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Guidance for our Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science community about COVID-19

This page will be updated as the situation evolves. In addition, the COVID-19 information center on the Mayo Clinic intranet (must be on campus or VPN to access) is a valuable resource for current Mayo learners and staff.

Vaccines

Vaccine information

The best way to protect our patients, students, faculty, and staff is to practice safe behaviors, including getting vaccinated.

How to get vaccinated
If you have not yet received your vaccine and would like information, refer to the vaccine information page specific to your region:

You can stay up to date on all available Mayo Clinic vaccine information by visiting the Mayo Clinic vaccine information intranet site (must be on campus or VPN to access).

Mayo Clinic’s Occupational Health Services continues to be the best resource for your COVID-19-related questions. They can be reached 24/7 at 833-558-0757.

Last reviewed: Oct. 13, 2021

Precautions

Mask requirements and other precautions

Due to the continued spread of the delta variant, Mayo Clinic will again require all staff members, regardless of role and COVID-19 vaccination status, to wear masks in all Mayo Clinic buildings, effective Monday, Aug. 2. Patients and visitors are already required to universally mask, and Mayo has decided to extend universal masking of staff and learners at all locations for the safety of staff, learners, patients, and visitors.

Mayo Clinic's decision aligns with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's guidance for indoor mask use for those who are vaccinated due to the continued spread of the highly contagious delta COVID-19 variant.

You should follow this updated guidance, focusing on these safe behaviors:

Wear a mask in any Mayo Clinic building, regardless of COVID-19 vaccination status or work location.
This means that in addition to masking in buildings where health care is delivered or clinical activity occurs, masking is now required inside buildings where no health care or clinical activity occurs, regardless of COVID-19 vaccination status. Be mindful of social distancing for added protection while eating and drinking.

Include masking and social distancing in any setting where in-person meetings occur. All meeting attendees must also be vaccinated against COVID-19.
This means virtual meetings should be used whenever possible, and in-person meetings should include options for virtual attendance. Those who have not been vaccinated for COVID-19 are required to attend in-person meetings virtually. Eating and drinking is not allowed during meetings.

For meetings, limits on the number of in-person attendees have been reinstated for some locations, and communications have been shared locally with Arizona, Florida, and Northwest Wisconsin staff. For other Mayo Clinic locations, attendance is limited only by the number of people who can fit in a room while allowing a 6-foot distance among those attending.

Wear eye protection appropriately in patient care areas when required.
Most COVID-19 exposure in Mayo Clinic's practice is due to staff not wearing eye protection while patients are unmasked. As a reminder, all direct care staff are required to wear eye protection whenever a patient must remove a mask during care or cannot remain reliably masked. This is due in part to the inability to socially distance when providing patient care in the hospital or outpatient setting.

Of note, pediatric patients are not required to wear a mask if under age 2, and young children in general may not reliably be able to keep a mask on. You should continue to wear eyewear when caring for this patient population. Protective eyewear includes face shields, safety glasses, and goggles.

Get vaccinated for COVID-19 as soon as possible.
Mayo Clinic is now requiring all staff and learners to participate in the COVID-19 vaccination program.

While you may feel healthy, many patients and colleagues are at risk for serious complications from COVID-19 infection. Getting fully vaccinated for COVID-19 protects you so you can protect those around you. Because of the urgent need for vaccination, related to the rapid spread of the delta variant, staff are expected to receive both doses of a messenger RNA vaccine ― Moderna or Pfizer — or one dose of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine, or complete the declination process by Sept. 17.

Learn more about staff vaccination opportunities in ArizonaFlorida and Rochester, and across Mayo Clinic Health System (must be on campus or VPN to access).

Model safe behaviors in the community.
You're encouraged to wear a mask in all public settings and in areas where groups of people are gathered when unsure of others' vaccination status, whether on or off campus. When wearing a mask is not possible, such as when eating or drinking, you should maintain an appropriate social distance of 6 feet or more.

