Practical instructions for the exceptional situation at the Faculty of Medicine

13.3.2020
Page last updated June 25 | 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 June 25 (teaching)

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

Events

The latest information on events ant planning events for autumn 2020 can be found here, on the UH Coronavirus situation page

Travel, com­mut­ing and vis­it­ors

The latest information can be found here, on the UH Coronavirus situation page

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 

University-level guidelines for teaching in autumn 2020 

For ad­mit­ted stu­dents: You can find coronavirus (COVID-19) related questions and answers for admitted students on the Instructions for students -website. The page will be continuously updated when new information is available.

Teaching arrangements at the Faculty of Medicine in the autumn term 2020 (to be updated as needed)

Due to the exceptional circumstances caused by the coronavirus pandemic, the leadership of the University of Helsinki has recommended that teaching continue to be provided remotely during the autumn term 2020. The Faculty of Medicine has decided to specify instructions for the arrangement of teaching in the autumn as follows: 

  • Lectures and seminars will be held remotely.
  • Instruction involving patients, laboratory work, simulation teaching, necessary components of communication studies and other teaching situations requiring physical presence as well as well-justified small group teaching may be provided as contact instruction. Under the leadership of  degree programme leader it can be decided together with the leader, teacher and planning officer which of the small group teaching situations can and should be held physically (updated 26.5). As a rule, social distancing will be practised as far as possible in teaching situations. Taking into account safe distances in the University’s teaching facilities, the specified maximum capacity of rooms must not be exceeded.
  • An individual course may include both remote and contact teaching.
  • Compulsory attendance in remote teaching sessions may be required, and the teacher may compile a list of students present.
  • In instruction involving patients, in the group sizes of such instruction and/or clinical courses, the guidelines issued by the Hospital District of Helsinki and Uusimaa HUS or the relevant healthcare organisation (traineeship organisation) must be observed. HUS instructions here. (in Finnish)
  • Course examinations and retake examinations can be arranged on-site in connection with Faculty (retake) examination days. Examinations measuring skills (such as OSCE) may be held on-site. On-site examinations can be held provided that social distancing is practised (consider safe distances, room capacity). Examinations can also be arranged remotely or in an Examinarium facility. Teachers should contact Examination Services at meilahti-exams@helsinki.fi with any questions concerning examinations. If the teacher wants to hold the examination on-site the teacher must be in touch with Examination Services as early as possible (but no later than one month before the date of the exam) so that sufficient number of rooms and supervisors can be reserved for the exam sessions. (based on the updated instructions of the Governement and University the exam guidelines have been specified and updated by the Faculty 25.6)
  • In the autumn, new students in basic education will be offered other contact instruction in addition to small group teaching in order to integrate them into the student, Faculty and University community. When booking facilities, observe guidelines for hygiene and safe distances, and when necessary, divide teaching groups into two adjacent rooms for parallel sessions. The Faculty’s Covid-19 response centre will decide on plans made by the degree programmes.
  • The Faculty’s Covid-19 response centre will decide on any exceptions.
  • It may not necessarily be possible to substitute courses requiring physical presence with other assignments or independent study. Regular attendance requirements and practices apply to students in high-risk groups. Any alternative course completion methods must be agreed with the teacher coordinating the course.

Practising social distancing in public spaces is everyone’s personal responsibility.

The Faculty’s degree programmes may provide detailed specifications to these guidelines on teaching arrangements.

These guidelines will be supplemented with specifications on patient safety, among others.

Kari Peltola and Tiina Tuominen, the Faculty of Medicine counselling psychologists, provide consultation to students through a safe and secure remote connection during the beginning of the summer and again from the beginning of August.  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

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. Teachers should contact the Faculty Examination Services at meilahti-exams@helsinki.fi with any questions concerning examinations.

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

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.