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Faculty of Health Sciences information about COVID-19

As a faculty that is involved in healthcare, our primary focus in any outbreak is the health and safety of the populations that we serve, and maintaining the working capacity of the healthcare institutions and organizations where we work. Given the rapidly-changing epidemiology of COVID-19, we are using this page to keep Faculty of Health Sciences faculty, staff and students up to date on our protocol.


Please note that, beyond Faculty of Health Sciences policies, faculty, staff and students are also subject to hospital and clinical regulations. Please ensure that you are up to date on the protocols and regulations of all institutions for which you are providing service.


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Questions?

The Faculty of Health Sciences has set up a Command Team that will adjudicate specific events and situations to determine whether they fall under the intent of our protocol. A joint Faculty-hospital exemptions committee has also been established to adjudicate scenarios where an individual is seeking an exemption from the travel protocol. In both cases, the committees will consult with Dr. Kieran Moore from our local public health authority as needed and will respond to inquiries with a directive on next steps.
 
Please send any questions to fhscomms@queensu.ca and they will be directed to the appropriate committee.

Revised Travel protocol and FAQ for students

Please note the following messages do not apply to postgraduate medical trainees. 

This protocol should be followed by students who are remaining in Canada. Students travelling internationally are required to follow the Government of Canada’s directives for mandatory quarantine.  

This policy applies to all students, including postdoctoral and research associates, regardless of COVID-19 vaccination status. At this time, we do not have specific guidance for individuals who have received one or two doses of COVID-19 vaccine as this is not yet available provincially; however we will continue to update this travel policy as guidance is provided by the provincial government and relevant public health agencies. 

Students who leave the KFL&A region and will be participating in on-campus activities must follow protocols identified by their programs. 

Students who have left the region and will be returning directly to non-campus activities in hospital or clinical settings are governed by the guidelines of the institutions within which they are working. 

Protocol for students participating in on-campus activities and who: (1) have travelled outside of the KFL&A, Hastings, Prince Edward, Leeds & Grenville or Lanark regions OR (2) had visitors in their home from outside these regions, OR (3) moved to this region in the last 14 days: 

  1. Follow program specific protocol if applicable. 
  2. Utilize enhanced precautions for 14 days. 
    • Self-monitor for fever twice a day.  This should be performed prior to, and following, on-campus activity. 
    • Travel to and from campus in their private vehicle. If a student must take transit, they should wear a procedure/surgical mask, and perform hand hygiene before and after their travel to campus. 
    • During on-campus activities, for the 14-day period, wear a procedure/surgical mask and any additional Personal Protective Equipment provided to them by their program. 
    • Minimize non-essential contact with classmates and others on campus. 
    • Do not eat meals or take their breaks in a shared space (e.g., conference room, lunchroom) with other individuals. 
    • Work in only one area/facility if possible. 
  3. Continue to self-monitor for symptoms of COVID-19.  Should a student develop COVID-19 symptoms at any time, they must 
    • Use the Ontario Ministry of Health self-assessment tool to determine whether to seek care 
    • Visit of COVID-19 Assessment Centre for testing 
    • Inform their program office 

Without undertaking these measures, you will not be able to participate in curricular activities that involve contact with other students, instructors, volunteers, and patients. 

Asymptomatic testing is available for individuals who wish to have it after returning to the local region. It is recommended at 7-10 days after your return, particularly if you are visiting a region with a higher relative burden of COVID-19 infections. 

Should you have any specific questions about the protocol above, please reach out to the head of your program.  All information related to COVID-19 for the Faculty of Health Sciences can be found here.  

*Postgraduate medical trainees and Nurse Practitioner program learners should follow the protocol outlined by the heads of their respective programs and institutions where they work. 

Can I leave Kingston during the academic year to visit family and friends? 
Some programs will have travel restrictions based on clinical teaching units; before making travel plans, please check your program’s specific policies. Otherwise, follow provincial guidance on allowable travel. When you return, follow the 2021 Return to Campus Protocol.  

Can my family or friends visit me in Kingston?  
As with making travel plans, some programs will have restrictions based on clinical teaching units. If seeing visitors is permitted, students should strictly adhere to all other public health guidelines, including gathering size limits and masking as required by the Province. These guidelines from the Province are changing frequently, so ensure you review their guidance before visiting. 

