Coronavirus

Updates

Posted Date: January 6, 2021
Categories: HSC Updates

We have received numerous questions over the past few weeks and want to provide some clarification regarding COVID-19 vaccines at HSC:

  • HSC Health has submitted an application to the State for consideration and approval to administer the COVID-19 vaccine.
  • The Texas COVID-19 Expert Vaccine Allocation Panel (EVAP) determines allocations and population priorities so we do not have a definitive date of when we will receive our initial vaccine allocation but are hoping it will be within the next few weeks.
  • While highly recommended, HSC employees are not required to receive the vaccine to be on campus.
  • All clinical faculty are subject to the guidelines as outlined by your respective clinical training site. If you foresee this as a potential issue, please contact your respective department immediately to discuss other options.
  • The Tarrant County Medical Society (TCMS) has identified opportunities for HSC clinical faculty who are involved in direct patient care (per the priority from the State) to register for the vaccine at various Tom Thumb locations.
    • If you are a faculty member involved in direct patient care and have not received information regarding where to get a vaccine, please contact your respective department as soon as possible.
  • If you have been designated as a Phase 1A or Phase 1B candidate due to being high risk, you can register for a vaccine at one of the following links:

We will continue to provide updates as we receive more information from EVAP.  In the interim, if you have questions or need additional information please do not hesitate to contact Vicki Cannon at vicki.cannon@unthsc.edu or Dr. Mark Chassay at mark.chassay@unthsc,edu.

Posted Date: January 6, 2021
Categories: Graduate School of Biomedical ScienceHSC UpdatesSchool of Health ProfessionsSchool of Public HealthTexas College of Osteopathic MedicineUNT System College of Pharmacy

We have received numerous questions over the past few weeks and want to provide some clarification regarding COVID-19 vaccines at HSC:

  • HSC Health has submitted an application to the State for consideration and approval to administer the COVID-19 vaccine.
  • The Texas COVID-19 Expert Vaccine Allocation Panel (EVAP) determines allocations and population priorities so we do not have a definitive date of when we will receive our initial vaccine allocation but are hoping it will be within the next few weeks.
  • HSC students are not required to receive the vaccine to be on campus.
  • All HSC students participating in clinical rotations are subject to the guidelines as outlined by your respective clinical training site. If you foresee this as a potential issue, please contact your respective department immediately to discuss other options.
  • The Tarrant County Medical Society (TCMS) has identified opportunities for HSC students actively participating in clinical rotations (per the priority from the State) to register for the vaccine at various Tom Thumb locations.
    • All students participating in clinical rotations should have been contacted directly by your respective program with further instructions.
    • If you are a student participating in clinical rotations and have not received this information, please contact your program directly.
    • All other students will have the opportunity to receive the vaccine at a later date and will be notified once it is available.
    • If you have been designated as a Phase 1A or Phase 1B candidate due to being high risk, you can register for a vaccine at one of the following links:

We will continue to provide updates as we receive more information from EVAP.  In the interim, if you have questions or need additional information please do not hesitate to contact Vicki Cannon at vicki.cannon@unthsc.edu or Dr. Mark Chassay at mark.chassay@unthsc,edu.

Posted Date: December 4, 2020
Categories: Meetings and Events

2021 Discover Myhsc Day Save The DateDate:

  • Saturday, April 10th, 2021

Location:

  • The 2021 Discover myHSC Day will be a Virtual Student Experience!

    More details regarding event logistics will be shared with you in Spring 2021!

Topics Include:

  • Financial Aid, Health Insurance & Student Finance
  • Care Team, Housing and Transportation
  • Academic Breakout Sessions
  • Student Engagement Opportunities
  • Campus Tour

Posted Date: November 2, 2020
Categories: Graduate School of Biomedical Science

To:      Online Medical Science and Clinical Research Management Students
From: Mike Mathis, Dean
Date:  October 8, 2020
Re:      Campus Update for Spring 2021

I would like to provide you with our current plans for an expansion of our reopening beginning this Spring 2021 semester while continuing to maintain adherence to protocols previously implemented for our health and safety.  The safety and well-being of our students, faculty and staff is our paramount concern.

All pre-existing online programs will remain unchanged; all course content and exams will continue to be delivered remotely.

