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The safety, health and well-being of our community, students, staff and administration is a top priority at UAG.

We are constantly monitoring the development of this pandemic and taking precautionary measures to prevent contagion as much as possible.

 

On March 17, 2020 it was determined that all face-to-face activities would be cancelled and replaced with online education. This decision was made based on the recommendations of the health authorities with consideration on how best to protect the UAG community.

 

We will continue to provide the best education to help develop the skills and abilities needed for you to become excellent physicians all while keeping your well-being a priority. We have newly developed programs to meet all academic needs and provide high-quality education. We have adapted to these needs and have the capability to share it through our online teaching.

 

Technical support will be available to help our medical teaching staff prepare their material and allow them the interact through these virtual means.
We are here to guide and support you during these challenging times. With patience and perseverance, we will get through these unprecedented times together and reach our goal with the support of our UAG family.

 

In response to emerging data about the value of social isolation in slowing the spread of COVID–19, the admission offices in San Antonio and Puerto Rico will be handling all communications by e-mail.

We want to emphasize that this action is a precaution taken to provide peace of mind to students, faculty, staff, and families.

 

COVID-19

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, tiredness, and dry cough. Some patients may experience pain, nasal congestion, rhinorrhea, sore throat and/or diarrhea. These symptoms are usually mild and appear gradually.

Some people become infected but do not develop any symptoms and are not ill. Most people (about 80%) recover from the disease without the need for any special treatment. About 1 in 6 people who get COVID-19 develop a serious illness and have trouble breathing.

Older people and those with underlying medical conditions, such as high blood pressure, heart problems or diabetes, are more likely to develop a serious illness. The percentage of people who have contracted the disease and died is estimated to be less than 2%.

The University will continue to update this site as new or updated information is made available.

Basic protective measures

It is very important to stay up to date with the latest information on the COVID-19 outbreak, which can be accessed on the WHO website, and through communications from public health authorities at the national and local levels. Cases have been reported in many countries around the world, and outbreaks have occurred in several of them. The Chinese authorities and those of other countries have managed to encourage or stop the outbreak progress, but the situation is unpredictable, and it is necessary to regularly check the most current news.

Several precautions can be taken to reduce the chance of getting or spreading COVID-19:

 

  • Wash your hands thoroughly and frequently using an alcohol-based (at least 60%) disinfectant or soap and water.
  • Keep a minimum distance of 2 meter (6 feet) between you and anyone who coughs or sneezes.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Both you and those around you should make sure that you maintain good airway hygiene. That means covering your mouth and nose with your elbow bent or with a tissue when you cough, or sneeze and the used tissue should be disposed of immediately.
  • Stay home if you are not feeling well. If you have a fever, cough and/or shortness of breath, seek medical attention and call ahead.

If any member of the community (student, faculty, or staff) were to present symptoms or feel any discomfort, head over to the corresponding medical attention centers. UAG is asking to immediately notify the school authority (program director/ immediate boss) so we can follow up on your case, without affecting your work or academic performance, in addition to avoiding putting your colleagues at risk.

UAG actions

We are taking the following actions to emphasize our two highest priorities: sustaining the health of our community and ensuring the academic progress of every one of our students in Mexico and the U.S.

It is extremely important to stay up to date on the indications that the UAG will issue through its official communication channels, such as the institutional email and social media (official Twitter and Facebook).

  • All scheduled academic or work trips abroad to countries will be canceled. It is highly recommended to suspend personal trips. In case traveling is strictly necessary it is suggested to continue following the instructions of health organizations, particularly WHO.
  • Hand sanitizer stations have been placed throughout the campus offices and student buildings entrances.
  • Well-established hygiene standards are in place, including daily cleaning and disinfection procedures for all parts of the campus, especially around common areas such as door handles, classrooms, labs, bathrooms, etc.
  • Ongoing guidance and training provided to UAG staff to promote safety and well-being and the use of everyday preventative practices

UAG has a group of authorities which are closely monitoring the situation, following the World Health Organization (WHO), local health department, and the Centers for Disease and Prevention (CDC) for COVID-19 updates and following their recommendations on the appropriate health and safety measures

General instructions for UAG medical students

For all students with an immigration process unfinished or questions regarding immigration situations, contact us by e-mail to asuntosmigratorios@edu.uag.mx

 

You may be able to temporarily stop making your payments. Info for Students, Borrowers, and Parents. If you’re concerned about your studies or loan repayment, we can help you understand what to do in certain circumstances. Visit this page on a regular basis.

