Updated: June 18, 2021 at 8:45 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

All faculty and staff are expected to work remotely. Attendance on campus is strongly discouraged unless directed or permitted to attend work by an administrative head. Employees are expected to stay and work from home

Regular COVID-19 testing is an important part of stopping the spread of COVID-19 and keeping one another safe.

To make access to testing even more convenient for the Dal community, Dalhousie University has collaborated with Nova Scotia Public Health to launch a self-swab COVID-19 rapid screening program for faculty, staff and students on the Carleton Campus as a pilot project.

Emergency Response Team

The Faculty of Medicine has formed an Emergency Response Committee that will be meeting at least weekly until the COVID-19 pandemic has passed. Membership on this committee includes:

Emergency Response Committee

Name

Title

Adrian Herod

Graduate Student

Alexandra Fournier

Communications Coordinator, DMNB

Andrew Warren

Associate Dean, PGME

Ann Barrett

Associate Dean, Scholarly Communications

Anne Weeden

Executive Director, Operations & Policy

Carolyn Thomson

Assistant Dean, Resident Affairs

Christy Simpson

Head, Department of Bioethics

Constance LeBlanc

Assistant Dean, CPD

Craig McCormick

Co-interim Associate Dean, Research

Darrell White

Senior Associate Dean, Faculty of Medicine

David Anderson

Dean, Faculty of Medicine

Erica Holloway

Professor, DMNB

Evelyn Sutton

Associate Dean, UGME

Gaynor Watson-Creed

Assistant Dean, Serving & Engaging

Ian Taylor

Director, Med IT

James Fawcett

Co-interim Associate Dean, Research

Janice Godin

Director, Human Resources

Jason Bremner

Communications Advisor, Faculty of Medicine

Jennifer Hall

Associate Dean, DMNB

Joanne MacDonald

Assistant Dean, Student Affairs

Linda Penny

Chief Operating Officer, Faculty of Medicine

Lisa Sutherland

Director, DMNB

Mitch McDonough

DMSS VP New Brunswick

Nicole Boutilier

VP Medicine, Nova Scotia Health Authority

Pamela Bourque

Chief Operating Officer, DMNB

Patrick Holland

Student Representative

Paul Bourgeois

Building Services Manager

Robert Boulay

Assistant Dean, Clinical Education – DMNB

Roger McLeod

Associate Dean, Research

Sandi Carew

CEO, Maritime Resident Doctors

Shawna O’Hearn

Director, Global Health Office

Simon Field

Assistant Dean, Clerkship

Valerie Chappe

Assistant Dean, Graduate Studies

William Baldridge

Head, Department of Medical Neuroscience

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

Travel / Self-Isolation     

Travel Restriction Information for Nova Scotia Health employees, physicians and learners who:

Return to Nova Scotia from New Brunswick on or after Jan 9, 2021 at 8:00am
Nova Scotia Public Health requires that all employees, physicians and learners traveling into Nova Scotia from outside the province, other than PEI or Newfoundland and Labrador (who are not declared an essential worker with special provisions in the Health Protection Order) must self-isolate for 14 days.

If you reside in New Brunswick and report to a Nova Scotia Health facility on a regular and consistent basis for work purposes:

For employees, physicians and learners who live in New Brunswick and travel daily to Nova Scotia to work in our facilities and programs, you should continue to come to work as usual and diligently follow all Occupational Health, Safety & Wellness, Infection Prevention and Control (IPAC) guidelines and Public Health measures. With the revised travel restrictions for New Brunswick effective 8 a.m. Saturday, January 9, this means that your travel across the provincial border should be for employment purposes only, and health care workers should not stop for gas, groceries, meals, etc. in Nova Scotia before or after one’s shift.

Health care workers should monitor themselves for symptoms using the daily self-monitoring tool.  Employees, physicians and learners with symptoms of COVID-19 should call Occupational Health, Safety and Wellness at 1-833-750-0632 for screening and should not report to the workplace if feeling unwell.

