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  Student Handbook for Academic Policies and Procedures

2024-2025 Academic Year


PREFACE

 The CUNY School of Medicine Physician Assistant Program outlines school-wide and program- specific policies and regulations for the students in the Program. The handbook is designed to supplement, rather than supplant existing college policies and procedures, including those found in the Graduate Bulletin of the City College of New York. The August 2024 edition of the handbook supplants any previous version of the Handbook.

 While this Handbook covers polices for the entire curriculum, there are more specific guidelines and additional regulations for the clinical year. A separate Clinical Year Handbook, with additional policies specific to the clinical year, will be distributed and reviewed during the clinical year orientation.

 Students will be bound to the academic policies delineated in the handbook of their admitting cohort, unless revisions were needed and students are made aware of new changes. Therefore, all students entering in calendar year 2024 or prior years will be bound by this edition of the handbook, even if they should prolong their tenure in the PA Program.

All CUNY Medicine PA Program policies apply to all students, principal faculty and the program director regardless of location. Policies listed and detailed on the CUNY School of Medicine and the City College of New York Web Pages and in the CUNY Medicine PA Program Student Handbooks are subject to change. Enrolled students are informed when significant changes are made to published policies.

Importantly, CUNY Medicine PA Program Policies may differ from policies noted in the CUNY School of Medicine and/or City College of New York. When a difference exists, the CUNY Medicine PA Program policy should be considered the policy of record.


 Table of Contents

 Overview of the CUNY School of Medicine Physician Assistant Program 1

Program Mission 1

Program Learning Outcomes, Goals, and Achievements 1

Brief Program Description 1

Physician Assistant Graduate Functions and Tasks 2

History of the Program 3

Technical Standards 3

Perception/Observation 3

Communication 4

Motor/tactile function 4

Cognition 5

Master’s Curriculum 7

The Didactic Curriculum 8

Prior Coursework & Advanced Placement Courses 8

The Clinical Curriculum 8

Identification and background requirements for entrance into didactic and clinical years 9

Harlem Hospital Application Packet 9

Criminal Background Checks 9

Toxicology Screening 10

Health Clearance 10

Requirements for Health Clearance 10

Didactic Year Calendar 12

Fall, 2023 Basic Science 12

Spring, 2024 Basic Science 13

Summer, 2024 Basic Science 13

Tuition, Fees, and Refunds 14

Financial Aid 15

Faculty and Staff Contact Information 16

Program Policy 17

Work Policy 17

E-mail 17

Dress Code and Identification 17

Student Teaching in Program Curriculum 18

Program Faculty and Student Healthcare 18

Employee/Student Dating and Relationships 18

Confidentiality 19

Mandatory Attendance Policy 20

Overall 20

Timely Access to Services Addressing Personal Issues Which May Impact Student Progress in the CUNY Medicine PA Program 20

