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Coronavirus Information

What is a novel coronavirus?

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses which may cause illness in animals or humans.  In humans, several coronaviruses are known to cause respiratory infections ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). The most recently discovered coronavirus causes coronavirus disease COVID-19.

Have any AUA Students or Staff been confirmed to have the Covid-19?

There have been no confirmed cases among our students and staff.

What Precautions is AUA taking to prevent exposure to Covid-19?

We have been working on this in many ways.

  • Increase cleaning and sanitizing by Housekeeping
  • Increased hand sanitizer stations throughout campus
  • Closing campus to all non-AUA visitors
  • Notifying every one of the symptoms, risk factors and preventative measures via email and campus screen messaging
  • Have a special area away from the clinic with PPE for healthcare personal and potentially affected individuals to be safely evaluated
What about my pet?

There is no evidence that your dogs or cats are susceptible to Covid-19 and no evidence that they can spread it

What precautions should all students take?
Is AUA planning to hold commencement?

We are in constant communication with NJPAC who will be holding the AUA 2020 Commencement Ceremony on Friday, May 29, 2020.  At the present time we are moving ahead with having the 2020 commencement ceremony on 5/29, however, we will be monitoring the situation based on whether the state of New Jersey tells us differently in regards to keeping the Performance Arts Center open or not.  We will continue to update our graduates who have registered for the event accordingly.

Will campus remain open?

The campus is currently open and we plan on it remaining so, barring any unforeseen issues. All campus classes were suspended last Friday and over the next 7-10 days we will transition to remote online classes that will be accessible anywhere there is adequate internet access. Faculty are currently on campus and taking one-on-one appointments as arranged with students via email. The library is currently open under a strict “social-distancing” policy.

What is happening with students in the FIU Global Health Track?

For now we plan that the GH Track will resume as scheduled but we are working on remote options

How is AUA managing the covid-19 risk for its clinical students?

We follow recommendations by CDC, federal, local, and hospital regulations and monitor the situation closely

Do you expect covid-19 to impact the start of the August 2020 Class?

For now, we will proceed as if things will start as planned. However this is dependent on many factors outside of our control. We will make any updated information available to our students.

What if I am placed in quarantine for 2 weeks?

Stay in quarantine, academic credit will be applied for conducted clinical weeks

What if my clinical site wishes to cancel or delay my rotation?

We will give further instructions once the hospital makes a decision.

What will happen to my financial aid status if my clinical rotation is delayed or canceled?

You will need to reach out to the Financial Aid Department for advice and next steps.

What if my clinical site limits the clinical care with which I am involved in at the site?

You will adhere to the guidance provided by the hospital and clinical faculty.

What will happen with exams?

Our testing schedule has been interrupted and will need to be updated.  In order to administer exams we cannot use the CAS exams remotely, and will need to develop in-house examinations which are currently being developed. As soon as we have more detailed information, we will make it available to students.

Dear AUA Family,

Today we received word from the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology of Antigua and Barbuda regarding the COVID-19 crisis and directions regarding Universities and Colleges and the transition to remote work wherever possible.  Thus, beginning immediately, we are suspending classes on campus.  Over the next 7-10 days we will transition to remote online classes that will be accessible anywhere there is adequate internet access. In deciding where you reside during this crisis we advise you to consider both the risk of travel and the comparative risks in any area in which you chose to travel. Campus will remain open but classes will only be provided remotely. We will reassess the situation  in Mid-April.

Lectures will be available in Lecture Capture, Small Group work will be converted to reading assignments, followed by email contact between faculty and students in their groups.  ICM clinical skills may be delayed until in-person education can begin again.

Because of the need to maintain safe social distance, congregation in the library and study areas will not be allowed.

Faculty will be on campus and individual meetings between faculty and a student are permitted.  I recommend that you make an appointment with a faculty member by email to ensure their availability.

Testing schedule will be interrupted.  In order to administer exams we cannot use the CAS exams remotely, and will need to develop inhouse examinations on Exam soft.  More to follow on that.  The CBSE examinations can be accessed through the Prometric Centers.  More on that to follow as well.

Local staff must report for duty as usual.

I realize that this is welcomed news for some, and not for others.  This will be a challenging and difficult time ahead for us, but by working together, we will succeed in meeting the challenge.  I have the greatest confidence in our students, faculty and staff.

 

Robert Mallin, MD

University Provost