Content Updated on April 7, 2020 at 5:16pm

This page contains important information and resources to assist you in navigating through the current U-M and College of Pharmacy precautions during COVID-19.

Please check back to this page often as the content will be updated regularly with new information and resources.

CLASS FAQs & RESPONSES

P1 FAQ Response Page  -  P2 FAQ Response Page  -  P3 FAQ Response Page  -  P4 FAQ Response Page

Current Updates and Resources during COVID-19

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  • Current Communications Updates

    NEW - April 7, 2020 4:52PM - PharmD Student Daily Update from Dean Mueller

    April 6, 2020 5:53PM - PharmD Student Daily Update from Dean Mueller

    April 2, 2020 5:04PM - PharmD Student Daily Update from Dean Mueller

    April 1, 2020 5:20PM - Special P4 PharmD Student Daily Update from Dean Mueller

    April 1, 2020 5:08PM - PharmD Student Daily Update from Dean Mueller

    March 31, 2020 6:10PM - Part 2 of PharmD Student Daily Update from Dean Mueller

    March 31, 2020 2:01PM - PharmD Student Daily Update from Dean Mueller

    March 30, 2020 5:28PM - PharmD Student Daily Update from Dean Mueller

    March 27, 2020 6:17PM - PharmD Student Daily Update from Dean Mueller

    March 26, 2020 11:41AM - PharmD Student Daily Update from Dean Mueller (please reference your email for the Critical Employee Designation Letter.pdf)

    March 25, 2020 4:20PM - PharmD Student Daily Update from Dean Mueller

    March 24, 2020 5:12PM - PharmD Student Daily Update from Dean Mueller

    March 24, 2020 3:23PM - P2 Group C_Information Regarding Your Ambulatory Care IPPE Course from OEE

    March 24, 2020 3:20PM - P2 Group A or B_Information Regarding Your Ambulatory Care IPPE Course from OEE

    March 23, 2020 5:42PM - P4 Josten's Update from Dean Nelson

    March 23, 2020 4:46PM - PharmD Student Update from Dean Mueller

    March 23, 2020 - Students should no longer use rooms at the College of Pharmacy for studying.  Please see Governor Whitmer Executive Order  "Stay Home, Stay Safe".

    March 21, 2020 11:50AM - Virtual P4 Class Meeting from Dean Mueller

    March 20, 2020 4:48PM - P1-P4 PharmD Update for the Weekend from Dean Mueller

    March 19, 2020 - P4 PharmD Student - Information about APPE Rotation Change from OEE

    March 19, 2020 6:08PM - P1-P3 PharmD Student Daily Update from Dean Mueller

    March 18, 2020 6:31PM - P4 PharmD Student Update from Dean Mueller

    March 18, 2020 6:17PM - P1-P3 PharmD Student Daily Update from Dean Mueller

    March 17, 2020 6:15PM - PharmD Student Daily Update from Dean Mueller

    March 17, 2020 - COP - Suspension of Michigan Medicine Clinical Pharmacy Rotations (both IPPE and APPEs) from OEE

    March 16, 2020 5:51PM - PharmD Remote Learning Day 1 Update from Dean Mueller

    March 15, 2020 10:09AM - COP Facilities Note from Pat Greeley

    March 13, 2020 9:12PM - COVID-19 and the College of Pharmacy from Dean Dalton

    March 13, 2020 7:24PM - COP PharmD Student Update from Dean Mueller

    March 12, 2020 5:12PM - COP PharmD Student Update from Dean Mueller

  • Classes
    • Courses will continue to be offered in either an asynchronous (e.g., recorded lectures available by the scheduled class time) or synchronous (technology facilitating live remote class that occurs) fashion. Course coordinators will let you know the online learning option for each course via a Canvas announcement. 
      • Any student who is leaving the local area must submit an absence request so the college has a record of who is around. We are using the absence system as a way of tracking students during this time. 
      • If you are ill and can’t participate in a synchronous (live) remote class session, you should submit an absence request just as you would have if absent from a live class session prior to the campus shut down. 
      • Students who leave the local area are expected to participate in remote synchronous (live) teaching conducted during the usual scheduled time. 
      • Be sure to mute your line when participating in remote synchronous class sessions. Instructions
    • Skills courses/assessments (e.g. SPIs) will still occur. Faculty will let you know how this will be accomplished in courses where skills are taught/assessed. Plans for some skills assessments are still being defined. 
    • Policies regarding absences due to illness or other circumstances still apply.  You must submit a formal absence request if you are unable to participate in a synchronous remote course. 
    • Faculty will make in-person or remote office hours available to you. 
  • Exams

    We will also be giving all exams – even the Final Exams – remotely.  ExamSoft - Examplify Support is a document that provides troubleshooting information when taking remote exams, including contact information in the event you need help. Print/take a picture of this document or write down the numbers so you can access them during an exam when the LockDown feature is activated. Do it now before a problem occurs! 

