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Phase 1, Year 1 COVID-19 Updates

Updated January 22, 2021

Plans for the spring semester are being made based on projected COVID-19 concerns. If conditions were to improve significantly due to reduced disease activity in Indiana, IUSM will look for ways to increase face-to-face activities based on recommendations from AAMC, CDC and the Indiana State Department of Health.

Phase 1, Year 1 – Courses

Foundations of Clinical Practice 1 (Aug 24 – May 21) will be delivered in a hybrid format. Initial course sessions (through 2/22) will be delivered virtually using a combination of pre-recorded lectures and Zoom. Currently we hope to re-start in-person small groups, focused on Clinical exam skills, using appropriate social distancing and PPE on February 22, 2021. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, longitudinal preceptor visits will not be held. The end of FCP1 OSCE will be a virtual TeleOSCE.

Fundamentals of Health and Disease (Jan 11 – Feb 19) will be delivered virtually using a combination of pre-recorded lectures, Zoom for small groups and InScribe for questions statewide.  Exams will be delivered remotely through Examsoft.

*Host Defense (Feb 22 – Apr 2) will be delivered virtually using a combination of pre-recorded lectures and Zoom.  Exams will be delivered remotely through Examsoft and possibly the NBME.

*Neuroscience and Behavior (Apr 12 – May 21) will be delivered virtually using a combination of pre-recorded lectures and Zoom.  Exams will be delivered remotely through Examsoft and possibly the NBME.

*pending Covid-19 conditions, small group activities may transition to in person, using appropriate social distancing and PPE.

COVID-19 Practices

COVID-related considerations have resulted in modifications to the Phase 1 curriculum. 

Social distancing, masks, and all rules of the IU restart programs will be adhered to.

We have planned time for make-up sessions during the summer for students who must miss important in-person training experiences in FCP1.

Our goal is to avoid disruptions or delays to your progression through the curriculum, and we are redoubling those efforts in light of the challenges we all face through COVID. These are intensive hands-on experiences that require significant planning, and we can therefore only make this option available to students with excused absences, such as for illness or emergencies.

We ask for your understanding and cooperation to ensure that these limited makeup experiences can be used by students who need them.

If you anticipate needing to miss any or all of these sessions, please reach out to Assistant Dean Dr. Abigail Klemsz who will work with you on planning the timing of your summer plans and other important considerations.    


FAQs

What is expected from our cohort in terms of extracurricular activities to be competitive for residency?

Residencies understand that extracurricular activities and clinical experiences will be limited in the 2020-2021 (and possibly further) academic year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Opportunities for clinical exposure will be limited across the country. There will not be expectations for specific extracurricular activities to be competitive for residency due to these limitations. Students should seek out opportunities as available but not feel obligated to do so given some of the current restrictions.

How should the Class of 2024 apply to and choose summer opportunities that are safe? 

Work with your Lead Advisors/Career Mentors on choosing appropriate summer opportunities that are safe and beneficial for your specific career goals. There may be more limited opportunities this upcoming summer for students nationwide due to the effects of the pandemic, and some opportunities may not be available. Expect more updates to come regarding summer research opportunities.