Updated: August 15, 2022 at 9:00 a.m. ADT

The Faculty of Medicine will provide specific updates to supplement those already provided by Dalhousie University on the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. As more information becomes available, we will continue to keep you informed.

Current situation

Dalhousie will continue to prioritise in-person learning in all Faculties, Schools, Departments and programs, and will work to ensure best practices for staying safe and healthy as we deliver on this important commitment to our students.

More information  

Please visit the COVID-19 Information and Updates page for links to the latest, most up-to-date information about the fall term and returns to campus.  

If you have specific COVID-19 related questions, please contact the committee member related to your area. You may also contact Mr. Jason Bremner at: jason.bremner@dal.ca

Occupational Health and Safety and Wellness COVID-19 Guidance and New Webform

Employees and physicians who answer yes to any of the following questions must immediately complete the new COVID-19 status or reason for work absence webform for advice, guidance and direction from OHSW. 

(NOTE: The link will not open with Internet Explorer. If your default browser is Internet Explorer, copy and paste the link into another browser).

  • I tested positive for COVID-19 
  • I am symptomatic with one or more COVID-19 symptoms
  • I am a household contact of a positive case 
  • I am a close contact of a confirmed positive case of COVID-19

This form will ensure health care workers receive immediate direction based on their particular situation and allow OHSW to focus resources on health care workers who need more direct support.  

Please review, print and post the OHSW Guidance for Health Care Workers poster, which includes a handy QR code for easy access to this information.

IWK

IWK Health employees, physicians and learners with COVID-19-related questions or concerns should contact IWK OHSW at 902-221-890 or 902-497-3937.

A one-page visual guide is now available for posting on units or home as a quick reference for team members and leaders over the holidays.

If you have any questions please contact OHSW at OHSW@iwk.nshealth.ca.

Updated Mask Guidance

Masking guidelines will be continually reassessed to ensure alignment with recommendations from Public Health.

Nova Scotia:

  • To reduce transmission between hospitals and the university, medical grade masks will continue to be mandatory while in Dalhousie Medical School buildings on Dalhousie Campus, for all medical students, residents, and physician faculty who are directly involved in medical education activities and training.
  • Students in placements in Nova Scotia Health, and IWK facilities will continue to follow all safety procedures and guidelines of those institutions.
  • Training in the C3LR will continue to follow Nova Scotia Health PPE requirements.
  • For all others on Dalhousie Campus in Nova Scotia, masks will be required in classrooms and other instructional spaces, supported by the high-quality ventilation standards set throughout the pandemic.
  • Masks continue to be welcome in all other indoor spaces and are strongly recommended in gathering spaces where physical distancing may be difficult (for example, hallways, lobbies and elevators).
  • All are expected to stay home when sick, with Dalhousie putting procedures in place to support students, faculty, and staff in doing so.

New Brunswick:

  • Dalhousie Medicine New Brunswick will continue to follow UNB guidelines.
  • UNB requires face masks to be worn on campus, regardless of vaccination status, in all indoor public buildings, including the DMNB building. For more information on UNB’s face mask requirements, please visit: https://www.unb.ca/coronavirus/students/returning/community-masks.html
  • In all areas of the DMNB building, you must wear the orange/pink surgical masks provided on-site. You may also choose to wear either a KN95 or fit-tested N95 mask, but these will not be provided by DMNB.
  • Students in placements in Horizon Health facilities will continue to follow all safety procedures and guidelines from Horizon Health.
  • Medical grade masks are required on entry to Horizon Health facilities, physician offices, and clinics.
  • All are expected to stay home when sick, with Dalhousie putting procedures in place to support students, faculty and staff in doing so.

Self Isolation Requirements

Nova Scotia:

  • Students in placements in Nova Scotia Health, and IWK facilities will continue to follow self-isolation guidelines of those institutions.
  • If you are rotating at the IWK, please also call IWK OHSW at (902) 221-8900 as it is a separate health authority and currently, the guidance for return to clinical work varies from the NSH.
  • All medical students must inform the Office of Student Affairs of any positive test and are asked to send a copy of the rapid and/or PCR test result.
  • Pre-clerkship and Clerkship students must follow their respective leave processes.

New Brunswick:

Undergraduate Medical Education

Med 1

 

DMNS

 

DMNB

 

Med 2

 

DMNS

 

DMNB



Med 3

  • Clerkship is continuing.
  • Understanding that some clinical experiences may be different than they had been in the past; we are confident that all objectives can be successfully completed in the current clinical environments, both in Block Rotations and LICD sites.

