COVID-19 Information and Resources

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As a community solely committed to healthcare and healthcare education, Midwestern University has been carefully monitoring and evaluating the situation regarding the novel (new) coronavirus, which causes an illness known as COVID-19. When worldwide health crises like this emerge, healthcare providers are on the front lines in caring for their patients and making decisions for their community. For many years, our academic and administrative leadership has been planning and preparing to face situations like the one we all face today. Our team approach has been focused on the health and safety of our students, our faculty and staff, our patients, and our community. Midwestern University’s campuses will remain open as we continue our mission of educating tomorrow’s healthcare team. Likewise, our clinics remain open to provide exceptional care to the many patients who depend on us.

During challenging times, the Midwestern University academic family has always come together to pursue our mission of meeting the needs of the healthcare community. As the circumstances of the coronavirus pandemic continue to evolve, we will carefully monitor the CDC recommendations and continually evaluate and assess our plans. Our priority is always the health and safety of every member of our campus community as well as the patients we serve today and in the future. For more information, please see the sections below.

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General Information

What is novel coronavirus and COVID-19?

A novel coronavirus is a new coronavirus that has not been previously identified. The disease caused by this virus is COVID-19. Since the public health emergency was first declared by the World Health Organization (WHO) in January 2020, we have learned much about this particular virus and how other countries around the globe have managed the situation. The primary symptoms of this disease are fever, cough, and shortness of breath. While most healthy people who have been infected have experienced mild, flu-like symptoms, the elderly and those with underlying health conditions (such as heart or lung disease, diabetes, an immune deficiency, or cancer) are at much higher risk of developing more serious and, in some cases fatal, illnesses. Since this is a new virus, there is currently no vaccine and none of us have any pre-existing immunity. 

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has established guidelines and recommendations for the management of this coronavirus outbreak. All of us need to practice good hygiene, including careful handwashing with soap and hot water (or hand sanitizer), not touching our faces, coughing into a tissue or a sleeve, disinfecting all common areas, and staying home when we are sick. To keep others in our community healthy, we should avoid large crowds, limit nonessential travel, and practice social distancing. We should also have a plan and necessary supplies if we get sick or come into contact with someone who is sick and need to self-quarantine. According to the CDC, the immediate risk of being exposed to this virus for most Americans is still low.

For more information, visit the CDC web site at: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

Is Midwestern University open?

Yes, our campuses remain open.  In June our lecture courses will be held in an online learning environment with hands-on labs/workshops available for groups of 10 or fewer students.

What are you doing to prevent the spread of the virus?

All campus facilities are cleaned and sanitized daily, with our buildings utilizing 100% outside airflow to maintain a healthy environment. We will temporarily reduce extended evening hours for certain buildings to allow for more extensive cleaning of labs and other high-use areas.

Are events still being held? What about graduation?

All campus and student events as well as intramural sports will be canceled or postponed. Details regarding our August Commencment Ceremonies will be provided  as soon as possible.

Whom should I contact with further questions?

Please continue to monitor the University's web site for additional information and updates, as well as the CDC. If you have urgent additional questions, please contact:

Dr. Ross Kosinski, Dean of Students (rkosin@midwestern.edu)
Ms. Amy Gibson, Director of Human Resources (agibso@midwestern.edu)
Dr. Karen Johnson, Vice President of University Relations (kjohns@midwestern.edu)

Current Students

What is happening with my academic classes?

Midwestern University is committed to continuing your education as required by all of our accrediting agencies. Your Dean or Program Director will be in contact with you by email to provide specific information. Classes, lectures, and exams will be available online.

What about clinical rotations?

If you have questions, please contact your College/Program for additional information.

What about on-campus support services?

The campus remains open and faculty and staff are available to you. Housing, dining services, and counseling services are being coordinated through the Office of Student Services on each campus. We have implemented recommended protocols in the dining rooms to ensure social distancing as well as providing prepackaged and individually packaged items and utensils.  If and when possible, we encourage you to study at home and utilize the online resources of the library system. Please contact Student Services if you have questions.

What do I do if I have symptoms?