However, we are aware that many of you reside in the Fort Worth area and have expressed an interest in accessing campus services such as the Gibson D. Lewis Health Science Library.  We want you to know that you are welcome to utilize these services as they become available to our student body; however, you will be required to have a student ID badge when on campus.  If you need a student ID badge, please contact Carla Johnson (Carla.Lee.Johnson@unthsc.edu) for instructions.

Please do not hesitate to reach out to me if you have any questions or concerns.

 

Posted Date: November 2, 2020
Categories: Graduate School of Biomedical Science

To:      Clinical Research Management and Biotechnology Students
From: Mike Mathis, Dean
Date:  October 8, 2020
Re:      Campus Update for Spring 2021

I would like to provide you with our current plans for an expansion of our reopening beginning this Spring 2021 semester while continuing to maintain adherence to protocols previously implemented for our health and safety.

In March 2020, all GSBS courses were converted to online delivery in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and all laboratory research activities were halted until June 2020.  Research faculty and students engaged in research activities returned to campus under the HSC Campus Re-opening Plan.  The last group of laboratory research students to return to campus were the incoming traditional M.S. and Ph.D. students who began laboratory rotations on September 1, 2020.  For Fall 2020, GSBS has remained online for course delivery of all didactic, journal club, and seminar courses.  Only laboratory research programs and laboratory-based courses have convened on campus.

We developed the following Spring 2021 semester plan to begin a phase-in of smaller didactic courses and gross anatomy laboratory exercises to in-person activities, while maintaining protocols implemented for our health and safety. Please note the following points as they relate to your internship practicum and defense plans for the Spring 2021 semester:

  1. All graduate students performing internship practicum duties will continue these activities at the practicum site in the Spring 2021 semester. Follow all directives from your assigned site to insure health and safety for yourself and others.
  2. All research proposal seminars/defenses and graduation seminars/defenses will continue to be held synchronously online.
  3. Graduate student advisory committee meetings can be held in-person on campus in appropriate rooms to accommodate social distancing.

Thank you for your flexibility in working with us as we continue to transition back to campus; we will be continuing to evaluate health and safety conditions throughout the Spring semester in order to remain in compliance with guidance and data from federal, state, local governments, and University health professionals.

Posted Date: November 2, 2020
Categories: Graduate School of Biomedical Science

To:      Medical Science Students
From: Mike Mathis, Dean
Date:  October 8, 2020
Re:      Campus Update for Spring 2021

In response to the message from Dr. Williams below, I would like to provide you with our current plans for an expansion of our reopening beginning this Spring 2021 semester while continuing to maintain adherence to protocols previously implemented for our health and safety.

In March 2020, all GSBS courses were converted to online delivery in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and all laboratory research activities were halted until June 2020.  Research faculty and students engaged in research activities returned to campus under the HSC Campus Re-opening Plan.  The last group of laboratory research students to return to campus were the incoming traditional M.S. and Ph.D. students who began laboratory rotations on September 1, 2020.  For Fall 2020, GSBS has remained online for course delivery of all didactic, journal club, and seminar courses.  Only laboratory research programs and laboratory-based courses have convened on campus.

We developed the following Spring 2021 semester plan to begin a phase-in of the didactic courses for traditional M.S. and Ph.D. students to in-person activities, while maintaining protocols implemented for our health and safety. Because of the limited seating capacity of our lecture halls in the context of social distancing, the didactic course activities for the face-to-face Medical Science cohort will continue to be delivered remotely during the Spring 2021 semester. Please note the following:

