Updated: January 28, 2021 at 5:00 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     

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

  • We have received feedback from Public Health, and I am pleased to inform you that observerships and electives in Nova Scotia will resume January 4, 2021. In-person clinical skills training will continue to occur as scheduled in the Tupper Building.  

  • FoM COVID Guidance FAQ
  • Travel Update (Horizon): January 28, 2021

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.
DMNB Students

  • At this time, all Med 1 and 2 activities will continue as planned, including: skilled clinician, skills sessions, Family Medicine experience, electives, and observerships.
     
  • Effective Wednesday, 6 January 2021, DMNB will be re-implementing its active COVID screening program at the door to the building.

Med 2

  • We have received feedback from Public Health, and I am pleased to inform you that observerships and electives in Nova Scotia will resume January 4, 2021. In-person clinical skills training will continue to occur as scheduled in the Tupper Building.  

  • 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
  • Travel Update (Horizon): January 28, 2021

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.

DMNB Students

  • At this time, all Med 1 and 2 activities will continue as planned, including: skilled clinician, skills sessions, Family Medicine experience, electives, and observerships.
     
  • Effective Wednesday, 6 January 2021, DMNB will be re-implementing its active COVID screening program at the door to the building.

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

  • 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.

 

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

  • 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

  • In December, it had communicated around the cancellation of all electives, both incoming and outgoing, with a plan to reevaluate in mid-January. While we are all encouraged by the slight improvements seen in the epidemiology of the virus within central Canada, we continue to enjoy very low infection rates in Maritime Canada compared with elsewhere. As such, in consultation with our Health Authority partners and the Dean, we have made a decision to continue to cancel all incoming and outgoing electives up until the end of Block 10. Block 11 begins April 7, 2021 and a decision about electives after that will be made in mid-March. This decision is in line with that of many other institutions within the country. Exceptions for: residents in their final year of training who are applying for fellowships; those doing “invited” electives as part of job applications; and those doing electives as part of interinstitutional affiliation agreements (required when specific mandatory components of training are not available locally) continue to be made.
  • We remain committed to ensuring that Dalhousie residents are not systematically disadvantaged in comparison with others, within the limits of public health guidelines. We are also working hard to protect our healthcare workforce and our population by minimizing all unnecessary travel. These decisions are in line with the requests by our chief medical officers of health throughout the Maritimes.
  • 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.  

  • Travel Update (Horizon): January 7, 2021

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

  • In December, it had communicated around the cancellation of all electives, both incoming and outgoing, with a plan to reevaluate in mid-January. While we are all encouraged by the slight improvements seen in the epidemiology of the virus within central Canada, we continue to enjoy very low infection rates in Maritime Canada compared with elsewhere. As such, in consultation with our Health Authority partners and the Dean, we have made a decision to continue to cancel all incoming and outgoing electives up until the end of Block 10. Block 11 begins April 7, 2021 and a decision about electives after that will be made in mid-March. This decision is in line with that of many other institutions within the country.

  • Exceptions for: residents in their final year of training who are applying for fellowships; those doing “invited” electives as part of job applications; and those doing electives as part of interinstitutional affiliation agreements (required when specific mandatory components of training are not available locally) continue to be made.
     
  • We remain committed to ensuring that Dalhousie residents are not systematically disadvantaged in comparison with others, within the limits of public health guidelines. We are also working hard to protect our healthcare workforce and our population by minimizing all unnecessary travel. These decisions are in line with the requests by our chief medical officers of health throughout the Maritimes.
     
  • 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.

  •  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.

Financial Assistance for Residents

The Canadian Medical Association Foundation is introducing a second round of bursaries for medical students and residents experiencing extraneous or unanticipated expenses resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.

The bursary is designed to provide immediate relief for unexpected financial needs such as the inability to meet essential living expenses due specifically to COVID-19.   

While it is not intended to be a source of long-term funding or to replace lost income or to support discretionary expenses, residents at Dalhousie Medical School are able to apply for short-term assistance to support anyone who may be experiencing financial hardship as a direct result of COVID-19.  Understanding that residents need support more than ever, the intent of this funding is to help alleviate financial stress. This funding is intended to provide support for learners facing challenges such as rotation changes, need for self-isolation, access to housing, food, tuition, mental health services, transportation, and more, in the context of COVID-19.

The link for the application is: https://surveys.dal.ca/opinio/s?s=60319  The deadline to apply is February 12 by 5PM.

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:

Vaccines

We, along with MarDocs and Resident Affairs, have advocated for the inclusion of residents as part of the initial wave of vaccinations (phase 0). While there has been some variability in resident vaccination, we are working on establishment of a database to ensure that all residents who wish to be vaccinated are given that opportunity as soon as possible. Shane LeBlanc, the Director of PGME, will be in contact with residents with further details about this in the coming days.

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.

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 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.