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COVID-19 Policies and Reporting

Potential Exposure to COVID-19, Development of Potential Symptoms of COVID-19, and/or Testing Positive for COVID-19 Reporting

All FAU College of Medicine students must complete this reporting form immediately if they test positive for COVID-19, are exposed to COVID-19, or develop symptoms of COVID-19 which include, but are not limited to, fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, muscle pain, new loss of taste or smell, vomiting or diarrhea, and/or sore throat. They must also notify their immediate faculty or clinical rotation supervisor/attending/preceptor, course/M3 clerkship/M4 year director, and the Deans of Student Affairs, Dr. Caceres or Dr. Gundersen, via e-mail or phone at / (561) 419-5561 or / (508)341.4716. In addition, they must immediately contact FAU Student Health Services (SHS) at 561-297-3512. 

Medical students must take the following steps if exposed to COVID-19 or if they develop any symptoms.

  1. Immediately contact FAU Student Health Services (SHS) at 561-297-3512.
  2. The student will be screened over the phone by a FAU SHS staff member to determine if the student needs to be seen in-person and/or evaluated for and/or tested for COVID-19.
  3. If it is determined by SHS that the student needs an in-person medical evaluation, he or she will be given instructions on the procedures for the appointment by SHS staff (separate entrance and appropriate PPE used for patients who are being evaluated for possible COVID-19).
  4. SHS will then determine the next steps (i.e. COVID-19 testing, 14 days self-quarantine, referral to Emergency Room, etc.) based on clinical assessment.
  5. If the student tests positive for COVID-19, he or she will need to remain in quarantine until deemed safe by SHS. SHS will also determine when it is safe for the student to return to clinical activities. The student may be required to have additional tests (i.e. repeat COVID-19 testing, COVID-19 antibody testing) done to confirm that he or she no longer has COVID-19 based on the requirements of  affiliate clinical sites.
  6. If SHS feels that the student likely has COVID-19 based on the history and physical exam, the SHS healthcare provider may presume the student has, and will treat for, COVID-19 even with a negative COVID-19 test. 

Students must stay home if they:

  • are sick (especially if with fever greater or equal to 100.0 F, cough, shortness of breath, chills, muscle pain, new loss of taste or smell, vomiting or diarrhea, and/or sore throat), and if it is a medical emergency, go to the closest Emergency Room or call 911,
  • have been tested for COVID-19 and awaiting results, and/or
  • have been in close contact (i.e., household contact) with anyone being tested for or infected with COVID-19.


Temporary Revised College of Medicine Medical Student Handbook Policies due to COVID-19 (Revised January 14, 2021)

COVID Online Resources


Guiding Principles for Resuming Clinical Education

Medical Student COVID-19 Non-Compliance Reporting Form  

Last Modified 6/17/22