Frequently Asked Questions: Class of 2022

(Updated July 17, 2020)


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What is our goal?

Our goal is to have students return to the clinical environment as soon as possible and when it meets the following criteria:

  • It is safe for patients
  • It is safe for students
  • It is compliant with recommendations from national organizations (AAMC, LCME, etc.)
  • It minimizes the stress and burden on the providers
  • There is adequate PPE
  • There are meaningful clinical experiences that the student can participate in and continue their clinical skill development (history taking, creating differential diagnoses, critical thinking, notes, presentations, etc.)

Who is making the decisions as to when students will re-enter clerkships?

The decision as to when students will re-enter the clinical environment is being informed by weekly conversations with national colleagues, guidelines from the AAMC and LCME and made collectively by all the stakeholders, including: the Dean’s Office, clinical affiliate site leadership, clinical chairs, and individual practice group directors, in an effort to balance the competing priorities and allow students to re-enter when it is safe, when faculty feel they can support the educational mission, and when students can participate in meaningful clinical experiences that meet the goals and objectives of the clerkship.  

When should I travel back to VT?

At this time anyone who is currently out of state would need to return and self-quarantine for 14 days. With the start date of clinical rotations frequently changing this can be difficult to anticipate, however we are doing everything we can to give you more than a two week notice so that you can make appropriate travel arrangements.

Will all the clinical environments open at the same time?

It is unlikely that all the various clinical environments will open simultaneously.  It is possible that UVM Medical Center will be able to accommodate learners in the clinical environment before our clinical affiliate sites or community hospitals.  We are preparing for this possibility.  We recognize that this will impact clinical placement and housing for some students and we are preparing for this.  

What has the Class of 2022 been doing for the last month?

The class of 2022 has been doing one of the following electives advanced integration credit:

  • Medical Spanish
  • COVID Reading Month 
  • Studying for Step 1
  • Research/Scholarly project

When will clinical courses be available?

Currently the class of 2022 is scheduled to return on May 11, 2020 however we recognize that this will likely not be possible given the continuation of the Stay Home Stay Safe order and the current clinical climate.  We are exploring various options which include telehealth training and non-clinical components of clerkships prior to re-entry.

What will the Class of 2022 be doing for the next 3 weeks, remotely (shaded areas represent possibilities given that further delay is likely)?

  • 4/13:  Flex week
  • 4/20:  Clerkship Orientation Bridge (1 week of clerkship credit)
  • 4/27:  Remote Bridges (Global Health, Palliative Care, Anesthesia) (1 week of clerkship credit)
  • 5/4:  Remote Bridges (Global Health, Palliative Care, Anesthesia) (1 week of clerkship credit)
  • 5/11:  Telehealth Advanced Integration Elective (Training for MS3 and MS4s to enter telehealth environment) (1 week of AI credit)
  • 5/18:  Telehealth Advanced Integration Elective (Training for MS3 and MS4s to enter telehealth environment) (1 week of AI credit)

What if I am in a different time zone other than Eastern Standard Time?

We are aware that students are in different time zones and we will do our best to accommodate this for bridge week and other course work being delivered remotely.  Please be aware that we can do our best to accommodate national time zones, however accommodating international time zones is more difficult.  If you have concerns about your ability to effectively engage in the curriculum based on your current time zone please contact clerkship coordinator,  Jacqueline Drouin.  

What if I will be participating in clinical coursework in Vermont, however I do not have housing because I was supposed to be participating in the LIC or at our CT campus?

We are working with UVM Real Estate to obtain housing for any LCOM students who are displaced due to a change in their clinical placement.

What will happen to my LIC or CT scholarship?

We do not anticipate any change to scholarships awarded based on change in clinical placement.

What if I have delayed taking Step 1?

We are hopeful that all students will be able to take their Step 1 exam prior to entering the clinical environment.

Who do I contact if I have questions?

Contact the Medical Services Team at StudentCOMServices (your question will be referred to the appropriate person) or sign up for a drop in meeting (see links below).


Sign up for a Drop-in Meeting:

Dean for Medical Education 

Deans for Students (preclinical, clinical, CT Campus) 

Director of Academic Achievement 

Director of Learning Environment 

Director of Student Wellbeing