If you have returned from New Brunswick in the 14 days prior to Jan 9, 2021 at 8:00am
Employees, physicians and learners who have visited New Brunswick in the past 14 days MUST immediately self-isolate and book an appointment for swabbing as directed by Nova Scotia Public Health and remain in self-isolation until a test result is obtained. Those who are asymptomatic are NOT required to contact Occupational Health Safety & Wellness. 

Those who obtain a negative result can return to work for their next scheduled shift and must diligently follow all Occupational Health, Safety & Wellness and Infection Prevention and Control (IPAC) guidelines in the workplace.  Employees, physicians and learners MUST book a second swab 5-7 days later as follow up and to ensure compliance with the Health Protection Order. Employees physicians and learners who are exhibiting symptoms MUST NOT report to work and contact Occupational Health Safety & Wellness at 1-833-750-0632 for screening.

Household members visiting from New Brunswick in the 14 days prior to Jan 9, 2021 at 8:00am
Employees, physicians and learners who have had visitors from New Brunswick into their household in the past 14 days (effective Jan 8, 2021) MUST immediately book a COVID-19 swab through Public Health.  Those in this category are NOT required to self-isolate while awaiting a test result and are NOT required to contact Occupational Safety & Wellness to report their appointment.  While in the workplace employees, physicians and learners must diligently follow all Occupational Health, Safety & Wellness and Infection Prevention and Control (IPAC) guidelines in the workplace.  Employees, physicians and learners MUST book a second test 5-7 days later to ensure compliance with the Health Protection Order.

DO NOT REPORT TO WORK AND CALL 1-833-750-0632 if you have:
A fever of 38°C  OR new or worsening chronic cough
OR

two or more of the following (new/worsening):
sore throat, runny nose, unexplained headache, shortness of breath

How to Get Tested

Occupational Health at the IWK Health Centre has agreed to test all Dalhousie Medical students who require testing to re-enter New Brunswick. Students who require testing can call (902) 221-8900, Monday-Friday between 7:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. If you have a New Brunswick Health card, please let the intake and test centre staff know that you will need to arrange an alternate way to obtain test results and they will advise you.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Student Affairs.

Med 1

Rural Week for Med I students (DMNS) is deferred to 2022.

DMNB Students

Med 2

After further discussion, the decision has been made to move the OSCE, previously rescheduled to take place in PIER 1. The OSCEs will now take place during PIER 2, on December 4, 2021.

Rural Week for Med II DMNS only
We had hoped the COVID situation would have allowed us to move forward as planned, adhering to strict Public Health safety precautions, but unfortunately this is not possible at this time. As such, Rural week for Med II students scheduled later this month is now cancelled (DMNS only). We are working on a potential summer elective experience for those who are interested and able to participate. Details to follow. 


FoM COVID Guidance FAQ

Travel Update (Horizon): March 10, 2021

DMNB Students

Med 3

At this time, all undergraduate medical education activities, including clinical clerkships, are continuing as planned. This is a fluid situation and subject to change suddenly as the epidemiology of this pandemic evolves.

the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada has determined that there will be no visiting electives for the Class of 2022, a tough decision that factored in the evolution of the pandemic and varying public health measures in each province.

While disappointing to many of you, this decision will ensure equitable educational opportunities across the country and will not disadvantage those regions which are experiencing greater challenges and restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Due to travel restrictions, with the Nova Scotian border now being closed to people coming from Prince Edward Island, we have made the decision to relocate all core clerkship rotations currently scheduled to take place on PEI for the remainder of the year.

These rotations will be relocated to take place in Nova Scotia, and students will be contacted individually by the clinical department administrators with information regarding their new rotation.

DMNS Students

  • Nova Scotia Health (NSH) and IWK Occupational Health have begun sending notifications to their employees and physicians to alert them of potential exposure locations and the corresponding directives healthcare workers should follow if they were present at these locations. In some settings, NSH is giving instructions to NOT report to work and get COVID testing performed.
  • Medical students training in Nova Scotia must comply with these directives. These notifications will be forwarded to all DMNS medical students with the subject line “NSH COVID-19 Potential Exposure Alert”. Students are instructed to check their emails daily and to follow the listed directives from NSH and contact Student Affairs if they were present at one of the listed locations.

