“We commit to collaborative and mindful stewardship of ourselves, the health of our profession, and the community through continuing education, compassion, integrity, and heartfelt respect.

In this new world of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is essential that as medical professionals and as students working to become medical professionals, we re-enter our school and workplace under a social contract to protect the health of our community. Our priority is to keep people safe. We will rely on the information provided to us from the OHA, CDC, and other reputable sources for guidance in this changing world.

To keep our community safe, OCOM will have important social and professional expectations of its faculty, staff, and students — on and off campus. This is essentially the social contract that all are expected to follow to provide the best care for our patients, education for our students, and a safe environment for us all.

We ask that students, faculty, staff, and visitors follow these guidelines:

Staying safe

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your face, eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

 Masks

  • Wear a cloth face cover when you go out in public. For example: to the grocery store or to pick up other necessities. The cloth face cover is meant to protect others in case you are infected. 
  • Patients and visitors to OCOM will be required to wear a cloth or disposable mask. 
  • Administrative and support personnel, who have no or indirect patient contact, will be required to wear cloth or disposable masks while on campus. 
  • Students, staff, and faculty who are in immediate proximity to patients shall wear procedural masks, face shields, and gloves.

 Social distancing

  • Put distance between yourself and other people outside of your home; some people without symptoms may spread the virus. Stay at least six feet (about two arms’ length) from others when possible. 
  • OCOM recommends avoiding gathering in groups and staying out of crowded places. Consider alternatives to mass gatherings to support civil rights and engage in protest. As health care providers, we have the ability and ethical responsibility to serve our community in ways that do not endanger our own health or the health of others.
  • If you make the choice to actively participate in large gatherings or a crowded event, you will need to be tested before returning to campus.
  • If you have a medical condition or disability, consider contacting Jessica Bineham, Disability Access Services to discuss potential accommodations during this time. If you are interested in discussing plan change options please contact Mike Law, Director of Student and Alumni Affairs. Staff and faculty members should contact Human Resources.

 Screening

  • Pre- self-screening information includes a request for those who are at-risk or symptomatic (even if undiagnosed) not to come to campus. 
  • Lobby screening station(s) will be implemented and temperatures will be taken of each person who is entering OCOM campus and clinics. 
  • Screening questions will be based on the latest guidance from OHA and CDC. 

 Travel

  • Personal travel is strongly discouraged, although not specifically banned.
    • After travel via air or long-distance public transportation, OCOM will require that you either: 
      • test negative for COVID-19, or 
      • self-quarantine for 10 days before entering the campus. 

Clinic

  • Proper PPE such as face masks and face shields will be provided and required to be worn in the clinic. 
  • Street wear and clinic attire are to be considered separate items.
  • Interns and supervisors will change clothes prior to seeing patients and before leaving the clinic/campus.
  • Clinic attire is appropriate if machine washable and dryable by high heat, including scrubs.

Monitor Your Health