What should I do if I feel unwell and have COVID-19 symptoms? 
Students who are feeling unwell and/or who are presenting with symptoms of COVID-19 should:  

  • Refrain from coming to campus, or if on campus, immediately return home and self-isolate  
  • Complete Ontario’s COVID-19 self-assessment and follow the direction provided there  

What should I do if I’ve been in contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19?  
Students who have been in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 should contact KFL&A Public Health and follow the advice that they provide. Students should refrain from coming to campus until given direction to do so. 

What mental health supports and resources are available to students right now? In addition to the supports offered by some programs, Student Wellness Services’ mental health care is available to all students. More information can be found here

Return to Campus Protocol

The Ontario Government has declared a state of emergency and announced new COVID-19 measures effective Jan 14, 2021. This will require people in Ontario to remain at home, with exceptions for accessing health care, groceries, pharmacy services, essential work, and for individual exercise. Below you will find details on how this directive impacts Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS) operations.

Use of FHS buildings

  • Effective immediately, use of FHS buildings will be limited to essential activities such as approved research operations and mandatory curricular and simulation activities. This restriction will remain in place until February 11, 2021.

Research

  • Previously approved on-campus research operations will continue, however human participant research occurring on campus has been suspended
  • Individuals must now wear face coverings for the entire duration of their time inside FHS buildings, including when working alone in research lab spaces

Educational programs

  • Health professions programs and those graduate programs that involve on-campus activity will continue to operate on campus and in clinical settings
  • Students are still expected to quarantine for 14 days before resuming any on-campus activity 
  • Any students working in clinical settings will be subject to the Faculty of Health Sciences' policy on students working with COVID-19 patients
  • Some programs will have additional guidelines and protocol in place; students should follow any instructions provided by their program

Mental health support

  • Masks are mandatory in the classrooms (except for lecturing faculty, subject to 2m physical distancing)
  • Maintain 2m physical distancing at all times
  • Please ensure everyone from the previous class has left the room before entering
  • If class is still in progress please use the floor markings to ensure you are maintaining physical distancing while waiting to enter room
  • Only sit in seats designated with athletic pinnies/vests to ensure physical distancing during class
  • Classrooms are only to be used for scheduled classes. Please exit room once class has ended
  • Please use hand sanitizer and wipe surfaces with provided sanitary wipes when entering the room
  • In the event of an emergency please use the closest exit to leave the classroom

FHS Return to Work Information 

The Ontario Government has declared a state of emergency and province wide stay-at-home order effective April 8, 2021. This will require people in Ontario to remain at home, with exceptions for accessing health care, groceries, pharmacy services, essential work, and for individual exercise. Below you will find details on how this directive impacts FHS operations.
 
Use of FHS buildings

  • Effective immediately, use of FHS buildings will be limited to essential activities such as approved research operations and mandatory curricular and simulation activities.
  • Staff, faculty, and students who are approved to enter FHS buildings must wear a medical mask while doing so. Use the contact list below to procure your mask supply.
    • Research labs in Botterell Hall can request their weekly supply of masks from Xiaohu Yan: yanx@queensu.ca (x78265)
    • Research labs in Richardson Laboratories can request their weekly supply of masks from Barb Latimer: bal@queensu.ca (x74887)
    • For all other areas requiring a supply please contact Christine Irving: christine.irving@queensu.ca

Work locations

  • Anyone who can work from home must do so until further notice
  • Those who perform essential functions that require a physical presence on campus can continue to work on campus, ensuring that they follow all health and safety protocols including face coverings and physical distancing measures

Research

Educational programs

  • Health professions programs and those graduate programs that involve on-campus activity will continue to operate on campus and in clinical settings
  • Students are still expected to quarantine for 14 days before resuming any on-campus activity 
  • Any students working in clinical settings will be subject to the Faculty of Health Sciences' policy on students working with COVID-19 patients
  • Some programs will have additional guidelines and protocol in place; students should follow any instructions provided by their program

Mental health support

FHS face mask requirements on campus

Staff, faculty, and students who are approved to enter FHS buildings must wear a medical mask while doing so. Use the contact list below to procure your mask supply.
  • Research labs in Botterell Hall can request their weekly supply of masks from Xiaohu Yan: yanx@queensu.ca (x78265)
  • Research labs in Richardson Laboratories can request their weekly supply of masks from Barb Latimer: bal@queensu.ca (x74887)
  • For all other areas requiring a supply please contact Christine Irving: christine.irving@queensu.ca

Resources for faculty members, managers and staff

 

Why is daily screening necessary?