Personal Days During Didactic Phase of the Program 20

Absences for clinical phase students job interviews 21

Absences from Required Activities 21

Extended Absence Request 21

Attendance and Absence Policies Specific to Clinical Year 22

Absenteeism Policies: Excused Absences 22

Absenteeism Policies: Unexcused Absences and Tardiness 22

Academic Integrity 23

Professional Conduct 23

Social Media Policy 24

Student Advisement 25

Class Representative 25

Student Society 25

Director Meetings 25

Standard for Written Assignments 26

Artificial Intelligence (AI) Policy 26

Universal Precautions 26

Change of Name, Phone Number, or Address 27

Academic Policy 27

Student Evaluation 27

Examination Policy 28

Examination Administration Policy 28

Examination Review Policy 29

Academic Accommodations 29

Academic Advisors 30

Academic Standing 30

Achieving and Maintaining Good Academic Standing 30

Academic and Professional Probation 30

Reassessment of Failing Grades 32

Stand-Alone Course Failure & Reassessment 32

Clinical Medicine & Integrated Medicine Course Failure and Reassessment 33

Identification and Remediation of At-Risk Students 34

Didactic Phase Students 34

Clinical Phase Students 35

Remediation of Academic Difficulties 35

Deceleration & Dismissal Policies 35

Deceleration 35

Academic Dismissal 37

Professional Probation & Dismissal Policies 38

Student rights regarding a required meeting with Course & Standing Committee 38

Repeated Courses 39

Learning Resource Center 39

Student Support and Wellness 39

On-Campus Resources 39

The Committee on Course and Standing 39

Appeal of Dismissal 40

Leaves of Absence 40

Resignation for the CUNY School of Medicine PA Program 42

Academic policies & requirements for promotion & graduation 42

Academic Progression in the PA Program 42

Progression within the Didactic Year 42

Progression from the Didactic to Clinical Year 42

Didactic Year Exit Exam 43

Progression Within Clinical Year 43

End of Curriculum Examinations 44

Graduation Requirements 45

CCNY Grievance Procedure 46

Important Notice of Possible Changes 46

City College of New York Standards, Policies, and Regulations 47

Program Forms 48

Agreement to Abide 48

Student Absence Form (Didactic Phase) 49

Overview of the CUNY School of Medicine Physician Assistant Program

 Program Mission

 The mission of the CUNY School of Medicine Physician Assistant Program is to improve the health of underserved communities and to eliminate healthcare disparity by providing increased access to physician assistant education to students from historically underrepresented populations. Through education and mentoring, we will create a workforce that will provide highly skilled health services to the communities of greatest need.

Program Learning Outcomes, Goals, and Achievements

 The CUNY School of Medicine PA Program goals align with program mission and are supported by the Competencies for the PA Profession delineated, updated and revised in 2020 by the four leadership organizations of the PA Profession (AAPA, ARC-PA, PAEA and NCCPA). 

 

GOAL 1: Graduate qualified and competent Physician Assistants 

 BENCHMARK: 85% of graduates are successful on PANCE first time takers attempt.

OUTCOMES:  <NCCPA REPORT FORM WEBSITE>

BENCHMARK:100% of graduates meet Program Learning Outcomes as evidenced by Summative Evaluation (written and OSCE) 

OUTCOMES: 

Cohort 2021: 100% pass rate

Cohort 2022: 100% pass rate

Cohort 2023: 100% pass rate

Cohort 2024: 100% pass rate

  GOAL 2: Provide exposure to diverse and underserved patient populations within the curriculum.  

BENCHMARK: 100% of all cohorts are exposed to a) didactic instruction and b) SCPE patient care in diverse and underserved populations as evidenced by Case Log Totals.

OUTCOMES: 

Cohort 2021: 

a) Didactic phase course grades for Cross-Cultural Competencies in Counseling -PA5023. 100% pass rate

b) 56% patients logged in underserved area/population

Cohort 2022: 

a) Didactic phase course grades for Cross-Cultural Competencies in Counseling -PA5023. 100% pass rate

b) 23% patients logged in underserved area/population

Cohort 2023: 

a) Didactic phase course grades for Cross-Cultural Competencies in Counseling -PA5023. 100% pass rate

b) 50% patients logged in underserved area/population 

Cohort 2024: 

a) Didactic phase course grades for Cross-Cultural Competencies in Counseling -PA5023. 100% pass rate

b) 50% patients logged in underserved area/population 

 GOAL 3: Provide leadership opportunities to both students and faculty.

BENCHMARK: 

a) 100% of students have leadership opportunities nationally, regionally, locally and within the institution (AAPA, NYSSPA, CUNY School of Medicine PA Program Society PA Club leaders, etc.)

b) 100% of Faculty participate in leadership opportunities nationally, regionally, locally and within the institution (PAEA, AAPA, NYSSPA, CUNY School of Medicine and other professional organizations, etc.)

OUTCOMES:

a.     Cohort 2022: 57% students enrolled in NYSSPA; 51% students enrolled in AAPA

b.     Cohort 2023: 74% students enrolled in NYSSPA; 60% students enrolled in AAPA

c.     Cohort 2024: 71% students enrolled in NYSSPA; 68% students enrolled in AAPA

b)  100% of principal faculty met the goals for 2022-2024

 GOAL 4: Graduates demonstrate professionalism in interpersonal and communication skills

 BENCHMARK: 100% of graduates demonstrate professionalism and interpersonal skills as evidence by:

a) Student Professionalism Behavior Evaluation at the end of each didactic phase course AND

b) Preceptor Evaluation of Student AND

c) Clinical Coordinator Evaluation of Student

  OUTCOMES:

 Cohort 2022: 100% of enrolled students met benchmarks in Professionalism and Interpersonal skills in all 3 areas. 

 Cohort 2023: 100% of enrolled students met benchmarks in Professionalism and Interpersonal skills in all 3 areas. 

 Cohort 2024: 100% of enrolled students met benchmarks in Professionalism and Interpersonal skills in all 3 areas.

