News & Announcements
Happy Thanksgiving!
This is a time of year when many of us gather with friends and loved ones to celebrate Thanksgiving. Unfortunately, the pandemic and public health guidance is largely curbing our ability to gather.
Still, I hope that your time away from work will allow each of you a chance to rest and enjoy this time of giving thanks. As I reflect on these past several months, I am very thankful to be part of this community and grateful for all of you and the work you are doing to support our Medical Center. I wish you a Happy Thanksgiving.
-Edward B. Healton, MD, MPH, Executive Vice President of Health Sciences
Spring 2021 at Georgetown
Georgetown University President John J. DeGioia recently announced the University’s plans for the Spring 2021 semester. Read President DeGioia’s announcement here and watch "Georgetown This Week" with President DeGioia here
Spring 2021 at GUMC
GUMC Executive Vice President Edward B. Healton, MD, MPH, explained how the University’s decisions regarding Spring 2021 will affect students, faculty and staff at the medical center. Read more here.
Spring 2021: Faculty and Staff
Learn more here about how the University’s anticipated spring 2021 operating plans impact faculty and staff.
Spring 2021 Preparation
CNDLS’ Digital Learning Days (Tuesday, December 8 through Thursday, December 10) have been crafted specifically to help faculty prepare for the Spring semester.
Three plenary sessions will dive into student and faculty feedback, creating a manageable balance of synchronous and asynchronous coursework through modulation, and designing for student engagement. Read more and register here.
Additional Information
Click here to find more information about the Spring planning at Georgetown University. GUMC-specific updates and information regarding the COVID-19 pandemic can be found here
GUMC Stories
Can routine cancer screening tests be deferred during the pandemic? The answer depends. Georgetown Lombardi oncologists explain.
Led by Chris Loffredo, PhD, the new office is part of Georgetown Lombardi’s response to the need for a truly international approach to decreasing the extreme global disparities in cancer care, control and prevention.
An aspiring doctor, Nesreen Shahrour (NHS'23) was inspired by her experiences on the accessibility policy team to pursue a disability studies minor.
More Announcements
Testing Over Winter Holidays
Those approved to be on campus during the winter holidays are expected to continue receiving COVID-19 tests. Please stay tuned for more information on the hours and locations of COVID-19 testing during the break.
Coming Soon: Virtual Mental Health Support for Faculty and Staff Through One Medical
Georgetown University is committed to supporting faculty and staff during this unsettling time. Virtual therapy and coaching from One Medical will soon be available at no cost to eligible U.S.-based faculty and staff. More information coming soon. The addition of One Medical is a complement to the mental health resources provided through University-sponsored health plans and the services offered through the Faculty and Staff Assistance Program (FSAP).
Deadline Extended! Nominate Faculty for the President’s Awards for Distinguished Scholar-Teachers
The President’s Awards for Distinguished Scholar-Teachers are annual awards celebrating the accomplishments of our faculty in their research and their teaching. All members of the Georgetown community are invited to submit nominations for any full-time faculty member. Learn more about the awards here and submit nominations here by December 1.
MCGSO Food Drive to Benefit Capital Area Food Bank
The Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Committee of the Medical Center Graduate Student Organization (MCGSO) is collecting monetary donations for the Capital Area Food Bank. Those interested in donating can contribute via Venmo to @gumcgso-edi-food-drive through December 4.
GUMC In The News
Calendar of Events
Monday, November 23
4:00 - 5:00 p.m. 

