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Faculty of Health Sciences information about coronavirus

Global health officials have stated that a current outbreak of pneumonia, originating from mainland China, has been attributed to a new strain of coronavirus. Currently, there are some cases of the virus reported in Canada and national and provincial health authorities are monitoring the situation closely.

The Faculty of Health Sciences is aware of these reports and is also monitoring the situation. Below are Frequently Asked Questions about the coronavirus as it relates to our community which includes students, residents, clinical fellows and supervisors.

For more information on the virus, outbreak, and recommended precautions, visit the Government of Canada’s Public Health website

The coronavirus is not isolated to people of any particular ethnic origin, place of origin or race. The Faculty of Health Sciences supports the Ontario Human Rights Commission in asking all Ontarians to respect the human rights of Ontario’s East Asian community in light of current events, and we would remind everyone that discriminatory action against any persons or communities because of an association with the coronavirus, perceived or otherwise, is prohibited by the Ontario Human Rights Code.

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Chris Simpson
Vice-Dean (Clinical), School of Medicine

Marcia Finlayson
Vice-Dean & Director, School of Rehabilitation Therapy

Erna Snelgrove-Clarke
Vice-Dean & Director, School of Nursing

 


 

Frequently Asked Questions About Coronavirus – For students working in clinical settings

The information below is for students in the School of Medicine (undergraduate medicine, graduate programs), School of Nursing (undergraduate and graduate nursing programs, healthcare quality) and School of Rehabilitation Therapy (occupational and physical therapy, research and post-professional programs) and the Bachelor of Health Sciences program.

For residents and clinical fellows who are part of Queen’s Postgraduate Medical Education programs, please see Frequently Asked Questions About Coronavirus – For residents and clinical fellows in postgraduate medical education programs below.

 

Coronavirus infection is suspected in patients who have a febrile respiratory illness AND have had recent travel to Hubei province in China or contact with an infected person

 

If you have a febrile upper respiratory tract illness but do not have any of the risk issues below, no measures are required.

If you have febrile upper respiratory tract illness AND one of the following two features: 

  1. You have travelled to mainland China
  2. You have had contact with a known case of coronavirus

Please take the following steps:

  1. Avoid contact with others. If you are not seriously ill, call your health care provider and tell them about your symptoms. After hours, or if you do not have a health care provider, contact Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000. Do not visit your health care provider or a walk-in clinic without calling ahead.
  2. If you are seriously ill, go the Emergency Department of the nearest hospital and advise of your recent travel or contact.

If you are required to stay at home or miss class, please follow standard procedures and report to your program office.

Students who suspect a coronavirus infection in a patient or client - based on appropriate symptoms and recent travel to Hubei province in mainland China or contact with a confirmed case - should report immediately to their direct clinical supervisor.

Students will be expected to continue to provide patient care, except in cases where a coronavirus infection is under investigation, presumptive or confirmed.

Students will not be expected to provide direct care to patients in cases where coronavirus is under investigation, presumptive or confirmed:

  • Coronavirus is considered under investigation if symptoms develop in a patient who has recently travelled from mainland China, or who has come into contact with an individual with confirmed coronavirus infection
  • Coronavirus is considered presumptive if local serologic testing is positive
  • Coronavirus is confirmed when local positive testing is confirmed at the central national testing facility

If a student is excused from clinical service, they should report this immediately to their program office so that alternative educational experiences can be arranged.

 

All students working in clinical settings should use the following guidelines:

  • Always practice good hand hygiene, cough etiquette and stay home if you’re sick
  • If you are a working in the hospital, ensure you have undertaken N95 mask fitting
  • Follow all hospital/clinic IPAC directives regarding infection control practices and be aware that should an outbreak occur, practices and guidelines will change accordingly

Frequently Asked Questions About Coronavirus – For residents and clinical fellows in postgraduate medical education programs

With dual roles as healthcare providers and as trainees, the duties and responsibilities of residents and clinical fellows differ from those of students.

If you have a febrile upper respiratory tract illness but do not have any of the risk issues below, no measures are required.

If you have febrile upper respiratory tract illness AND one of the following two features: 

  1. You have travelled to mainland China
  2. You have had contact with a known case of coronavirus

Please take the following steps:

  1. If you are not seriously ill, call your health care provider and tell them about your symptoms. After hours, or if you do not have a health care provider, contact Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000. Do not visit your health care provider or a walk-in clinic without calling ahead.
  2. If you are seriously ill, go the Emergency Department of the nearest hospital and advise of your recent travel or contact.

If you are required to stay at home or miss class, please follow standard procedures and report to your program office.

Yes. residents and clinical fellows are expected to continue to provide patient care where coronavirus is suspected or under investigation:

  • Coronvarius is considered suspected in patients with symptoms (febrile upper respiratory illness NYD)
  • Coronavirus is considered under investigation if symptoms develop in a patient who has recently travelled from mainland China, or who has come into contact with an individual with confirmed coronavirus infection

Residents and clinical fellows will be expected to continue to provide direct care to patients on their service in cases where coronavirus is presumptive or confirmed, with the appropriate protection and supervision.