Med 4

  • Clerkship is continuing.
  • Understanding that some clinical experiences may be different than they had been in the past; we are confident that all objectives can be successfully completed in the current clinical environments, both in Block Rotations and LICD sites.

Vaccines

Students, as well as faculty and staff, are being advised to be fully vaccinated prior to arriving on campus. Dalhousie strongly encourages all students and community members who are able to be vaccinated for COVID-19 to do so. However, it is not a requirement to come back to campus.

Vaccination to COVID-19 is current required by Nova Scotia Health as a condition to work and study there. 

Contact Information

Nova Scotia
Dr. Evelyn Sutton
Associate Dean, Undergraduate Medical Education
Email: evelyn.sutton@dal.ca
Phone: 902-494-1890

New Brunswick
Dr. Jennifer Hall
Associate Dean, Dalhousie Medicine New Brunswick
Email: jennifer.hall@dal.ca
Phone: 506-636-6979

Nova Scotia
Dr. Sue Zinck, Assistant Dean, Student Affairs
Email: suzanne.zinck@dal.ca

New Brunswick:
Dr. Lisa Sutherland, Director, Student Affairs
Phone: (506) 643-1431

Dalhousie Student Health and Wellness

Dalhousie Student Health and Wellness continues to provide both health and counselling services for students. Most services have transitioned to telephone or video-based contacts. One can make an appointment online at dal.ca/studenthealth/bookonline or by calling the Student Health and Wellness Centre at 902-494-2171. 

Student Affairs has also created a helpful Brightspace site to bring together in one place relevant information for students. To access Student Support Services, log in to Brightspace and click on the course called “Student Support Services.” There you will find:

  • Information about the new grading policy
  • remote learning resources
  • faculty-level academic supports
  • student health resources
  • contact information for Advising and Career Services, including a virtual front desk where you can chat with a staff member
  • contact information for writing support
  • information about financial resources
  • information about library services

More information on Student Supports (including Arrival in NS and a Declaration of Absence Form) can be found here.

Remote Library Services

  • All of Dalhousie Libraries’ online resources (databases, ebooks, ejournals) are still available. Should you experience any problems accessing resources, please contact Library.Eresources@dal.ca.
  • Subject liaisons are available to help with research and library assistance. Please contact ugmelib@dal.ca and one of the Medicine liaisons can assist you.
  • Dalhousie Libraries’ eReserve service is available to create reliable links to content in Brightspace, and the library can scan specific chapters of print Reserve items to post to Brightspace.
  • Dalhousie Libraries’ LiveHelp service is available anytime for faculty and students. You can access the chat box here: https://libraries.dal.ca/help/ask-us.html
  • Anything that can be delivered electronically (articles, conference papers, book chapters) can be ordered through Document Delivery. NOTE: This does not include print books or entire e-books.
  • Scholarship@Dal Libraries webinars and UNIWeb training sessions are still taking place. See what is being offered on the Dalhousie Libraries’ Events Calendar.
  • Need help with remote teaching? Take in an Academic Technology Services (ATS) virtual drop-in session, running Monday to Friday from 9:00 to 8:00 PM (Atlantic Time). More information here: https://www.dal.ca/dept/elearning.html  
  • DMNB students still have access to the UNBSJ library spaces and collections. Students can book a seat it in the library by visiting https://lib.unb.ca/services/bookings. They can also request an item from the collection by visiting the UNB library catalogue and making the request there.
  • Any changes to Dalhousie Libraries services will be posted here: https://libraries.dal.ca/covid-19-updates.html


Postgraduate Medical Education

Resident Redeployment

Residency programs are continuing, but all residents, like other physicians, are potentially subject to redeployment / reassignment.  Every effort will be made to begin with volunteers. 

Residents will not be penalized academically for work related to redeployment that falls outside their usual training program rotations. In cases where terminal competencies have not been achieved and a resident is at the end of training, training extension may be offered in accordance with our usual practice.

NSH officials will work with PGME and programs to minimize redeployment to the degree possible. Our guidelines ensure that we redeploy residents to areas most proximal to their training discipline and in accordance with their individual skills and abilities. 

To this end, program directors have been contacted to ask that all residents be assigned a specific general work category that best aligns with their skill set.  Categories include: no patient contact, capable of ward-based care with supervision, capable of supervising on a ward, and capable of ICU care.  Should you have specific concerns or questions about your work level assignment, please contact your program director. This approach aligns with NSH work categories for faculty members.