    • Exams will be given during the time noted on the exam calendar for any student located in the US/Canada. Those moving to other time zones should plan accordingly. Students moving outside the US must work with Student Services who will coordinate with the course coordinator.
    • Faculty are going to work to get exams posted early, ideally 2 days prior to the exam if possible. Download exams as soon as you receive the notification from ExamSoft so you don’t run into problems if you lose internet close to the exam time. Once the exam is downloaded, you do not need internet to take the exam.
    • Faculty will be returning exams via ExamSoft once all exams are graded. They were also asked to post a key to the course Canvas site with the watermark. This will also be posted to the college exam bank.
    • Policies regarding exam absences due to illness or other circumstances still apply.  You must submit a formal absence request if you are unable to take a remote exam at the scheduled time. Make-up exams will be arranged as usual.
    • All students are expected to abide by the College’s policy on academic integrity. Extra monitoring of exams and ExamSoft metrics will be reviewed to monitor for possible violations.
    • Calculations (P1), Top 100 (P1), and Top 200 (P2) exams have been cancelled. Theses exams are being postponed to Fall term. More information will be shared at a later date.
    • P1 Final OSCE will be cancelled.
    • Midterm exams will be administered remotely at home. Course coordinators will let you know how the exam will be administered (ExamSoft, Canvas, other). 
      • Midterm exams will be administered during their scheduled time, as posted on the exam schedule
      • Accommodations for online exams coordinated through Student Services will continue to be provided, as appropriate. 
      • Live IT/tech support will be available during all exams. A resource guide and phone number will be provided soon. 
      • Faculty may choose to modify their plan for exams for the duration of the semester. Course coordinators will assess the exam materials to ensure the exam can be completed within the scheduled time. Any changes will be announced by the course coordinator. We don’t anticipate any exam dates moving at this time.  
    • Final exams will also be administered remotely at home at their scheduled times.
  • Report Online/Remote Learning Concerns

    Please use this form to provide feedback about the transition to online/ remote teaching (questions, concerns, or feedback more broadly):

    docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1Elo8fZEl16QN_Us2MEkht2SyQi5FIie3hRpNZRTqo3Y/edit#gid=0.

  • IPPEs, LLL/Shadowing Requirements

    As of March 17, the College of Pharmacy will be suspending all clinical rotations at Michigan Medicine that cannot be completed via remote work at least until March 31. Rotations for students at sites other than Michigan Medicine are not suspended at this time, although we expect that this might occur. Student pharmacists at Michigan Medicine who can complete IPPE and APPE rotations by working from home may continue to complete their rotations. Read full message details.

    The COP has decided to relax its IPPE attendance requirement and LLL/ Shadow requirements to enable those who would like to go home now, without completing them this semester, may do so. This is a change from our earlier policy, but this is the right thing to do based on the pandemic.

    • Students who wish continue their IPPEs:  If you live locally or need/want to stay in the Ann Arbor area and wish to complete your IPPE hours/Shadow/LLL requirements now, you may certainly continue.
    • Students who wish to pause their IPPEs:  Please use the form sent from Dean Walker through CORE ELMS. Note that APPEs cannot start until all IPPE hours have been completed (we received confirmation of this from ACPE today).

    Class of 2021 Winter Term 2020 IPPE Rotation Status Survey - Due Friday, March 20
    Class of 2022 Winter Term 2020 IPPE Rotation Status Survey - Due Friday, March 20

    • Remember, as has been articulated in previous communications, the COP cannot waive the requirement for you to complete 300 IPPE hours. All hours missed from IPPE must be made up in order to meet graduation/curricular requirements and Michigan Board of Pharmacy intern requirements for licensure. At a later date, the Office of Experiential Education (OEE) will work with students choosing to suspend their IPPEs to develop plans to make up all missed hours. OEE and your preceptor need to know if you have decided to stop your IPPEs. OEE will develop a process for you to report your IPPE plans for completion either way.  P3s must complete all IPPE hours before starting their APPEs by current accreditation rules.

     

    ALL job shadowing experiences have been suspended, including any student organization-sponsored shadowing.   

    • LLL deadlines, including shadowing, will be extended to accommodate and ensure students have the capacity to meet this requirement.
    • Health promotion – additional opportunities anticipated in the Fall.
    • Advocacy – virtual events currently planned, next one is scheduled for 3/18 from 5-7:30pm.
    • Please complete this form, which Ms. Ferguson sent out last week, to provide information based on your individual LLL needs so we can track and communicate opportunities for completion.
  • APPEs

    NEW - March 21, 2020 - Virtual P4 Class Meeting from Dean Mueller

    IMPORTANT UPDATE:  March 19, 2020 - P4 PharmD Student - Information about APPE Rotation Change from OEE

    As of March 17, the College of Pharmacy will be suspending all clinical rotations at Michigan Medicine that cannot be completed via remote work at least until March 31. Rotations for students at sites other than Michigan Medicine are not suspended at this time, although we expect that this might occur. Student pharmacists at Michigan Medicine who can complete IPPE and APPE rotations by working from home may continue to complete their rotations. Read full message details.

