School of Medicine Coronavirus Update:
Read for more details specific to medical students and School of Medicine events.

Coronavirus

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

University-Wide Updates

Marshall University has implemented a response plan to protect our university community and to mitigate the spread of the 2019 novel coronavirus known as COVID-19 in our community. The School of Medicine will continue to consult with university officials and monitor this developing situation, keeping in mind the safety of our students, faculty and staff as well as our commitment to academic excellence. The School of Medicine follows the most recent recommendations from the American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC) as it relates to medical education.

This is an evolving process and is subject to change. Therefore, students and faculty should monitor their email for updates. We will also continue to monitor the situation and keep post updates on this webpage as they occur. 

For Marshall University information, please visit marshall.edu/coronavirus.

For patient information, please visit marshallhealth.org.coronavirus

School of Medicine Event Information

The following event will be presented virtually:

The following events have been canceled:

  • Excellence in Diversity Awards Ceremony, March 13
  • Class of 2020 Spaghetti Dinner, March 18
  • Class of 2020 Match Day, March 20
  • Marshall Medical Outreach, March 28
  • Marshall Medical Outreach, April 11
  • Human Gift Registry Memorial Service, April 25
  • 22nd Annual School of Medicine Golf Classic, April 28

The following events have been postponed:

  • State of the Medical School Address, April 14 (new date - TBD)
  • 6th Annual Falls Prevention Symposium, April 17 (new date - TBD)
  • Quality & Safety Summit, April 21 (new date - TBD)
  • Workshop: How to Be Your Own Best Mentor, April 23 (new date - TBD)
  • Translational Bacterial Taxonomy for Use in Clinics & Management of Disease, April 23 (new date - TBD)
  • Standing Out in Our Field 7, June 6 (new date - September 19)
  • Annual White Coat Ceremony, July 17 (new date in summer 2021 TBD)

MD Admission 

UPDATE (April 14, 2020): Given the unprecedented circumstances surrounding COVID-19, Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine has carefully reviewed its perspective on Pass/Fail grading for the 2021 entering MD class. To alleviate additional stressors surrounding educational modifications, we have decided to accept Pass/Fail and CR/NC grading for prerequisite coursework for Spring Semester 2020. Courses and labs delivered via remote learning due to COVID-19 will also be accepted for the Spring 2020 Semester.

During Summer 2020, remote learning prerequisite coursework will be acceptable but must be letter-graded.


MD Student Instruction

In accordance with the university's decision to suspend all in-person classes, through the end of the spring 2020 semester, the Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine's Office of Medical Education, in collaboration with faculty, course directors and the executive leadership team has developed the following plan for the medical school curriculum.

The AAMC has instituted weekly calls with the senior leadership of medical schools on Thursday evenings. Students should contact their respective course and clerkship directors for further clarification on any matters. On-campus facilities are closed to students until further notice. 

MS-1 Students

First-year-medical students will continue their coursework using online, distance learning. 

Starting Monday, March 16:

  • All in-class instruction is canceled. Lecture recordings and handouts will be posted to the Curriculum Map.
  • Structure and Function III, exam 3 will be given online on the planned date (details to follow).
  • Comprehensive NBME for Structure and Function III is canceled, and the NBME points will be calculated based on the highest score from the block-exams.
  • Everyone will receive full points from non-didactic activities for the coming week.
  • Attendance bonus to be calculated based on attendance up until Friday, March 13.
  • Introduction to Clinical Skills CCEs will be rescheduled for when classes in person instruction resumes. Any introductory material will be posted online.
  • SF4 will be conducted remotely, including pedagogy, assessments and a meeting space for faculty and students. 
  • Under the leadership of Drs. Serrat and Aldridge, anatomy lab will be replaced by videos and modules.
  • Dr. Mays will contact students regarding pedagogy and assessments for ICS.
  • Clinical reasoning sessions are suspended for the remainder of the semester. 
  • Summer research is still scheduled as planned. As we hear from AAMC/LCME, we will reevaluate the situation and update you accordingly
  • There is NO plan to delay the end-date of MS2 curriculum. STEP1 dedicated time is not expected to be altered at this time.

MS-2 Students

Second-year-medical students will continue their coursework using online, distance learning. 

Starting Monday, March 23:

  • All in-class instruction is canceled. Lecture recordings and handouts will be posted to the Curriculum Map.
  • Everyone will receive full points from non-didactic activities for the coming weeks.
  • Attendance bonus to be calculated based on attendance up until Friday, March 13.
  • For the health and safety of our standardized patients, the comprehensive CCE has been canceled. Dr. Curry will contact students about how the ACS grade will be calculated without the comprehensive CCE.
  • DT4 exam II will be administered remotely. 
  • DT4 NBME is to be cancelled and the points for the said exam are to be calculated based on student’s highest exam score in the course. Dr. Norton will be in touch regarding the logistics and specifics of this process.
  • Final DT4 and the year-end, comprehensive CCEs are cancelled. Dr. Curry will communicate the altered grading scheme.
  • CBSE is still planned for May 1, spread across multiple sites to maintain social-distancing. If the guidelines of the AAMC/LCME change in the coming weeks, we will reevaluate this situation.
  • STEP1 sit-by-date remains June 8.

MS-3 Students

Third-year medical students returned to clinical rotations on June 1 with additional safety measures in place.