Rehab Med COVID-19 Updates

August 26, 2020

A warm welcome to all FRM students for the Fall Term 2020 at both our Edmonton and Calgary campuses!

Whether you are a new student or a returning student, we are looking forward to seeing you in class. 

As you know, the University of Alberta courses and services continue to be offered mainly by distance format and virtual platforms. There are a few exceptions to remote delivery for some of the courses within our professional programs. All FRM students are asked to review the FRM Guidelines for Fall 2020 In-person Instruction. These guidelines provide some background and highlight the procedures that you should be aware of before coming to campus.

In addition to these guidelines, you may have received cohort-specific information from your program about in-person instruction. Calgary-based students will also receive specific information about access and procedures for the FRM's Calgary campus in the University of Calgary Downtown Calgary Centre (DTC).

We look forward to a successful Fall Term for all of our students, faculty and staff members!
Sincerely,

Berni Martin, MA
Associate Dean, Professional Programs & Strategic Initiatives
Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine


August 21, 2020

Corbett Hall Building Procedures Reminder

I want to thank everyone for your continued efforts to reduce the risks within our community associated with COVID-19. This is an ongoing challenge that continues to require all of us doing our part to protect each other, ourselves and our loved ones from this dangerous virus. As some of you will have noticed, the foot traffic in Corbett Hall has increased demonstrably. This was expected given the in-person instructional activities, the relaunch of our student clinic spaces and the increase in research activity. With this increase in foot traffic we must ensure we are doing all that we can to keep our building a safe environment for all. 

FACE COVERINGS: It is critically important that face coverings are worn AT ALL TIMES when in common spaces (hallways, stairwells, washrooms etc.). Even if you’re just entering a common space for a few seconds or minutes, you still MUST wear a face covering. You cannot predict when you might bump into someone in the hall, around a blind corner, or while stepping into the washroom. Let's keep ourselves and each other safe - wear your mask. 

PHYSICAL DISTANCING: Current evidence continues to support physical distancing of at least TWO METRES as an important measure to reduce the risk of transmission. Physical distancing should be practiced indoors (even if wearing a mask) and outdoors. 

STAIRWELLS/DOORS: All doors and stairwells in Corbett Hall are now designated for one-way traffic flow [Building Map]. This measure will help to reduce the risk of congestion at these pinch points. I recognize that this might mean having to walk a few extra steps to access a door or stairwell that gets you where you want to go. Find the silver-lining: these few extra steps will help you meet your step target for the day! And will only cost you a few extra seconds of your time. 

WORKING FROM HOME: The University of Alberta has indicated that we are expected to continue to work remotely until at least December 31, 2020. All work that can be done remotely must be done remotely. On-campus activities are restricted to those required or approved on-campus research activities, in-person instructional activities and occasional visits approved by a supervisor. These occasional visits should be limited and only for absolute need. Visits for convenience (e.g. more comfortable office space) should not occur. 

ATTENDANCE LOG: Thank you to everyone for your diligent use of the building access log. This is a critical step should contact tracing be required. That said, please try to register your visit the same day as your visit. There have been a number of instances (I will call it somewhat routine) where individuals have registered their visit several days later. Although late is better than never, late does create a gap that could impact effective contact tracing. If we don’t know you were here, you might not get contacted in a timely manner! 

IF YOU BECOME ILL: If you become ill or are self-isolating, please ensure that you inform your supervisor that you are self-isolating or that you need to go home (if you are in the building) because you have become unwell. Please be familiar with the following COVID-19 procedure: COVID-19 Procedure for Sick Employees.

IF YOU ARE FEELING STRESSED OR ANXIOUS: We have now passed the five-month mark of the global pandemic. There is no doubt that the ongoing restrictions and the adapted approaches to our daily routines are impacting all of us. There are resources and supports available to help each of us through this challenging time. 

We are facing a very critical point in the relaunch of not just our academic activities at the university, but of the broader community. The next few weeks will see the reopening of K-12 schools, an increase in activity on our campus and a greater re-engagement of our community. As we have all seen in the reports from Alberta Public Health, the slightest lapse in vigilance can create wide-spread transmission of this virus. The power to keep this virus at bay is in all of our hands. Let us each do our part to keep each other and our loved ones safe.