 

Med 4

Med IV electives are proceeding as scheduled. Students need to be mindful of travel restrictions throughout the Maritime provinces that may impact elective activity. Students should be aware of travel and work restrictions that may occur related to travel from one area to another in the Maritimes.  Travel restrictions continue to evolve, and learners will be notified as they are clarified. Students can reach out to Student Affairs if they have questions or concerns.

We understand that students may wish to change their elective plans to avoid having to isolate, and we would encourage any students that wish to do so to contact the relevant clinical departments and Student Affairs as soon as possible. Every effort will be made to support and assist students in making new arrangements. There will be no penalties against students who are forced to cancel electives at short notice as a result of these measures.

DMNS Students

  • Nova Scotia Health (NSH) and IWK Occupational Health have begun sending notifications to their employees and physicians to alert them of potential exposure locations and the corresponding directives healthcare workers should follow if they were present at these locations. In some settings, NSH is giving instructions to NOT report to work and get COVID testing performed.
  • Medical students training in Nova Scotia must comply with these directives. These notifications will be forwarded to all DMNS medical students with the subject line “NSH COVID-19 Potential Exposure Alert”. Students are instructed to check their emails daily and to follow the listed directives from NSH and contact Student Affairs if they were present at one of the listed locations.

Vaccines

DMNS Students

    The demand for the vaccine is high, and your continued patience as the health system works to quickly vaccinate priority groups is greatly appreciated. The Faculty of Medicine will continue to advocate for learners who require vaccinations as they move to and from front-line care rotations and between different locations.

    To assist the tracking of students as they receive doses, please send proof of vaccination to Anita MacDonald (anita.macdonald@dal.ca).

    Nova Scotia Health (NSH) and IWK Occupational Health have begun sending notifications to their employees and physicians to alert them of potential exposure locations and the corresponding directives healthcare workers should follow if they were present at these locations. In some settings, NSH is giving instructions to NOT report to work and get COVID testing performed.

    Medical students training in Nova Scotia must comply with these directives. These notifications will be forwarded to all DMNS medical students with the subject line “NSH COVID-19 Potential Exposure Alert”. Students are instructed to check their emails daily and to follow the listed directives from NSH and contact Student Affairs if they were present at one of the listed locations.

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

General Information

  • With the improving epidemiology of COVID-19 within the region and our ever- increasing vaccination rates, we have developed an electives reopening plan. In discussion with Nova Scotia Health, the IWK and Horizon Health, Dalhousie has decided to re-open for OUTGOING electives as of July 1, 2021 (the start of block one).  We will reopen for INCOMING electives on July 28, 2021 (the beginning of block two).
  • Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Exam -part 2 (MCCQE2), has been suspended.  The Medical Council has also re-defined the Licentiate of the Medical Council of Canada as consisting only of part 1.  This paves the way for more regulatory authorities to grant full licenses to those who have successfully passed part 1 of the exam, regardless of the outcome of part 2, without requiring changes in provincial legislation. 
 
  • Please notify your program director about your need to self-isolate.

  • Travel guidelines are different depending on the province in which your home training site is based.  