 Brief Program Description

 The CUNY Medicine PA Program is designed as a full-time 28-month, 80 semester credit hour program consisting of seven consecutive semesters. The semesters are divided between a 16-month didactic phase and a 12-month clinical phase. All program courses must be completed.

 

Physician Assistant Graduate Functions and Tasks

Any graduate of the CUNY School of Medicine Physician Assistant Program will be expected to demonstrate competence in the following functions and tasks:

·         Elicit a detailed and accurate medical history, perform a complete physical examination, and record all pertinent data in written or electronic form as a medical note.

·         Interview using the patient-centered model of care.

·         Generate an appropriate differential diagnosis using evidence-based practice.

·         Perform and interpret diagnostic studies, including routine laboratory procedures, common radiological studies, and electrocardiograms.

·         Determine most likely diagnosis.

·         Plan and implement therapeutic measures.

·         Counsel patients regarding physical and mental health, including diet, disease prevention, normal growth/development, and family planning.

·         Work in collaboration with the interdisciplinary healthcare team.

·         Perform life-saving maneuvers such as cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

·         Facilitate the appropriate referral of patients and maintain awareness of existing healthcare delivery systems and social welfare resources.

·         Communicate effectively in oral and written forms.

·         Display professionalism in all aspects of patient care.

 History of the Program

 

The Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education Physician Assistant Program at Harlem Hospital Center was founded in 1970 as a joint project of the Harlem Hospital Center and the Columbia University School of Public Health. The Harlem Program is one of the oldest in the country, being founded only five years after the birth of the profession. The Program was developed to train individuals with health care experience to practice primary care in communities of greatest need. The first class of four was admitted in 1971, graduating in 1973.

 In 1972, the Program developed an academic affiliation with Antioch College which continued until the New School for Social Research assumed responsibility from 1974-1978. In 1978 the Program developed a partnership with the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education of the City College of New York (CCNY) which continues today.

 In 2016, the Program transitioned to a master’s degree granting program. In the same year, the Sophie Davis BS/MD program transitioned to become the CUNY School of Medicine. The name of the PA Program changed to the CUNY School of Medicine Physician Assistant Program. Although the degree of both programs changed, the mission of the School of Medicine and of the PA Program remains the same.

 

Technical Standards

 

Students at CUNY School of Medicine Physician Assistant Program must have capacities/abilities in five broad areas:

 ·          Perception/observation

·          Communication

·          Motor/tactile function

·          Cognition

·          Professionalism (Mature and Ethical Conduct)

 

Perception/Observation

Students must be able to accurately perceive, by the use of senses and mental abilities, the presentation of information through:

 ·          Small group discussions and presentations

·          Large-group lectures

·          One-on-one interactions

·          Demonstrations

·          Laboratory experiments

·          Patient encounters (at a distance and close at hand)

·          Diagnostic findings

·          Procedures

·          Written material

·          Audiovisual material

 Representative examples of materials/occasions requiring perceptual abilities beginning in year 1 include, but are not limited to: books, diagrams, discussions, pharmacological demonstrations, chemical reactions and representations, photographs, x-rays, cadaver prosections, live human case presentations, and patient interviews. Additional examples from year 2 include, but are not limited to: physical exams; rectal and pelvic exams; examinations with stethoscopes, otoscopes, fundoscopes, sphygmomanometers, and reflex hammers; verbal communication and non-verbal cues (as in taking a patient's history or working with a medical team); live and televised surgical procedures; childbirth; x-rays, MRIs, and other diagnostic findings; online computer searches.

 

Communication

Students must be able to communicate skillfully (in English) with faculty members, other members of the healthcare team, patients, families, and other students, in order to:

 ·          Elicit information

·          Convey information

·          Clarify information

·          Create rapport

 Examples of areas in which skillful communication is required beginning in year 1 include but are not limited to: answering oral and written exam questions, eliciting a complete history from a patient, presenting information in oral and written form to faculty/preceptors, participating in sometimes fast-paced small-group discussions/interactions, participating in group dissections, participating in labs. Additional examples of areas in which skillful communication is required in year 2 include, but are not limited to: participating in clinical rounds and conferences, writing patient H&Ps (histories and physicals), making presentations (formal and informal) to physicians and other professionals, communicating daily with all members of the healthcare team, talking with patients and families about medical issues, interacting in a therapeutic manner with psychiatric patients, providing educational presentations to patients and families, participating in videotaped exercises, interacting with clerkship administrators, writing notes and papers.