    A number of preceptors and students have contacted the COP about the possibility of students working from home to complete APPE rotation requirements. It is difficult for some students to complete direct patient care/clinical rotations without being physically present at the site. However, where it is possible for students to work from home, the COP is 100% in support of this approach. In fact, we currently have some students completing nontraditional rotations and ambulatory care rotations that provide telephonic patient care by working from home. Some of our sites are requiring students to complete their rotations this way to reduce the likelihood of viral spread and/or student exposure to the virus. 

    We encourage students and preceptors to discuss whether or not working from home is feasible. The college is supportive of this approach where it is possible. Please let us know if you have any concerns.

  • PharmD Investigations

    Be sure to be in contact with your PDI advisor if your research requires IRB approval or involves contact with human subjects.

  • Study Groups

    IMPORTANT:  March 23, 2020 - Students should no longer use rooms at the College of Pharmacy for studying.  Please see Governor Whitmer Executive Order  "Stay Home, Stay Safe".

    Effective Monday, March 16, 2020, all study groups should transition to an online format (e.g. BlueJeans). Contact Dean Bostwick (jkingsbu@umich.edu) with any questions or concerns.

  • Student Organizations and Events Guidance

    For any planned meetings and events, these must be transitioned to an online format (e.g. BlueJeans). If a virtual meeting is not feasible, any event hosted at the College must be canceled. Communicate plans with your advisor & Dean Bostwick (jkingsbu@umich.edu)

    For social student org activities and events, any non-essential activities should be cancelled.

  • P4 Graduation Updates

    Josten's Graduation Attire Update - 3/23/2020

    Unfortunately we are hearing about a lot of confusion from those of you that contacted Jostens regarding your reimbursement for cap and gown orders. At this time we would like our P4 students to stop contacting Jostens regarding reimbursements. The Jostens team is overwhelmed with all the cancellations occurring across the country and unfortunately most of you are getting mixed messages about how to receive your reimbursement. Hilda and I are changing direction. We are going to personally work on your behalf with Jostens to make sure you receive your reimbursement. Please do not contact Jostens about your reimbursement.

    Next steps:

    1. All University of Michigan Pharmacy orders HAVE BEEN CANCELLED (disregard any Jostens representative that told you that your order was already shipped)
    2. Orders placed using a credit card will receive a reimbursement to THAT credit card within 4 to 8 weeks (we know this is a very long time but Jostens is trying their very best to manage the return and reimbursement process with all the cancellations that are occurring nation-wide)
    3. Orders placed using a check, send me or Hilda an email so that we know you paid by check. Jostens has a different process for reimbursing these payments. We will work with them on your behalf.
  • College Resources and Support

    Student Resources

    COP Facility:  Students should no longer use rooms at the College of Pharmacy for studying.  Please see Governor Whitmer Executive Order  "Stay Home, Stay Safe".

    Computer Support:  Campus and college IT support will continue to be available. 

    Muting BlueJeans for Remote Synchronous Class Sessions

    Zoom Videoconferencing at U-M (not HIPAA/PHI Compliant)

    ExamSoft - Examplify Support

    COP ITS – Tutorials & Documentation

  • Additional Resources

    Domestic Student Health Insurance Plan (DSHIP) - Special Enrollment Period until April 6, 2020 at 11:59pm

    U-M Libraries: Simplifying Access to Research Journals While Off Campus

    Transportation and Parking Update  - March 17 4:25PM by U-M

    Food Resources

    If you are concerned about food, M&B Pantry still is serving our students in need of food, for those who are remaining on campus for financial/personal reasons.  There are additional resources highlighted on the Food Gatherer’s website as well:  foodgatherers.org/needfood

    Housing Issues

    If anyone is experiencing any housing issues/concerns please let Dean Nelson know.  Also, if anyone has room to host a classmate that does have a housing issue, or knows of available short term housing options, please let Dean Nelson know.

    International Students and PostDocs

    For international students, today the International Center launched a new resource page on COVID-19 resources for international students.  This is a good place to go for any immigration and status questions.

    Well-Being Resources

    CAPS Mental Health Care Package: Coping with COVID-19 - resources for self-care

    Coping Skills and Emotional Well-Being Practices

    Adjusting Your Study Habits During COVID

    Maintain Your Emotional Well-being During COVID-19

    CAPS Services