  • Travel Update (Horizon): March 10, 2021

Travel Restrictions

  • Essential travel INTO NS – Residents coming to NS for rotations or returning home from rotations outside of NS that are deemed essential, are required to self-isolate at home for 14 days prior to coming to work, with the exception of those coming from NL or PEI. 
  • All rotations in the Maritimes which are part of a resident’s regular training program are considered to be essential. This includes regular rotations and electives in NB, as well as regular rotations and electives by NB-based residents in NS.
  • Program Directors should not cancel rotations outside of the resident’s home base without consultation with the PGME office.
  • Travel for oral examinations is also considered essential.  We have clarified with the NS CMOH that those coming to NS for exams should strictly self-isolate when not at or travelling to/from the examination centre.  No visitation with others in NS is allowed while here for exams and residents should return to their home outside NS as soon as possible after the examination is completed.
  • For residents required to isolate in NS following essential travel, other members of the household do not need to self-isolate with them, as per public health guidelines, but contact with those individuals should be minimized. Any resident having ANY symptoms of potential infection (even only 1 symptom) should report this to their preceptor/ program director and should NOT be at work.  Residents in such a position should arrange a COVID swab and contact NSH Occupational Health and Safety to determine the appropriate steps to follow. Two negative Covid swabs are required prior to beginning work at NSH or the IWK (day 1-2 and day 12 to 14). Covid swabs in Halifax can be arranged at any of the asymptomatic testing sites, providing residents remain asymptomatic.  Swabs in other communities in NS can be arranged at the local testing facility. Residents requiring assistance can contact Shane Leblanc (pgdirect@dal.ca ) in the PGME office.
  • Essential travel INTO NB - Rules around isolation requirements in NB are expected to be updated by Horizon officials within the next few days.  Further information will be circulated at that time.
  • Programs will work to ensure that all Dalhousie residents who originate from outside the region will have the opportunity to leave at least once before April 30, 2021. On their return, they will be required to self-isolate for 2 weeks but programs will endeavor to institute opportunities to allow them work from home to avoid loss of training time, vacation days or income.  Residents who have already made at least one trip outside the bubble and have been granted work-from-home privileges may be required to use vacation time or leave without pay for self-isolation in the case of repeat trips.

  • Residents travelling outside their province because of a bereavement leave or critical illness in a close family member will no longer be permitted to work isolate, but rather be required to self-isolate for 2 weeks.  In exceptional cases of critical staffing shortages in the area in which the resident is working, residents may be permitted to self-isolate for one week and work isolate for one week on return to Dalhousie, provided serial COVID testing is negative. This will be determined by IPAC and OHSW officials, as per our present approach.

  • Residents travelling because of an Inter-Institutional Affiliation Agreement (IIA) to complete training not available in their home program will be allowed to self-isolate for one week and work isolate for the second week provided serial COVID testing done in week one is negative. This will be subject to the approval of IPAC and OHSW officials or other appropriate officials at their home institution, in the case of New Brunswick or PEI trainees. The IIA must be registered with PGME in order for the rotation to be eligible.  This work is considered essential and as such, qualifies for the Atlantic bubble exemption to strict self-isolation.
  • The Nova Scotia - New Brunswick border restrictions have recently been reinstated. As such, residents travelling from New Brunswick to Nova Scotia will be required to fully self-isolate for 14 days.
  • Negative Covid swabs on days 5-7 and day 12 will be required in order to return to work.  Covid swabs for residents returning to the Halifax area can be arranged at the IWK Health Centre.  Residents should contact Shane LeBlanc (pgdirect@dal.ca) for assistance in arranging their swabs in Halifax if required. 
  • Those returning to locations outside of Halifax should ask their site director or local preceptor where to get swabs locally.  At present, vaccination status is not being considered in determining isolation requirements.
 

Process for Work-Isolation

  • If travelling for one of the approved reasons (bereavement with critical staffing shortage on return, IIA, or essential final year elective) Dalhousie residents should email pgdirect@dal.ca with a request for work isolation on return, the details of planned travel and reason to be away, along with confirmation of approval of the elective or leave from their Program Director.

  • Once a request for work isolation is received, the Director of PGME will advise residents on the next steps.

  • It is advised that residents reach out to the PGME director 3-4 weeks before their planned return to the Atlantic Bubble.

  • Residents should assume that self-isolation for 2 weeks will be required on return, until they have confirmation of approval for work isolation from the PGME director.