Thank you all for your continued efforts. Sincerely,

John E. Misiaszek, PhD
Vice Dean, Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine

July 31, 2020

Corbett Hall Building Control Plan starting on August 4, 2020

frmbuildingentranceexitseptember2020.pngOn August 4, 2020 we will begin to welcome back professional program students into Corbett Hall for approved in-person instructional activities. Come September 2020, we will have students from all three professional programs resuming some in-person activities within Corbett Hall, and will be welcoming back our guests in the CHEEP program. These activities, combined with the ramping up of our research activities and need for instructors to access materials and resources, will increase the foot traffic in Corbett Hall.  With this anticipated increase in foot traffic, and to limit the chances the student cohorts mix, a building traffic control plan has been developed. Each stairwell has been designated as “Up” only or “Down” only to avoid congestion. In addition, each door is designated as “Entrance” or “Exit” only. The attached diagram provides details of the traffic pattern. 

There are some exceptions:

D-3: 
This doorway will be exit only EXCEPT for CSD students who will use this doorway to access their instructional spaces. 

D-7: 
This doorway will be exit only EXCEPT for PT students who will use this doorway to access CH 1-10. 

D-6: 
This doorway is designated as an entry only as it has OneCard access. However, individuals with mobility needs will also use this door as an exit. This will be the main access point for research participants accessing Level-1 and clients accessing the student PT clinic. 

D-4: 
This doorway and adjacent set of stairs will be designated for CHEEP entry only. CHEEP will exit via D-3 to ensure physical distancing during their drop-off/pick-up times. D-4 will also be the entry point for clients of the CSD Corbett Clinic.

D-11: 
This doorway will only be used by PT students accessing CH 2-44. 

Note that the doors to the building will continue to be locked and access for staff and faculty will be by key or OneCard only. Students will be admitted into the building by their instructors five minutes prior to the start of their lab. Otherwise, the student access doors will remain locked and closed. 

CSD students 
will enter and leave the building via D-3. 
OT students 
will enter the building via D-8 and leave the building via D-7.
PT students
in CH 1-10
 will enter and leave the building via D-7.
PT students in CH 2-44 
will enter via D-11 and leave via D-5.

We are in the process of creating signage to help direct traffic flow. We hope to have these in place in early August. 

All non-instructional student spaces remain closed. This includes the student lounge, calm room, RMSA office (exceptions permitted with approval), cafe, seminar rooms and all other spaces inside Corbett Hall. Professional program students will not be permitted in the building, except for their designated instructional times. 

Starting on August 4, the air circulation in Corbett Hall will return to normal flow. In addition, the washrooms on the 3rd floor will be reopened prior to the start of September. These measures are not a signal that Corbett Hall is open for business as usual. All work that can be completed remotely must continue to be. 

In addition, please remember:

  • If you are not feeling well or are displaying any symptoms of COVID-19, do not visit campus for any reason.
  • Ensure face coverings (non-medical or cloth masks, bandanas, scarves etc.) are worn at all times when in common spaces (hallways, stairwells, washrooms, etc.).
  • Cough and sneeze into your elbow.
  • Maintain physical distancing of at least 2 m (6 ft) at all times.
  • The maximum number of people in an elevator is 2 at any time.
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water (preferable) or hand sanitizer with a 70% alcohol content.
  • The FRM Building Access Log is to be used for access to all FRM buildings and spaces.

Thank you for your continued vigilance and efforts to protect each other from this virus. I know that we are all feeling the effects of this prolonged war against an invisible foe. We have all done a remarkable job keeping our community safe these past 4+ months. The launch of the Fall term will bring with it new challenges and risks, but together we can continue to keep each other and our community safe. 


July 23, 2020

The PT Student Clinic will reopen on August 10, 2020. We will be following public health guidance issued by the Government of Alberta and Physiotherapy Alberta. Patients will be required to wear a mask once they enter the building. We will be taking all necessary steps to maintain distance in the clinic and increase sanitization. We look forward to welcoming you back into the clinic.

