Rehab Med COVID-19 Updates

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.