Summer Schedule 2020

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-April 5, 2020-

Dear Returning Students, 
Thank you for all you have done to ensure the continuity of learning during this semester's transition to online instruction. As we look ahead to the summer, it is clear that public health and safety guidelines make it impossible to return to full-time instruction on campus. We have therefore made the decision to continue online learning for all didactic classes through the end of August. For some programs, we are hopeful that we will be able to resume some direct patient care clinical experiences during the summer semester. These experiences would require you to be in the Boston area; your program chair will share information with you as soon as possible.
We appreciate the importance of all health professionals acquiring a broad repertoire of knowledge and skills, including the competencies needed to diagnose and treat patients and clients requiring in-person care, with some professions being more hands-on than others. Please be assured that your program faculty are busy planning now for how you will acquire all of the knowledge and skills needed to be an exceptional practitioner. In collaboration with a full set of experts in the design and delivery of online and face-to-face curricula, faculty are being intentional about when and how they will include hands-on skill instruction, practice, and feedback.     
The summer term will begin on May 18, 2020 and continue through August 24, 2020. Individual academic programs may have special considerations that necessitate a slightly different schedule, and these will be communicated to you soon.
Students from programs that require clinical practicum will see opportunities emerge in several ways, depending on their area of study. These include:
1.      Virtual simulations online
2.      Virtual simulations with standardized patients
3.      Clinical services delivered via telepractice
4.      If health concerns are resolved, some limited clinical services may be initiated at the IMPACT Practice Center
5.      Clinical practicum assignments within Partners HealthCare or elsewhere*
*As noted in the general email sent on March 31, 2020, as long as COVID-related health restrictions remain in place, students will be allowed to opt-out of any clinical activity where they do not feel safe. 
Each clinical program is working with their national and state accrediting, certification, and licensure bodies to ensure you have the maximum flexibility for meeting requirements to practice. Our goal is for students to enter practice in their much-needed roles, at the earliest point possible.
While this is an unprecedented time in health care and higher education, there are new opportunities to learn in this dynamic health care environment. Wonderful examples of innovation are emerging that will benefit all of us and our patients as we look forward to a more flexible, hopefully more normal, future.
With appreciation,
Alex Johnson, PhD
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

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