Beginning the Fall 2020 semester, all lectures will be delivered in a virtual format via Zoom and will be recorded. ACOM encourages “live” participation via Zoom to ask questions. Guest lectures and other designated lectures may be mandatory, requiring students to log into Zoom at the assigned event time. During these mandatory lectures, attendance will be taken, and students must be counted present to get credit for attending the lecture.
The ACOM campus will be open for students to study with specific guidelines for social distancing. Locations including the auditoriums, Team-Based Learning Center and study rooms will have a limited, set capacity that will be strictly enforced. Students can utilize the reservation sign-up process (link available in SEAMed) each week to reserve specific times for rooms. ACOM will keep some seats reserved for student accommodations. If a room is filled to capacity, students will not be allowed to enter the room. Using an electronic sign-up process will allow students to plan ahead. ACOM encourages students to only sign up for times that they know they will use and to drop any reservations as soon as possible to allow other students the opportunity to use facility space.
Osteopathic Principles & Practice (OPP) labs and Primary Clinical Skills (PCS) labs have been broken into smaller groups, and most of these sessions will be in-person, on-campus events. Students will be required to have appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for the techniques that are being demonstrated (may be different for various types of labs). Students must wear a mask.
Anatomy labs have also been broken into smaller groups. These sessions will be in-person, in-lab events. OMS-I students will be required to have appropriate PPE for the anatomy lab and will be provided with surgical-style, disposable masks, and gloves for these lab experiences. Students will be responsible for obtaining additional PPE, including any needed extra gloves and disposable masks.
Exams will be taken in-person, on-campus at ACOM, adhering to COVID-19 social distancing guidelines in testing areas. Students will be required to wear a mask during the exam. As always, ear plugs will be available. Exam review will be available following the exam. This format may be different and will be announced before the first exam.
Faculty will have scheduled office hours and/or appointment times for students to meet. Some faculty, including the Academic Support team, may offer office hours via FaceTime and Zoom.