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Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Information for educators and students

This page is designed to provide the most current information of use to students and educators at the College of Medicine as leadership evaluates what personal protective equipment and training is needed for students and determining when it will be safe to resume clinical learning and classroom/small group training.

Clinical rotations resumed June 1 for rising fourth-year medical students. Other medical and physician assistant students are expected to be phased in for clinical rotations from the end of July through the end of August. Graduate student education will continue remotely for the time being, with the exception of lab training, which will be phased.

Info for educators

Guidance for faculty and instructors

Penn State is actively and carefully monitoring the situation regarding COVID-19. The guidelines below provide up-to-date advice to Penn State faculty and instructors regarding teaching. These guidelines will be regularly reviewed and updated as this situation unfolds.

Last updated: March 24.

View the guidance for faculty and instructors

Guide to remote teaching

Penn State's Remote Teaching website has a number of resources to help faculty offer courses remotely when teaching on campus is not an option.

See the Remote Teaching website

Accessibility resources for remote courses

All online materials, including online learning, must follow University policies regarding accessibility for people with disabilities and differences. A number of resources are available for instructors who are offering online courses.

In addition, the College of Medicine Accessibility Web Liaisons are available to answer specific accessibility questions and provide links to resources for particular needs. Email comweb@pennstatehealth.psu.edu with questions.

See University accessibility resources
Email the College of Medicine Accessibility Web Liaisons

Info for students

All students

If having symptoms or exposed to someone who is COVID-19 positive

Penn State College of Medicine students who think they have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, or who have symptoms themselves, should follow specific guidance.

See COVID-19 exposure protocols
All students

Submit a COVID-19 question

Students are invited to submit their questions about the College of Medicine's response to COVID-19, or about changes to the curriculum as a result of it, to their program via an online form.

Submit a student question
All students

Student travel guidance

Students at Penn State College of Medicine are expected to follow the interim travel protocols and policies in place for their program of study. One policy is in place for MD and PA students, and another for graduate students. There is a form to be used to report travel in accordance with that guidance.

See MD and PA student travel guidance
See graduate student travel guidance
Report travel here
Graduate students

GSA Care Committee

The Graduate Student Association is committed to providing support for grad students who are isolated at home during COVID-19. Students who are unable to leave their homes for various reasons should complete the online form below, and the GSA COVID Care Committee will reach out.

Submit Info to Care Committee
Graduate students

Chat with Chuck

Associate Dean for Graduate Education Dr. Charles Lang is hosting "Chat with Chuck" sessions for graduate students and staff in the Office of Graduate Education. Chats are held noon Fridays via Zoom.

Graduate students can contact the Office of Graduate Education at rmr16@psu.edu for the Zoom link.

Email Grad Ed for the Zoom link
MD students

COVID-19 MD Student Response program

The mission of the Penn State College of Medicine COVID-19 MD Student Response project is to identify gaps in the health care system and utilize these gaps as leverage points upon which students can build the structural frameworks necessary to reduce burden on clinicians and the health system.

Students interested in starting a new task force or joining an existing task force can do so via the project's webpage. Information on current task forces is posted there as well.

See MD Student Response task forces