IMPORTANT REMINDERS: COVID-19 Training and Reporting

To all students and employees:

Please be reminded that all students and employees are required to comply with the following NEOMED requirements for COVID-19 training and reporting:

  • Complete the first three COVID-19 CITI educational modules.
  • Immediately report international travel, symptoms consistent with COVID-19, contact with a COVID-19 positive (tested or presumed) person, or surveillance by a local health department

Educational Modules

As stated in the Social Contract, all students and employees are required to complete a training course titled “COVID-19: Back to Campus (Fall 2020)” to ensure a thorough and common understanding of the COVID-19 pandemic, its risks, and the importance of risk mitigation strategies.  The course consists of three modules which collectively take approximately 1.5 hours to complete.  There are two additional modules—one related to human subjects research and one on animal research—which students and employees engaged in such research activities are also encouraged to complete.

For students, the course will be accessible through AIMS on Monday, July 20.  It will be listed as a task to be completed by Aug. 7, utilizing your CITI account. Failure to complete this mandatory course may impede your academic progress.

For employees, please access the the course utilizing the attached instructions and registering with your NEOMED email address.  The training course must be completed by Aug. 7.  Failure to complete this mandatory course may result in disciplinary action.

Reporting

All students and employees are required to immediately report international travel, symptoms consistent with COVID-19, contact with a COVID-19 positive (tested or presumed) person, or surveillance by a local health department. Report at COVIDReporting@NEOMED.edu.

This report is seen and fielded by only two individuals:

  1. Jesse Zampedro, NEOMED’s Assistant Director for Environmental Health and Safety, Campus Operations
  2. Joseph Zarconi, M.D., NEOMED’s COVID-19 Medical Director (or, in his absence, a designee)

Mr. Zampedro, who will provide the initial response, reviews your circumstances and then gives you a set of criteria and/or requirements you will need to meet before you can return to work or school.

For students, if meeting these return to school requirements could have any impact on your ability to complete your educational requirements, the Office of Academic Affairs and Student Services (Sandra Emerick, Ed.D.) will then be notified. Dr. Emerick will reach out to you to help you manage concerns regarding your education. She will ultimately verify when you have met return to school requirements. You will then be directed to an official of your respective college (see below) who will reach out to assist you in managing your specific program’s educational requirements.

  • College of Graduate Studies: Philip Jenkinson, program coordinator
  • College of Medicine: Eugene Mowad, M.D., vice dean and senior associate dean for academic affairs
  • College of Pharmacy: Seth Brownlee, Pharm.D., senior associate dean, program quality and student success

For employees, if meeting these return to work requirements could have any impact on your ability to perform your job responsibilities, the Office of Human Resources (Karen Tomlinson) will be notified. Ms. Tomlinson will reach out to you to help you navigate your options to meet your job requirements. Ultimately, she will also verify when you have met the requirements to be able to return to work.

Any questions or concerns you may have related to the COVID-19 pandemic and/or these requirements can be directed to the reporting e-mail address, COVIDReporting@NEOMED.edu.

Most sincerely,

Joseph Zarconi, M.D., F.A.C.P.
COVID-19 Medical Director

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