  • Coronavirus is considered presumptive if local serologic testing is positive
  • Coronavirus is confirmed when local positive testing is confirmed at the central national testing facility

The expected level of care delivery may vary across programs based on the skill set of the resident and the goals, objectives and/or competencies of the specialty. Whether the delivery of care by the resident or clinical fellow should discontinue is at the discretion of the attending physician, department/division chief and Program Director.

Further information about the role of residents and clinical fellows in public health emergencies can be found in the Council of Ontario Universities’ Residents and Public Health Emergency Preparedness Guidelines which can be accessed here: https://cou.ca/reports/residents-and-public-health-emergency-preparedness-guidelines-2019/

Residents and clinical fellows who suspect a coronavirus infection in a patient - based on appropriate symptoms AND recent travel to mainland China or contact with a confirmed case - should report this immediately to their direct clinical supervisor.

All residents and clinical fellows should use the following guidelines:

  • Always practice good hand hygiene, cough etiquette and stay home if you’re sick
  • If you are a working in the hospital, ensure you have undertaken N95 mask fitting
  • Follow all hospital/clinic IPAC directives regarding infection control practices and be aware that should an outbreak occur, practices and guidelines will change accordingly

Frequently Asked Questions About Coronavirus – For clinical supervisors

The information below is for preceptors, clinical supervisors and attending physicians who are providing direct supervision to Faculty of Health Sciences’ students, residents or clinical fellows in clinical settings.

Students will be expected to continue to provide patient care, except in cases where a coronavirus infection is under investigation, presumptive or confirmed (see question 2 for further detail).

Students will not be expected to provide direct care to patients in cases where coronavirus is under investigation, presumptive or confirmed:

  • Coronavirus is considered under investigation if symptoms develop in a patient who has recently travelled from mainland China, or who has come into contact with an individual with confirmed coronavirus infection
  • Coronavirus is considered presumptive if local serologic testing is positive
  • Coronavirus is confirmed when local positive testing is confirmed at the central national testing facility

If a student is excused from clinical service, they should report this to their program office and alternative educational experiences will be arranged.

In situations where a student is providing care on a clinical service where there is a case under investigation or a presumptive or confirmed coronavirus infection, the student will not provide care directly to that patient. The student’s direct clinical supervisor will determine whether the student is expected to continue providing care to other patients on their service.

Yes. Residents and clinical fellows are expected to continue to provide patient care where coronavirus is suspected or under investigation:

  • Coronvarius is considered suspected in patients with symptoms (febrile upper respiratory illness NYD)
  • Coronavirus is considered under investigation if symptoms develop in a patient who has recently travelled from mainland China, or come into contact with an individual with confirmed nCoV infection

Residents and clinical fellows will be expected to continue to provide direct care to patients on their service in cases where coronavirus is presumptive or confirmed, with the appropriate protection and supervision.

  • Coronavirus is considered presumptive if local serologic testing is positive
  • Coronavirus is confirmed when local positive testing is confirmed at the central national testing facility

The expected level of care delivery may vary across programs based on the skill set of the resident and the goals, objectives and/or competencies of the specialty. Whether the delivery of care by the resident or clinical fellow should discontinue is at the discretion of the attending physician, department/division chief and Program Director.

Further information about the role of residents and clinical fellows in public health emergencies can be found in the Council of Ontario Universities’ Residents and Public Health Emergency Preparedness Guidelines which can be accessed here: https://cou.ca/reports/residents-and-public-health-emergency-preparedness-guidelines-2019/

The Faculty of Health Sciences recommends that all learners follow the guidelines below:

  • Always practice good hand hygiene, cough etiquette and stay home if you are sick
  • If you are a working in the hospital, ensure you have undertaken N95 mask fitting
  • Follow all hospital/clinic IPAC directives regarding infection control practices

For questions related to undergraduate medical students:
Dr. Andrea Guerin, Clerkship Director, UGME: ag151@queensu.ca

For questions related to students in the school of nursing:
School of Nursing Office: nursing@queensu.ca

For questions related to students in the school of rehabilitation therapy:
Occupational therapy - Dr. Rosemary Lysaght, Associate Director (Occupational Therapy): lysaght@queensu.ca

Physical therapy - Dr. Lucie Pelland, Associate Director (Physical Therapy): lucie.pelland@queensu.ca

For questions related to residents and clinical fellows (all except family medicine):
Dr. Ross Walker, Associate Dean, Postgraduate Medical Education: ross.walker@queensu.ca


For questions related to family medicine residents:

Belleville-Quinte - Dr. Nadia Knarr, Site Director: nadia.knarr@dfm.queensu.ca

Kingston-1000 Islands – Dr. Kelly Howse, Site Director: Kelly.howse@dfm.queensu.ca

Bowmanville-Oshawa-Lakeridge – Dr. Wei-His Pang, Site Director: wei-hsi.pang@dfm.queensu.ca

Peterborough-Kawartha – Dr. Kim Curtin, Site Director: kim.curtin@dfm.queensu.ca


For questions related to bachelor of health sciences students:

Dr. Michael Adams, Director, Bachelor of Health Sciences: adams@queensu.ca


For questions related to graduate students in the school of medicine:

Dr. Chandrakant Tayade, Associate Dean Graduate & Postdoctoral Education: tayadec@queensu.ca