Last Updated: 07-24-2020 3:01 p.m.

Skill-based practice requires hands-on, in-person training. There are inherent limitations to teaching/assessing these skills while simultaneously attempting to maintain a social distance of 6 feet between all individuals in the learning environment.

EVMS has, therefore, developed an overarching Mitigated Risk Model for the pre-clerkship phase of the MD program and for the skill-based components of the various School of Health Professions curricula at EVMS. The goal of this model is to minimize exposure/risk among students and faculty while also preserving important in-person, skill-based learning opportunities. This model ensures a consistent approach to mitigating risk and promoting safe learning among the different educational programs at EVMS.

The following activities fall under the Mitigated Risk Model:

  • Simulation-based clinical skills training
  • Ultrasound lab scanning sessions
  • Anatomy dissection
  • Sterile technique and suturing
  • Basic Life Support (BLS) and related skills training
  • Art therapy

Mitigated Risk Model components

  • Regular handwashing before and after learning activity (learners and instructors)
  • Appropriate use of protective gear (face shields, face masks, gloves) during entire activity.
  • Implementing cleaning protocols for equipment and space between training sessions.
  • Minimizing the number of students who are interacting within six feet.
    • Schedule students into fixed, pre-determined groups for all of the above listed activities.
      • Assign no more than six students to each clinical skills small group.
      • Each clinical skills small group would be further broken down into 2 triads of three students each.
      • Each triad, comprised of the same 3 students, would then be assigned to same table for Sterile Technique&Suturing, Anatomy dissection, and Ultrasound Lab Scanning Sessions.
    • Undertake consideration of physical space to mitigate risk.
      • Move Ultrasound Lab Scanning Sessions into the CAST lab in order to increase spacing between the 13 beds to at least 6 feet apart.
      • For Anatomy dissection, space the 13 tables (one donor body per table) to at least 6 feet apart.
  • Equipment (ex. otoscope, dissection tools, etc) may be shared between learners in scenarios when protective gear listed above is used.