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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

Required participation in Mayo Clinic COVID-19 vaccine program (Updated - Sept. 8)

Mayo Clinic is implementing a required participation COVID-19 vaccination program. It is mandatory that all current Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science students be vaccinated or complete the declination process by Sept. 17, 2021.

Mayo Clinic School of Graduate Medical Education residents and fellows should follow the established employee process as stated in the Mayo Clinic News Center article on July 26, 2021 (must be on campus or VPN to access).

All other schools:

  • If you were vaccinated at a Mayo Clinic facility or vaccinated in the state of Arizona, no action is necessary. Record of your vaccinated status has been confirmed. If further verification of your vaccine status is required, you will be contacted and provided detailed action steps.
  • If you were not vaccinated at a Mayo Clinic facility or in the state of Arizona, send proof of your vaccination status to mccmsstudenthealth@mayo.edu immediately to avoid disruptions to your educational experience.
    • Document must be an official medical record or CDC COVID-19 vaccination card that includes your name, date of birth, vaccine lot number and manufacturer, and date of vaccination(s).
    • Include your Mayo Clinic LAN ID when emailing.
  • For students wishing to decline, the following declination process must be completed:

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: Sept. 8, 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 (Updated - Sept. 9)

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

Last reviewed: Sept. 9, 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 VPN or on campus to access).

Last reviewed: Sept. 3, 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 VPN or on campus to access).

Last reviewed: Sept. 1, 2021

Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences

Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences (MCSHS) is communicating regularly with its program directors through virtual town hall and program director meetings, and email. Program directors are communicating directly with students and applicants.

Limited in-person teaching for spring semester 2021
Mayo Clinic limits employees and students on campus only for essential purposes. Therefore, faculty and students can expect most of the didactic (classroom) teaching to be delivered virtually through the spring semester. If a program considers there to be cogent reasons why some classes should be presented in person, this will be considered if there is a large enough room available so that students are separated by at least 6 feet, all students wear masks, and the room is cleaned before and after use. The school expects to issue very few exceptions.

MCSHS considers teaching activities that cannot reasonably be completed virtually, such as clinical experiences, procedural skill-building, lab training, or using medical equipment, to be essential. Therefore, program directors may invite students to campus only for essential teaching activities and with these conditions:

  • Limit groups to 15 or fewer people, unless a lower limit is ordered by Mayo Clinic leadership or by state or local government authorities
  • Limited to classrooms and labs, not in clinical areas
  • Strictly observe Mayo protocols for preventing the spread of COVID-19, such as social distancing, hand-washing, and masking
  • Observe 6-foot distancing at all times. The only exception is when it is necessary for students to practice skills on one another, and in these situations the students must wear surgical masks (not cloth). If a mask must be temporarily removed to complete a procedure, eye protection is required. It is not acceptable to break 6-foot distancing for other reasons, such as when using small rooms or equipment that is close together.

Accommodation requests
Students with health concerns about being on campus or participating in all regular learning activities should request reasonable accommodation through Mayo Clinic’s normal process, in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. See the "Process for accommodation requests" section below for more information.

COVID-19 precautions on campus
It is critically important that any person with symptoms of COVID-19 take extra precautions and not come to campus. Refer to the "Symptoms, exposures, testing, and quarantine" section above for more information and resources related to possible exposure or symptoms consistent with COVID-19.

Mandatory masking
Students should arrive wearing a clean, personally provided cloth mask that is laundered regularly. Masks with valves are not acceptable. If you will be in a patient care or lab skill teaching environment, Mayo will provide appropriate masks. Program directors will coordinate N95 mask fit-testing for students as appropriate.

Protective eyewear
Mayo Clinic requires all providers and caregivers in direct patient care areas wear approved eyewear and masks at all times. Mayo will provide students with appropriate eye protection as needed.

Patient care
Except for specifically designated residents and fellows, students should not care for patients with confirmed COVID-19. Students should also not care for patients awaiting the results of COVID-19 tests who, in the opinion of the supervising faculty, have a high clinical probability of having COVID-19. Students may care for any other patients awaiting the results of COVID-19 testing.

MCSHS students also may care for patients who previously had COVID-19 but are no longer infectious, generally 20 days after the infection. Mayo Clinic's Infection Prevention and Control staff manage the "red flag" symbol in Epic that indicates whether a patient recently tested positive for COVID-19. If a flag has been removed, the patient is no longer infectious and can be cared for by MCSHS students.

This policy is in order to limit the spread of the virus, conserve essential medical supplies, and protect the health of our students. Exceptions may be considered when programs or rotations feel that it is educationally necessary for students to learn how to care for patients with COVID-19. Permission for such exceptions must be obtained from school leadership.

Support services
The financial aid office, student counseling, and academic success coaches remain available. See the additional links and resources available below.

Transportation and parking
Public transportation services remain limited. Please consult with your local transit services and schedules before your scheduled return to campus if you rely on those services. Mayo Clinic parking restrictions are in effect.

Financial impact
Some federal Department of Education funding may be available to help students offset unforeseen expenses caused by the pandemic. Precise amounts and allocation methods have not been determined. Students may review their individual eligibility for financial aid and discuss other academic financial aid concerns with the student financial aid office at 507-284-4839 or MAYOFINAID@mayo.edu.

  • Tuition refunds will be considered only rarely in the event a program is unable to provide the educational credits for which a student has registered.
  • Travel restrictions remain in effect.

Study spaces
Study spaces on Siebens 10 in Rochester remain closed.

Venables Health Sciences Library
The physical space of Venables Library is closed. Students may request appointments to work with anatomical models by sending an email to library.hrs@mayo.edu. Students may borrow course materials via email. For more information, see the Venables Library website.

Study space and printers are available in Rochester at the Plummer Library (Plummer 12). For current details about library hours and guidelines, check the "Status of Mayo Clinic libraries" item below.

If you have additional questions or concerns, contact your program director or email MSHSadministration@mayo.edu.

Last reviewed: March 3, 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: July 7, 2021

Status of Mayo Clinic libraries

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

Last reviewed: Sept. 7, 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: Sept. 1, 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: Sept. 7, 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: Sept. 1, 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 (Updated - Sept. 8)

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.

  • WellConnect offers a comprehensive suite of services for learners. 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; and 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.
  • 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
All learners (students and trainees) have access to WellConnect for 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: Sept. 8, 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.

Affirmation Hour
Affirmation Hour is a 30- to 60-minute session designed to provide you a relaxing opportunity to visit with your peers around a topic of interest.

Sessions are planned monthly via Zoom. Registration is not required.

The Zoom link and password to join can be found on the Outlook invite or the Student Services intranet site.

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: Sept. 8, 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: Sept. 8, 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: Sept. 1, 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: July 7, 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: July 7, 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: Sept. 3, 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: Sept. 1, 2021