Individuals who are entering FHS buildings must complete the Elentra screening on a daily basis. This allows FHS to mitigate the risk of spreading COVID-19 by ensuring that individuals who screen positive do not come to campus and to properly track those who do come to campus should the need for contact tracing arise.

Who needs to complete the Elentra screening, and when?

The Elentra screening must be completed by any learners, staff and faculty members who are entering an FHS building. Completing the form is required for individuals (learners, staff, faculty) who are authorized to be on campus. Individuals who are not approved to be on campus will not be asked to complete the screening. Individuals who need to come to campus on an exceptional basis must first seek approval from their manager. If approved, they will then receive a form by email the morning of their visit to campus.

If I am not coming to campus, do I still need to complete the daily self-evaluation?

It is preferable if everyone that receives the request to complete the self-evaluation does so. If the form isn’t submitted, we won’t know if an individual forgot to submit the form or simply chose not to do so since they would not be on campus.

If I have completed the hospital screening, am I exempt from screening with the Elentra tool when I am entering an FHS building?

No. Any individual who is entering an FHS building must complete the Elentra screening in order for us to have a record of the FHS buildings visited that day.

Should managers and program directors still use the spreadsheet for tracking staff who are on campus?

No. The Elentra tool will now be used for screening and tracking any individuals who enter FHS buildings. The tool has been rolled out for nearly all learners, staff and faculty in the FHS. Anyone who has not been set up to use the Elentra tool should contact the person responsible for their group – see contact information below. Please keep any tracking information that you have on file for thirty days in the event that it is required by KFL&A Public Health.

What if I don’t have access to the Elentra tool, or am not receiving the daily email?

If you are encountering problems including: you have not been set up to do daily screening with the Elentra tool, you are not receiving the daily email, or you are having issues using the tool, please contact the person responsible for your group, per below. If the groups below do not apply to you, please contact Allison Leverette: allison.leverette@queensu.ca

What happens if I have a positive screen when completing the self-evaluation?

In the event that you have a positive screen, do not come to campus. Your manager will be notified by Elentra and will follow up with you. You will also need to complete the Ontario COVID-19 assessment tool which will advise you on next steps.

What do I do if a person within FHS tests positive for COVID-19?

When a person tests positive for COVID-19, Public Health will contact all those individuals who have had contact or exposure to the person who tested positive. If you have not been contacted by Public Health, you should continue to screen yourself daily with the Elentra tool and continue with planned on-campus activity.


The process is being finalized for the following groups:

  • Canadian Cancer Trials Group – Anne Biggar, Nancy Dusharm, and Tawnya Moar: CCTGcovid@queensu.ca (beginning September 23rd)
  • Post-Graduate Medical Education – Kim Garrison and Jordan Sinnett: PGMEcovid@queensu.ca (over the next few days we will work with the clinical departments to roll out to clinicians and residents that have learning events in person in an FHS building)
  • Department of Family Medicine - Allen McAvoy: DFMcovid@queensu.ca (beginning September 28th)

FHS COVID-19 Working Group Principles

The Faculty of Health Sciences at Queen’s University will use these guiding principles to steer our community towards effective decision-making practices and strategic planning considering the current global pandemic. Accepting that the pandemic poses a risk of illness, these principles have been established to mitigate this risk to the best of our ability. The Faculty will be mindful of these uncertain times and remain flexible and responsive to student, staff, and faculty needs. We believe that our comprehensive well-being includes the availability of positive educational and social interactions.

  1. The Faculty of Health Sciences is committed to the collective health, safety and comprehensive well-being of its students, staff, faculty and community.
  2. The Faculty of Health Sciences will maintain our standard of clinical, administrative and academic excellence.
  3. The Faculty of Health Sciences will seek inclusive and equitable solutions to barriers in order to minimize adverse impacts on our members.
  4. The Faculty of Health Sciences will ensure all operating procedures align with recommendations from Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox, & Addington Public Health as well as provincial guidelines.
  5. The Faculty of Health Sciences will ensure regular communication and accountability to the central leadership at Queen’s University.
  6. The Faculty of Health Sciences will communicate frequently with its students, staff, and faculty to ensure everyone is well informed with respect to our activities.
  7. The Faculty of Health Sciences will engage in ongoing reflection on and updating of current processes and decision-making strategies to ensure the continual safety of its personnel and activities.