  • Gross Anatomy (PHAN 5401), a 5 SCH course that incorporates dissection activities in the BioSkills Laboratory, will be provided to the Face-to-Face Medical Science cohort in an in-person format.  Inclusion of this course in the curriculum has been a major strength of our program.  For the students in the Face-to-Face cohort, the Center for Anatomical Sciences has developed a plan to reduce the number of students present in the lab at any given time.  The Center has modeled this plan based on the successful Fall 2020 semester with the clinical programs requiring the cadaver lab instructional activities.  Students will be divided into six lab groups, which would participate in one hour sessions of laboratory activities, two to three times each week.  Additional educational activities may be held on campus on the days the students are on campus for the PHAN 5401 labs.  More details will be provided on the structure and calendar of course activities at a later date.
  • We will allow those students in the Face-to-Face Medical Science cohort to transfer to the Online Medical Science cohort, if they would prefer to continue their studies completely online due to family obligations, financial concerns, or concerns about risk exposure.  Please note that there may be a difference in tuition and fees assessed between the two cohorts. Use the online tuition and fee calculatorto estimate expenses.
  • The Online Medical Science cohort students enroll in Structural Anatomy (PHAN 5301), a 3 SCH course that does not contain an in-person laboratory component.  This course satisfies the curriculum requirement for the Online Medical Science degree.
  • Advisor assignment will not change for students who transfer from the Face-to-Face Medical Science cohort to the Online Medical Science cohort.  However, the mode of testing will change from ExamSoft to Canvas-based exams for students who transfer.
  • For those students who choose to transfer from the Face-to-Face Medical Science cohort to the Online Medical Science cohort please use the attached request form and email to Ms. Carla Johnson at Lee.Johnson@unthsc.edu.   Our deadline for transferring is November 1, 2020.

Thank you for your flexibility in working with us as we transition back to campus; we will be continuing to evaluate health and safety conditions throughout the Spring semester in order to remain in compliance with guidance and data from federal, state, local governments, and University health professionals.

We will provide additional details on the requirements of campus re-entry training in a subsequent email.  Our intent is to start in-person activities in January with sufficient time built in to ensure a sufficient quarantine period for students and faculty returning from the holidays.

Posted Date: November 2, 2020
Categories: Graduate School of Biomedical Science

To:      Medical Science and PhD Students
From: Mike Mathis, Dean
Date:  October 8, 2020
Re:      Campus Update for Spring 2021

I would like to provide you with our current plans for an expansion of our reopening beginning this Spring 2021 semester while continuing to maintain adherence to protocols previously implemented for our health and safety.

In March 2020, all GSBS courses were converted to online delivery in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and all laboratory research activities were halted until June 2020.  Research faculty and students engaged in research activities returned to campus under the HSC Campus Re-opening Plan.  The last group of laboratory research students to return to campus were the incoming traditional M.S. and Ph.D. students who began laboratory rotations on September 1, 2020.  For Fall 2020, GSBS has remained online for course delivery of all didactic, journal club, and seminar courses.  Only laboratory research programs and laboratory-based courses have convened on campus.

We developed the following Spring 2021 semester plan to begin a phase-in of the didactic courses for traditional M.S. and Ph.D. students to in-person activities, while maintaining protocols implemented for our health and safety.

  • The advanced courses for the traditional programs will be taught in-person on campus.  These courses typically have modest (5-15 student) enrollment, which should not present a problem for incorporating social distancing measures based on classroom capacity.
  • Journal Club, Seminar, and Works-in-Progress (WIPs) courses for the traditional programs will continue to be held synchronously online.  Participation in these courses is not limited to students, making it difficult to determine the number of participants who will be present during any given session.  Seminar courses that use external speakers have the added issue of travel restrictions on those speakers.  The online format allows participation for those in quarantine as well as those out of the immediate area.
  • All graduate students performing laboratory research will continue these activities on-site in the Spring 2021 semester.
  • All research proposal seminars/defenses and graduation seminars/defenses will continue to be held synchronously online.
  • Graduate student advisory committee meetings and oral qualifying examinations can be held in-person on campus in appropriate rooms to accommodate social distancing.

Thank you for your flexibility in working with us as we continue to transition back to campus; we will be continuing to evaluate health and safety conditions throughout the Spring semester in order to remain in compliance with guidance and data from federal, state, local governments, and university health professionals.

Posted Date: November 2, 2020
Categories: School of Health Professions

To:      PT Students
From: Glenn Forister, Dean
Date:  October 18, 2020
Re:      Campus Update for Spring 2021

For planning purposes, following are the key dates for the Spring 2021 semester for our PT classes:

  • Classes will begin on January 4, 2021 and will be delivered online through March 26, 2021.
  • Beginning the week of March 29, 2021 through May 7, 2021 students, faculty, and staff will be on-campus as needed for intensive lab activities.
  • All students, faculty, and staff have been advised that if they choose to travel and/or participate in large group activities they are responsible for monitoring themselves for clinical signs and symptoms of Covid-19 prior to returning to campus.

