As we continue to monitor circumstances regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in this country, our priority remains the safety and well-being of our students and the campus community. As a result, we will be implementing a transition to online instruction. Beginning Monday, March 23, all in-person course activities on the UTMB campus will be suspended. UTMB will shift courses and clerkships to online and remote instruction until further notice. All faculty should move their courses and clerkships to online or alternative delivery by March 23, 2020. A status update will be provided to the campus community by March 31, 2020, as the situation continues to evolve.
In addition, the Health Education Center and library will be closed to student activity. Students will continue to have access to educational materials online. The student lounge in the basement of the Ashbel Smith building (Old Red) will be open to students from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Please contact the Office of Student Services for additional information.
Our priority continues to be the health and safety of all our students, faculty, staff, and patients. Your health professions education is important to us. Each school has developed plans to continue your educational program remotely. You will receive further guidance from the Dean’s office at your respective school regarding plans for continuing to matriculate in your program.
We appreciate everyone’s concern about the impact that this interruption and reorganization has on each student’s progress toward the completion of degree requirements. We ask for your continued patience as we realign the various curricula to meet our educational outcomes. Clearly, this situation is fluid. We also value your role as a member of the health care team, and we are committed to reintegrating you as soon as possible. Thank you for your flexibility and understanding as we work to navigate these challenges.
Charles P. Mouton, MD, MS, MBA
Executive Vice President, Provost and Dean, School of Medicine
Thomas N. and Gleaves T. James Distinguished Chair