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
- Standing Out in Our Field 7, September 19
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)
- Annual White Coat Ceremony, July 17 (new date in summer 2021 TBD)
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.
The School of Medicine will resume some in-person sessions Monday, August 24, under the following guidelines:
Safety of our students, faculty and staff remain paramount as we try to resume classes for the upcoming fall semester. Key components of medical education, social bonding and peer-peer education, are significantly enhanced in the classroom environment. The plan detailed below strives to maintain social distancing while allowing for a structured education for our MD students—
- In-person classes will start for MS1 and MS2 students on August 24, 2020. Room occupancy must not exceed 50% of the maximum capacity of the room--
- MS1 students will attend classes at the Coon Education Building. No more than 45 students are allowed in the classroom at any time. Students are not allowed to sit in the front row (close to the instructor). There must be a minimum of one seat empty between two students, and students must wear facemasks during their entire time in the classroom. The instructor may take off their mask during instructions, as long as 6-ft social distance is maintained.
- MS2 students will attend classes in the lecture room of the Byrd Clinical Center. This room seats 120 students. No more than 50 students are allowed in the classroom at any time. Students are not allowed to sit in the front row (close to the instructor). There must be a minimum of one seat empty between two students, and students must wear facemasks during their entire time in the classroom. The instructor may take off their mask during instructions, as long as 6-ft social distance is maintained.
- No more than four consecutive hours may be scheduled in any one location. There must be break of 10-minutes after every 50 minutes of instruction time to allow for safe use of restroom and entry and exit of students.
- Classes are scheduled Monday through Friday only.
- Students are divided in groups and will be asked to alternate class attendance. School of Medicine is using TopHat to ensure that student’s attend classes only on their designated day.
- All lectures may be live streamed for students required to sit out that day.
- Small group activities may continue, as long as the class is divided up in at least two groups and no more than half the class is in the room at a time. Students must keep their facemasks on during the small group activities and maintain social distancing at all times. *Anatomy pedagogy in the curriculum is modified to fit these criteria, including cancelling cadaveric dissection by the students, use of prosections for experiential learning and shift to computer based laboratory examinations.
- At-risk students must apply for accommodations through the Marshall University Disability Services. The Office of Academic Support in the JCESOM coordinates this process.
- Exams will be either conducted and proctored remotely or held in split sessions to maintain social distancing guidelines i.e no more than 50% room occupancy allowed.
- Full class attendance may be allowed pending guidelines from the Marshall University.
*As the COVID-19 pandemic evolves, this plan is subject to change based on national, state, local, or university guidelines
Third- and fourth-year students returned to clinical rotations on June 1 with additional safety measures in place. These students continue with their scheduled rotations and electives.