- About RVU
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Clint Adams, DO (President and CEO)
David Park, DO (Team Leader, UT Medical Officer)
Tom Told, DO (Vice President of Academic Affairs)
Jerry Armstrong (Vice President of Human Resources)
Julie Rosenthal (Communications Officer)
Dennis Kinder, MD (CO Medical Officer)
Drew Ambler, DO (Medical Officer – Infectious Disease Consultant)
Gary Pippin (Director of CO Operations)
Kristine Jenkins (Director of UT Operations)
Andrew Stevens (CO Security)
Terry Meyers (UT Security)
Jennifer Badolato (RVU Health Center Administrator)
Brad Ellis (IT Manager)
The Medical Officers on the Response Team are charged to protect the RVU community and are not supposed to act as health care providers for individuals. The Medical Officers will assess people and their situations on an individual basis to determine if it is acceptable for that individual to be on campus.
This is a university emergency response team so questions regarding high-level university operations or questions about COVID-19 policies and procedures are appropriate. Constructive feedback is also appropriate. The email address is email@example.com
The campus along with all in-person activities are canceled through the end of May. An announcement will be made as soon as it is determined it is safe to resume on-site classes and activities.
First, I want to compliment everyone on the very professional way you have all reacted to quickly adapt to the health challenges that have gripped our Nation for the past few weeks. We need your continued resolve for we expect these conditions will continue into late spring and summer. Rest assured that we are working with all the other medical schools and COMS in the country in a coordinated effort to provide you with a quality experiences in the face of these challenges. It will take your full attention and cooperation during the coming weeks to help with not only your education, but the support of our community and Nation as well.
The most important action at this point you can do toward continuing your education is to remain connected on a virtual basis at all times with the school. We have a good plan, but you must stay alert and engaged should conditions change. With that said some have asked why we have limited access to the school by students to mingle and study?
It is absolutely critical that we protect our ability to deliver the curriculum and assessment services uninterrupted through the entire span of this Pandemic. To do that it is necessary to support and protect our Information Technology Department, Curriculum Management Department, and other key Individuals from becoming causalities of the epidemic. To do this we must take measures stronger than simply social distancing, or hand washing which we are all doing at this time.
We need to keep the corps of essential people small and able to function in the safest environment possible within the school building for a sustained period. That means exclusion of all individuals from the building who are not essential to these important functions, and having everyone work from home as you are now doing. I know this is not as convenient as you desired, but it is necessary for the well being of everyone holding vital educational support duties at RVU. Taking these steps will greatly enhance our ability to weather this storm in grand fashion.
This national emergency is an opportunity to spread your horizons and learn a new talent, like being able to concentrate in different environments or focus on key points while being distracted. Like any new skill it may seem hard at first but it can be mastered.
We selected every one of you knowing you had the adaptability and resilience to become an outstanding physician, and that test has come sooner than we expected. These are challenging times for everyone and with your help, understanding, and cooperation we will get through this life experience much wiser and stronger.
Stay well, and remained focused.
Dr. Tom Told
Stay home and contact your primary care physician or the state health department for guidance. If your situation becomes life threatening, contact 911.
At this point, you are advised to stay at home and only go out for essential needs (food, medicine, medical attention). Remain a distance of 6 feet from other people.
Many medical experts contribute the success of mitigating the spread of the virus in Asian countries to the public wearing masks. Here are the key points to remember about masks: The goal of wearing a regular mask is to protect the public by reducing the spread of the virus through respiratory droplets. The goal of wearing a respirator mask (N95) is to protect the wearer from getting infected by the virus.
An emergency POD (Point of Dispensing) will receive medications, vaccines, or other critical supplies to treat victims in case of a catastrophic emergency.
There are many publications rapidly coming out, so it is difficult to stay up to date with them. Below are links to websites that are routinely updated with the latest research:
The following are recommended: two kits (a go-bag and a home kit); be ready to shelter in place, on and off, for up to three months; long-term food, medicine, and other necessities; have financial resources sufficient for three months, does not have to be cash; family communications plan, exercise regularly; look in on elderly and infirm neighbors; stay fit and ensure good nutrition, and take care of
A great online resource for more tips is: https://www.ready.gov/kit
No. The curriculum continues to be delivered and the university will work with all accrediting agencies to modify curriculum delivery to ensure our students will graduate on time with a degree. Students will not be assessed additional tuition for make-up rotations.
Our first and foremost reason for this is to ensure the safety of everyone. Limiting access into the building increase the risk for those employees who must come into the building to ensure that operations can effectively continue. Additionally, the Governor’s in both Colorado and Utah have asked all of us to practice social distancing and limit the size of groups gathering in any location. Further on 03/26/2020, Douglas County, Colorado is mandated to shelter in place. This new government mandate requires that all citizens comply and while there is an exemption for educators, this exemption only allows for those necessary to ensure that online learning is delivered.
