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Education during covid-19

Information to all students at the Faculty of Medicine
As of 15 June 2020 the Government announced that universities and other higher education institutions could return to more regular educational activities. The Swedish Public Health Agency’s rules, general guidelines and recommendations to reduce the spread of infection are to be observed.

Information from the programmes are sent directly to all students concerned. If you have any questions - ask your course manager or course administrator.

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New more strict recommendations for Skåne

On October 27 the Public Health Agency and Region Skåne decided on more strict recommendations for Skåne regarding Covid-19. The new recommendations are currently going to be in place until December 13.

The new more strict recommendations states, among other things, that everyone should avoid travelling by public transportation or other means of mass transport, but trips that cannot be avoided, such as going to school, can always be made.

Region Skåne has decided that facemasks must be used in any care situation when it is necessary to be less than 1 meter from each other. The same applies to any education exercise where we simulate such a situation; a mask must be worn. The responsible teacher, in discussion with program management, decides when masks should be used. Work is ongoing right now to get this into place, but it might take a few days before facemasks are available in all places.

We understand that you as a student may feel uneasy or anxious due to the current situation. We encourage anyone who feels this way or who wants to talk about their situation to contact the Student Health or the student organisations.

Starting October 27 the following applies to all who are in Skåne, by the decision of the Public Health Agency:

  • Everyone should avoid travelling by public transport or other means of mass transportation. Trips that cannot be avoided, such as going to work, school or care visits, can be made.
  • Everyone should refrain from staying in crowded indoor environments, such as shops and shopping centers. Necessary visits to, for example, grocery stores and pharmacies can be made.
  • Everyone is advised against arranging or participating in sport competitions where many meet and where travel is necessary.
  • Everyone should avoid socializing with people other than those you live with or meet every week.
  • All businesses should take steps to minimize the number of visitors at the same time, adjust opening hours and offer digital options.
  • Employers should give opportunities and encourage staff to work from home whenever possible. Business trips, conferences and other physical meetings should be avoided.

Information about the new strict recommendations for at Region Skånes website (in Swedish)


Teaching autumn semester 2020 and spring semester 2021

Education during the autumn semester 2020 and the spring semester 2021 will take place both digitally and in the university premises, due to the corona pandemic. We do our best to ensure that you will receive education of the highest possible quality, while we adapt the teaching format and our premises to limit the risk of the spread of infection.

Teaching online and on campus

Teaching at the Faculty of Medicine at first and second cycle level will take place both digitally and in the university premises. In all education on campus, social distancing must be followed according to the Public Health Agency's regulations, general advice and recommendations, when possible. When it is not possible, for example during skills training, the same rules shall apply as in the healthcare in a similar situation.

From 30 November, only the following educational components will be carried out on the university's premises, for the remainder of the autumn semester 2020:

  • select prioritized theoretical components of the first semester,

  • all practical exercises (laboratory work and skills training), adapted to reduce the risk of the spread of infection,

  • examinations which, in order to maintain legal legitimacy and equal conditions, cannot be conducted online,

  • programmes with international students, where students need to be offered education on the university's premises for the purpose of residence permits.

There may be those who feel anxious or hesitant about parts of their education being carried out on site. Here you find more information behind  which aspects of the education are conducted on site and why.

Teaching facilities

A maximum of 50 persons may be present in teaching facilities at any time. In addition, the teaching facilities are subject to a temporary maximum number per classroom according to the following principle:

  • For premises with free seating, the maximum number is half of the regular maximum number, but not more than 50 persons.
  • For premises with theatre seating, the maximum number is one third of the regular maximum number, but not more than 50 persons.

Measures are also taken in the faculty's study facilities:

  • BMC, CRC and HSC service has review whether there is a need for certain one way entrances in common spaces and remove microwave ovens to avoid crowding.
  • Extra cleaning of common areas has been requested.
  • Stations with disinfectant will be available in the houses and in the toilets.
  • The classrooms will be made so that chairs are removed, or places will have markings where students are not allowed to sit.
  • Surface disinfection will be available for teachers to use before and after teaching.

Information from your programme

Programme-specific information can be found in your learning platform and/or in e-mails you have received from your programme. Here are links to programme-specific information for some of the faculty's programmess.

 


VFU, VIL, internships and the practical elements

VFU, VIL, internships and practical elements associated with are carried out as planned. Some individual VIL and VFU elements might be modified or cancelled based on patient safety assessment.


Education components abroad

The Faculty of Medicine advises against studying abroad in countries that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs advises against traveling to. The Faculty's courses located abroad in these countries are canceled or given with different focus for the time being. The Faculty of Medicine's travel grants will not be granted to countries that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs advises against traveling to. From 1 July 2021, the Student UT insurance does not apply to students who travel to countries that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs advises against traveling to.


Study centers at BMC, CRC and HSC

The study centres at BMC, CRC and HSC are open as usual, but library information desks have shorter opening hours, they are open 10-14. The information desks are open during this time.

As a measure of disease control it is important that you bring your LU card if you want to borrow books. With your LU card you can use the lending machines to check-out books instead of borrowing at the information desk.