Michelle Roett, MD, professor and chair, Department of Family Medicine, leads this learn-in exploring how to be a good mentee and how to leverage mentorship networks. Co-sponsored by Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Georgetown University School of Medicine; Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion Committee, Medical Center Graduate Student Organization; Georgetown University Postdoctoral Association; Biomedical Graduate Education. Register.
Bhussry Seminar Series
Tuesday, November 24
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

Agnel Sfeir, PhD, Skirball Associate Professor of Genetics, Skirball Institute, NYU School of Medicine, presents “A Tale of Two Genomes: DNA Repair in the Mitochondria and the Nucleus.” Sponsored by the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular & Cellular Biology. Join via Zoom.
Tuesday, December 1
1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Via Zoom

Learn how to upload your CV, add your personal website information, upload a syllabus, publications and more. Register.
Wednesday, December 2
12:00 - 1:30 p.m.
Via Zoom

An examination of Physicians for a National Health Program, a “single issue” organization of physicians who advocate for a “Single Payer, Improved Medicare for All” program of financing health care in the U.S. Sponsored by the Health and the Public Interest (HAPI) program. Register.
Thursday, December 3
4:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Featuring Kandice Tanner, PhD, senior investigator with the Laboratory of Cell Biology at the National Cancer Institute’s Center for Cancer Research. Via Zoom.
Friday, December 4
12:00 - 1 p.m.
Via Zoom

Shimae Fitzgibbons, MD, associate program director, MGUH general surgery residency program; director, School of Medicine surgical clerkship; assistant professor, Department of Surgery; attending general surgeon; and director of Surgical Simulation and Education, MGUH, presents “Teaching Procedural Skills.” Register.
Friday, December 4
12:00 - 1:30 p.m.
Via Zoom

Hear an overview of key demographic trends, and learn about areas in which technology is playing a pivotal role in meeting the needs of older adults and examples of how the Federal Government is helping to support R&D innovation to improve quality of life and functional independence of older Americans. Hosted by the Master of Science in Aging & Health. To register, email
Support for Virtual Instruction
See the Instructional Continuity @GU website for information about office hours, web resources, training webinars and other forms of assistance.
Earlier this Fall,, the Office of Assessment and Decision Support collaborated with CNDLS and the Office of the Provost to survey all main campus enrolled students.
The results might be helpful to our medical center colleagues, as well.

Students reported feeling overwhelmed, increased Zoom fatigue, anxiety about the world and burdened by heavy course loads. CNDLS offers the following advice:

1. Limit screen time for you and your students. You might:
·     Hold audio only office hours
·     Create assignments that encourage students to work with people in person at home
·     Encourage students to read print materials where available
·     Reduce synchronous class meeting time or the number of synchronous class meetings
·     Take multiple breaks in synchronous class sessions
·     Assign independent work days
·     Create alternatives for asynchronous class participation (discussion, group work, in class activities)

2. Respect the demands on everyone’s time (yours and your students). Please:
·     End class on time
·     Do not assign work during breaks
·     Consider adjusting the amount of time you ask of students outside of synchronous meeting times

3. Adapt assessments to the online learning environment making them more manageable for you and your students:
·     Consider alternatives to timed synchronous assessments
·     Avoid proctored exams and quizzes
·     Do not weigh any one assignment too heavily
·     Rethink the number of assessments
·     Create low-stakes assessments that encourage student engagement and participation
Monday - Friday,
8:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.;
Saturday, 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

CETS is offering individual Zoom assistance. Meet with a member of the CETS staff via Zoom (meeting ID: 995-332-8350).
CNDLS Instructional Continuity Virtual Office Hours
Monday - Thursday,
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.;
Friday, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

CNDLS holds instructional continuity office hours virtually in this Zoom room. Please stop by if you need help or dial 646-558-8656
(meeting ID: 386 980 1070).
After hours, email
Wednesday, November 25
Thursday, December 3, 10 or 17
1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Via Zoom

Online office hours with UIS EdTech provide faculty and staff with assistance and answers to Canvas questions and assistance with all Canvas needs. Register 11/25, 12/3, 12/10 or 12/17.
Friday, December 4, 11 or 18
12:30 - 1:30 p.m.

Online office hours with UIS EdTech provide faculty and staff with assistance and answers to questions about instructional continuity tools: Panopto, Zoom, Voicethread and Canvas. Register 12/4, 12/11, or 12/18.
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