Student Reopening Updates

Campus Reopening Plans

Spring 2021 Level 2 Preclinical Curriculum Plan

December 11, 2020

Dear PNWU-COM Students,

We wanted to share an update on the preclinical curriculum plan for the Spring 2021 semester. The goal of this plan is to maximize the health and safety of our campus community while providing you with the highest quality medical education possible. To that end, campus will return to Level 1 status, as defined in our Campus Reopening Plan, from December 12, 2020 through January 18, 2021. Therefore, the first 14 days of the spring semester will be remote learning only. This will allow you to travel as needed for the winter break, return to Yakima by January 4, and complete a 14-day self-quarantine before Tuesday, January 19, when the campus returns to Level 2 status and regular on-campus laboratory activities resume.

We have also made the difficult decision to cancel Spring Break. The spring semester schedule has been adjusted accordingly so that it will now end on May 7, 2021, a full week earlier. Each class will have 2 Wellness Days incorporated into their spring semester schedule. These days are protected time with no curricular commitments. We strongly encourage you take advantage of these days to prioritize your mental health and well-being.

You have done a remarkable job throughout the Fall 2020 semester staying positive, excelling at your studies, and keeping each other and the campus community safe during this pandemic. There is much reason for optimism with promising vaccines on the horizon, but we must all do our part in the meantime. Thank you for your continued understanding, resilience, and diligence.  We remain committed to your success and look forward to welcoming you back to PNWU after the winter break.

 

Thomas A. Scandalis, DO
Dean and Chief Academic Officer

Robert Sorrells, PhD
Associate Dean, Preclinical Education

Emily Oestreich, PhD
Assistant Dean, Preclinical Education


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 (rsorrells@pnwu.edu) and Dr. Oestreich (eoestreich@pnwu.edu).

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!

Sincerely,

Thomas A. Scandalis, DO
Dean and Chief Academic Officer

Robert Sorrells, PhD
Associate Dean, Preclinical Education

Emily Oestreich, PhD
Assistant Dean, Preclinical Education