Dear Chiropractic Clinical Students, Faculty and Staff,
In consideration of recent developments in the COVID-19 outbreak, including today’s announcement by ECMC that medical and nursing students will not be permitted to enter the facility for a minimum of one week, the changes below are being implemented in the Chiropractic department. You are also encouraged to carefully review today’s email from President Lorrie Clemo regarding college-wide changes in the interest of student health and safety.
- Until March 30, 2020, attendance in all D’Youville Chiropractic program clinical rotations is suspended. This includes the Hageman Chiropractic Health Center, the chiropractic clinic in Erie County Medical Center, and chiropractic clinical rotations at UB Neurosurgery.
- ECMC faculty clinicians are to report to work as per their usual schedules to provide patient care.
- Until March 30, 2020, the Hageman Chiropractic Health Center will not be seeing patients and all patients will be temporarily referred to other offices offering chiropractic services.
- All Chiropractic department clinical staff and faculty clinicians are to report to work per their usual schedules until future notice.
- For students in CHR 625 Clinical Externship, attendance in clinical preceptorships will not be mandatory and may be deferred until March 30, 2020. Students may continue to participate in preceptorships, if they so choose, upon the approval of the Director of Clinical Education.
- As preceptorships take place in various locations in the United States and Canada, each preceptorship location will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis in regard to the latest COVID-19 outbreak news and developments.
- Interns who wish to continue participation in clinical preceptorships will receive unlimited sick days through March 30, 2020 and will not be penalized for missed hours, provided they maintain a high level of professionalism and communication with the preceptor in regard to call-in procedures.
Please know that these efforts follow significant consideration of the department’s and college’s commitment to the safety and well-being of our college community. In the coming days and weeks, we will continue to communicate any new information and updates in regard to departmental plans for clinical and instructional matters.
If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to Dr. Rachel Ersing, Executive Director of the Chiropractic Program.