Resident Redeployment

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

  • The Chief Medical Officer of Health (CMOH) for NS has asked us to stop all non-essential travel. Travel by Dalhousie residents for elective rotations outside of Atlantic Canada is not considered essential. 
  • Therefore, effective at the beginning of block 12, (start May 3, 2021), with the exception below, all new incoming electives by those originating outside of Atlantic Canada, are cancelled.
  • Similarly, all outgoing electives (outside of Atlantic Canada) are cancelled.
  • Electives within Atlantic Canada by those whose “home base” for residency is within Atlantic Canada, are allowed. 
  • Those arriving in NS from Prince Edward Island (PEI) and Newfoundland and Labrador (NL) do not have to self-isolate, nor do they require COVID swabs prior to starting work in NS unless required for other reasons (eg known exposure). 
  • Those arriving in NS from New Brunswick (NB) must both fully self-isolate AND have two negative COVID swabs prior to starting work.
  • Residents already isolating in NS in advance of electives beginning in block 12 will be allowed to proceed with the elective. 
  • No new elective requests will be approved for a start date after May 3, 2021 until further notice.
  • Residents doing electives in PEI or NL are expected to follow the public health guidelines in those provinces, which may require a period of isolation.

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.

Financial Assistance for Residents

Financial Support for Isolation and Cancelled Electives

If you have/will be incurring expenses as a result of isolation due to travel for training, or cancelled electives there may be financial support. Please reach out to pgdirect@dal.cafor eligibility details or to apply.

NSHA PPE Information

To help protect staff, physicians and patients, health care workers who work in patient care areas will be provided with a surgical or procedure mask to wear at work as of April 7, 2020. 

A reminder to all residents that the Nova Scotia Health Authority is introducing an expanded FIT testing model for N95 respirators to ensure that those who need to perform or be involved with aerosol-generating medical procedures (AGMP’s) are FIT tested to a variety of N95 respirators. Please read NSHA’s Fit Testing FAQ for more information.

Please see below:

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

Together@Dal

Fall 2020 will be a semester like none before. The Faculty of Graduate Studies will welcome approximately 1,000 students, most of whom will be studying online, and many from locations around the world. To bring us all together we’ve created Together@Dal: Grad Edition.

The program will share the resources available to you at the university, help equip you to start your degree online and create a community of graduate student peers.

Graduate Students

  • All Graduate course classes will continue to be online until Jan 2021. There are no further in-person classes, regardless of class size.
  • All seminars, research days, conferences and journal clubs will only proceed online.  Please consult your Department for online scheduled activities and events.
  • Each program should consider developing webinars or web streaming option to allow research discussions to continue.
  • All thesis defences (both Master and PhD) will now proceed remotely. Please follow your Department or the Faculty of Graduate Studies guidelines for remote thesis defences.
  • Departments should consider back-up plans for sick members and deferral options.
  • See the FAQ on thesis defence on FGS website.

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

Postdoctoral Fellows

  • For anyone concerned about their funding and the impact of COVID-19 on their progression should contact the funding agencies, Dr. Valerie Chapp, or Faculty of Graduate Studies for support.
  • Information pertaining to postdoctoral fellows can be found here.

Supervisory Committee Meetings

  • Meetings should proceed online.

Comprehensive Exams

  • Should proceed remotely and on schedule. if the student does not wish to defer to the winter term. Prepare back-up plans for sick members.

Other Activities

  • FMGSS: all in-person social events and meetings are cancelled.For online meetings and events please contact FMGSS leadership.
  • PREP sessions: PREP sessions: In Person PREP sessions are cancelled. Online options have been developed. Please contact Jodi Reid (jodi.reid@dal.ca) for information on upcoming online PREP sessions.
  • The scholarships committee will continue to review applications for funding. All discussions will be done remotely. Please follow announcements from the MRDO with calls for applications and deadlines.
  • Student payroll: GSPIP have clear requirement for administrators to continue monitoring and entering necessary information to keep the stipend rolling. Students will continue to receive stipends and scholarships as directed by funding agencies.
  • Student should consult with their supervisors to plan for their research project as directed.

Student recruitment for next term can proceed with online interviews only.

Contact Information

Dr. Valerie Chappe
Assistant Dean, Graduate & Postgraduate Studies
Email:
 valerie.chappe@dal.ca

Dr. Younes Anini
Research Trainees Advisor
Email: Younes.Anini@Dal.Ca

Dr Leslie Anne Campbell
Research Trainees Advisor
Email: leslie.anne.campbell@dal.ca


Research

COVID‑19 Research Opportunities and Information

The phased approach to Return to Campus planning focused on the safety of the research community and the important continuation of mission-critical teaching, research and student support. As such, Dalhousie University is continuing current research activity at this time. Likewise, DMNB research activities are continuing at our New Brunswick campus.

