Student Reopening Updates

Campus Reopening Plans

June 2, 2020

Dear PNWU-COM Students,

We wanted to share an update on the preclinical curriculum plan for the Fall 2020 semester. The goal is to maximize the health and safety of our campus community while providing you with the highest quality medical education possible. To that end, we will be dividing each class into 4 groups with approximately 36 students in each group. Each group will be brought on to campus separately to complete laboratory activities that are best achieved in-person. This will include OPP labs, clinical skills labs, standardized patient encounters, and for first-year students, gross dissection. Social distance will be maintained while on campus to the extent possible, appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) will be provided and worn when necessary and all other appropriate safety measures will be in place.

All other curricular content, including lectures, Clinical Integrated Lectures (CIL) Faculty Directed Studies (FDS), histology labs, and written exams, will be delivered remotely using a combination of different online instruction methods and assessment. We have recruited experts to help us make these activities as interactive as possible, and not just a prerecording of lectures.

Access to campus will require an entry procedure - you will participate in a 'dry-run' of this entry procedure with your assigned group during orientation week: Aug 3 - 7. This will also provide you with an opportunity to pick up any necessary materials for the semester.

You will be provided with more detail and more detailed instructions as we get closer to the start of the semester. In the meantime, please direct any questions or concerns to Dr. Sorrells ( and Dr. Oestreich (

We know this is a time of uncertainty, but it is also an exciting time for innovation and evolution in medical education. Your PNWU administration, faculty, and staff are working hard to create the medical school of the future. We remain committed to your success and look forward to welcoming you in the fall!


Thomas A. Scandalis, DO
Dean and Chief Academic Officer

Robert Sorrells, PhD
Associate Dean, Preclinical Education

Emily Oestreich, PhD
Assistant Dean, Preclinical Education