With the recent surge in coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases, the Association of Philippine Medical Colleges announced the suspension of face-to-face internship and clinical clerkship rotation in hospitals in the National Capital Region.
“Due to a surge in COVID-19 cases at the NCR, face-to-face internship rotation is suspended immediately until further notice. All learning activities may be continued in virtual mode,” APMC said in an advisory dated March 7.
“In regions outside NCR where COVID-19 cases may be rising, the respective hospital directors may decide on the suspension of face-to-face rotation guided by announcements or information from the national government, Department of Health(DOH), Inter Agency Task Force or local government units,” it further read.
As for clinical clerkship programs, APMC said: “if there are no specific directives from the Commission on Higher Education (CHEd), we suggest that the respective deans decide on the suspension of face-to-face rotation guided by information from the national government, DOH, IATF or local government units.”
APMC reminded everyone to observe the Universal Pandemic Precaution (UPP) on the wearing of face mask and shield, physical distancing, frequent handwashing, keeping well ventilated and routinely disinfected workplace.
“We also advise all eligible persons to have their COVID-19 vaccination soon as an added protection,” it said.
The advisory signed by APMC President Dr. Manuel M. Dayrit was addressed to medical school deans and directors of accredited medical internship hospitals.