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Information for Dietetic Interns

UPDATED: JANUARY 13, 2021


To protect learners, health care professionals, patients, and our northern communities as a whole, NODIP will continue to carefully move forward with placement coordination in a safe manner. Faculty, preceptors and training sites recognize the challenges facing you, especially given that you are in your final year of practical 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. Learners 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 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.

In light of the announcement made January 7, 2021, by the Government of Ontario, where the Northern Ontario lockdown is extended another two weeks, access to NOSM campus at Lakehead or Laurentian University for any reason is not available at this time.

Denise Raftis
Manager, Northern Ontario Dietetic Internship Program (NODIP)

Class of 2021

Housing

In order to enhance the safety of our learners through the winter months of the pandemic, NOSM is introducing changes to its current housing practices to account for COVID-19 concerns. NOSM housing has been identified as an important area to increase the ability for learners to be housed in single learner allocations if appropriate. As most of the NOSM Programs (now including UME, PGME, Physician Assistants, Rehabilitation Sciences, Northern Ontario Dietetic Interns, and Visiting Residents) have re-entered into clinical placements, it means that there is cohabitation occurring within NOSM Housing. Understandably this can be a cause for concern as the pandemic numbers increase not only in Northern Ontario but also all of Ontario.

With the numbers rising and restriction measures from our communities continuing to be implemented, there is no way to properly or efficiently implement self-isolation measures in NOSM shared Housing – there is simply not enough physical space. The largest concern is if a new learner is coming in and needs to self-isolate for 7-14 days but is placed in a unit that already has a learner working within the community. We would need single learner allocations or everyone arriving at the same time within a unit to be properly self-isolating (if appropriate given the travel and community affected).

In order to help alleviate the amount of learners sharing space in NOSM Housing and to make it safer for all learners performing placements in our NOSM communities, NOSM is temporarily implementing a NOSM Housing reimbursement up to a maximum of $3,000 to find self-arranged accommodations which might include options like a hotel suite, an AirBnB or other rental. This will be in effect only from January 11, 2021 to May 02. 2021.

This process will be implemented in two steps.

Step 1:

All housing that is currently allocated will stay as is (based on currently confirmed placement).

  • Re-allocation will occur if self-isolation measures are needed on a case by case basis.
  • At this point, you do not need to do anything for upcoming scheduled placements unless advised or you reach out to exercise the self-arranged option.

Step 2:

  • Effective immediately, any new housing allocations moving forward (based on newly confirmed placements) will be scheduled as follows:
  • Single learner per unit basis from the January 11, 2021 to May 02, 2021.
  • NOSM Housing will be prioritized as such:
  • If NOSM Housing is not occupied NOSM Housing will be first come first serve for single learner allocations.
  • Once NOSM Housing is occupied, any other learners will be eligible for a maximum reimbursement of $3000 to book their own accommodations (via AirBnB, community contacts, local hotels, etc.) within the community of their confirmed placement.
  • General Rule: Any learner (internal or external) that would be provided housing will be eligible for the housing reimbursement (i.e., PGME, UME, HS, PA, Agreements, NODIP)

Procedure: Email will be sent by NOSM Housing to affected learners as their confirmed placements are entered into PaNDa, which will indicate the reimbursement option to find self arranged housing. The reimbursement will be available for any housing that is funded by NOSM. All learners not placed in NOSM housing are required to pay for the accommodation and can submit for reimbursement by NOSM as soon as the landlord/host/hotel issues a receipt for rent. Claims will be processed efficiently once received with correct supporting documentation. Please contact the NODIP Program Manager if you have any questions.

NOSM understands that these are stressful times and hope these measures will help ensure the safety of all NOSM learners and help mitigate the spread of the pandemic in our northern communities. We hope that this reimbursement option provides learners with the ability to increase their level of safety throughout the winter months of the pandemic.