Information related to research

Updated April 15, 2021

Medical grade masks are required for all FHS faculty, staff and trainees conducting or participating in research in Faculty of Health Sciences buildings. Learn more »

Laboratory Research

Beginning in late May and rolling into June and July, the Faculty of Health Sciences restarted most laboratory-based research, currently with approval for principal investigators (PIs), research staff and graduate students to return to work when working at home is not feasible or practical. 

Approval for the return to work was based on KFL&A Public Health guidelines and in consultation with the Queen’s Vice-Principal Research, Physical Plant Services, and Campus Planning personnel. The return to work was made possible by having custodial services, procurement, shipping and receiving, and security back in place. Scheduling for access within labs and facilities, across various floors, and from building to building to allow proper social distancing was undertaken. 

We have been vigilant in monitoring, both actively and passively, the health of faculty, trainees and staff on a daily basis, and instituted the requirement for daily screening and reporting on building access for contact tracing purposes through the Elentra system. Faculty, staff and trainees not receiving notifications from the Elentra system should advise their PI or researchcovid@queensu.ca to request being added to the system.

Please contact Gladys Smith in the FHS Research Office if you require further information on the opening or increasing capacity of laboratory research. Ph: 613.533-6627 | email: Gladys.Smith@queensu.ca

Human Participant Research

Human Participant Research, including recruitment to and follow-up on clinical trials, has also restarted. Investigators and research staff will undertake remote/virtual contact with patients/research subjects when feasible, but must seek approval for in-person contact before beginning or restarting a project. 

Dr. Steven Smith, the FHS Vice-Dean of Research/KHSC Vice President of Research, reviews and approves applications to start or restart human-participant research, and will consult with colleagues at the Hospital (Infection Prevention, Planning) and at Queen’s leadership (Campus planning, Physical Plant Services, Vice-Principal Research), and the KFL&A Medical Officer of Health when required. 

Requests to restart human participant research projects which were halted because of the pandemic are submitted using two forms:

  1. Request to Undertake Research-Human Participant-Form
    Complete the details on the form, date and sign the form and present to your Department Head for their review and approval/signoff.
    • PLUS –
  2. FHS SOP for opening human participant research during COVID-19 pandemic
    The form should be reviewed by the PI and research team, modified with specific details of the project being requested to restart, signed and submitted along with the Request to Undertake Research On-Site Form. 

Requests to start new human participant research projects, which were initiated after the pandemic began, have full internal and Hospital Operational Directors’ approvals through TRAQ DSS, have received ethics clearance to conduct the research using appropriate wording and instructions for research subjects about COVID, and have received a financial project number (from Queen’s Research Accounting) or fund number (from KGHRI finance) are submitted using the:

  • FHS New Human Participant Project Start-Up Approval Form
    Complete the details on the form, including the TRAQ DSS # and the financial Project # (from Queen’s Research Accounting) or financial Fund # (from KGHRI); review the Standard Operating Procedure section and provide details on your project; date and sign the form. 
    • PLUS  -
  • Attach a copy of your Ethics Clearance/Approval to the email

Requests to restart projects shutdown, or start new human participant research projects, should be submitted by email to Dr. Steven Smith and his assistant Gladys: Gladys.Smith@queensu.ca

Information 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.

Recent news & updates for residents and fellows

What are the principles of resident service during a pandemic?

The role of residents during a pandemic is unique from that other learners, so the following principles have been developed to support the ongoing and appropriate integration of resident service and education.

Are there updated screening and self-isolation guidelines?

Yes.  New guidelines have been established to provide guidance on managing the risks associated with the movement of learners between rotations in various locations.  All learners should become familiar with these new COVID-19 Screening and Self-Quarantine Guidelines.  Highlights include:

  • only trainees who have been outside of Canada will have to self-isolate for 14 days after arriving in Canada and before starting work
  • travel within Ontario and across Canada does not require self-isolation, but you must be able to pass the KHSC screening questions in order to be allowed entry to the hospital for work 
  • you will be able to move between Queen’s affiliated teaching hospitals (e.g. Belleville, Peterborough, Humber) without having to self-isolate. If new information is shared by these sites, it will be distributed to all programs and trainees.

What should I do if I suspect that I have a COVID-19 infection?

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.