Clinic Hours:
Monday - Friday: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

We also have new fees:
New Assessment: $30
Follow-up Appointments: $20
Group Classes: $10 per session


June 9, 2020

Accessing FRM Buildings/Facilities

This is an update to the procedures for accessing FRM buildings and facilities during our current Level 3 University Emergency status.

1) ALL Faculty, Staff and Students who are returning to campus for any reason (approved research, “pop in” visit, designated office staff, etc.) MUST complete the new EHS eLearning Course on COVID-19. Approved research groups and designated office staff must complete the course prior to June 12, 2020. Everyone else must complete the course prior to visiting the campus for any reason. https://training.ehs.ualberta.ca/login/index.php

2) ***NEW*** Faculty and staff who need to work in or visit a campus office on a one-time or occasional basis must seek approval from their direct supervisor before attending campus.  This requirement does not apply to those who are part of an approved research group or are designated office staff or essential staff currently working on an approved schedule.

3) The FRM Building Access Log is to be used for access to all FRM buildings and spaces. This includes FRM designated spaces in ECHA, CSB, and HMRC, in addition to Corbett Hall. (This does not apply to the GSSMC, ISTAR, or iRSM who must continue to follow the requirements of their facilities). Please register your visit using this form even if you are screened and logged by AHS or another entity. 

4) To ensure our attendance log is complete, we are asking that all access to FRM buildings and facilities be logged using this form. This includes those members who are designated staff or considered essential staff working on an approved schedule. Approved research groups are also encouraged to use the form as a means for ensuring a consolidated log is available should contact tracing be required.

5) The form has been updated to include a Privacy Statement and additional screening questions. Please note that the log entries will be deleted after 6 weeks if contact tracing has not been required, but will be retained for 12 months should contact tracing occur.

Please remember:

  • If you are not feeling well or are displaying any symptoms of COVID-19, do not visit campus for any reason
  • Ensure face coverings (non-medical or cloth masks, bandanas, scarves etc.) are worn at all times when in common spaces (hallways, stairwells, washrooms, etc.)
  • Cough and sneeze into your elbow
  • Maintain physical distancing of at least 2 m (6 ft) at all times
  • The maximum number of people in an elevator is 2 at any time
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water (preferable) or hand sanitizer with a 70% alcohol content
  • Do not remove Taping or restore furnishings to any room or facility that has been closed, including washrooms. Washrooms on the 3rd floor of Corbett Hall are closed. Washrooms on the 2nd and 1st floors of Corbett Hall are available.

We anticipate that restrictions to on-campus activities will remain in place for several months yet.  Please continue to adhere to all directives and work from home whenever possible.

Thank you to everyone for your diligence in ensuring our work spaces remain safe. I know that the past 3 months have stretched all of us to new limits. The coming months will present to us new challenges and stresses. But there will also be new opportunities, new avenues for growth, and a new (renewed) spirit of community.

June 2, 2020

FRM Clinical/Fieldwork Placement Guidelines during the COVID-19 Pandemic

In March, all FRM student clinical/fieldwork placements were suspended or postponed. All FRM professional programs were then required to revise placement timelines. Changes have been made to student schedules that will affect our placement needs for the next year and likely beyond. We are very appreciative of our placement partners and affiliated sites for their support and patience. Please review the FRM Guidelines and processes that our Clinical Education leadership group has developed, to ensure the return to placements is safe for students, supervisors, staff and patients. 

FRM students from the occupational therapy, physical therapy and speech language pathology programs will be gradually returning to placements starting June 2020. We are still in need of summer term and fall term placements for students from all programs. We welcome inquiries from existing or new sites who are interested. Contact us:

June 1, 2020

A reminder that the University is requiring anyone who can work from home to continue to do so. We have noticed a marked increase in the foot traffic in Corbett Hall with a number of people accessing their offices and lab spaces. We are all strongly encouraged to continue to work remotely whenever possible.

  1. If you are approved to return to your on-campus research activities, then you are reminded that only those activities that cannot be done remotely are permitted on-campus. You are also reminded that logs must be maintained of all visits as per your approved Resumption of Research Plan.

  2. If you need to “pop in” to your office to pick up some materials or perform tasks that simply cannot be performed from home, then you must register your visit using this form. Information gathered on this form may be used for contact tracing.

