COVID-19 Status Update

Mar. 18, 2020

ACADEMIC AFFAIRS & EDUCATION -- MD PROGRAM

Our students are currently on spring break. When they return, they will begin remote instruction. Resource sessions will be recorded and the directors of  Problem-based learning (PBL)  Analytics In Medicine (AIM) and Doctoring have been charged with converting to their course content online as much as possible. This strategy is aligned with the rest of the university and other institutions around the country.

National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) examinations will still be held at the Shadow Lane campus. They will be administered to small groups of students at staggered times. The computer equipment and desks are routinely disinfected before testing occurs.

Nevada Community Service activity has been suspended for the rest of the semester.

3rd-year students who have been shadowing physicians in the hospitals and clinics have been removed from having face-to-face interaction with patients per recommendations from the American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC). No medical student should be the first line of encounter for a patient with symptoms that are suggestive of COVID-19 infection.

All non-essential administrative staff are working from home (effective 3/18/20) as directed by Governor Sisolak. Staff have received training, including a video from HR about working remotely: https://www.linkedin.com/posts/jamesguilford_remoteteams-remotework-remoteworkers-activity-6644610340460081152-TjfJ

GRADUATE MEDICAL EDUCATION

Residents and fellows continue their duties in the hospitals and are reminded about, or retrained, if necessary, on best practices for protecting themselves from infection. The Office of Graduate Medical Education has been communicating with stakeholders throughout the outbreak. 

UNLV MEDICINE (Clinical arm of the UNLV School of Medicine)

At the 17 UNLV Medicine clinics, COVID-19 screening of patients has begun through the centralized call center. Additionally, a screening questionnaire is being implemented at all clinics.

Large meetings and events have been cancelled, postponed or conducted virtually. Frequently touched surfaces, including tables, doorknobs, lights, switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilet s faucets, and sinks must be cleaned and disinfected daily.