Through its guidelines on response to mass casualty events and public health emergencies Dalhousie’s Faculty of Medicine has endorsed the principle that all
registered PG learners including residents and Dalhousie fellows are subject to these redeployment measures by virtue of their status in the hospitals.

Redeployment under such circumstances is the jurisdiction of the hospital administrative leaders who are charged with providing care to the population. The VPs Medicine or their delegates at our affiliated health authorities will advise the Faculty of the relevant measures taken involving PG learners through the Academic Issues Committee and the Dean, Senior Associate Dean, and/or Associate Dean, PGME.

Electives

  • All residents are required to have two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.
  • Electives will move forward as planned, following current travel guidelines.
  • Travel guidelines are different depending on the province in which your home training site is based. 

Royal College Preliminary Guidance

These documents will walk you through the requirements of training and key considerations for programs, as well as processes for attestations of training.

Contact Information

Nova Scotia & PEI
Dr. Andrew Warren
Associate Dean, Postgraduate Medical Education
Email: andrew.warren@dal.ca
Phone: 902-494-1850

New Brunswick
Dr. Jennifer Hall
Associate Dean, Dalhousie Medicine New Brunswick
Email: jennifer.hall@dal.ca
Phone: 506-636-6979

Dr. Lisa Sutherland
Director Student and Resident Affairs
Dalhousie Medicine New Brunswick
Email: sutherll@dal.ca
Phone: 506-643-1431

Dr. Carolyn Thomson, Assistant Dean, Resident Affairs
Phone: (902) 494-3232    
Email: Carolyn.thomson@dal.ca

Remote Library Services

Remote Library Services

  • All of Dalhousie Libraries’ online resources (databases, ebooks, ejournals) are still available. Should you experience any problems accessing resources, please contact Library.Eresources@dal.ca.
  • Subject liaisons are available to help with research and library assistance. Please contact ugmelib@dal.ca and one of the Medicine liaisons can assist you.
  • Dalhousie Libraries’ eReserve service is available to create reliable links to content in Brightspace, and the library can scan specific chapters of print Reserve items to post to Brightspace.
  • Dalhousie Libraries’ LiveHelp service is available anytime for faculty and students. You can access the chat box here: https://libraries.dal.ca/help/ask-us.html
  • Anything that can be delivered electronically (articles, conference papers, book chapters) can be ordered through Document Delivery. NOTE: This does not include print books or entire e-books.
  • Scholarship@Dal Libraries webinars and UNIWeb training sessions are still taking place. See what is being offered on the Dalhousie Libraries’ Events Calendar.
  • Need help with remote teaching? Take in an Academic Technology Services (ATS) virtual drop-in session, running Monday to Friday from 9:00 to 8:00 PM (Atlantic Time). More information here: https://www.dal.ca/dept/elearning.html  
  • DMNB students still have access to the UNBSJ library spaces and collections. Students can book a seat it in the library by visiting https://lib.unb.ca/services/bookings. They can also request an item from the collection by visiting the UNB library catalogue and making the request there.
  • Any changes to Dalhousie Libraries services will be posted here: https://libraries.dal.ca/covid-19-updates.html


Graduate Studies

Graduate Students

  • Graduate level courses in the Faculty of Medicine may resume in-person on January 31, 2022, at the discretion of the professor. Please check with your professor for further details.
  • All in-person learning will be conducted in full compliance with Dalhousie’s safety plan and the Nova Scotia postsecondary framework. All learning will take place in classroom and lab spaces that exceed minimum targets for air exchange as outlined in Dalhousie’s ventilation strategy. The postsecondary framework does not have restrictions on classroom sizes.

Dalhousie Student Health and Wellness

Dalhousie Student Health and Wellness continues to provide both health and counselling services for students. Most services have transitioned to telephone or video-based contacts. One can make an appointment online at dal.ca/studenthealth/bookonline or by calling the Student Health and Wellness Centre at 902-494-2171. 

Student Affairs has also created a helpful Brightspace site to bring together in one place relevant information for students. To access Student Support Services, log in to Brightspace and click on the course called “Student Support Services.” There you will find:

  • Information about the new grading policy
  • remote learning resources
  • faculty-level academic supports
  • student health resources
  • contact information for Advising and Career Services, including a virtual front desk where you can chat with a staff member
  • contact information for writing support
  • information about financial resources
  • information about library services

More information on Student Supports (including Arrival in NS and a Declaration of Absence Form) can be found here.

