03/09/2020 Message from the President
I hope that you and your loved ones are staying safe and are in good health during these most difficult times. As we continue to go through unprecedented times in dealing with this pandemic we continue to put the safety of our Students, Faculty, Staff and Community first. Keeping a close eye on the developing changes with COVID-19 and making changes as progress is made in handling this pandemic, IAU is confident that we will be able to continue to offer courses and education to our students while keeping them safe.
We will continuously monitor the situation and update everyone of changes as they are happening and decided upon. I can’t emphasize enough how proud I am of the entire IAU Family, from our staff, to our students and faculty and how they have handled this entire situation and rising to the occasion and helping one another. Each and every one of you have truly proven that together we will not let this pandemic stop us from moving forward. You have been there for one another, made sacrifices, adjusted to transition, and continued to work hard and focus on the ultimate goal which is to become a physician and give back to our communities.
Rest assured all of you will get there and I cannot wait to shake your hands as you walk across that stage on graduation day. Please be safe, follow protocols and safety guidelines put forth by your faculty and guiding local health resources. Look forward to speaking to you soon,
IAU College of Medicine is committed to the health and safety of our students, faculty, and St. Lucia community. We are closely monitoring the global outbreak of COVID-19. With the recent classification of a pandemic and with recommendations from the Center of Disease Control, the World Health Organization, and the government of St. Lucia, we have arranged for online lectures for students for students to safely complete the Spring term in their homes.
Our campus will continue to be closed until April 13, 2020 as per the order of the Prime Minister. We will continue to monitor and communicate any further changes.
Clinical Campus locations are also being monitored carefully. On March 17, 2020 the AAMC and LCME issued guidance, “effective immediately, calling for medical schools to pause all student clinical rotations until at least March 31, 2020. This pause will allow the medical education community, including learners, to develop appropriate educational strategies and alternative clinical experiences to best assure safe, meaningful clinical learning for students. It will also help with current concerns about the availability of personal protective equipment.”
IAUCOM, as a result has identified alternative methods to help assist students to continue their training while being mindful of social distancing and preventing further spread of this crisis. Further details of the virtual training options to continue the Spring 2020 Term will be available to all students by March 28, 2020. “We will be here to support all of you through this process, and we would like to thank each of you for patience and understanding. Please be safe and practice all the recommended safety measures, and stay home.” Dr. Nair, CEO, IAU College of Medicine.
World Health Organization https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention