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Covid-19 Updates

For information on the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Hofstra University campus closures, please refer to Hofstra’s COVID-19 page.

MS1s: Homeostasis has started and will take place online. First-years are currently attending classes virtually.
MS2s: Intensive Study Period for USMLE Step 1 has begun. There will be a 2 week Core Learning session offered virtually the students must complete before they transition to MS3s in July.
MS3s: Clinical rotations have been paused and are expected to resume on June 1st. Students are welcome to take electives or professional development time over April & May that will count towards MS4 elective credit.
MS4s: The expected graduation date has changed from May 11th to April 10th. Students will be invited to volunteer at health systems across NY until their commitments for residency programs begin.
PhDs: Dissertation dates and graduation will remain as scheduled for May 31st.

The Office of Student Affairs and student leaders are organizing volunteer efforts. Volunteer opportunities (clinical and non-clinical) are available for all students. Contact for additional information on opportunities available.

Mental Healthcare:
  • Northwell’s Behavioral Health College Program and Hofstra’s Student Health and Counseling Center (SHACC) have transferred all care to online counseling appointments.
    • Hofstra Student Health and Counseling Center: All students should call 516-463-6745 for appointments (new or returning students). Teletherapy is offered. Updated hours can be found on the SHACC site.
    • The Behavioral Health College Program is offering telepsychiatry appointments.
  • NYS has a free COVID-19 Emotional Support Hotline at 1-844-863-9314 for mental health counseling staffed by over 6,000 mental health professionals who have volunteered their services during this time.
Academic Resources & Courses:
  • UWorld has extended every subscription that expires between April 30, 2020 - May 30, 2020, to an expiration date of May 31, 2020
  • The NBME is offering seven free NBME® Self-Assessments available starting April 3. Starting April 2, newly added answer explanations will be available to students on two Self-Assessment forms.
  • Coursera has compiled a list of Free Online Mental Health and Wellness Courses open to the public.
  • The Visiting Student Learning Opportunities (VSLO) program will put into place a short-term two-week suspension on applications to away rotations from April 15-28, resuming on April 29th, as stakeholders across the medical education community discuss how to approach away rotations in this current and next academic year.
  • Prometric Testing Centers are rescheduling approximately half of the scheduled upcoming examinations in May (inclusive of USMLE Step 1 exams). Students will receive an email informing them of the test cancelation. Additional information on these announcements can be found on the prometric website:
Online Accounts & Apps:
  • Our Student Wellness Committee has put together an Online Workout Resources shared document containing a variety of free physical and mental health resources. Pride email access is required to view.
  • Ten Percent Happier is offering free access to their app for healthcare workers for a limited time.
  • Headspace has opened up several free resources, including free meditation sessions, to all healthcare providers: In addition, the Office of Student Affairs is working on securing memberships for all medical students. Stay tuned!
Streaming services:
Remote Learners LibGuide:
Financial Resources
  • The Department of Education’s most up to date info, FAQ’s regarding the CARES act and student loan benefits that are being provided during this time for current federal loans (including interest subsidy on all loans and emergency forbearance on loans in repayment until Sept 30th) can be found on the student aid website:
Covid Mental Health Resources

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