A Message from Carol R. Bradford, M.D.

March 12, 2020  //  FOUND IN: Strategy & Leadership, Updates & Resources

Dear Medical School learning community:

As a follow-up to the announcement today of how the University of Michigan learning community is dealing with COVID-19 starting tomorrow, we want to amplify and clarify a few things about how this news relates to our Medical School:

  •  We are canceling in-person classes on Thursday, March 12 and Friday, March 13. Classes for medical students will be fully in an online format beginning Thursday. All classes will resume Monday, March 16, but will be delivered remotely; students and instructors will not meet in-person through at least Tuesday, April 21. Please note: Normal clinical and laboratory rotations, as part of the formal curriculum, will continue.
  • There is a critical need to preserve the supply of personal protective equipment, so we are minimizing direct contact with patients with known or suspected COVID-19 infection. Due to these factors, medical students and other health professional students will not be involved in the direct care of patients with known or suspected COVID-19 infection.
  • Medical Student Clinical Rotations – Based on recommendations from AAMC and LCME, effective immediately, the medical school will pause all medical student clinical rotations until at least March 31. Virtual learning opportunities will continue.
  • Effective immediately, we are suspending all large gatherings that would convene 100 or more people (including Grand Rounds tomorrow).
  • We are suspending any non-curriculum student “shadowing” experiences in our patient care facilities. We are also suspending visiting students coming to this institution for clinical rotations through at least Tuesday, April 21.
  • As we have advised all Michigan Medicine community members during this time, we encourage faculty, staff and learners to stay home if you are sick. 

This is a rapidly evolving situation. Anticipate further updates as new information becomes available. Thank you for embracing these changes during this unprecedented time, and for doing all we can to ensure that our community stays safe and remains healthy.


Carol R. Bradford, M.D., M.S.
Executive Vice Dean for Academic Affairs, U-M Medical School
Chief Academic Officer, Michigan Medicine
Professor of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery