Message from the Executive Vice President of Health Sciences
Dear Members of the GUMC Community:
As we prepare for our first week of teaching remotely, teleworking, and fully realizing the new virtual paradigm of our campus, the contributions to Georgetown of each of you — and all of you together — are more important than ever before. Because of the expanding COVID-19 pandemic, we face exceptional and growing challenges, but as always we will meet them together as a community. 

In the days ahead, I hope your operational transition is smooth, but I also anticipate that we’ll all have some bumps in the road. We have planned for some of the disruptions coming, and we will continue to adjust our support to keep pace with the evolving landscape and our ongoing work in this new environment. 
During this time apart, I suspect most of us will have moments when we’ll feel disconnected, and additionally challenged by the events in the world around us. I hope that our focus on our collective work at the Medical Center will help unify us as a community ever more deeply. 
As you know, online educational instruction begins tomorrow and will carry through to the end of the semester, including exams. I am grateful for the time so many of you have already spent in preparation for this continuity plan. We have included a summary of the resources available to support the on-line format. 
Within the framework of public health and safety, we will continue approved essential research. Critical work and support of this mission remains fully operational including, but not limited to, the office of sponsored research, the IRB and animal facility. We also have included a link to the research guidelines communicated earlier this evening. We have included a link through which you may submit questions, which also will help us develop an expanded FAQ section on our COVID-19 website. 
General and specialized patient care continues by our faculty members and some learners. Our colleagues at MedStar and beyond who are on the front lines of this outbreak deserve our utmost respect and our deepest gratitude. We certainly wish them the very best in the days, weeks and months ahead.
And of course, our staff and AAPs who provide the crucial support for all of these functions stand ready to support you.

Our absolute highest priority is the safety of our community and the safety of the public -- that is the foundation for everything that we do. Against that background, we will do all we can each day to support your work and our mission. 

All my best,

Edward B. Healton, MD, MPH
Executive Vice President for Health Sciences
Executive Dean, Georgetown University School of Medicine
COVID-19 GUMC-Specific Information
New research continuity guidance issued March 15 requires all researchers to work remotely, with very limited exceptions. Faculty requiring access to their lab/office to retrieve material for online teaching or for off-campus-based research should do so no later than 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 18 . After that time, researchers requiring access to a Georgetown laboratory or other space must request decanal approval via this  form . General questions: .
Starting tomorrow, all in-person, on-campus classroom instruction is suspended for the semester.   Read more here .
To sustain human subject research during the COVID-19 pandemic, joint guidelines have been issued by Medstar Health and Georgetown University .
Dependent Care Reimbursement
Full-time faculty who are teaching during this educational continuity period can use dependent care funds to help defray costs due to added child care needs resulting from school/daycare closures. For information, please contact Mary Glasscock
Staff & AAP Impacts
The medical center is operating under a telework flexible environment. View  COVID-19 telework guidelines and procedures  and  telework technology recommendations .
Dahlgren Memorial Library Operating Status
DML staff move to telework status starting Monday, March 16. The physical library will not be open for study use until further notice, but some assistance is available virtually.  See more information here .
University-sponsored or related non-essential domestic air and Amtrak travel is suspended through May 15, 2020. Read more travel guidance here .
Event Restrictions
In-person events at GUMC are restricted until further notice. Those who feel a scheduled event should still take place in person should submit a  request for a waiver via this Google Form .
Instructional Continuity Assistance
Workshops/Office Hours
CNDLS Instructional Continuity Office Hours
Daily, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

CNDLS is holding instructional continuity office hours virtually in the following Zoom room: Please stop by if you need help.
Daily, 8 a.m. - 7 p.m.

CETS is offering individual Zoom assistance. CETS staff can run a practice lecture session for faculty to help you feel more comfortable. Meet with a member of the CETS staff via Zoom, Meeting ID: 995-332-8350 .
Wednesday, March 18
1:30 - 3:20 p.m.

CNDLS and the Apprenticeship in Teaching Program host this webinar open to all graduate students and interested faculty. Learn principles and best practices for instructional continuity, paying special attention to extended disruptions. To join, go to: Meeting ID: 338 844 569

Instructional Continuity 101 Webinar

Walk through tools and good Instructional Continuity practices as Georgetown transitions to fully online courses. Register 3/19 or 3/26.
Webinar Recordings
Useful COVID-19 Information
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