Most insurance plans are now activating emergency plans to ensure that Americans have access to the prevention, testing, and treatment needed to handle the current Covid-19 situation. If you are using your own plan, please contact them for specific information related to Covid-19 testing and treatment. If you are using the RVU Aetna plan, Aetna is waiving co-pays for diagnostic testing, and zero co-pay for telemedicine visits. For additional questions, please contact Aetna directly.
Access RVU website for Mental and Physical Health Resources located at http://www.rvu.edu/rvu-co/student-affairs/mental-and-physical-health-resources/#1527797102628-18f0850b-96cf. For access to a professional counselor please call: 1-888-893-LINC (5462)
Unless there is a catastrophic event or a series of extraordinary circumstances, RVU has no intentions of completely shutting down the functions and operations of the University. RVU has a commitment to ensure our students receive their education and graduate on time. The accrediting agencies are being flexible and adaptive, and working with us to make sure our students progress in their academic studies. The COVID-19 Response Team is working on identifying parameters in the event of a total shut down and developing a contingency plan.
The various email communications that students receive are determined by the program in which they are in. As such, one concise email communication will not be relevant to some students. Other email communications, such as the Presidential Memos and COVID-19 Response Team emails, are sent out to employees in addition to students.
RVU Leadership is mindful of the need for concise communications and will continue to streamline the process. If anyone is having a hard time keeping track of the various emails, we recommend the student section on the RVU COVID-19 webpage which houses all student-related information.
You can expect some form of communication from the COVID-19 Response Team at least once a week. Please remember that the COVID-19 Response Team deals at the University level regarding safety and health, operations and services, and information and communication. If you have specific questions about school schedules, exams, clinical externships, residency applications, please direct your questions to the appropriate Assistant/Associate Deans, Program Directors, or other curriculum leaders.
Not all Q&A sessions will be recorded. It’s up to every organizer to record or not. Students can also request for sessions to be recorded.
All town halls are recorded and uploaded to Mediasite. Class-specific town halls and Q&As are located in the class-specific folders on Mediasite.
RVU operations for the remainder of the semester will be conducted remotely/virtually. Future access to the building is to be determined.
If students have left critical or essential items in lockers or other areas, they can email security. Students must tell security exactly what the item is and where it is, and a member of the security team will deliver the item to the North Entrance in the foyer. If it is an item that is not essential, we as that you be patient and wait until the campus has reopened. For perishable items, we will work with the Facilities and Security teams.
Due to the confidential nature of the conversations, students were not invited to be on the COVID-19 Response Team. The suggestion was to use other mechanisms for student feedback.
As healthcare education students, people are going to look to you to have more knowledge than they do. This is an opportunity for you to continue self-directed learning about this crisis and case studies about COVID-19. As for resources, the RVU website and health department websites have phenomenal resources for everyone. The RVU COVID-19 website also has specific resources and information listed, including a section on how to manage anxiety and fears about the coronavirus.
RVU Leadership is aware of student concerns about being successful in the event they become ill or require hospitalization. We recommend reaching out to curriculum leaders to discuss ways to adapt the curriculum to meet your needs. If you are having anxiety, stress or other mental health issues, please reach out to Student Affairs or use the other services available to students. There is also the option to consider going on a leave of absence.
RVU does not have a large supply of masks, respirators, and scrub suits (which are ordered annually in preparation for Surgical Week). The limited supply that we do have is in reserve for the Rocky Vista Health Center (RVHC) in Colorado and the Southern Utah Veteran’s Home (SUVH). Our primary use for RVU’s equipment supply will be in support of these two healthcare sites.
Additionally, the RVHC is on standby as a patient overflow facility if Parker Adventist Hospital is overloaded with patients. The equipment in reserve will be needed if RVHC is asked to function in that capacity.
In Southern Utah, the SUVH, in collaboration with the Southwest Health Department and Emergency Response Preparedness Community, has been designated as a closed pod emergency response center. In the event of a catastrophic event, that site will act in an emergency response capability to provide medication and potential treatments.
Please follow the guidelines outlined in “Volunteering During the COVID-19 Pandemic.”
As of March 27, 2020, there are no confirmed cases among the student body or employees on either campus. However, there is one confirmed case among the residents and a suspected second case.
There is no mandate or strict obligation to report a positive test to RVU. However, it is encouraged. RVU Leadership is aware of student concerns about being successful in the event they become ill or require hospitalization. We recommend reaching out to curriculum leaders to discuss ways to adapt the curriculum to meet your needs.
No, but RVU is anticipating potential enhancements to the insurance policy based on what the federal government and congressional actions are. The University and the HR Department are monitoring the situation closely. We hope that the legislation would relieve you of any burden if you should require any COVID-19 testing or treatment.
