3/15/2020 Email From GMS Associate Provost


Dear Students. Faculty, and Staff,

Spring break, with many GMS students, faculty and staff traveling domestically and abroad, ended on Friday.  Most of Europe is now at Level 3. Please see the CDC travel risk assessment levels.   If you have returned from a level 3 or higher country, you must self-quarantine for 14 days.  Stay at home, self-isolate, do not go out, do not interact with roommates or family members.

If you become sick:

  • Faculty and staff–contact your primary care physician and Occupational Health (617-353-6630)
  • Postdocs/Visiting scholars—contact your primary care physician and ROHP (617-358-7647)
  • Students—contact your primary care physician and Student Health Services (617-353-3575)

Each BU resource has a web site.  Complete the forms if you are required to self-quarantine.  The form will guide you specific to your situation.  Even though teaching is now remote , research is continuing on campus.  Do not come to campus unless and until you have clearance and permission to do so.  Inform your program director and research PI as applicable.

Students:  If you are required to self-quarantine, you also must contact the GMS Office (tdavies@bu.edu) to insure your needs are being met, especially if you become sick and live alone.  After completing quarantine, students are required to be cleared by Student Health Services before returning to campus.  You must provide the clearance to the GMS Office (tdavies@bu.edu).

Please practice social distancing.  These are unsettling times, but faculty and staff are committed to providing you with accurate and timely communications and to helping with your needs, whether personal or professional.  Use common sense, keep us informed and note that spring arrives on Thursday.  There is always something good to look forward to.

With warm regards,

PS: You might consider reading the following article.  It has interactive infection curves in the paragraph below the figure.

Deborah Stearns-Kurosawa, Ph.D.
Associate Provost and Associate Dean ad interim
Graduate Medical Sciences

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