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

Working Remotely

  • All faculty and staff are expected to work remotely. Attendance on campus is strongly discouraged unless directed or permitted to attend work by an administrative head. Employees are expected to stay and work from home.
  • MedIT will no longer be offering daily Teams information sessions as of Friday, April 3 due to decreasing demand. Please contact medit@dal.ca if you have any questions, concerns, or challenges when it comes to working remotely and/or distributed education. MedIT will work with you and your department to select and develop the appropriate tools and strategies you need to communicate online safely.
  • a COVID-19 guideline for employment at Dalhousie is now available online through a new resource for employees, a Remote Working site.
  • The guideline is intended to help leaders of academic and service and support units, unit administrators, and faculty and staff understand the impact of the current COVID-19 virtual operations on terms and conditions of employment at Dalhousie.
  • Faculty and staff are encouraged to visit: https://www.dal.ca/novel-coronavirus.html for the most up-to-date information from Dalhousie University.

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.

Current Department Status

Dean's Office

  • Due to the ongoing situation relating to COVID-19, we are closing the in-person Dean’s Office reception services and instead working remotely until further notice. We encourage supervisors of Dalhousie staff to enable them to work remotely wherever possible; see attached guidelines.
  • As a result, we ask that all documents (HR/Finance paperwork) requiring the Dean’s signature be emailed to our reception (Christina.Dort@Dal.ca or deanmed@dal.ca).   

Admission, Resident/Student Affairs

Global Health Office

  • The Global Health Office team will be working from their respective homes.  
  • The official means of communication will be email. Should you wish to be contacted by phone, please provide your phone number in the email message, and a member of the team will contact you.
  • Shawna O’Hearn, Director (shawna.ohearn@dal.ca)
  • Angela Day, Manager, Global Health (Angela.day@dal.ca)
  • Sarah Peddle, Manager, Service Learning (Sarah.peddle@dal.ca)
  • Sarah Upshaw, Manager, PLANS (Sarah.upshaw@dal.ca)
  • Joe MacEachern, Manager, Indigenous Health (Joe.maceachern@dal.ca)
  • Jen LeBlanc, Outreach Manager (jen.leblanc@dal.ca)
  • Chris Yeats, Coordinator, International Students (chris.yeats@dal.ca)
Medical Research Development Office
 
  • Due to the ongoing situation relating to COVID-19, we are closing the MRDO office and will be instead working remotely until further notice.
  • As a result, we ask that all documents requiring approval from the Associate Dean Research be emailed to our reception (sandy.bennett@Dal.ca or shirin.shaikh@dal.ca). 
  • Regarding the Departmental/Unit signatures (ex: Department Head or other), the University will accept the following, and MRDO will do the same:
    • A scanned copy, or
    • An attached email, confirming the signing authority’s approval of said paperwork
C3LR
  • Most staff have moved to remote working from home, however if you need anything, please contact: C3LR@dal.ca
 
 

Events

  • All non-essential in-person university events are cancelled or postponed. Do not book university events until further notice as we continue to monitor the situation.

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:

Return to Campus

Faculty and staff are reminded that, if you require access to buildings at DMNS or DMNB, to first check in with the appropriate contact person.

For Carlton campus, Building Services is managing non-research-related access. If you need to visit campus, please contact Paul Bourgeois (Paul.Bourgeois@dal.ca) or dmnbfm@dal.ca for New Brunswick. For research related access please notify Dr. Roger McLeod (Roger.McLeod@dal.ca).

Central Stores has created a list of available items with the related stock number for convenience when ordering supplies. For the full list, please click here.

Trusted COVID-19 information and resources

Prevention and preparedness remain key advice:

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water
  • Cough or sneeze into your elbow or a tissue (throw the tissue away)
  • Clean high-touch surfaces and objects often
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.