  • Stay home if you are sick. 
  • Call your health care provider if you have a fever, cough or difficulty breathing before you go to a healthcare facility or a hospital emergency room.
  • Keep your hands away from your eyes, nose and mouth. 
  • Wash your hands frequently with warm, soapy water for at least 20 seconds. 
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you sneeze or cough.
  • Frequently clean commonly touched surfaces. 
  • Try to avoid friends and colleagues who have respiratory symptoms.

What do I do if I have recently traveled out of the country?

  • We are discouraging anyone going on clinical rotations, vacations or conferences outside of this U.S. at this time.
  • If you have traveled or are planning travel to any country outside of the U.S.  inform your Academic Dean/Program Director and the Dean of Students.
  • Upon returning, you must begin a 14-day self-quarantine period. This requirement is in keeping with the guidelines of the State Health Departments and the CDC standards. If you live on campus, immediately notify Dr. Ross Kosinski, Dean of Students (rkosin@midwestern.edu).

What if I have a vulnerable health condition?

Your health is our first priority. If you believe you have a condition that places you in a vulnerable category (for example, heart or lung disease, diabetes, immune suppression, cancer, or advanced age), please self-identify to Dr. Ross Kosinski, Dean of Students. He will keep your personal information confidential but will make special arrangements with your academic department to allow for accommodations.

Are student events still being held?

All campus and student events as well as intramural sports will be postponed.

What about graduation?

For the safety of our students, faculty, staff, and guests, the decision was made to host virtual Spring Commencement Ceremonies. Additional information regarding our August ceremonies will be provided as soon as possible.

Patients and Clinics

Are the Midwestern University Clinics still open?

In light of the state of emergency declared at the federal level and in multiple states as of March 14, 2020, as well as the US. Surgeon General's warning, clinicians should postpone those outpatient visits and procedures that can be safely delayed, particularly in elderly patients and those with comorbidities.

  • Our Family Medicine Clinics have also established a drive-up check-in for all patients who are exhibiting flu-like symptoms (fever, coughing, and respiratory issues). Before coming to our clinics, please call to make an appointment:
    • IL Clinics:  630/743-4500
    • AZ Clinics:  623/537-6000
  • The Dental Clinics are going to proceed with Emergency Only Services with modifications to finish cases in progress but on a limited basis to provide students with the necessary competencies.
  • The Physical Therapy Clinic on the Downers Grove Campus and Glendale Campus will remain open with limited patient sessions.
  • The Glendale Speech Language Clinic is  currently providing telemedicine.
  • The Downers Grove Speech Language Clinic will remain open on a limited basis.
  • The Glendale Podiatry Clinic will be open with limited patient sessions.
  • The Glendale Clinical Psychology Clinic will remain open with limited patient sessions.
  • The Eye Institutes on the Downers Grove and Glendale campus will remain open for emergency and critical care on a limited basis.
  • The Companion Animal Clinic will remain open on a limited basis.  Pet owners and their pets will be asked to stay in their car until a faculty member can escort them into the clinic.

Applicants

Are campus open houses still being held?

Our spring open houses on both campuses have been canceled. We will reschedule as soon as we can safely do so.

Can I still make an individual appointment with an admissions counselor?

Our Office of Admissions are fully staffed and appointments for individual counseling sessions by phone are available.

Are in-person admissions interviews still being held?

All in-person admissions interviews are being suspended as of Friday, March 20. Invited applicants will receive email notices encouraging them to participate in an online or telephone interview. Please watch your email and contact the Office of Admissions if you have questions.

Alumni

Are alumni events and receptions still being held?

All events are currently canceled. At that time, we will reevaluate future events and notify our alumni by email and the web site.

Is the Office of Alumni and Development still open?

Our campuses are open, and our alumni and development staff are available for you. If you have questions or need assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us (alumni@midwestern.edu).

How can alumni help?

We appreciate that all of you are on the front lines of healthcare as our country faces the challenges of this pandemic. You are the role models for our students, and we are proud of the work you do every day to help your patients and your communities. Many of our healthcare facilities and hospitals have canceled student rotations. We are working to ensure that our senior students can complete their clinical curricula on track for graduation. If you have opportunities or recommendations for student clinical experiences, please contact your College Dean to discuss.

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