Just a couple of updates to share with you. Will send a more detailed update on Friday march 20th.
As always, email me your questions and comments.
First, I want to clarify my recent message regarding study leave for the certification examinations for our final year Royal College residents. As mentioned, all postgraduate offices across the country are working with the Royal College to discuss potential alternatives for this year’s exams, aside from deferral until next year. Our recommendation is to coordinate your study leave with your program director and exercise the option of deferring it if you need to. We will leave it to you and your programs to decide what would be best for you. Specialty residents will have received an email from the Royal College March 17th, regarding potential written exam dates; the PG Dean continue to be in discussion with the Royal College.
New self-isolation protocol- approved by SJH, HHS and McMaster University. As of March 13th, we had instituted a 14 day self-isolation after international travel. This is the updated version from HHS/SJH and McMaster University.
Self-monitor your symptoms for 14 days as per EHS instructions.
You must wear a mask upon return to work.
If you develop symptoms, do not come to work. Report to your Public Health Unit and EHS. Follow PH/EHS directions regarding COVID-19 testing, monitoring, and planning your return to work. Notify your program director/ program administrator of your situation.
This protocol is a compromise that tries to balance decreasing al exposure risk to the patients if unneeded and ensuring that we have enough qualified healthcare workers if and when we need it.
Again, a longer message will go out on Friday.
Thanks again for everything you do
Parveen Parveen Wasi, MD, FRCPC Associate Dean
Postgraduate Medical Education
Faculty of Health Sciences