To lower the rising number of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations ― and once again lift masking requirements ― it's crucial that all eligible children and adults are fully vaccinated for COVID-19.

Completing both doses of the Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine offers greater than 80% protection against the delta variant of COVID-19. However, completing only one dose offers only 30% protection against the delta variant, according to Mayo Clinic's Dr. Gregory Poland. Therefore, all transmission mitigation efforts, such as masking and social distancing, need to be pursued.

Last reviewed: Sept. 8, 2021

Symptoms, exposures, testing, and quarantine

Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science learners follow the same protocols as Mayo Clinic employees, utilizing the services of Mayo Clinic Occupational Health Services, in determining when a learner must not come to campus and when it is safe to return to campus.

All campuses

CDC, local public health, and Mayo Clinic guidance continues to change rapidly. Information related to COVID exposures, quarantine, and illness can be found on Mayo Clinic's COVID-19 information page (must be on campus or VPN to access). Questions specific to your individual situation should continue to be directed to Mayo Clinic Occupational Health Services through the self-assessment form, using the link below.

Follow the steps below if you:

  • Develop symptoms consistent with COVID-19, or
  • Are exposed to a person confirmed to have COVID-19 while not wearing the appropriate protective equipment, or
  • Are under quarantine as directed by a public health or government entity

1. Stay at home.

2. Contact Mayo Clinic Occupational Health Services at 833-558-0757 or through the online form:

  • If accessing through Mayo VPN, use this link.
  • If not on Mayo VPN:
  • If you do not have internet access, call Occupational Health Services at 833-558-0757.

Take good care of yourself: See our well-being resources.

3. Notify your program director or school administration about your absence and communicate any resulting restrictions you are given, which may or may not include a self-quarantine period. Your program faculty will work with you to determine if you can continue to participate from home in the program during quarantine if you are feeling well.

4. Follow guidelines for returning to campus.

  • Work with Occupational Health Services via the electronic form submitted. If you do not have internet access, call Occupational Health Services at 833-558-0757. The occupational health nurses will review your status with you and determine when you may return to campus using Mayo Clinic protocols and in conjunction with local public health guidance.
  • It is the student's responsibility to share this information with their program director or school leadership.

Last reviewed: Sept. 8, 2021

In-person classes and courses

Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine, Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences, and Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

Timeline: Begin at the start of the summer semester (Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences) and academic year (Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine).

Guidelines

  • Compliance with current Mayo Clinic and state/local municipality guidelines is required.
  • Classroom occupancy must be limited to no more than 50 students (with the exception of the Florida campus, which is now limited to 10).
  • Students and faculty must maintain 6 feet of social distance as much as possible, but shorter distances are allowed when the room cannot accommodate this, such as in classrooms that have fixed seats/tables. Shorter distances are also permitted if students are required to work in pairs or groups during procedural skill-building, laboratory training, or using medical equipment. In such situations when 6 feet of distance cannot be maintained, programs should use assigned seating/seating charts or assigned partners or groups.
  • Didactic classes offered in-person must have an option for remote participation for students.
  • For graduate students in research labs, Research is aligned with current institutional guidelines related to masking, social distancing, etc. related to on-site safety. Students who spend time in research labs are expected to follow work unit guidelines related to on-premises COVID safety.
  • Students must wear personally provided approved masks properly covering the mouth and nose at all times while on campus, including didactic class. The only exception is if a mask must be temporarily removed to complete a practice skill procedure, and then eye protection is required. Food and drink may not be consumed during didactic classes. Approved masks include those made of layered cloth, surgical and N95 masks, and dust masks. Masks with vents or stretch fabric (neck gaiter type) are not approved.
  • Faculty must wear approved masks properly covering the mouth and nose.
  • Frequent handwashing and the sanitizing of surfaces are required.
  • Students and faculty are expected to have received the COVID-19 vaccination, if able, before resuming in-person classes on campus.
  • We continue to encourage the faculty to offer both in-person and virtual options for both didactic and small groups. For those who are comfortable and want the in-person education — we will deliver this while keeping a virtual option for those who just aren’t comfortable or who are unable to be vaccinated for some reason.

