Status of Campus, Social Media Reminder, Student and Employee Resources

-March 18, 2020-

Status of Campus 

The campus is open selectively for students who are scheduled through their academic program to participate in specific learning, simulation, and standardized patient activities. Students will be contacted by their academic department or professor prior to coming to campus to complete a prescreening process. Otherwise, students should not come to campus. Faculty and staff are encouraged to work from home and should come to campus only when necessary.

Also, we strongly encourage all members of the community to practice social distancing during work hours as well as in their personal life. This practice, as you well know, has been proven to mitigate the spread of highly-contagious viruses such as COVID-19.

Student and Employee Resources for Coping with COVID-19

The unprecedented circumstances surrounding the emergence of COVID-19 have created a great deal of stress and uncertainty for all of us, including our patients, our fellow students and health care workers, and the community at large. As resources for addressing these issues proliferate, it can be confusing to find, evaluate, or sort through all the available information. Below is a set of resources that our Employee/Student Assistance Program (EAP/SAP) has created, as well as a new guide from the Mass General Department of Psychiatry. Please use these resources to cope with the everyday stresses and concerns that we are all feeling. Additional resources can be found on the Institute’s COVID-19 webpage.

• EAP/SAP Tips on Managing Fear of COVID-19

• Create an emergency plan to prepare for COVID-19

• Talking with Children about the COVID-19 Pandemic: 7 Ways to Support Kids and Teens Through the COVID-19 Pandemic

• MGH Guide to COVID-19 Mental Health Resources

• McLean Hospital article on Caring for your Mental Health During COVID-19 and Five Ways to Reduce Anxiety During the COVID-19 Pandemic


Reminder on Personal Social Media Policies: Pause Before You Post

Social media is a powerful communication tool that can reach thousands of people with one click. What you thought you shared with your closest friends may reach way beyond your network. For health care workers, that is a big responsibility and one that we need to take seriously. 

Our advice: pause before you post. Be professional, be ethical, and follow the Institute’s social media guidelines. 

• Consider your content carefully...a post on the Internet lives forever.

• Be clear that your posts reflect your personal opinion. 

When your connection to the Institute is apparent, be clear that you are speaking for yourself (e.g. “It’s my personal opinion…”) and add a disclaimer: “The views expressed on this (social media channel, blog, website) are my own and do not reflect the views of the MGH Institute.”

• You do not speak for the Institute or your clinical site. 

Do not share institutional information with the public. It is critical that hospital information shared with the public is accurate and released only by authorized hospital spokespersons.

• Talking about patients or patient care is not appropriate, even if you don’t use names or identifiers. Information can still be identifiable without names. Putting it in the public domain puts it at risk and makes patients doubt our commitment to protect their privacy. If you wouldn’t shout it in a crowded elevator, don’t post it online.

Upcoming Town Halls

Online student and employee Town Halls will be scheduled for the week of March 30. Additional information will follow next week.

Denis Stratford
Associate Vice President for Information Technology, Campus Services, & Compliance

Paul Murphy
Chief Communications Officer

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