 

Motor/tactile function

Students must have sufficient motor function and tactile ability to:

 ·         Attend (and participate in) all classes, groups, and activities which are part of the curriculum

·          Read and write

·          Examine patients

·          Do basic laboratory procedures and tests

·          Perform diagnostic procedures

·          Provide general and emergency patient care

·          Function in outpatient, inpatient, and surgical venues

·         Perform in a reasonably independent and competent way in sometimes chaotic clinical environments

·          Demonstrate competencies including manual dexterity

 Examples of activities/situations requiring students' motor/tactile function beginning in year 1 include, but are not limited to: transporting themselves from location to location, participating in classes, small groups, patient presentations, review sessions, prosections, laboratory work, and microscopic investigations, using a computer, performing a complete physical exam including observation, auscultation, palpation, percussion, and other diagnostic maneuvers, performing simple lab tests, using light microscopes, performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

Additional examples of experiences requiring motor/tactile function in year 2 include, but are not limited to: transporting themselves from location to location, accompanying staff on rounds and conferences, performing venipunctures, thoracenteses, paracenteses, endotracheal intubations, arterial punctures, Foley catheter insertions, and nasogastric tube insertions, taking overnight call in the hospital, performing physical, neurological, gynecological, pediatric, and obstetric examinations (with the appropriate instruments), dealing with agitated patients in emergency situations; maintaining appropriate medical records, acting as second assistant in the OR (retracting, suturing, etc.).

 

Cognition

Students must be able to demonstrate higher-level cognitive abilities, which include:

 ·          Rational thought

·          Measurement

·          Calculation

·          Visual-spatial ability

·          Conceptualization

·          Analysis

·          Synthesis

·          Organization

·          Representation (oral, written, diagrammatic, three dimensional)

·          Memory

·          Application

·          Clinical reasoning

·          Ethical reasoning

·          Sound judgment

 Examples of applied cognitive abilities beginning in year 1 include, but are not limited to: understanding, synthesizing, and recalling material presented in classes, labs, small groups, patient interactions, and meetings with faculty/preceptors; understanding 3-dimensional relationships, such as those demonstrated in the anatomy lab; successfully passing oral, practical, written, and laboratory exams; understanding ethical issues related to the practice of medicine; engaging in problem solving, alone and in small groups; interpreting the results of patient examinations and diagnostic tests; analyzing complicated situations, such as cardiac arrest, and determining the appropriate sequence of events to effect successful treatment; working through genetic problems.

Additional examples of required cognitive abilities in year 2 include, but are not limited to: integrating historical, physical, social, and ancillary test data into differential diagnoses and treatment plans; understanding indications for various diagnostic tests and treatment modalities - from medication to surgery; understanding methods for various procedures, such as lumbar punctures and inserting intravenous catheters; being able to think through medical issues and exhibit sound judgment in a variety of clinical settings, including emergency situations; identifying and understanding psychopathology and treatment options; making concise, cogent, and thorough presentations based on various kinds of data collection, including web-based research; knowing how to organize information, materials, and tasks in order to perform efficiently on service; understanding how to work and learn independently; understanding how to function effectively as part of a healthcare team.

 

Master’s Curriculum

 

DIDACTIC YEAR

 

 

First Semester (Fall)

13 credits

 

 

 

Anatomy

4 credits

PA 5011

Physiology I

3 credits

PA 5021

Pharmacology I

2 credits

PA 5031

Clinical Medicine I

2 credits

PA 5041

Patient Interviewing

2 credits

PA 5051

 

 

 

Second Semester (Spring)

14 credits

 

 

 

Physiology II

3 credits

PA 5012

Preventative Medicine

2 credits

PA 5022

Physical Diagnosis

2 credits

PA 5032

Pharmacology II

2 credits

PA 5042

Clinical Medicine II

4 credits

PA 5052

History of the Profession

1 credit

PA 5062

 

 

 

Third Semester (Summer)

15 credits

 

 

 

Clinical Correlation

2 credits

PA 5013

Cross-Cultural Competencies in Counseling

2 credits

PA 5023

Clinical Medicine III

4 credits

PA 5033

Integrated Medicine

4 credits

PA 5043

Technical Skills

2 credits

PA 5053

Medical Spanish

1 credit

PA 5063

 

 

 

Fourth Semester (Fall)

9 credits

 

 

 

Epidemiology

3 credits

PA 7011

Research Methods

5 credits

PA 7021

Health, Law & Economics

2 credits

PA 7031

 

 

 

CLERKSHIP YEAR

 

 