Last reviewed: Sept. 3, 2021

Mayo Clinic School of Continuous Professional Development

Visit the Mayo Clinic School of Continuous Professional Development website to find up-to-date guidelines for live courses and conferences.

Last reviewed: Nov. 1, 2021

Academics updates by school

Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

Current students should check the Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences intranet site for ongoing COVID-19 communications (must be on campus or VPN to access).

Last reviewed: Nov. 1, 2021

Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences

Information for current students

Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms must not come to campus and should be tested immediately. See the "Symptoms, exposures, testing, and quarantine" section above. Students must notify their program immediately about any absences.

Wearing an appropriate mask covering the mouth and nose while on campus is required for all students at all sites, including in non-clinical buildings, unless eating in a cafeteria or breakroom with appropriate social distancing. Students must follow the institutional guidance regarding masking, protective eyewear, and other preventative measures. Students can expect changes to the guidelines in response to changes in the rates of COVID-19 spread across regions.

Classroom and lab teaching and learning

  • Classroom occupancy is limited to no more than 50 students.
  • Didactic classes offered in-person must have an option for remote participation for students.
  • Students must always wear a mask properly covering the mouth and nose while on campus, including during any didactic class. The only exception is if a mask must be temporarily removed to complete a practice skill procedure, and then eye protection is required.
  • Students must maintain 6 feet of social distance as much as possible, but shorter distances are allowed when the room cannot accommodate this, such as in classrooms that have fixed seats/tables. Shorter distances are also permitted if students are required to work in pairs or groups during procedural skill building, laboratory training, or using medical equipment. In such situations when 6 feet of distance cannot be maintained, programs should use assigned seating/seating charts or assigned partners or groups.
  • Food and drink may not be consumed during classes.
  • Frequent handwashing and sanitizing surfaces are required.

Clinical and laboratory teaching and learning
Students must observe the PPE standards (e.g., protective eyewear, N-95 masks, etc.) for their respective clinical and laboratory sites consistent with the requirements and equipment for employees in those areas.

Learners are required to provide clinical care to patients who are COVID-19 positive and patients with suspected COVID-19 infections, as appropriate to their education program. Knowledge and experience in best practices to provide safe care to patients with known or suspected COVID-19 infections is a crucial competency. Any learner with a condition they believe prevents them from caring for patients with COVID-19 should contact MCCMS.DS@mayo.edu to request accommodations.

Information for new students

These are the requirements and expectations related to the COVID-19 pandemic for new students (learners) enrolling in Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences.

COVID-19 vaccination
All learners are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, unless medical or religious exemptions have been granted by Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences. Ten weeks before the program start date, the Student Services office will request proof of vaccination, or requests for medical or religious exemptions, which must be received and approved before beginning the program.

Other COVID-19 precautions

  • Mayo Clinic will provide learners with educational modules regarding preventing the spread of COVID-19 and taking actions to protect themselves and the community, including patients.
  • When on campus, Mayo Clinic enforces precautions to reduce the spread of COVID-19, such as required masking, wearing protective eyewear, distancing, and regular handwashing. These requirements are subject to change.
  • Learners with risk of exposure to COVID-19 in the clinical setting will be provided necessary personal protective equipment (PPE) and training on appropriate use, equivalent to the PPE and training provided to Mayo Clinic employees in the same clinical areas.

On-campus participation
Most programs utilize a combination of in-person and virtual teaching and learning to optimize the student experience. Currently, didactic/classroom teaching is also available through a virtual option. Learners should expect to attend certain activities in-person, on-campus. Laboratory skill development, clinical experiences, testing, and select other activities will take place on-campus. This is subject to change.