  3. If you are considered “essential” (e.g. RMTG, designated Dean’s Office staff), please continue to follow your scheduling and access protocols as established.

For everyone entering FRM spaces:

  •  If you are not feeling well or are displaying any symptoms of COVID-19, do not visit campus for any reason

  • Ensure face coverings (non-medical or cloth masks, bandanas, scarves etc.) are worn at all times when in common spaces (hallways, stairwells, washrooms, etc.)

  • Cough and sneeze into your elbow

  • Maintain physical distancing of at least 2 m (6 ft) at all times

  • The maximum number of people in an elevator is 2 at any time

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water (preferable) or hand sanitizer with a 70% alcohol content

  •  Do not remove Taping or restore furnishings to any room or facility that has been closed, including washrooms. Washrooms on the 3rd floor of Corbett Hall are closed. Washrooms on the 2nd and 1st floors of Corbett Hall are available.

In the coming days, we anticipate more concrete direction will be provided and these guidelines are likely to be updated or changed. 

As the Province begins to lift restrictions let’s all remember that this global pandemic is ongoing. We must maintain vigilance to avoid returning to more restrictive measures. For now, please work from home whenever possible. Restrictions are expected to be in place for several months yet. We must continue to protect one another and reduce the risk of unknowingly spreading this deadly virus.

We truly look forward to the day when we can meet with each other in person and restore the liveliness of our hallways that marks the vitality of our Faculty–our community. We will get there. Please be patient.

May 7, 2020

New information is available about continuing research activities in the faculty, including new studies related to COVID-19 and new distance recruiting for existing studies. View the webpage.

April 23, 2020

Since mid-March the University of Alberta has reduced its operations to essential services only on all our campuses. This has resulted in cancellation of all in-person classes and significantly reduced our research activities. 

We acknowledge and appreciate our staff and faculty members' hard work and commitment to move Winter Term academic courses online with only a few days' notice, and the flexibility of our instructors and our students to make the shift. Upcoming Spring and Summer Term academic courses will also be offered using an online format.  

More Information and Links

News 

Our faculty, staff and alumni are hard at work responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. Read the latest on our COVID-19 News page

Events: Rehab Med Live 

Rehab Med Live is a series of free, live-streamed presentations designed to connect you with the expertise of our faculty and alumni at a time when it's needed more than ever.

Academic Course Delivery 

Upcoming Spring and Summer term academic courses will be offered using an online format and work is underway to adjust timetables to ensure our students can continue to progress through their studies. 

Student Clinical Placements

The pandemic has had a dramatic effect on the delivery of rehabilitation services and consequently on our students’ clinical and fieldwork placements. 

The final-year MSc Speech-Language Pathology students who were completing practicums in the Winter Term had their placements suspended several weeks ago. We are working with our affiliated clinical education partners to assess each site’s ability to restart placements or book new placements as needed.

MSc Physical Therapy students who were scheduled to start placements in late April will complete academic courses online instead. MSc Occupational Therapy placements that were scheduled to start in mid-May have been postponed until January/February 2021. Work is under way to proceed with previously scheduled placements in July and August and/or schedule new placements for final-year OT and PT students from July through December. Additional placement requests for this time period are being added to HSPnet. 

We welcome inquiries from existing or new sites who are interested and in a position to host students, from any of the 3 disciplines in the months ahead. Contact us:

Continuing Research Activities

Many of our researchers are responding to the need for new information and knowledge created by the pandemic. Other researchers and graduate students are able to continue their important research activities addressing the rehabilitation science questions supporting our broader community. Learn more about these ongoing research activities and how you might contribute to this impactful work.    

Programs

Find up-to-date information related to each of our academic programs:

Continuing Professional Education for Clinicians

Registration is open for Continuing Professional Education online learning opportunities. In response to the pandemic, we are offering a non-credit course for clinicians who would like to learn more about the use of telerehabilitation: Introduction to Telerehabilitation for Clinicians. This course is being offered at a reduced, cost-recovery rate. 

We have also made Free Telerehabilitation Video Resources available online.

Assist our Students

Looking for a way to financially support our students during this difficult time? Find out more about how you can give to the Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine.