Information for Dietetic Interns
UPDATED: AUGUST 20, 2021
To protect dietetic interns, health care professionals, patients, and our northern communities, NODIP has been very careful with placement coordination since the pandemic began. Maintaining a cautious level of optimism, we have moved forward with placements in the 2021-2022 year. Some placements may not be able to accommodate students because of pandemic restrictions or preceptors being redeployed to other work. Being cautiously optimistic, we hope to be in a position to return to our normal allotment of placements for learners by winter or spring 2022.
NOTE: The situation across all clinical sites is changing rapidly. Even after starting a confirmed placement, your clinical site may need at any time to suspend clinical placements. If this happens and we are notified first, we will contact you. Should you be notified of your clinical site suspending your placement, please contact the Program Manager NODIP immediately so that we may help you in coordinating your travel home. We understand this can be stressful and we are here to help you.
Faculty, preceptors, and training sites recognize the challenges facing you, especially given that you are in your final year of training. As COVID-19 is a fluid situation, the Program recognizes that public health and work safety requirements may vary from community to community, and between health organizations/training sites in a community. Dietetic interns are required to follow all requirements that are in effect at their clinical sites. This will affect your individualized practical training program directly. There may be a few surprises along the way, but we are prepared to put contingencies into place that will ensure each of you are able to achieve the competencies and are practice-ready.
Reporting of COVID symptoms or exposure
Dietetic Interns on a placement have a responsibility to keep themselves, others around them, and our communities safe. In relation to the pandemic, this means reporting if they experience any SYMPTOMS of COVID-19 or if they are EXPOSED to a person with COVID-19 (presumed or confirmed) within or outside the clinical environment. If you have COVID-19 symptoms or have been exposed to someone who is presumptive or positive for COVID-19 it is important that you stay home and seek advice immediately. The below flow chart outlines the specific steps any learner should take when they experience symptoms or when an exposure has occurred.
NOSM Staff & Campus Access
The vast majority of NOSM staff continue to work from home supporting the School’s programs. Some staff may be working varied hours as a result; however, they remain committed to attending to all operations and learner communication/support needs.
Access to the NOSM campuses in Thunder Bay and Sudbury are restricted requiring authorization to access. If you need to go to the NOSM campus for any reason, there is a clearance and attestation process to follow. Before visiting, please contact the Program Manager, NODIP to discuss the nature of your visit to campus and further instruction will be sent in response.
Program Manager, NODIP
With the situation changing rapidly, please stay up to date by checking the NOSM website.
Since January 01, 2021, NOSM has provided eligible learners with an enhanced COVID-19 Housing Reimbursement to secure single occupancy housing to help alleviate safety concerns of sharing NOSM housing with other learners. This support was set to expire on June 30, 2021. The purpose of this communique is to confirm that as of July 01, 2021, NOSM will return to a shared accommodations model. This will affect all NOSM learners performing placements within the NOSM catchment area. This decision is based on the anticipation that by July 01, 2021, many, if not all learners, should be vaccinated and able to share NOSM housing accommodations. The NOSM Community Relations Unit (CRU) will continue to monitor the evolution of the pandemic and determine if alternative housing arrangements (such as a re-activation of the COVID Housing Reimbursement Protocol) are necessary for the overall safety of the learners. In some communities, which still have isolation restrictions, or in the event that a learner may have vaccinations complexities, we ask that the learner communicate directly with their Program Manager at the first available opportunity to discuss potential alternative solutions. – In cases where housing alternatives are required for unique circumstances, the CRU will work with the Program Manager to find alternative arrangements on a case-by-case basis. The CRU will continue to work with the Programs (Undergraduate Medical Education, Postgraduate Medical Education and Health Sciences, Physician Assistant, NODIP) to ensure that all learners are safe and supported while in the community.