Patient care and COVID-19
Learners are required to provide clinical care to patients who are COVID-19 positive and patients with suspected COVID-19 infections, as appropriate to their education program. Knowledge and experience in best practices to provide safe care to patients with known or suspected COVID-19 infections is a crucial competency. Any admitted learner with a condition they believe prevents them from caring for patients with COVID-19 should contact MCCMS.DS@mayo.edu to request accommodations.

Educational experiences at non-Mayo sites
Several programs require learners to complete educational experiences, such as clinical rotations, at sites that are not owned or managed by Mayo Clinic. The external organizations provide these educational experiences at their discretion, and many of them will only accept learners who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 with no allowance for exemptions that might have been granted by Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences. This may prevent the program from providing all the learning experiences needed to meet program graduation requirements. Therefore, Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences cannot guarantee that unvaccinated learners will be able to complete their educational program on-time, or at all.

Last reviewed: Oct. 8, 2021

Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine

Current students should check the Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine intranet site for ongoing COVID-19 communications (must be on campus or VPN to access).

Last reviewed: Nov. 1, 2021

Other academics and operations updates

Status of visitor and rotation programs

Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science has re-engaged limited visitor programs. All visitors must be approved by clinical areas before a visit can be processed.

If you have questions about a visitor or clerkship experience, contact:

Last reviewed: Nov. 18, 2021

Status of Mayo Clinic libraries

Information about current hours and services is available on the Mayo Clinic Libraries website.

Last reviewed: Nov. 1, 2021

Process for accommodation requests

Learners seeking accommodations or support services are required to register with the Office of Wellness and Academic Success. For your reference, review more information on Disability Accommodations Registration and Services.

Action steps:

  1. Schedule a welcome meeting with Student Services-Disability Services using our self-scheduling calendar. If you are unable to find a time that works with your schedule, send an email to MCCMS.DS@mayo.edu and include your availability. During this meeting, we will discuss the disability-related barrier(s) that the learner is experiencing or anticipates experiencing. We will also discuss ways to minimize, hopefully eliminate, the barrier(s).
  2. Complete the Request for Accommodations form and return it to Student Services-Disability Services at MCCMS.DS@mayo.edu.
  3. Provide supporting medical documentation. If necessary, you may request the Medical Provider Verification of Disability form be completed by your provider(s) and returned to Student Services-Disability Services at MCCMS.DS@mayo.edu, or provide the supporting medical documentation in another preferred format.

Last reviewed: Nov. 1, 2021

Learners caring for patients with suspected or confirmed COVID-19

Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science (MCCMS) students, residents, and fellows provide clinical care to patients who are COVID-19 positive and patients with suspected COVID-19 infections. All students, residents, and fellows enrolled in MCCMS programs are expected to be vaccinated for COVID-19, or they must complete the mandatory education and declination process prior to entry to the clinical setting.

MCCMS requires any person enrolled in a MCCMS program who provides clinical care to complete education on the proper use of personal protective equipment (PPE) and how to safely care for patients with suspected positive or positive COVID-19 infections in the inpatient and ambulatory settings. Education programs partner with current Mayo Clinic Clinical Practice Committee guidance to reduce the risk of COVID-19 infection, while honoring our collective commitment to meet the needs of patients and our communities. Knowledge and experience in best practices to provide safe care to patients with known or suspected COVID-19 infections is a crucial competency for all providers.

If you have a condition you believe prevents you from caring for patients with known or suspected COVID-19 infections, contact Student Services (must be on campus or VPN to access).

Last reviewed: Oct. 13, 2021

Update your contact information and emergency contacts

Mayo Clinic believes it is vital to alert you as soon as possible if you have been exposed to COVID-19 at work. Because most staff are now teleworking, getting through quickly can pose a challenge if an outdated number is listed in Employee Self-Service.

To ensure Mayo can reach you with important information, you should update your personal phone number and emergency contact information now.

Update your address and phone number
To update your home address and phone number, you should:

  • Log in to Employee Self-Service via HR Connect.
  • Click "Bookmarks."
  • Click "Employee Self-Service."
  • Click "Personal Information."
  • Under Personal Information, click "Home Address."

