Out of an abundance of caution for the welfare of students and employees, the Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine is making significant changes to its learning environment.
Beginning Monday, March 30, all medical student education courses will be delivered virtually via live streaming and archived video. All in-person laboratory sessions, such as anatomy labs and standardized patient labs, have been cancelled until further notice and any needed exams will be delivered online using remote testing services. Clinical rotations will continue uninterrupted or accommodated specific to the rotation location.
Effective immediately, all non-essential faculty and staff are being identified on a case-by-case basis and will work remotely if their jobs are conducive to telecommuting.
“The health and wellness of our students and employees is our top priority,” says John Hummer, president of Burrell College. “In light of current public health concerns related to the COVID-19 outbreak, we are implementing these plans to minimize the risk of transmission and infection.”
The Burrell College is closely monitoring guidance from the New Mexico Department of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and the medical education accrediting agencies. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve, additional changes to the work and learning environments may be needed.
Updates and alerts from the college regarding the COVID-19 response effort can be accessed at the following website https://bcomnm.org/covid19/. This website is being updated around the clock; faculty, staff and students are encouraged to visit the site as often as possible.
About the Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine:
Located in Las Cruces, New Mexico, the Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine was established in 2013 to improve the health of the Southwestern U.S. and Northern Mexico. The four-year, private osteopathic medical school is student-centered, utilizing the latest medical education technologies and methods to ensure student success in all fields of medicine — from primary care to subspecialties like surgery, anesthesiology and emergency medicine. BCOM is a freestanding college with clinical training locations in New Mexico, El Paso, TX and Tucson, AZ. Learn more at bcomNM.org.