 

Important information for UAG students with SallieMae private loans affected by the Corona virus pandemic and need help, visit https://www.salliemae.com/landing/coronavirus/

 

UAGSOM Basic Science Students or MSY1 & MSY2 Students, COVID-19

As a reminder, no academic activities will be delivered live. This includes lectures, exams, clinical skills activities, small group activities from the academy for teaching and learning or any other curricular or small group activity.

WILL THE FALL SEMESTER BE ONLINE OR ON-CAMPUS?

UAGSOM starts medical science courses virtually on August 3, 2020. Due to this ongoing situation students will be required to perform activities in the UAGSOM online platform.

 

IS THE CAMPUS OPEN NOW?

No. Our campuses are currently closed to students.

WILL THE CAMPUS RE-OPEN DURING THE SEMESTER?

We have begun to gradually reopen campuses for essential operations and will expand access to students as soon as possible. Ongoing restrictions, new safety protocols, and social distancing policies are implemented in all our facilities.
Depending on times and possibilities we will let you know when it will be possible to return to the campus.

CAN I MOVE TO GUADALAJARA EVEN IF I AM ATTENDING ONLINE?

Yes. Review travel policies and you can come back at any time to Guadalajara.

I AM GOING TO BE A NEW STUDENT. HOW CAN I CONNECT WITH OTHER STUDENTS?

We have a Facebook page where you will be invited, if you do not get this invitation please contact us at admissions@uag.edu

COURSE DELIVERY

Classes will officially begin on August 3, 2020 via online. All assignments will also be given through this method.
You will also receive instructions on clinical cases and workshops as scheduled in the academic calendars that were sent out.
Assignments must be turned in by designated date.
Subgroups assignments will be given online. All sessions will be via Teams or Zoom. In-person classes won’t start until further notice.

CLINICAL SKILLS SESSIONS

As scheduled, all assignments related to CSD (clinical skills development) will be given in a timely matter and attendance will be mandatory.

EXAMS

  • New software developed through ExamSoft will be used for remote examinations which will be proctored.
  • Contingency planning for the administration of examinations is ongoing, with the primary goal of maintaining the majority of your current exam schedule.
  • It is recommended that you continue your studies and be mindful of the current placement of exams, which will be conducted remotely.
  • Communication from the Exam Center and E*Value will indicate exam dates and times, so please monitor these two applications closely.

CAMPUS OPERATIONS

  • UAG campuses are only open for essential personnel.
  • All the other members of the university community will be working remotely.
  • Access to campuses is restricted to students until further notice.

HOUSING

Everything related to housing is responsibility of each students. It is up to the student to decide whether he or she will return to Guadalajara .

REMEDIATION EXAMS

WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO SIT FOR THE RE-TEST FOR 2020-01 SEMESTER?

Students who are eligible to apply for the re-test will receive a statement directly from their program coordinators.

IF I FAILED THE PREVIOUS SEMESTER (2019-02). WILL I BE ABLE TO TAKE THE RE-TEST? WHAT WILL MY SITUATION BE IF I DO NOT PASS?

After their re-test date, each student will be notified immediately of their academic status and their options to continue their studies at the UAGSOM.

If you have any questions after receiving notification of your pre-charge, please contact ISAO at ISAO@UAG.EDU

 

UAGSOM Clinical Science Students or MSY3 & MSY4 Students, COVID-19

The current policies for clinical clerkships and schedules for this 2020-01 semester are still in effect, students are required to follow the protocols and recommendations in place at their clinical sites.

In the case of having a condition that affects your performance or puts your health at risk, and should you decides not to continue with your clerkship, please contact us as soon as possible at isao@uag.edu or clerkships@uag.edu explaining your reason, condition or need.

The CDC recommends that if you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever and symptoms of respiratory illness such as cough or difficulty breathing, you should call your physician. Do not attend your clinical rotations and notify your site’s coordinator, clerkships director, and email us at isao@uag.edu or clerkships@uag.edu that you will not be attending.