Update your emergency contact information
Instructions for residents and fellows in Mayo Clinic School of Graduate Medical Education:

  • Log in to Employee Self-Service via HR Connect.
  • Click "Bookmarks."
  • Click "Employee Self-Service."
  • Click "Personal Information."
  • Under Personal Information, click "Emergency."

Instructions for students in Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine, and Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences:

  • Access the EdLink student portal.
  • Log in using your secure access (your Mayo Clinic LAN ID is your username, and your password is your Mayo Clinic LAN ID password).
  • Click on "Personal Information" from the left-hand navigation and then "Update Emergency Contacts."

Last reviewed: Nov. 11, 2021

Conserving personal protective equipment (PPE)

At times, based on demand, there may be a need for restrictions on PPE, including sterile gowns and N95 masks. This has led to restrictions on student participation in clinical areas. Students should follow guidance from their program directors about when it is appropriate to participate in or observe procedures that require PPE.

Last reviewed: Oct. 13, 2021

Well-being

Crisis situation? Text "START" to 741-741 or call 1-800-273-TALK (8255). If you or someone you know is in crisis, call 911 or get to an emergency department.

Support resources

Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science offers a variety of resources for learners through Student Services. Included in these services are academic success advising, disability and accommodations support, counseling services, and well-being support resources through a comprehensive learner assistance program.

Academic success advising (email for inquiry and scheduling)

Disability and accessibility resources (email for inquiry and scheduling)

Care resource managers (email for inquiry and scheduling)
If you would like to explore or establish ongoing support for your emotional or physical well-being while at Mayo Clinic, we encourage you to connect with a care resource manager (must be on campus or VPN to access). They are available to identify and connect you to appropriate resources.

Counseling services
Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science offers free confidential counseling resources for all learners in the college. Included in these services is access to Mayo Clinic mental health counselors and a Learner Assistance Program with access to counselors 24/7.

  • Mayo Clinic counselors are scheduled based on location and offer confidential short-term and solution-focused counseling services. Services are offered over video or telephone. Our services aim to help learners adjust to and manage their learning environment, cope with personal challenges, gain self-awareness, and address psychological concerns.
  • For anyone in crisis, text "START" to 741-741 or call 1-800-273-TALK (8255). If you or someone you know is in crisis, call 911 or get to an emergency department.
  • Learner Assistance Program: WellConnect provides all learners (students and trainees) with a full complement of mental health and wellness resources. Included in this program:
    • Short-term face-to-face, telephonic, or video counseling with a licensed mental health provider
    • Personalized consultations with trained student/life specialists
    • Referrals to local providers and national services
    • Legal and financial consultants, and referral for things like housing, utilities, child care, and other local resources
    • 24/7 support for you and your household members
    Call the WellConnect 24/7 support line at 866-640-4777 or visit wellconnectforyou.com. Use school code MCCMS.

Additional materials and links

Last reviewed: Nov. 11, 2021

Well-being resources and virtual events

Headspace
Learners enrolled in the following schools are eligible for a free Headspace account:

  • Mayo Clinic School of Graduate Medical Education
  • Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences
  • Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
  • Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine

The mindfulness/meditation app can be accessed from any device and is free to you. Enroll at Join Headspace.

HELP Program
The Healing the Emotional Lives of Peers (HELP) Program is a peer support program available to all clinical and non-clinical health care professionals who experience emotional and/or physiological impacts after an adverse event, error, or unexpected outcome. Learn how to activate HELP support (must be on campus or VPN to access).

Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) suicide prevention training
QPR is a virtual session to become a trained QPR Gatekeeper and learn how to help someone who is struggling.

  • How to Question, Persuade, and Refer someone who may be suicidal
  • How to get help for yourself or learn more about preventing suicide
  • The common causes of suicidal behavior
  • The warning signs of suicide
  • How to get help for someone in crisis

Registration is required to attend. To register, log into My Learning, search for QPR or the course code 259001EMPL002718 to view course dates, and submit your registration. Registration is limited to 20 participants. Connection information will be sent to registered participants prior to the session.