As a resident or clinical fellow, should I provide direct care to patients who have a suspected COVID-19 infection?

Yes. residents and clinical fellows are expected to continue to provide patient care where COVID-19 is suspected or under investigation:

  • COVID-19 is considered suspected in patients with symptoms (febrile upper respiratory illness NYD)
  • COVID-19 is considered under investigation if symptoms develop in a patient who has recently travelled from an affected area, or who has come into contact with an individual with confirmed COVID-19 infection

As a resident or clinical fellow, when should I disengage from providing patient care?

Residents and clinical fellows will be expected to continue to provide direct care to patients on their service in cases where COVID-19 is presumptive or confirmed, with the appropriate protection and supervision.

  • COVID-19 is considered presumptive if local serologic testing is positive
  • COVID-19 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/

As a resident or clinical fellow, what should I do if I suspect a COVID-19 infection?

Residents and clinical fellows who suspect a COVID-19 infection in a patient should report this immediately to their direct clinical supervisor.

As a resident or clinical fellow, what infection control guidelines should I be aware of?

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 practices and guidelines may change frequently

Where can I get more information about the role of residents and clinical fellows during public health emergencies?

The Council of Ontario Universities’ Residents and Public Health Emergency Preparedness Guidelines can be accessed here: https://cou.ca/reports/residents-and-public-health-emergency-preparedness-guidelines-2019/

What is happening with qualifying examinations?

Please refer to the latest updates from the Medical Council of Canada here.

What is happening with CFPC Examinations?

The latest information about certification and examinations is available here.

What is happening with RCPSC Examinations?

The latest information on Royal College examinations is available here.

My examinations have been cancelled. What should I do with my exam study leave?

Residents should return to their home program and regular clinical duties in the interim. Any certifying exam study leave missed would be granted again when the exam schedule is clarified. Residents will be notified should the status of examinations change.

Do I have to go to work during a pandemic or crisis?

Residents have dual roles as both trainees and health-care providers. As members of the medical profession, we are all called upon to provide care to the best of our ability during a crisis. Sometimes this means taking on elevated personal risk.

Individual residents also have the right to refuse unsafe work. Certain residents may be considered higher risk, including those who have chronic respiratory disease, those who are immunocompromised, those who are pregnant, and those who cohabitate with any of the above. You are not expected to serve if you fall ill or become a vector for infection.

Am I entitled to personal protective equipment?

As frontline health-care providers you are entitled to all necessary PPE, and should be considered along with other health-care professionals for early access to preventative measures like vaccines. You have the right to refuse work if protective measures are inadequate.

Will residents be involved in Aerosol Generating Medical Procedures (AGMPs)?

The following general guidelines have been established for situations occurring when aerosol generating medical procedures (AGMPs) are planned or anticipated to be performed on patients with suspected or confirmed COVID-19. Only properly trained medical personnel with proper PPE should be involved in these procedures. Residents should not be involved if there are other opportunities for learning the competencies involved in these procedures. Residents should consult with their Program Directors for program-specific guidelines.

Is there anything I should be doing now to prepare?

Keep your N95 mask fit card on you at all times. All residents are expected to be up to date with your mask fit test as previously outlined by the PGME Office. If you know that you cannot be fit properly due to religious or health reasons, contact your site director or program director now to understand how this will affect you work and training. Familiarize yourself with all site-specific protocols at your training site.

Do the PARO-CAHO Collective Agreement rules still apply?

Every attempt will be made to respect the conditions outlined in the agreement. Work hour limits can be waived during a pandemic situation, if absolutely necessary.

Can I be redeployed from my regular rotation?

In emergency situations, residents can be deployed to areas of greatest need. Activities must remain appropriate to level of training and scope of practice and must be adequately supervised. It is possible that you may be quickly retrained to provide care outside of your usual scope. Patient safety is always the highest priority.
Principles of Redeployment of Residents and Fellows in Times of Exceptional Health System Need

What happens to my course of training?

Queen’s University’s goal is to make every effort to continue academic programs for residents with minimum disruption. Your site director, program director or program coordinator will issue updates in the event of any disruption to academic and clinical schedules. Every effort will be made to provide alternatives in the event of clinical or academic disruption that is appropriate to training level and program resources. If you are redeployed, consideration will be given to awarding credit for extraordinary service. All efforts will be made to avoid an increase in length of training. Where necessary extensions of training as a result of COVID-19 will be supported by PGME.

