Practical instructions for the exceptional situation at the Faculty of Medicine

13.3.2020
Page last updated May 29 | An exceptional situation has been declared at the University of Helsinki in the evening of 12 March 2020. This news contains information on the special measures taken into use at the Faculty of Medicine.

The latest University-level information on the coronavirus situation is updated here: Coronavirus situation at the University of Helsinki.

Latest: Crisis man­age­ment team an­nounce­ment, 28 May

This page will only contain specified further instructions concerning students, staff and visitors at the Faculty of Medicine. Last updated May 29 (Research)

Ad­mis­sions in­for­ma­tion

The changed admissions information will be published in Finnish and Swedish on the University of Helsinki website

University buildings

Haartman institute's (Haartmaninkatu 3) doors will be closed on Friday 27 March at 4 pm onwards. Employees who need to have access to the building are required to use their own keys. General information about the University buildings can be found here

Research

Latest: Research activities from 1 June 2020

The latest information on tele­com­mut­ing and work­ing on the University premises can be found here, on the UH Coronavirus situation page. On the same page, you will find a list of the tings you are responsible for if you need to work on the University premises. 

 See also safety and security guidelines for laboratory facility use

Impact of the coronavirus on research funding

  • Negotiations can be conducted on an individual basis to extend the research funding granted by the Faculty of Medicine.
  • In externally funded projects, the external funding is used to pay salaries, regardless of whether staff can be assigned tasks suitable for remote work.
  • The University has gathered information on the impact of the coronavirus on the practices of research funders. This information and links are in Flamma

Teaching 

The University of Helsinki has decided that regulations concerning compulsory attendance in teaching are abolished. We will observe the instructions for teaching arrangements provided by the University of Helsinki coronavirus management team. As far as possible, teaching will be provided remotely from 18 March to 13 May 2020. Individual course teachers may use their discretion in replacing clinical courses with distance teaching. It should be noted that the recommended abolishment of compulsory attendance in teaching is not possible in the case of (small) group teaching at Faculty of Medicine courses requiring direct doctor-patient contact, interaction and manual skills. Teaching can be provided for groups of no more than 10 participants.

Course teachers may use their discretion when making teaching arrangements in order to minimise any risk of students and patients contracting the virus. Only healthy students may participate in contact teaching. Any course changes will always be separately notified to the students. 

Compulsory courses are given priority when making teaching arrangements. 

Kari Peltola and Tiina Tuominen, the Faculty of Medicine counselling psychologists, provide consultation to students through a safe and secure remote connection during the current period of telecommuting.  For information on the services offered by counselling psychologists, see Instructions for Students  and access a direct link to book an appointment for individual counselling

Degree programme situation as of 25 March

In the degree programmes in psychology, logopedics and translational medicine, all teaching in the spring will be provided remotely and using alternative learning methods.

In the Degree Programme in Dentistry, simulation lab teaching will continue within the current limitations and focus on the most central learning outcomes. All clinical teaching at the Oral Diseases Teaching and Dental Care Unit is suspended until the beginning of August. The degree programme is currently looking into ways of providing alternative methods of completing the required clinical studies, so that students can find positions to work as dentists during the summer or move on to complete advanced practical training. Teaching can be provided for groups of no more than 10 participants. Other teaching on offer will be provided using remote connections.

In the Degree Programme in Medicine, the most important clinical studies requiring direct patient contact will be organised in accordance with the teaching programme and the relevant decision made by the Hospital District of Helsinki and Uusimaa (HUS) on 17 March (in Finnish only). The practical course in anaesthesia will be replaced with simulation teaching in a skills workshop.  Clinical service periods at hospitals will be organised as intensive courses lasting two weeks. All students will be provided with a traineeship placement. Teaching can be provided for groups of no more than 10 participants. Other teaching on offer will be provided using remote connections.  

Instructions for examinations: Examinations, including resits and make-up examinations, will be arranged remotely (in for example Moodle) or in the Examinarium facilities, or using another alternative completion method until 31 August 2020. The Examinarium facilities remain open until further notice. Teachers should contact the Faculty Examination Services at meilahti-exams@helsinki.fi with any questions concerning examinations.

Instructions for teachers: Coordinate any teaching rearrangements with the course coordinator. Prepare to provide alternative methods for teaching, learning and completion as well as independent study for your courses (including examinations). Inform your students of any changes using, for example, Moodle. Also inform the degree programme director and education planning officer or academic affairs coordinator of the changes.

All lectures and seminars will be streamed either live or as video recordings. The recommended platform is Zoom: www.helsinki.fi/zoom. Help and support in questions related to educational technology are available on: https://blogs.helsinki.fi/medi-peda/ (Medipeda, in Finnish). For University-level instructions for teachers, please see https://teaching.helsinki.fi/en/article/effect-coronavirus-teaching.

For University-level instructions for students, please see the coronavirus page on the Instructions for Students website

As outlined by the University on 17 March, faculties may extend teaching to continue in the summer of 2020 when necessary.

Dissertations

Please follow the university-level student guidelines that are updated continuously here

Travel

New guidelines on telecommuting after returning to Finland from abroad

The Faculty will adopt the University of Helsinki guidelines in force concerning overseas travel in the current exceptional circumstances. Staff and students returning to Finland from abroad must telecommute for 14 days starting from the day of their return. During this time, it is forbidden for them to work or study on the University premises This decision repeals the decision of 11 March 2020 concerning telecommuting by staff and students returning to Finland from abroad for seven calendar days.

Questions:

If you have any questions about measures to be taken at the University as a result of the coronavirus, please send an email to coronavirus@helsinki.fi.
 

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The most up-to-date information on the coronavirus situation at the University of Helsinki is updated here: Coronavirus situation at the University of Helsinki

Only additional information meant specifically for students, personnel and visitors of the Faculty of Medicine is updated in this news.