Other resources

Last reviewed: Nov. 11, 2021

Resources and tips for coping and support

Taking care of yourself during COVID-19 uncertainty
It is completely normal to feel stressed or overwhelmed during these uncertain times. Some normal emotions in response to the uncertainty may include anxiety, fear, anger, sadness, helplessness, discouragement, and occasionally even feeling out of control. In addition, some normal physical responses may include headaches, muscle tension, fatigue, sleep problems, and change in appetite or energy level.

Tips for self-care to promote well-being

Safety

  • Take breaks, eat nutritious food, and get plenty of sleep and exercise
  • Avoid harmful behaviors such as alcohol and/or substance abuse, gambling, or ignoring public health and safety recommendations
  • Use good judgment and social distancing, while staying connected with others through electronic methods and phone calls

Calm

  • Maintain your normal routine whenever possible
  • Above all else, be gentle and kind with yourself and loved ones
  • Identify something to look forward to
  • Use healthy personal distractions, such as music, exercise, cooking, and hobbies
  • Get outdoors for fresh air, while following social distancing guidelines

Connect

  • Maintain your social connections by connecting with your loved ones, supportive people, and friends through recommended and safe methods of contact, which may be electronic
  • Consider a check-in schedule with others to assure safety
  • Take advantage of the altered schedule to focus on your family and friends
  • Help others through blood donation, checking in with elderly friends and neighbors, and taking other steps to support the community
  • Acknowledge and appreciate what others are doing to help

Empowerment and self-efficacy (effective coping)

  • Limit exposure to news and social media about COVID-19 to reduce stress
  • Check only reliable news sources that focus on the facts, avoiding media that sensationalizes emotions
  • Focus on things that you can control
  • Rely on your personal beliefs and faith as a source of support
  • Refocus to the present time if you are pre-occupied with uncertainty about future events that haven’t yet happened
  • Be optimistic about the future — there is hope, and everyone working together can lead to a better outcome

If any of the following become persistent or interfere with your daily functioning, they may be signs that you should seek emotional support or help from a professional

  • Trouble focusing on daily activities
  • Anxiety that turns into feelings of being out of control
  • Strong feelings that interfere with daily activities
  • Feeling out of control or having emotions that become difficult to manage
  • Feelings of hopelessness or helplessness

Resources and more information when further help is needed
See the "Support resources" item above.

Last reviewed: Nov. 11, 2021

Diversity, equity, and inclusion

Encouraging safe, welcoming, and inclusive learning environments and communities

A message from the Office for Education Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (OEDEI) team and MCCMS Student Services counseling team
As we continue persisting through these difficult and unprecedented times for all of us in Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science (MCCMS), we wanted to remind everyone of our core values of respect, compassion, and teamwork. In challenging times, the support we provide one another allows us to continue to provide a safe, welcoming, and inclusive learning environment and community for everyone.

While communities across our nation and our world grapple with the COVID-19 public health emergency, fear and anxiety have fostered social stigma and discrimination toward individuals, communities, places, and even things associated with the disease. This has been especially true for people of Asian descent as well as emergency personnel, health care professionals, those who have recently traveled, and others.

Throughout history, we see examples of bias targeting specific minority communities during disease outbreaks, including stigma leveled against the Jewish community in Spain in the late 1500s, the sub-Saharan African people during Ebola outbreaks, and the LGBTQI community during the HIV/AIDS epidemic. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has more information about reducing COVID-19 stigma.

MCCMS, OEDEI, and Student Services are here to support all learners during this time of stress and uncertainty, including those of you who may feel targeted or discriminated against, or are members of communities currently facing stigma. As a community committed to inclusive excellence, it is vital that we stand up for each other when facing any form of oppression that threatens our shared values. Now, as ever, we affirm our learning community’s values and shared responsibility. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us at officeforeducationdiversity@mayo.edu or 507-266-2912, and see the “Resources and tips for coping and support” item under “Health and wellness” above.