Faculty of Medicine Graduate Students Society (FMGSS)

Call for Peer Support Students
Hello! The Faculty of Medicine Graduate Student Society is proud to announce the formation of The Faculty of Medicine Graduate Student Peer Support Network. We are currently looking for at least two graduate student volunteers from each department to fill the role of peer support student. You will be educated on mental health resources and trained in active listening and mental health support for students in distress. The volunteer position is strictly for peer support. Volunteers will not be asked to provide ounselling or primary care.

If you are intested, please reach out to one of the following:

Adrian Herod: Adrian.Herod@Dal.Ca
Prathyusha Konda:Prathyusha.Konda@Dal.Ca
Patrick Slaine: Patrick.Slaine@Dal.ca


Research

COVID‑19 Research Opportunities and Information

  • Researchers, graduate students, and research support staff, continue their important work in the Tupper Building and other distributed locations, and there is no plan to reduce research activities at Dalhousie.
  • Research at Nova Scotia Health and IWK facilities may be disrupted – faculty, students, and staff working in these facilities will continue to follow directives from these institutions. 
  • Respirators such as N95 or KN95 can be worn if people wish to do so but are not required unless task-specific hazards require their use. For most cases, especially when others in the area are also wearing masks, a three-layer non-medical or medical/surgical mask is sufficient.  

The Medical Research Development Office has created a page with information regarding funding opportunities, search tools, and external updates.

Please visit: https://medicine.dal.ca/research-dal-med/covid-19-information.html, for more information.

CORES

  • As of today, CORE facilities will remain open to users as per normal, except where CORES staff are unable to meet Public Health requirements for safe distancing.
  • This may mean that users who have not already been trained for the use of a piece of equipment will be unable to use it.
  • Users will be required to wash their hands upon entry to, and before leaving, the CORE.
  • Please contact the CORE Manager for information on changes to normal service as this may change as things evolve, and please sensitive to these issues as you plan your upcoming research plans.


Faculty and Staff

On-campus work

All campus events and gatherings can resume in accordance with the Public Health guidelines, as of February 14.

This pertains to:

  • Essential student events and activities (e.g., residence life programming, student programming). 
  • All meetings among faculty and staff, and interviews for potential job candidates.
  • Non-essential events or activities held indoors (including DSU student society events). Outdoor activities are permitted provided they comply with provincial restrictions.

Please note:

  • Where an event or activity takes place in-person and indoors:
  • Masks MUST be worn at all times
  • Food or drink continues to be discouraged, unless social distancing is possible

Information Security

A reminder to our community to be vigilant and cautious with email in your inbox and the tools being used to communicate and share information. More details can be found at the Remote Working site under the Technology Resources menu, including:

  • COVID-19 Related Scams: a number of malicious actors are taking the opportunity to exploit fears about the infection, and use alerts and other communications to trick people into installing malware on your devices. Don't click on a link or open an attachment of anything suspicious. "When it doubt, throw it out." More information can be found here.
  • Technology Security Topics (link): contains information related to Zoom Risks and Best Practices, VPNs and Remote Access, Securing Mobile Devices, Protection from Phishing, and much more.

Continuing Professional Development & Medical Education

The Continuing Professional Development & Medical Education Office has compiled useful information related to COVID-19 for both physicians and the general public.

 

Mental Health Supports

In this uncertain time, our students, faculty, and staff may be experiencing stress and anxiety. If you are in need of assistance, several mental health resources are available to you:

Access to Buildings

Nova Scotia:
Learners will have access to the Tupper Link from 6:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m. seven days per week.

New Brunswick:
Learners will have 24/7 access to the DMNB building including the student lounge and student lockers.

Directional arrows in the stairways will remain in place for now.

Trusted COVID-19 information and resources

Prevention and preparedness remain key advice:

Our collective responsibilities:

  • Strict adherence to masking protocols is critical and one of the most important steps we can take to support your health and the health of those around you. 
  • Please reduce your risk of transmission by always wearing a well-fitting medical mask.
  • Faculty, students, and staff conducting work in Nova Scotia Health, IWK and Horizon Health facilities will follow all safety procedures and guidelines of those institutions. 
  • Keep your social group small and consistent. In New Brunswick, under the current level 3 measures, social interactions are limited to immediate household members only.
  • While we are confident that we have implemented and are following effective health and safety protocols while on our campuses, collectively we also need to be mindful of our actions when we are not on campus.
  • As always, please follow all Public Health guidelines and regularly check for updates as guidelines change regularly — and stay at home if you’re feeling even slightly unwell.