School of Medicine Coronavirus Update:
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COVID-19 Guidance

Student COVID-19 Information

The Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine is closely monitoring the spread of the coronavirus 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. 

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 post updates on this webpage as they occur. 

The School of Medicine is conducting all admissions interviews virtually for the MD and BS/MD programs until further notice. >>View the MD Virtual Tour.

Given the unprecedented circumstances surrounding COVID-19, the 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, Pass/Fail and CR/NC grading for prerequisite coursework for spring 2020 semester will be accepted. Courses and labs delivered via remote learning due to COVID-19 will also be accepted for the spring 2020 semester.

The School of Medicine follows university guidelines the most recent recommendations from the American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC) as it relates to medical education. The School of Medicine participates in monthly calls with the AAMC and the senior leadership of medical schools across the country. Students should contact their respective course and clerkship directors for further clarification on any matters. On-campus facilities remain closed to students until further notice. 

Pre-Clinical Students

Pre-clinical instruction remains virtual through at least January 31, 2021. All lectures are delivered virtually with the following additional guidelines.  

  1. All lectures are live streamed for continued student engagement.
  2. 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.
  3. Exams are proctored remotely.

*As the COVID-19 pandemic evolves, this plan is subject to change based on national, state, local or university guidelines

Clinical Students

Third- and fourth-year students returned to clinical rotations in June 2020 with additional safety measures in place. These students continue with their scheduled rotations and electives.

Instruction for graduate education PhD and master's programs in research are being held virtually until further notice. 

Residents and fellows at the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine have continued their training throughout the pandemic. 

All lectures will be held virtually until further notice. Labs will be held in person in small, socially-distanced groups.