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May 4, 2020

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May 4,2020
COVID-19 Advisory:

The Windsor University School of Medicine (WUSOM) continues to follow the global outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19). As a medical school, the health and safety of our communities – students, colleagues, and faculty are of paramount importance to us. To date, there have been 15 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the island federation of St.Kitts and Nevis. After closing the campus on March 13th, and in order to maintain a continuity of educational programming, Windsor University successfully transitioned to online instruction. Online delivery began on March 17th, which includes the remote administration of assessments. At this time, it is our understanding that implementation of these alternative arrangements for curriculum instruction and assessments should not result in disruption to the start of our May 2020 session, originally scheduled for May 4th. As each of you may appreciate, the COVID-19 situation is evolving, which is why we remain diligent and continue to monitor the impact on local and national regions. This pandemic is an unprecedented event that has affected several aspects of our lives; however this will be a transient challenge, which we will overcome. In the meantime, we encourage each of you to follow the basic precautionary measures that were sent in a previous advisory.

The CAAM HP organization has decided to postpone the site visit portion for accreditation evaluation of medical schools, originally scheduled for April 2020. This also includes WUSOM with a potential visit in June. This decision is based on several considerations, including travel restrictions being imposed by several countries. For your information, this institution, along with others, was notified that we will be updated of new dates, as soon as travel restrictions are lifted.

We have reached an important milestone in our efforts to pursue accreditation of the MD program. February of this year, we submitted a comprehensive Self-Study report, accompanying databases and supporting documents (3,000+ pages) to the CAAM HP.

This report and related documentation represents the culmination of remarkable effort done by our talented and skilled faculty, staff and students. In addition, our medical students did an outstanding job in developing a comprehensive summary of the student survey. This summary provides insight and clarity from the student’s perspective, regarding the current state of educational quality, offered by the Windsor University School of Medicine.

All the best to each of you, and have a well-deserved break. We look forward to continuing your educational journey to the MD with you, at the start of the coming May semester.