COVID-19: Faculty of Medicine Update 2020/03/14 - Status

Published: 14 March 2020

To all members of the Faculty, including all learners and staff,

As we are all acutely aware, the COVID-19 outbreak and the provincial and federal governments’ responses are continually evolving. On Friday, March 13, the Quebec government held a press conference announcing the closure of schools, universities and daycares, while the federal government updated the country on its measures. The implications of the Quebec announcement are being assessed in detail; more information will be issued University-wide via your address over the weekend.

In the interim, I would like to express my deep appreciation of your collective efforts to help slow COVID-19, to “flatten the curve.” By respecting the directives already announced and exercising good judgment, we can influence the outcome and protect both our health care system and our communities. Thank you.

David Eidelman, MDCM
Vice-Principal (Health Affairs)
Dean of the Faculty of Medicine


Self-isolation - As of March 12, all members of the Faculty of Medicine returning from outside the country must self-isolate. whether or not in contact with patients. This includes all academics, students, residents, fellows, scientists, and administrative and support staff in a health care facility or an attached research centre, as well as on campus or in any other McGill academic setting. Note: The health care institution in which you work/learn will make the final determination about how directives are applied in their facilities, including whether self-isolation is necessary if you returned before March 12. Consult your department head, program director or supervisor in your institution if you have questions. If you need to self-isolate, immediately inform your department head, program director or supervisor.

If you have flu-like symptoms - Isolate yourself from others and call 1-877-644-4545 (Info-Santé) and inform your department head, program director or supervisor if you must self-isolate.

Conferences/Events/Meetings – Cancel or postpone Faculty-hosted conferences scheduled from now until further notice. This applies to all similar gatherings, including symposia, congresses, etc., as well as group meetings, especially where food and beverages are to be shared. Use Zoom or another online meeting platform, where possible.

Wash your hands often - with soap under warm running water for at least 20 seconds, and avoid touching your face.

Stay informed –


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