If you have experienced bias or discrimination, consider the following:

  • Seek out your social support of friends and family with whom you can talk to about your experiences and concerns. Social support is critical, and expressing concern about how you are being affected can be affirming and healing.
  • Recognize that experiences of stigma, xenophobia, and racism can impact your mental health. Acknowledge these effects and strengthen your coping skills for stress. Seek assistance from Student Services and OEDEI for additional support.
  • Report a bias incident or act of discrimination by contacting OEDEI.

If you witness bias or discrimination or find yourself needing more information on the subject, consider the following:

  • Continue to educate yourselves about the history of stigma and xenophobia during public health crises. A great place to start is the Outbreak Observatory of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Center for Health Security. You can also continue to learn ways to address and disrupt such rhetoric.
  • Resist making generalizations about a group of people and challenge yourself to understand why you may be doing so.
  • Treat community members with care and empathy. Realize that this can be an emotional time for many people, especially as we are inundated with messaging around the virus. Ask for permission before beginning a conversation about the COVID-19 outbreak, as each person’s emotional response to this may be different.
  • Remember that minorities are likely to be the hardest hit with COVID-19. Familiarize yourself with local and national efforts to enhance detection and treatment for all.

We encourage everyone to take advantage of the many new learning opportunities with which we all are being presented.

Last reviewed: Oct. 7, 2021

Travel

Guidance for students/trainees about personal trips

Although Mayo Clinic continues to recommend canceling unnecessary personal travel due to increased risk, if you must travel, please take appropriate precautions.

CDC guidance on travel:

  • Fully vaccinated travelers are less likely to get and spread COVID-19
  • People who are fully vaccinated with an FDA-authorized vaccine can travel safely within the United States:
    • Fully vaccinated travelers do not need to get tested before or after travel unless their destination requires it
    • Fully vaccinated travelers do not need to self-quarantine
  • Fully vaccinated travelers should still follow CDC's recommendations for traveling safely, including:
    • Wearing a mask over your nose and mouth
    • Staying 6 feet from others and avoiding crowds
    • Washing your hands often or using hand sanitizer

CDC recommends delaying travel until you are fully vaccinated, because travel increases your chance of getting and spreading COVID-19. If you are not fully vaccinated and must travel, follow CDC's recommendations for unvaccinated people.

CDC will update these recommendations as more people are vaccinated, as rates of COVID-19 change, and as additional scientific evidence becomes available.

This guidance applies to travel within the United States and U.S. territories.

Travel increases the chance of getting and spreading COVID-19. Staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others from COVID-19.

You can get COVID-19 during your travels. You may feel well and not have any symptoms, but you can still spread COVID-19 to others. You and your travel companions may spread COVID-19 to other people, including your family, friends, and community for 14 days after you were exposed to the virus.

Don't travel if you are sick or if you have been around someone who tested positive within the past 14 days. Don't travel with someone who is sick. Review additional travel recommendations from the CDC.

Last reviewed: Nov. 18, 2021

Restrictions on student/trainee travel for Mayo-related trips

Due to continued safety concerns, travel restrictions remain in place.

If you have a legitimate need to travel between Mayo Clinic's campuses, contact your school administrator to discuss the details. Required rotations for Mayo Clinic School of Graduate Medical Education residents and fellows are deemed essential and resumed July 1, 2020.

Last reviewed: Nov. 18, 2021

Status of upcoming events

Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

Current students should check the Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences intranet site for ongoing COVID-19 communications (must be on VPN or on campus to access).

Last reviewed: Nov. 1, 2021

Mayo Clinic Quality Academy

The Quality Academy will offer virtual and online classes and events during the pandemic. Upon request, in-person classes may be held on a case-by-case basis. Mayo Clinic learners and employees can access the Quality Academy intranet site for the most up-to-date information.

Last reviewed: Nov. 1, 2021