Frequently Asked Questions: Class of 2021

(Updated April 24, 2020)


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.  

When will clinical courses be available?

Currently the class of 2021 is scheduled to return on May 4, 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 seeking permission from the Medical Curriculum Committee to begin on June 1, 2020 with the possibility of offering 2 week electives on May 18, 2020 if the clinical environment is able to accommodate students at that time.

When will OASIS open?

OASIS is schedule to open again for you Thursday, April 16, 2020

What if I am not enrolled in anything right now?

Please use the remainder of this week to enroll in a non-clinical course for the month of April and work with your course director to meet the goals and objectives in the time remaining.  If you wish you can use vacation time for time when you do not want to be engaged in course work, however this is not required as long as you are able to meet the goals and objectives of the course selected for a given period of time.

Will there be any changes to the graduation requirements?

We anticipate that the delay in clinical activities will require some temporary modifications to our graduation requirements.  We are exploring options and any final decisions will be made by the Medical Curriculum Committee which meets again on Tuesday, April 21, 2020.

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