Training impact will be assessed on a case-by-case basis however it is reasonable to anticipate training extensions as the two week isolation in addition to the antecedent vacation are likely to result in inadequate assessment during the impacted experience. While we will try to mitigate this as best we can it will often not be possible. Also, all international Queen's related business/education travel is cancelled, including electives.

Could there be interruptions in salary or vacation?

Salary, benefits, and stipend entitlements continue during any pandemic. Due to extraordinary patient care needs, certain vacation requests may be denied or cancelled. Vacation days will continue to accrue as usual.

Residents should be aware that if they make a decision to travel for personal reasons and are subsequently required to self-isolate, then there may be salary implications.

I’m scheduled for an international elective. Will I still be able to go?

No. The Faculty of Health Sciences has suspended all academic or work-related travel outside Canada for all faculty, staff, and students.

Am I allowed to go on an elective? 

Yes, but there may be some restrictions. Some programs have imposed a moratorium on electives for blocks 1-3 for the 2020-2021 academic year. You must ensure that you check with the host program to determine if they are able to accommodate an elective. In some cases, where electives have been cancelled, you may be able to ask for an exemption from the host program. Your home program director would be required to write you a letter of support. 

Will mandatory rotations occur in 2020-2021?

Yes. If you have a mandatory rotation you will be able to complete this at the host institution. Be sure to check the host institution’s screening and self-isolation requirements. 

Are there screening and self-isolation guidelines for trainees returning from electives? 

Yes. Please refer to the new screening and self-isolation guidelines (June 2020).

I am currently on an elective. Do I need to return to Queen’s?

If you are currently on an elective in Canada, you should be aware that your the host institution may cancel your elective at any time. As the situation is changing rapidly, you are encouraged to monitor travel health notices and you may wish to end your elective experience early.

If you are currently on an elective outside of Canada, you should be aware that the Government of Canada is urging you to return home without delay while commercial options are still available. 

You should review the Travel and Event Protocol for the Faculty of Health Sciences for information about travel and mandatory self-isolation.

In addition, for those who work at KHSC, contact Occupational Health & Safety (OHS) to be screened for symptoms of a respiratory infection.

I have vacation time booked and am planning to travel outside of Canada. Will I still be able to go?

The Government of Canada is warning against all non-essential international travel and is urging citizens to return home without delay.

International travel by residents at this time is irresponsible and may have repercussions for other residents and staff in their program. You are strongly advised to consider your role as a physician and act both professionally and responsibly. Should you need to self-isolate for 14 days upon your return, your salary may be affected because of this personal decision and your training may be extended.

If you need a letter for travel cancellation or insurance purposes, please complete the request form on the Travel and Event Protocol for the Faculty of Health Sciences website.

Where can I find further information from Kingston Health Science Centre (the paymaster for all residents and fellows)?

Watch for further updates, FAQs and resources on the COVID-19 site of KHSC Now. Follow the link off the home page.

What wellness resources are available?

There are a variety of wellness resources available on the PGME Website.

What are my best sources of information as it relates to my role as a resident or clinical fellow?

This is an evolving situation and updates will change regularly. Your best sources of information regarding your training are:

  • Your Program
  • The Postgraduate Medical Education Office
  • The Faculty of Health Sciences
  • Kingston Health Sciences Centre
  • PARO

What are the latest COVID-19 work alerts from PARO?

The latest COVID-19 updates from PARO are available here.

I expect to successfully finish my training on June 30. Will I be allowed to practice now that certifying exams have been postponed?

Yes. The Medical Regulatory Authorities (the CPSO in Ontario) are working to develop a process which will allow residents who have successfully completed their training and are eligible to sit their certification examinations to receive a licence allowing them to practice and receive a provincial billing number so that they can work. Please review the CPSO’s COVID-19 FAQs for Physicians for information on registration and licensure.

Questions?

The Faculty of Health Sciences has set up a Command Team that will adjudicate specific events and situations to determine whether they fall under the intent of our protocol. A joint Faculty-hospital exemptions committee has also been established to adjudicate scenarios where an individual is seeking an exemption from the travel protocol. In both cases, the committees will consult with Dr. Kieran Moore from our local public health authority as needed and will respond to inquiries with a directive on next steps.
 
Please send any questions to fhscomms@queensu.ca and they will be directed to the appropriate committee.