This webpage provides answers to questions about our response to COVID-19 frequently asked by you and your classmates. This page will be updated regularly with new information, questions, and answers as we continue to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic. Our goal is to keep you as safe as possible while providing you with the best medical education. For the latest updates and information, continue reading all University COVID emails, checking this webpage, and reading your weekly This Week newsletter. You can also find UAB guidance on the UAB United website.

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Your Medical Education Team

Frequently Asked Questions

Masking

Do I need to wear a mask in Volker Hall?

As of Friday afternoon, March 4, UAB no longer requires masks to be worn inside non-clinical university buildings. You are no longer required to wear masks inside Volker Hall, unless you are engaged with standardized patients in the Clinical Skills Center. 

Individuals who wish to continue masking in non-clinical areas are free to do so. We ask that you all recognize that this is a big transition in masking guidance and to please respect each other's decisions in this matter. 


Do I need to wear a mask when I'm in the hospital or clinic?

Yes, you are required to wear a mask while in the hospital (and other clinical buildings on campus) and engaged in patient care activities.

 

COVID-19 Vaccines

Am I eligible for a vaccine booster?

If you initially completed COVID vaccination with any product (Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson) 6 months ago or longer, you can get your COVID-19 booster dose from UAB Employee Health without an appointment Monday-Friday at the following locations:

  • The Kirklin Clinic from 8 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.
  • UAB Hospital Highlands from 8 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.
  • UAB Injection Clinic (located in the old Regions location at the corner of the TKC parking deck) from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Bring your vaccination card so it may be updated with the booster information, along with your ONE Card for identification.

At this point, data on the mixing and matching of COVID-19 vaccine products have been better evaluated. Read the CDC guidance online. 

Learn more about the booster availability from UAB United.

How can I get a vaccine from UAB?

You can register for a vaccine from UAB online.

COVID-19 Testing and Healthcheck

How often am I expected to complete Healthcheck? 

Effective March 18, 2022, all UAB and UAB Medicine clinical and non-clinical employees, along with trainees and students, are no longer required to complete the daily electronic Healthcheck. The requirement ended for UAB students, faculty and staff in non-clinical areas in May 2021. With the March 18, 2022, announcement, the Healthcheck requirement has now ended for all of UAB.
 

COVID-19 Exposure

What do I do if I get sick or if I think I’ve been exposed to COVID-19?

For COVID-positive test results or symptoms

Student Health will monitor COVID-positive students.  Only Student Health can clear you to return, so please report as soon as possible.

  1. Report symptoms and/or positive test results to Student Health via Healthcheck or by using the Student COVID Screening Survey.
  2. Email Denise Coston (dcoston@uab.edu) and Dr. Van Wagoner (nvanwagoner@uabmc.edu), if you have a COVID-related absence.
For COVID exposure

Student Health will monitor COVID-exposed students.  Only Student Health can clear you to return, so please report as soon as possible.

Close Contact Exposure:  A close-contact exposure is defined as exposure to someone less than 6 feet away for 15 minutes or longer. If you are experiencing ongoing close-contact exposure in a circumstance where you cannot isolate from the person who is COVID-positive (e.g., you are caring for a COVID-positive child or you sleep in the same bed with a person who is COVID-positive), then the date of last exposure is at the end of that person’s infectious period.

  1. Report exposure to Student Health via Healthcheck or by using the Student COVID Screening Survey.
  2. Email Denise Coston (dcoston@uab.edu) and Dr. Van Wagoner (nvanwagoner@uabmc.edu), if you have a COVID-related absence.

Pre-clinical students can still report non-COVID-related absences using the Absence Notification System. Clinical students can still report non-COVID-related absences directly to their teams.

Curriculum and Grading

Will my grades be affected if I report a possible COVID exposure?

Your grades will not be affected, and you will not be penalized for reporting exposure or symptoms.

If I have to miss time on a clerkship, how will I make up the time? 

A student with an absence from clinical duties may be required to make up the time missed, regardless of whether the absence was excused or not. Absences requiring make-up time are based on rotation duration and enforced at the discretion of the clinical course director. Days off are not considered absences. See our Attendance Policy for Clinical Rotations

If I have to miss time on an elective, how will I make up the time?

A student with an absence from clinical duties may be required to make up the time missed, regardless of whether the absence was excused or not. Absences requiring make-up time are based on rotation duration and enforced at the discretion of the clinical course director. Days off are not considered absences. See our Attendance Policy for Clinical Rotations

If I miss time on an Acting Internship, how will I make up the time?

An Acting Intern has the same number of days off a month as an Intern (4 days), and our school allows for an additional two days off for illness, family emergencies, or conference presentations. If you are quarantined/isolated during an Acting Internship for more than the maximum six days allowed, you will need to make up missed time.

How does quarantine/isolation during a clerkship affect when I take the shelf examination?

While there will always be a need for individualization for unique circumstances, the following general recommendations are made regarding the timing of your Clerkship shelf exam completion:

  1. If you miss time due to asymptomatic quarantine/isolation but return before the end of the clerkship, you are expected to take the shelf exam on the scheduled date.
  2. If you experience and report symptoms that impair your ability to prepare for the exam during a time of isolation, you may choose to still take the examination as scheduled for the clerkship or delay the test. You will work with the Clerkship leadership on finding a make-up date.
  3. If you are quarantined/isolated at the time of a shelf exam, you will need to delay the shelf exam until a future date. You will work with the Clerkship leadership to find a make-up date.