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At Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara, we continue to monitor the situation of the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). We are aware of the importance of making the best decisions to assume responsibility for health care, both individually and institutionally, and therefore we want to provide you with information that we consider very relevant.

UAGSOM Statement

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 closed, all communications will be handled 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 1 meter (3 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

 

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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. UAG will extend distance learning until the end of the current semester.

This first week UAGSOM will be used for proper planning on how to communicate with you in the virtual classes, as well as for instructions on how the rest of the theoretical-practical activities will be carried out.

The pending exams for this period of suspension will be notified in advance about when and how they will be applied, so it is required that you be attentive to all the messages received through the schools’ electronic mail.

Students that were already scheduled plus those that are included due to this ongoing situation will be required to perform activities in Plataforma Aprende.

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.

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.

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.

Please note that there may be fees associated with rescheduling exams. Students will be responsible for any change fees.

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.