Fifth Semester (SPRING)

30 credits

Sixth Semester (SUMMER)

Seventh Semester (FALL)

 

 

 

Emergency Medicine Clerkship

3 credits

PA 6011

Internal Medicine Clerkship

3 credits

PA 6021

Pediatrics Clerkship

3 credits

PA 6031

Surgery Clerkship

3 credits

PA 6041

Primary Care Clerkship

3 credits

PA 6051

Obstetrics/Gynecology Clerkship

3 credits

PA 6061

Psychiatry Clerkship

3 credits

PA 6071

Geriatrics Clerkship

3 credits

PA 6081

Critical Care Clerkship

3 credits

PA 6091

Elective Care Clerkship

3 credits

PA 6101

 

 

 

Curriculum Total

80 credits

 

 

The Didactic Curriculum

 The didactic phase is comprised of classroom and laboratory instruction in basic science, behavioral science and clinical medicine. Classes are held, for the most part, from Monday through Thursday between the hours of 8:00 and 5:00, and Friday between the hours of 8:00 and 4, although some classes require evening, early morning or weekend sessions. Students are required to attend all classes as ALL CLASSES ARE MANDATORY. Students should have no other commitments during these hours. See “Mandatory Attendance Policy” for specific program requirements.

 At the beginning of each course, students receive a syllabus and course outline describing the purpose of the course, the format, the objectives, and required readings. Students also receive instructional learning objectives for each course, which provide the basis for examinations and guide the student in studying.

 Students are responsible for each objective delineated in the syllabus regardless of whether it is covered in class. Faculty members will determine the method of teaching and evaluation for the courses they teach. Some evaluation methods will be traditional, such as written tests, and others will not. Students are expected to meet the competencies determined by each instructor, in the manner required.

 To appropriately prepare students to practice as physician assistants, the course load during the didactic year is rigorous with substantial reading assignments. Reading/Preparation before each class is essential. Reviewing course topics each evening is the best preparation for written examinations. “Cramming” the night before will not give sufficient time to learn all the material needed. The course objectives found in the syllabus are the best guide for comprehensive preparation and gaining foundational clinical knowledge.

 There are a number of skills are required by physician assistants- medical knowledge, oral and written communication skills, clinical skills such as performing a physical examination, technical procedural skills, and most importantly, critical thinking skills. Each component is equally important. The comprehensive exam at the end of the curriculum assesses each of these modalities. Therefore, prepare for each class session equally.

 

Prior Coursework & Advanced Placement Courses

 

Neither advanced placement (AP) courses not courses taken prior to matriculation in the CUNY Medicine PA Program will be accepted or counted toward graduation requirements.

 The Clinical Curriculum

 

The clinical year is comprised of ten (five-week) clerkships in internal medicine, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, psychiatry, primary care, emergency medicine, surgery, geriatrics, critical care, and an elective. Clerkships are conducted off campus in various settings such as hospitals, private offices and clinics. The PA Program has sole responsibility for obtaining clinical sites and preceptors. At no time are students required to find clinical experiences. Students are required to report to the site as instructed by their preceptors. Some rotations will require students to report during weekends, holidays, overnight, or late into the evenings. Students return to campus for “call back” days, which are held periodically throughout the clinical year. These daylong sessions consist of oral presentations, end of rotation examinations, and special lectures related to clinical medicine. A separate handbook will be distributed during a clinical year orientation at the end of the didactic year detailing the specifics for the clinical year.

 Identification and background requirements for entrance into didactic and clinical years

 

All didactic students must complete the requirements below in order to be eligible for an ID badge to attend classes at Harlem Hospital (HHC) and CCNY. If a student fails to complete these requirements and is therefore ineligible to access Harlem Hospital, the student may be referred to the Committee on Course and Standing for professionalism.

 Requirements:

 Harlem Hospital Application Packet

Criminal Background Check (conducted by Harlem Hospital)

Physical Examination (including but not limited to toxicology and titers)

Complete mandatory trainings

Receive medical clearance from Harlem Hospital

 NB: These requirements are set in part by Harlem Hospital and may change. The program will relay any new information or requirements to students.

 

Harlem Hospital Application Packet

All students must complete an application packet for Harlem Hospital in order to be cleared to receive a hospital ID badge. The program will send students information and the application packet during the summer prior to the beginning of the fall didactic semester.

 

Criminal Background Checks

 

Current laws generally permit a state licensing board or agency to deny a license to practice in the applicant has been convicted of a felony or other specified crime. Like many state licensing boards, the Office of Professions of the New York State Education Department requires that a criminal background check be conducted prior to granting a license.