E-books 

ClinicalKey Student is a collection of 242 e-books from Elsevier in medicine, anatomy, biomedicine.

Some examples of available titles:

  • Sobotta Atlas of Human Anatomy 
  • Nussbaum Thompson & Thompson: Genetics in Medicine
  • Netter Atlas of Human Anatomy
  • Ritter Rang & Dale's Pharmacology
  • Abbas Cellular and Molecular Immunology 

LWW Health Library is a collection of e-books from Lippincott. The platform is temporarily open during the spread of Covid-19.

Some examples of their titles:

  • Clinically Oriented Anatomy, Moore
  • Grant’s Atlas of Anatomy
  • Langman’s Medical Embryology
  • Color Atlas and Text of Histology, Gartner
  • Rubin’s Pathology: Mechanisms of Human Disease

More information


Being a student under covid-19

Keep daily routines as far as possible or create new ones that fit the situation. Eat regularly - breakfast, lunch and dinner. Go out in daylight and be active every day, as long as you're not sick. Get up in the morning and make a plan for the day.

Maintain social contacts as much as possible. Adapt your social contacts to the recommendations of the Public Health Authority but continue to meet friends and family by phone or online.

Keep in touch with your programme. Keep up to date with developments on the programme so you don't miss important information. Participate in the distance learning and stay in touch with fellow students, for example by studying together via Skype / Zoom.

If you feel great concern about covid-19, it may be good to at least partially limit your news flow. Try to balance conversations so that they also concern less serious topics. Do not keep feelings of worry or hopelessness to yourself, contact people around you or seek professional help.

More tips and advices: Remote learning tips (at lunduniversity.lu.se)


Support for you

International Office: Provides support for international exchange. International Office

Study guidance at the Faculty of Medicine: Offers support and guidance in study-related issues. Study guidance

Student welfare officer at the Faculty of Medicine: Offers call support via digital meetings or telephone meetings. Contact via email elin [dot] linderberg [at] med [dot] lu [dot] se

Student Health Counselling at LU is currently open as usual. Time is booked through the reception, phone 046-222 43 77 or on their website. Student Health Counselling at LU

The Academic Support Centre: Offers assistance with, among other things, study skills. Digital meetings or telephone meetings are currently being offered. Time booked through their website. The Academic Support Centre


Take personal responsibility!

 

It is vital that you take personal responsibility – also during your spare time. This is especially important for you who participate in education taking place in the health care. How you behave during your spare time can affect patients' health and your studies.

You who participate in education taking place in the health care have an extra responsibility to follow the Swedish Public Health Agency's recommendations. You spend your time in various environments, the student life and the health care, where the spreading of infection is greater than in the rest of society. By speeding the infection rate between these environments, you can contribute to increasing the spreading of infection. If you spread covid-19 in the health care and infect patients, it can lead to serious consequences both for patients and the health care. We see examples from universities in Sweden where there is a spread of infection in connection to social activities among students during this autumn semester. Please bear in mind that you can be infected without having symptoms, or before you develop symptoms.

Your behavior during your spare time can also result in the program being forced to cancel teaching sessions for you and your classmates. In that case, there is a risk that you may not be able to complete the course on time. For example, participating in parties where you cannot keep your distance, or when travelling to places where covid-19 is spread and where you cannot keep your distance. Experiences from the spring term show that ski resorts are such possible risk environments.

 
Therefore, we urge you to:

  • Avoid parties and other events where you cannot keep your distance from others
  • Not make unnecessary trips where you cannot keep your distance from others
  • If you have had contact with a Covid-positive person, or are a part of contact tracing, ¬ be extremely careful to always keep your distance from others. In this case, the risk of infecting others is increased.
     

We ask you to:

  • Stay home if you are not feeling well
    Stay at home even if you only have mild symptoms. Students who come to the university premises with symptoms of covid 19 will be asked by the teacher to go home.
    Information about symptoms at  the Public Health Agency of Sweden website
  • Get a Covid-19 test if you have symptoms
    The Healthcare in Region Skåne urges everyone who has symptoms, even mild ones, to be tested.
    Information about testing for Covid-19 can be found at 1177.se
  • Keep your distance from others
    This applies both in the classrooms and other premises. Go right in and sit down in your classroom and then go immediately out when the class is over. We ask you to not gather in groups in corridors, lunchrooms or study areas.
  • Keep your distance from others also on your free time
    Student activities on your free time are a large and important part of student life at Lund University. We ask you to act responsible also on your free time. Keep your distance and stay at home if you feel unwell.
  • Follow the healthcare directives and hygiene rules very carefully when you are out at VIL, VFU or internship. It is more important now than ever before.
  • Stay updated via email and your learning platform for further information.

Stay informed!

Follow the recommendations from the authorities and Lund university

Coronavirus (Covid-19) information for students from Lund university

The Public Health Agency

Page Manager:

Faculty of Medicine
Lund University
Box 117
221 00 LUND
SWEDEN

Telephone: +46 (0)46 222 0000
Email: info [at] med [dot] lu [dot] se