Class of 2022

Clinical curriculum

COVID and clinical setting

Remote NBME

Remote learning

Sub I/Elective Travel

  • Students who are in the middle of getting their covid vaccine, should delay travel to New York until they complete COVID vaccination. If the student is receiving a two-dose product, they should not travel having received only one as they will not be able to get the second dose while they are here.

    Currently, New York State’s approach to those arriving from international locations is as follows (current as of 8am 16/3/2021):

    https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/system/files/documents/2021/03/update-interim-travel-advisory-march-10-2021_0.pdf

      1. Individuals must demonstrate a negative test no more than 3 days prior to travel before boarding a flight to NY. (Individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 within 90 days can present documentation of having recovered from COVID – typically a letter from a treating clinician along with a copy of the positive covid test)
      2. All travelers must fill out NYS’s travel form/survey.
      3. After arrival in US, as of April 13, 2021, asymptomatic Fully Vaccinated HCP will NO LONGER be required to quarantine after international travel arriving in NY. Testing 3-5 days after arrival from travel is not required but recommended.
      4. “Fully vaccinated” is defined as 2 weeks or more after receiving the second dose of Pfizer or Moderna Vaccine, or 2 weeks or more after receiving one dose of the Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) vaccine. These are products that are authorized by the US FDA.
      5. Every student must inform Dr. Ed Figueroa, Director Student Health in NY, as soon as possible after arrival in NY by email: efiguero@med.cornell.edu
      1. Currently, New York State allows interstate travel without quarantine restrictions.
      2. Students can report to onsite activities at WCM. However, if you have symptoms of a viral infection, you should not step foot in any WCM buildings and should immediately inform Dr. Ed Figueroa by email or phone (646.962.6942).

    Testing may be obtained through one of the public testing sites (usually the lowest cost) or private testing site. Insurance information must be collected for all tests. You need to pay for the PCR test, obtain a receipt, and apply for reimbursement to SA at WCM-Q.

    You are encouraged to take steps to bring an adequate supply of your personal medications to cover yourselves during the entire time you are in the U.S. This past year, there were several instances of students not having maintenance meds, and not having U.S. based insurance. It was a struggle to access care or get medication supplies. This is especially important if they are again going to be on the Qatar based health insurance plan and not one of the U.S. commercial products.

    Please reach out to the Division of Student Affairs, should you have additional questions or concerns.

  • Please ensure that you have a scanned copy of your COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate, and your vaccination card, after the second vaccination is administered. Keep a hard copy of the Vaccination Certificate and carry your original Qatar Vaccination Card with you as well on your return to Qatar. You may be asked to produce either at HIA on arrival. On departure from Doha, you have a maximum of 14 days (from 2nd vaccination) + Six months to return and qualify for unrestricted re-entry (quarantine free) to Qatar. Do not exceed this period otherwise you will have to stay in quarantine in a hotel at your own cost according to current guidelines.

  • WCM has implemented a new COVID-19 Surveillance Testing Program and a new policy that will take effect immediately and will apply to all WCM-Q students rotating in the NY campus. 

    Background

    The COVID-19 Surveillance Testing program is an important initiative designed to keep you, your classmates, and the faculty, staff, and patients you encounter, safe. We are certain that you understand the importance of such a program and are very grateful to all of you for complying with the policy by either testing on time or for arranging in advance for an exemption or exception.

    This policy is in addition the COVID bi-weekly screener and the increasing levels of campus wide vaccination. We are most grateful for your continued adherence to social distancing, wearing of face masks and handwashing. All important ways to keep everyone safe.

    NEW Compliance Policy (to Take Effect Immediately)

    You are expected to get your COVID-19 screening test on schedule UNLESS you have specifically requested and received either an "Exemption" or "Exception." If you are uncertain about how to request an exemption or exception, please go to the COVID-19 Surveillance Testing Program website on WCM Central-FAQs section "Travel, Exceptions, Exemptions" section.  Student Surveillance Testing Program 

    1. If you forget to schedule a test on your assigned day OR miss a test on your assigned day, you should log in to Daily Check and follow the prompts to schedule a make-up test as soon as possible. 
    2. Please note that if you miss your test, you ALSO will receive an automated email message the day after the test was expected to remind you to make up the missed test. Tests should be completed within 3 days of the missed appointment. 
    3. If you get an automated reminder message that you believe is in error because you have a received a Bonafide exemption or exception, you may contact the program team at cv19testing@med.cornell.edu to verify that your exemption has been processed accordingly.  If you used the link provided in the blue banner of Daily Check to schedule your test and have completed your test, and still receive an automated reminder, do not worry. It may take a few hours for the systems to recognize your completed test.
    4. If you do NOT make up the missed test within the three-day period, you will be placed on a "Noncompliance List," which is then forwarded to the Office of Academic Affairs in NY and the office of Student Affairs in Qatar. 
    5. Students who are on the Noncompliance List will receive ONE email warning about their noncompliance.
    6. Students who are placed on the noncompliance list a second time, at any time in the future, will receive a Professionalism Assessment Form (PAF) , which will become part of their official academic record.
    7. Subsequent listings on the noncompliance list will result in automatic PAFS without additional warnings.
    8. Please note: PAFs, once issued, cannot be "undone" by citing exemptions or exceptions "after the fact."