All cases will be reviewed by the UAGSOM clinical practices committee to determine your situation in case the hospitals decide to suspend your clinical activities.

UAGSOM is committed to you and we are going to help you finishing your medical studies and achieve your goal of becoming a doctor.

For any further questions please contact us via email at isao@uag.edu or clerkships@uag.edu

Please make sure that your contact information is updated.

It is essential that UAGSOM has your current contact information in order to help keep our whole community updated with information available. To verify or update your information, please go to MyUAG.

Please make sure to keep written documentation of any disruptions to your personal clinical or testing schedules that are related to COVID-19. UAGSOM will be doing the same for the entire medical school, and there may be a need to verify individual records.

WHAT IS THE STATUS OF THE CLINICAL CLERKSHIP?

UAGSOM is currently programming student clinical rotations based on their requests and space availability.

WHEN CAN WE START THE CLINICAL CLERKSHIPS?

The start dates are being reviewed with hospitals ensuring that they will be done in person.

Students will be informed individually about their start/ending date.

All recommendations from the health authorities from Mexico and the US are being taking into considerations to guarantee the safety and the performance of the students in hospital environments.

COMMUNICATION COMING FROM ECFMG AND NBME ABOUT USMLE REPROGRAMMING EXAMS AND THE IMPACT TO RESIDENCY APPLICATIONS.

To keep you informed, we will be posting the updated information on this page with the proper links.

GRADING INFORMATION FOR SUSPENDED CLERKSHIPS

WILL WE GET CREDIT FOR THE SUSPENDED ROTATIONS AND/OR THAT ONES DONE ONLINE?

Each student will be taken care of individually for privacy reasons about the credits earned during this contingency.

Potential impacts on clinical rotations

How is UAGSOM managing the COVID-19 risk for its clinical students?

We advise clinical students to follow the protocols and recommendations in place at their clinical site. For clinical students, we advise them to take all precautions to reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19. We are also communicating with all clinical sites to request that they update us on any known exposures to our students or faculty at their sites. We will continue to monitor that information carefully.

What if I am placed in quarantine for two weeks?

The clinical faculty (preceptors and clerkship directors) for your current clerkship will provide you with instructions for alternative learning activities. If you did not receive instructions from your faculty, email isao@uag.edu or clerkships@uag.edu as soon as possible.

What if I develop symptoms that may be related to COVID-19?

The CDC recommends that if you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever and symptoms of respiratory illness such as cough or difficulty breathing, you should call your physician. Do not attend your clinical rotations and notify your site’s GME office, current clerkship director, and email us at isao@uag.edu or clerkships@uag.edu that you will not be attending.

How will a disruption or delay of my clinical rotation affect my financial aid status?

You may be able to temporarily stop making your payments. Info for Students, Borrowers, and Parents. If you’re concerned about your studies or loan repayment, we can help you understand what to do in certain circumstances. Visit this page on a regular basis.

USMLE Exams

Please read the following if you are scheduled to take a NBME or USMLE exams in the near future:

Students scheduled to sit for a NBME or USMLE exam should monitor the status of their testing site for possible closures. You can monitor the status of test sites using the links below, and if your test is impacted, contact ECFMG or NBME as soon as possible to have it rescheduled.

Students are responsible in the event of any rescheduling costs. Once you have scheduled your exam and you do not feel comfortable taking the exam at said location regarding COVID-19, please contact ECFMG and asuntosecfmg@edu.uag.mx to reschedule your eligibility periods. Please note that In order to reschedule eligibility periods, you must submit evidence of contagion problems in the area or closure of the test center and any other valid reason for rescheduling.

Health and Coping

If you have a health condition that puts you at high risk of complications from COVID-19 or have unique circumstances (e.g., caregiver for an immunosuppressed family member), please work with the International Student Affairs Office at isao@uag.edu for ways to reduce your risk while meeting your educational requirements.

How can I manage stress and other issues related to the coronavirus situation?

During this period, it is important to remember to continue self-care for your emotional well-being. Self-care activities may include:

  • Keeping a regular sleep cycle
  • Engage in regular exercise
  • Virtually keep in contact with friends and family
  • Maintain a healthy diet

More details on coping are available through the CDC.