COVID-19 UPDATE: Residents in the clinical setting

March 21, 2020  //  FOUND IN: Updates & Resources

Our Michigan Medicine residents are vital and valued members of the health care team. We are requesting your assistance in maintaining a vibrant learning environment, to the extent possible, for all of our residents during these challenging times. The safety of our workforce and learners, as well as the provision of high quality and safe care of all patients, are our highest priorities right now as we face the COVID-19 pandemic.   

The current COVID-19 pandemic provides us an opportunity to give our learners unique educational experiences during this unprecedented time in our history. Thank you for your willingness to allow our learners to engage and witness the profound times we find ourselves in.

To this end:

  • All didactic instruction should be moved to a virtual format
  • There will be no formal pause in residency rotations, but there are opportunities for rational, thoughtful decisions in unique clinical environments
  • We recognize that the COVID-19 pandemic may require residents/fellows to be redeployed to meet the needs of patients and that this need is evolving. 

Also, we want to clearly reiterate the following:

  • Please follow this guidance for all Michigan Medicine workforce members under the heading “What should I do if I become ill?”
  • There is a critical need for social distancing in the community, avoiding gathering in public spaces, and continued washing of hands
  • Our residents, similar to all other members of the healthcare team, are all dedicated to providing care and compassion to the sick and vulnerable.
  • Our residents will be fully trained in infection control protocols and procedures adopted by Michigan Medicine 
  • Per the U-M Medical Group’s guidance on at-risk populations, residents who meet any of the following criteria will not participate directly in the care of COVID-19 patients or Patients Under Investigation (PUI):
    • Pregnancy
    • Breastfeeding
    • Immunocompromised
    • Physical restrictions that prevent donning and/or removing PPE safely 

Please know that we are evaluating this situation regularly and that decisions are fluid. We remain deeply committed to the safety and health of our workforce and learning community, as well as the patients, families and communities we serve.

Thank you for being a valued part of our learning community.


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