all that you do every day including, but not limited to, stopping by campus today prior to midnight to pick up any materials or supplies you need to continue your job responsibilities from home.

Unfortunately, the Food Pantry is closed indefinitely beginning today.  We are working on an alternative plan for those in need of items from the Food Pantry after today and will provide more information as it becomes available.  In the interim, if you have any questions regarding the Food Pantry please call the Care Team’s on-call number at 817.735.2740 or send an email to careteam@unthsc.edu.

As a reminder, please go to our website for academic program specific information, general HSC updates, meeting and event cancellations, etc as it’s updated multiple times a day.

The COVID-19 pandemic is unprecedented, and we must do everything we can to work together in slowing the spread of the virus while continuing to be kind and supportive of one another. I am deeply grateful to all of you for your sacrifice and dedication during this challenging time.

Please stay well and don’t hesitate to send me an email at Dennis.Thombs@unthsc.edu if you have any questions or need additional information.

Posted Date: March 24, 2020
Categories: School of Health Professions

To:      SHP Faculty, Staff and Students

From: Glenn Forister, Dean

Date:   March 24, 2020

Re:      SHP Update

In response to the “Stay at Home” directive announced this morning by Tarrant County Judge Whitley and Mayor Betsy Price, all SHP on-campus activities (with the exception of essential health care services) must cease by midnight tonight through Friday, April 3, 2020.

While working from home, all faculty and staff are expected to maintain ongoing communication with your supervisors for regular department updates as well as any modification in your work-from-home responsibilities.

I’m going to continue reiterating the importance of maintaining social distancing of at least 6 feet from others in all that you do every day including, but not limited to, stopping by campus today prior to midnight to pick up any materials or supplies you need to continue your job responsibilities from home.

Testing Update – Previously planned on-site exams will be administered online or rescheduled.  Students will be contacted by SHP Faculty and/or Testing and Evaluation Services regarding all scheduled exams moving forward.

Unfortunately, the HSC Food Pantry is closed until further notice. We are currently exploring other options and will share that information as soon as possible. We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience.

In the interim, if you have any questions regarding the Food Pantry please call the Care Team’s on-call number at 817.735.2740 or send an email to careteam@unthsc.edu.

As a reminder, please go to our website for academic program specific information, general HSC updates, meeting and event cancellations, etc as it’s updated multiple times a day.

The COVID-19 pandemic is unprecedented, and we must do everything we can to work together in slowing the spread of the virus while continuing to be kind and supportive of one another. I am deeply grateful to all of you for your sacrifice and dedication during this challenging time.

Please stay well and don’t hesitate to send me an email at Glenn.Forister@unthsc.edu if you have any questions or need additional information.

Posted Date: March 24, 2020
Categories: UNT System College of Pharmacy

To:      SCP Faculty, Staff and Students
From: Suresh Madhavan, Dean
Date:   March 24, 2020
Re:      SCP Update

In response to the “Stay at Home” directive announced this morning by Tarrant County Judge Whitley and Mayor Betsy Price, all SCP on-campus activities (with the exception of essential health care services) must cease by midnight tonight through Friday, April 3, 2020.

While working from home, all faculty and staff are expected to maintain ongoing communication with your supervisors for regular department updates as well as any modification in your work-from-home responsibilities.

I’m going to continue reiterating the importance of maintaining social distancing of at least 6 feet from others in all that you do every day including, but not limited to, stopping by campus today prior to midnight to pick up any materials or supplies you need to continue your job responsibilities from home.

Testing Update – Previously planned on-site exams will be administered online or rescheduled.  Students will be contacted by SCP Faculty and/or Testing and Evaluation Services regarding all scheduled exams moving forward.

Unfortunately, the HSC Food Pantry is closed until further notice. We are currently exploring other options and will share that information as soon as possible. We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience.

With regard to research, the SCP Department Chairs and NTERI’s Executive Director, have designated the following individuals as representatives, who will be allowed on campus during this time to regularly monitor the functionality of critical laboratory equipment identified by Department faculty: Dr. Kyle Emmitte, Ms. Donna Coyle, Ms. Jianmei Wang, Dr. Denise Inman for NTERI (IREB labs), Dr. Bill Weiss for PCS, and Dr. Jerry Simecka,

SCP investigators performing ongoing on-campus experiments (such as those requiring continued animal maintenance, or preserving sensitive samples), whose cessation would result in the irretrievable loss of research may request an exception from this restriction in writing to the Department Chair for approval by the Dean.  Each exception request must contain a justification, activity and safety plans, a timeline for operations, as well as a list of any individuals who will be on campus.  The plan should also accommodate only essential laboratory activities.  The Dean must approve all other exception requests for on-campus occurrences of essential activities that cannot be accomplished remotely.

For academic programs, please go to our website for academic program specific information, general HSC updates, meeting and event cancellations, etc., as it is updated multiple times a day.

The COVID-19 pandemic is unprecedented, and we must do everything we can to work together in slowing the spread of the virus while continuing to be kind and supportive of one another. I am deeply grateful to all of you for your sacrifice and dedication during this challenging time.

Please stay well, and don’t hesitate to reach out to me at Suresh.Madhavan@unthsc.edu or contact your instructors via Canvas or the contacts below if you have any questions or need additional information.

Posted Date: March 24, 2020
Categories: Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine

To:      TCOM Faculty, Staff and Students
From: Frank Filipetto, Dean
Date:   March 24, 2020
Re:      TCOM Update

In response to the “Stay at Home” directive announced this morning by Tarrant County Judge Whitley and Mayor Betsy Price, all TCOM on-campus activities (with the exception of essential health care services) must cease by midnight tonight through Friday, April 3, 2020.

TCOM’s online/distance curriculum delivery for all students will continue as planned.

Following are additional details:

  • All year 1 and year 2 examinations will be delivered remotely.
  • For year 3 and 4 students:
    • Clinical COMAT examinations the NBOME is hosting a webinar for all schools tomorrow to learn how to deliver COMAT examinations remotely.
    • We anticipate this capability may only be a few days away from being implemented.
    • You should expect continued specific information from your respective curriculum directors, clinical directors, and Testing Services.
    • For those year 3 and 4 students still willing and approved by a host site to perform clinical electives you may continue to do so if your site considers clinical students may be functioning in situations that are important to the delivery of essential services in hospitals, clinics, pharmacies, etc.
    • You also have the option through the Office of Osteopathic Clinical Education to sign up for one of the on-line electives if your next rotation period is an elective.
    • You will be receiving a communication from them with more specifics.

While working from home, all faculty and staff are expected to maintain ongoing communication with your supervisors for regular department updates as well as any modification in your work-from-home responsibilities.

I’m going to continue reiterating the importance of maintaining social distancing of at least 6 feet from others in all that you do every day including, but not limited to, stopping by campus today prior to midnight to pick up any materials or supplies you need to continue your job responsibilities from home.

Unfortunately, the HSC Food Pantry is closed until further notice. We are currently exploring other options and will share that information as soon as possible. We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience.

In the interim, if you have any questions regarding the Food Pantry please call the Care Team’s on-call number at 817.735.2740 or send an email to careteam@unthsc.edu.

As a reminder, please go to our website for academic program specific information, general HSC updates, meeting and event cancellations, etc. as its updated multiple times a day.

The COVID-19 pandemic is unprecedented, and we must do everything we can to work together in slowing the spread of the virus while continuing to be kind and supportive of one another. I am deeply grateful to all of you for your sacrifice and dedication during this challenging time.

Please stay well and don’t hesitate to send me an email at Frank.Filipetto@unthsc.edu if you have any questions or need additional information.