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2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

This page houses updates that apply to the entire Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine.

For audience specific updates related to COVID-19, please utilize the appropriate page as these are maintained separately:

March 18, 2020

Update: medical student clerkship rotations

The Carver College of Medicine will follow the recommendation set by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) and Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) to suspend all medical student clerkship rotations for at least two weeks. 

Clerkship directors will work with the Office of Student Affairs and Curriculum (OSAC) on alternative virtual activities that may permit completition of your current clerkship. Clerkship directors will be in touch via email. 

March 12, 2020

Classroom activity will move to virtual instruction

All CCOM students (including MD, PT, PA, and graduate students) will transition to virtual instruction for all classroom activities beginning March 23 through at least April 3. This includes lectures and seminars. This is in accordance with the University of Iowa guidelines

The university has established a special website to support students moving to virtual instructions.

Medical students

  • We are asking all CCOM health care students on clinical rotations to continue normal, day-to-day clinical responsibilities. You are considered an extension of our workforce and are vital to our continued operations. 
  • You will not be expected to work on COVID-19 cases, and in general will not be asked to work in areas where personal protective equipment (PPE) is required in order to conserve our supplies.

Graduate students and other students in laboratories

  • UI Health Care undergraduate students (learners only, i.e., those who are not also employees) should follow the UI Health Care directive that all undergraduate students are suspended from working in laboratories until April 6. Undergraduate student employees on a bi-weekly pay schedule are permitted to work during spring break and beyond, understanding that this is an evolving situation subject to change. 
  • We ask that graduate students perform only critical research activities on site and work from home when possible. 

Event cancellations

The following events and activities have been canceled until further notice: 

  • Match Day celebration
  • Grand rounds
  • Guest speakers
  • Mobile clinics
  • Doc Dash


If you have questions, please reach out to Senior Associate Dean for Medical Education Christopher Cooper (christopher-cooper@uiowa.edu) or Associate Dean for Medical Education and Professional Programs David Asprey (david-asprey@uiowa.edu).