Updated: December 3, 2020 at 6:45 p.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

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     

Med 1

  • Effective immediately, all hospital-based skilled clinician training, electives, and observerships will be paused for Med 1 and Med 2 students in Nova Scotia.  

  • In-person skilled clinician sessions in the CHEB will move forward as planned. Virtual experiences arranged by students and their preceptors are permitted.

  • Med 1 Family Medicine experiences in Nova Scotia will continue on a case-by-case basis. Preceptors will be in contact with students to notify them if there will be a disruption in training. 

  • Med 1 Family Medicine Experiences in New Brunswick will continued as planned.

  • DMNS Med 1 Communication Skills will be virtual.
     
  • All hospital-based skilled clinician training, electives, and observerships in New Brunswick are to continue as planned at this time.

  • FoM COVID Guidance FAQ

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 2

  • Effective immediately, all hospital-based skilled clinician training, electives, and observerships will be paused for Med 1 and Med 2 students in Nova Scotia. We are working to transition those courses to the CHEB and will follow-up with you as soon as possible with the revised schedule.

  • DMNS Med 2 Skilled Clinician sessions will take place in the CHEB/Tupper. Details are being worked out, but plans are to have tutor-selected patients for virtual histories and in person volunteer or simulated patients for the physical examination component.

  • All hospital-based skilled clinician training, electives, and observerships in New Brunswick are to continue as planned at this time.

  • As the COVID-19 situation evolves, we have made the determination that the Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) exam scheduled for Saturday, November 28th, and all associated preparation sessions, will be cancelled.

  • This exam will not be rescheduled. Instead, we plan to integrate the assessment of some of the competencies from the Phase 1 OSCE into the Phase 2 OSCE.

  • FoM COVID Guidance FAQ

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 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.

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.

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.

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

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

  • Residents are continuing with their education. Resident electives outside of the Maritimes beginning after December 15, 2020, have been cancelled. Distributed rotations and electives within the Maritimes are continuing as scheduled.

  • Residents should be aware of travel and work restrictions that may occur related to travel from one area to another, even within the Maritimes. Residents need to be aware this is a fluid situation and subject to change suddenly as the pandemic evolves.  Residents can reach out to their program director, Resident Affairs, or the PGME office if they have questions or concerns.

  • Programs are working to ensure that all 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 two weeks, but programs will endeavor to institute opportunities to allow them work from home to avoid loss of training time, vacation days or income.

  • 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.  

  • Horizon Health: Message to Learners

Travel Restrictions

  • For residents travelling outside of their province and returning to work in s different province, self- isolation for two weeks prior to returning to work will be the default requirement.  In most cases, work isolation will no longer be an option.

  • 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.
 

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

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

  • Electives outside the Atlantic bubble that begin after December 15, 2020 must be canceled or changed to a comparable experience within the bubble. Only electives undertaken by final year trainees as part of an application for fellowship training are an exception as they are considered essential from a professional perspective. The fellowship application must be in progress and verified by the Program Director in order for the elective to be considered essential.   Individuals returning from essential electives outside the Atlantic bubble MAY be allowed to self-isolate for 1 week and work isolate for 1 week, provided serial COVID testing is negative, depending on the nature and location of the elective experience.  This will be decided by IPAC/OHSW officials or other comparable officials at other sites.

  • Electives to allow a resident to participate in any learning experience deemed by the Program Director to be essential and  that is not available at Dalhousie will also be considered essential electives.  The definition of an essential learning experience is one without which the resident will not be able to achieve the requirements for complete training in the specialty, as defined by the specialty training requirements. Most of these should be covered under an IIA and all must be defensible by the Program Director to Public Health/OHSW enquiries.

  • All incoming resident electives for learning experiences beginning after Dec 15, 2020, with the exception of those by final year residents completing an elective at Dalhousie as part of an application for fellowship training, or international visa trainees doing electives that begin following a 2-week period of strict self-isolation, will be cancelled.  These electives are an exception and are considered essential from a professional perspective. Individuals coming from within Canada but outside the Atlantic bubble for an essential elective MAY be allowed to self- isolate for 1 week and work isolate for 1 week, provided serial COVID testing is negative, depending on the nature and location of prior residence. This will be decided by IPAC/OHSW officials or other comparable officials at other sites. This rule is in keeping with Public Health guidance  to limit all unnecessary travel.

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.

Academic Half Days

  • Academic half days can continue if social distancing principles can be maintained through such means as IT supported delivery or appropriate spacing.

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:

Resident Wellness Challenge

  • As a part of Resident Wellness Week, the Resident Affairs Office asked residents to send them their photos to reflect how they stay well, particularly during these challenging times.
  • Entries are captured in the slideshow below, and selected entries will have a goodie basket delivered to their program
  • Well done residents – your photos and videos truly demonstrate your wellness strategies and supports. 

- Download Slideshow (PowerPoint)

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

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.

Successful Thesis Defences

Ms. Maral Aali  - MSc defence July 17, 2020

Thesis Title: ROLE OF IRON CHELATION IN INFLAMMATION AND INFECTION

Supervisor: Dr. Christian Lehmann & Dr. Valerie Chappe

Mr. Owen Crump – MSc defence March 24, 2020

Thesis Title: Mast Cells and Interferons as a Novel Approach to Immunotherapy using a Murine Breast Cancer Model

Supervisor: Dr. Jean Marshall

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

Daily Graduate Studies Update


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 Wellness

  • During these times of uncertainty, it is important to consider mental health wellness. Employees seeking additional mental health supports at this time should contact the Employee and Family Assistance Program.

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.