Tuition dollars will be redirected in several significant ways. First, the University will ensure that employees do not go without work. Second, we want to ensure curriculum planning and contacts so that students are promoted and able to graduate on time as fully qualified professionals who meet all the standards required by RVU and by programmatic and national accreditors. In short, PA students will be able to enter the workforce upon graduation, DO graduates will enter their residencies, and MSBS graduates will be able to take the next step in their careers.
Currently, standardized patients continue to be contracted and expenses with the program still occur. Additional effort is planned to provide makeups and preparation for national licensing exams such as the COMLEX. On the technology front, RVU is engaged in the purchase of premium accounts for Zoom and other interactive learning platforms. The University anticipates 2D versions and 3D virtual reality projects that, while they can be accessed from home, will still have the intensity of a clinical experience.
Also, should we go into extended quarters or time requirements, students can be assured that there will be no additional tuition charges.
RVU has no refunds scheduled. With the exception of OMS IV and MSBS students, the Print Center will add an additional allotment to next year’s amount.
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Curricular delivery will be conducted via a Zoom and other remote learning methods until the end of the semester in June. The syllabus has been updated on MyVista to reflect all changes.
We appreciate the concern from students for the wellbeing of our clinical faculty. Currently, we do have faculty treating patients at the Rocky Vista Health Center in Colorado and the Southern Utah Veteran’s Home. With the recitation of the Osteopathic Oath, physicians promise to be ever vigilant of the wellbeing of our communities. If any clinical faculty feel compelled to help during this time, RVU will leave that decision up to them.
It depends on where the virus and our mitigating measures stand. RVU has contingency plans in place for any type of situation. While we would prefer a person-to-person start, RVU is prepared to roll out the next academic year in a remote learning environment.
No. However, the COVID-19 Response Team is currently weighing the pros and cons of doing screening blood tests for returning students.
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We continue to work with NBME and are on track to proctor subject exams remotely. To ensure a fair and consistent testing environment, we are working with IT and the Office of Testing to deliver the subject exams.
Additional effort is planned to provide makeups and preparation for national licensing exams such as the COMLEX.
All medical schools and accrediting bodies have agreed that medical students are not to continue clinical rotations. If students are volunteering at hospitals, it is in a non-clinical function. This decision was made to preserve PPE for healthcare workers who are in direct contact with patients. For now, RVU recommends that first- through third-year students dive into the immunology and virology literature.
RVU is also following AACOM recommendations, as well as requests made by hospital to pull students from clinical rotations. If hospitals wish to continue having students rotate, that is up to the individual hospital system.
As a side note, this is also affecting residency programs. In New York, all specialty residences have been suspended, and residents have been redirected to emergency medicine and internal medicine. Accrediting bodies are working together to ensure a high-level quality of education for medical students and residents.
Both required practice board exams will take place remotely at a time scheduled on your syllabus.
This has not yet been determined. It will depend on what happens in the coming weeks, though it is recommended to have a Plan B in place.
Please contact any programs that have previously given you a confirmed date for May or June in order to check the current status of that rotation. Please also reach out to your clinical coordinator about any such Sub-I rotation that has been scheduled for May or June. We will help you on a case by case basis with any programs that reschedule or still feel that you will be able to rotate with them as originally planned in May or June.
Can contact Health Advocate for assistance or our employee EAP plan.
Yes, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) establishes requirements for private healthcare plans to provide COVID-19 diagnostic testing and related visits at no cost to consumers. This includes coverage for the cost of a provider, urgent care center or emergency room visit in order to receive testing.
RVU campus operational hours remain as 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, whether on campus or telecommuting. Please work with your Manager to confirm any changes to your schedule.
If an employee is sick and not able to work, they may use any available sick, vacation, personal, or wellness hours to be paid for their time away. Employees with insufficient sick or paid time off may use up to 14 days of unearned sick time (i.e. accrue a negative sick time balance of up to 14 days) for illness, self-quarantine, or for the active care of others because of disruptions relating to COVID-19.
Employees who are in self-quarantine when it is required by a physician or public health authority/guidelines, who are NOT sick and NOT able to telecommute may use accrued sick time.
Where quarantine is imposed by RVU, a physician, or a public health official, due to an employee exposure, the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act or the Emergency FMLA Expansion Act may apply depending on employee eligibility. In addition, employees may use any accrued time off if needed. Contact your campus HR for further information.
If you expect to be off work for more than 14 days due to your own personal illness, please contact campus HR to confirm eligibility for STD.
The RVU Telecommuting policy was temporarily suspended on 3/13/20 with new guidelines issued to accelerate working remote options determined between manager and employee.
Contact your local Human Resources representative and they will work with the COVID-19 response team.
A doctor’s note will be required to confirm disability under the Short Term Disability benefit. To relieve pressure on the health care system and providers, we are temporarily suspending a doctor’s note upon return from illness.