COVID Updates

  1. Class of 2022, 2023, and 2024: We would like to share the good news that we now have > 99.5% COVID vaccination rate. Given that most of our students are vaccinated and that personal protective equipment is available, we believe it is important for your development and preparation for residency training to be involved in the care of COVID positive patients. Students may only opt out of seeing covid positive patients if they are 1) not vaccinated (after submitting a medical or religious exemption) or 2) vaccinated but qualify for a CDC high risk medical condition as listed by the CDC underlying medical conditions with high risk for severe COVID-19 with evidence: .

Students wishing to opt out of seeing covid positive patients must submit a note from their medical provider with the language in the form as attached. Please be sure that this document is submitted on clinician’s letterhead or prescription.

Please submit your documentation to the Office of Student Services: Dr. Chamorro Dauer at AND Ms. Ashley Johnson at

  1. Class of 2024: As noted in your Blackboard Requirements, your annual PPD placement and reading is due now. The deadline on Blackboard is listed as 8/20/21 and it is necessary prior to you starting clinical rotations. MD-MPH Students: If have not done so, it is imperative that you complete this requirement the absolute latest by 9/15/21 before your move up north. Please note that the TB skin test should be delayed for at least 4 weeks after the completion of COVID-19 vaccination with either the 2-dose mRNA COVID-19 vaccines (Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna) or single dose viral vector COVID-19 vaccine (Janssen). Source: Detailed PPD instructions are posted on Blackboard:, under the organization MS2 Orientation and Onboarding: Tuberculosis (TB) Screening (Year 2) Class of 2024. For students with history of a positive PPD, instructions are also posted on Blackboard. Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact Ashley Johnson directly at