*Please note the information above is subject to change.

 

Posted Date: October 29, 2020
Categories: UNT System College of Pharmacy

To: HSC College of Pharmacy Faculty and Staff
From: S. Suresh Madhavan, Dean
Date: Thursday, October 8, 2020
Re: HSC Spring 2021 Update 

I am responding to follow-up on the email that you received yesterday from President Williams. For the past few weeks, a team consisting of Austin Luna, Dr. Lisa Killam-Worrall, Russell Coyle, Dr. Tina Machu and I have been working on developing a plan for the Spring 2021 semester based on directions from Provost Taylor and President Williams. 

The safety and well-being of our students, faculty and staff is our paramount concern. The plan we developed is similar to what other HSC colleges are doing. I want to give you a summary of what to expect, and we will provide details as to specific dates and times at a later date in the near future. 

First, department chairs and supervisors will let their faculty and staff know, based on job needs, who should come to campus and when, or continue working remotely, similar to what is currently happening. Research activities will continue as they are happening currently following approved safety measures being implemented. 

For students, given the size of the entire college of pharmacy student body, the limited number of faculty and staff, and the uncertainty surrounding the outlook of COVID-19, a complete return to pre-COVID-19 teaching is not possible. 

Therefore, all didactic content will continue to be delivered remotely with the sessions recorded for students to view at their own pace and time. Exams will also continue to be conducted remotely. Our goal for on-campus activities is to focus on those skills, labs, or group activities for which in person activities are essential to enhance student learning. 

These will include skill labs, OSCEs, recitations, compounding, group activities which are part of didactic courses, and in a few instances, IPPEs. Our intent is to start in-person sessions later in January to ensure a sufficient quarantine period for students and faculty returning from the holidays. Spring Break week will be deployed as non-instructional days or virtual only days. Several HSC-wide measures, similar to the ones in place now, and some additional measures for the safety and well-being of students, faculty and staff, will also be in place. 

More details about dates and times for on-campus activities, specifically by class year (P1 to P3), and precautions/safety measures will be provided soon to give you ample time to plan and prepare for the Spring 2021 semester. 

Thank you for your hard work and resilience during these tough times. For questions, please contact Austin.Luna@unthsc.edu or Suresh.Madhavan@unthsc.edu. 

Posted Date: October 29, 2020
Categories: UNT System College of Pharmacy

To: HSC College of Pharmacy Students
From: S. Suresh Madhavan, Dean
Date: Thursday, October 8, 2020
Re: HSC Spring 2021 Update 

I am responding to follow-up on the email that you received yesterday from President Williams. For the past few weeks, I have been working with a team of our faculty and staff on a plan for the Spring 2021 semester based on directions from Provost Taylor and President Williams. 

The safety and well-being of our students, faculty and staff is our paramount concern. The plan we developed is similar to what other HSC colleges are doing. I want to give you a summary of what to expect, and we will provide details as to specific dates and times at a later date in the near future. 

For students, given the size of the entire college of pharmacy student body, the limited number of faculty and staff, and the uncertainty surrounding the outlook of COVID-19, a complete return to pre-COVID-19 teaching is not possible. 

Therefore, all didactic content will continue to be delivered remotely with the sessions recorded for students to view at their own pace and time. Exams will also continue to be conducted remotely. Our goal for on-campus activities is to focus on those skills, labs, or group activities for which in person activities are essential to enhance student learning. 

These will include skill labs, OSCEs, recitations, compounding, group activities which are part of didactic courses, and in a few instances, IPPEs. Our intent is to start in-person sessions later in January to ensure a sufficient quarantine period for students and faculty returning from the holidays. Spring Break week will be deployed as non-instructional days or virtual only days. 

Several HSC-wide measures, similar to the ones in place now, and some additional measures for the safety and well-being of students, faculty and staff, will also be in place. 

More details about dates and times for on-campus activities, specifically by class year (P1 to P3), and precautions/safety measures will be provided soon to give you ample time to plan and prepare for the Spring 2021 semester. 

Thank you for your hard work and resilience during these tough times. For questions, please contact your Student Navigators, Julie.Herrmann@unthsc.edu or Jill.Jernigan@unthsc.edu