Updated March 30
GME Office COVID-19 Information for Residents and Fellows
Numbers to Graduate and Boards Update
The ACGME has officially released that residents can graduate with less numbers if the program director, with consideration of the recommendations of the program’s Clinical Competence Committee, deems an individual resident/fellow competent. This takes some pressure off of residents as elective cases are cancelled. Continue to work with your program on details. The American Board of Medical Specialties has also made allowances – click here to go to your specific board website to find out what those are.
The ACGME has also cleared tele-health and tele-supervision to count as training opportunities. When things return to normal these rules will be determined by each specialty so it may not remain permanent.
Here is a video of how to do virtual rounds so the entire team is still involved. It is important to note that the attending still physically sees the patient every day. With medical students back at the hospital this might help them still have learning from PUI and COVID patients.
How to Protect Yourself and Your Patients
If you get ill–what you need to do
If you develop upper respiratory symptoms, please follow the steps below. The infection control team cannot manage the overwhelming number of case-by-case questions.
Monitor yourself for the following symptoms which can indicate COVID infection:
- Fever 100.4 or greater
- Short of breath
- Sore throat
- If you are ill, stay home, see your PC provider, and have a Respiratory Pathogen Screen (RPS) done.
- If this is positive, stay home to recover before returning to work. See #4 for more details on returning.
- If the RPS is negative, you may require further testing.
- Continue to stay home.
- Discuss with your PCP if you are high risk for COVID and if you need further testing done
- If you do not qualify for COVID testing or your COVID test is negative, you may return to work 72 hours after your fever resolves (this is resolution without taking antipyretics) AND your respiratory symptoms are resolved AND it has been 7 days since your symptoms started.
- If you test positive for COVID here are the latest recommendations from the CDC.
- Click here for guidelines on when you can return to work
Some Learning Opportunities
- Many board review online courses are offering their courses free of charge during this time. You should check into what your specialty offers and see if your specialty review courses are offering this.
- In addition, the SCCM is offering free online critical care training for non-ICU physicians. Visit sccm.org/covid19.
- COVID-19 Toolbox – Evaluation and Treatment for COVID-19
Update on Travel
It is strongly recommended you do not travel either domestically or internationally. outside the United States at this time. The University has banned any business or educational travel.
If you travel internationally and your reentrance is delayed this can affect your eligibility to finish your residency. You also may be placed in quarantine if indicated by CDC guidelines, click here for details.
If you travel domestically you may need to mask for 14 days and monitor for symptoms while you return to work. Click here for more information.
Residents are essential personnel and should report to work regardless of Creighton University announcements. If you have concerns, please contact your program for process.
Please contact your GME office for questions around types of leave available for specific circumstances. The university has expanded leave for residents and fellows who may need to be quarantined. Click here for frequently asked questions on leave during the COVID-19 pandemic.