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Phase 1, Year 2 COVID Updates

Updated December 14, 2020

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.

Comprehensive Basic Science Exam (CBSE)

The CBSE will be delivered virtually on January 11, 2021. In keeping with NBME requirements the exam will be proctored via Zoom.  Zoom logon information will be supplied through your host campus.

Curriculum

Endocrinology, Reproductive Biology, Musculoskeletal and Dermatology. (Jan 14 – Feb 26th) will be delivered virtually using a combination of pre-recorded lectures and Zoom.  All exams will be delivered remotely through Examsoft.

Foundations of Clinical Practice 2 (Jan 14 – Feb 23) will be delivered virtually using a combination of pre-recorded lectures and Zoom.  Due to COVID restrictions, longitudinal preceptor visits will not be held this fall.  The end of FCP2 OSCE will be a virtual TeleOSCE.

Step 1 study and exam time (Feb 27 – April 11)

Phase 2 start (April 12th)

COVID-19 Practices for FCP2

COVID-related considerations have resulted in modifications to the Phase 1 curriculum. FCP2 will not contain required face-to-face sessions in the Spring.


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.

What will happen to Class of 2023 in regard to clinical experiences in the Spring?

FCP2 will be delivered virtually using a combination of pre-recorded lectures, Zoom and the course ending TeleOSCE.  Due to COVID restrictions, longitudinal preceptor visits will not be held. To ensure you have adequate opportunities to refresh your history and physical exam skills, your curricular leadership are working on a number of activities to sharpen your skills, including possible in-person clinical training prior to starting your clerkships as part of the expanded Transitions 2 (April 12 – 30).  The extended T2 time will allow for additional physical exam practice with Standardized Patients.  April 28-29 will be devoted to Sessions To Enhance Physician Success (STEPS) activities. You will also have time to complete some of your onboarding requirements for facilities where you will be rotating.