 The City College of New York does not require a criminal background check for admission. Yet a number of hospitals or other off-campus clinical training sites require a student to undergo a criminal background check and a toxicology screening before the student can be placed for clinical training. For students entering clinical year, the CUNY Med PA Program has arranged an account with Castle Branch where the students can have a background check and ‘Chain of Custody’ toxicology-screening document; both of these require a fee that students are responsible for. More details can be found in the clinical handbook.

 A site may deny a student access to its facility based upon the results of a criminal background check even if the student has already begun the clerkship, regardless of the student’s performance up until that point. Furthermore, a clinical site has the right to ask the student to pay the cost of the background check. Students frequently undergo more than one background check during clinical year.

 

Toxicology Screening

 Some clerkship sites also require that students undergo a drug test as a condition of their access to the site. Students may be responsible for the cost of this testing. Testing positive or refusing drug testing may result in an inability to complete the clinical year and to graduate. Please note that if a clinical clerkship site determines that a student may not take part in its training program based on the results of a criminal background check or drug test (or due to a refusal to submit a drug test) the student may be unable to complete course requirements and to continue in the PA Program.

 Neither the Physician Assistant Program nor CCNY has the obligation to refund tuition or other fees or to otherwise accommodate a student in the event that course requirements cannot be completed based on the results of a criminal background check or drug screen, or if a license to practice is denied.

 See: https://medicine.cuny.edu/criminal-background-checks/

 

Health Clearance

All students must provide the Program with evidence of physical fitness including non-contagion to infectious disease. The OHS (Occupational Health Service) of Harlem Hospital provides this service for free.  Copies of ALL the medical clearance documents needed for rotations are to be brought to the PA office to be filed on the students record.  Copies of all the medical clearance documents are to be uploaded into Typhon.  For rotations out of Harlem Hospital students are required to keep a copy of their medical information and present it to the preceptor or administrative personnel 4 weeks prior to the rotation start day. In addition, you must bring a copy to the site on the first day of rotation. Each site can request different protocols. Failure to maintain an updated medical clearance can/will result in removal from rotation and graduation delay.

Requirements for Health Clearance

Physical Examination

The physical examination is a part of the initial health clearance offered by the Harlem Hospital Occupational Health Services office (OHS). Medical clearance by OHS must be renewed on or near the anniversary date for each year the student is enrolled in the PA Program.

Immunity from Infectious Disease

·The titers for the following diseases must be obtained:

•       Rubeola, Mumps, Rubella

•       Diphtheria, Pertussis, Tetanus

•       Varicella

•       Hepatitis B

The word “Immune” submitted by a PCP will not suffice for this purpose.  A childhood record of vaccination(MMR, DPT, Heb B) will similarly not suffice.  A verified record of previous titers will be acceptable, however.  If the titers are not available, serum titers must be obtained.  If titers show insufficient immunity, re-vaccination will/might be necessary, according to CDC guidelines.

Tuberculosis

As there is no vaccine against tuberculosis, all students will receive either a PPD (Mantoux) or QuantiFERON test as part of their physical exam. If the test is positive, or if previous prophylaxis or treatment for tuberculosis has occurred, a chest X-Ray will be required. Students who had a negative PPD or QuantiFERON test in the past, and who subsequently test positive will be required to undergo prophylactic treatment, even if their chest x-ray is negative.

Vaccinations

Influenza vaccination

Influenza vaccine is now a mandatory part of the health clearance, consistent with NYC department of Health criteria.  Anyone possessing a Harlem Hospital identification badge will not be allowed access to the hospital without a sticker verifying receipt of the flu vaccine.  To that end, all PA students must provide documentation of annual influenza vaccination by December 31, 2021. Similarly, clinical year students will not be able to attend clinical rotations until vaccination has been documented.  Some sites are also requiring proof of COVID 19 vaccination, this will be updated as needed.

COVID vaccination

COVID vaccination is now mandatory as part of the health clearance in many hospitals and facilities.  Some facilities are requiring proof of negative COVID test as well.  Clinical year students will not be able to attend clinical rotations until proof of vaccination has been documented or proof of negative COVID test has been documented.

 All of these procedures will need to be repeated as part of the transition to clinical year. Details can be found in the clinical handbook.


Didactic Year Calendar

 Fall, 2023 Basic Science

 


Spring, 2024 Basic Science