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COVID-19 Update from the GSBMS Dean

COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions

(updated January 13, 2021)


June 18, 2021

Dear Graduate School of Basic Medical Sciences Students:

Registration for the Fall 2021 semester will begin during the week of June 21. As you begin making plans for the upcoming semester, I am writing with an update on the COVID-19 mandatory vaccination requirement on the New York Medical College Campus, and our plans for hybrid instruction for Fall 2021 courses. 

First, I want to express my sincere wishes for good health and safety for you, your family, friends and colleagues. I want to thank the members of the Graduate School of Basic Medical Sciences community for your adherence to COVID-19 precautions on campus, and for those who have been participating remotely during the past academic year, I thank you all for your cooperation and resilience during a very difficult situation. On June 15, New York Governor Cuomo announced that since the state reached the milestone of 70% vaccinated adults, many COVID-19 restrictions will be lifted. In the coming days, NYMC will revise our policies regarding COVID-19 restrictions, taking into account that we operate at the intersection of higher education and healthcare. Fall 2021 will be a transition semester, and I am optimistic that we can gradually resume full operations, classes, and student activities.

  • Fall 2021 Hybrid Instruction: We plan to begin the Fall 2021 semester with hybrid instruction, with all GSBMS courses having the potential for in-person on-campus instruction and with all exams administered in-person. We intend for large lectures to be offered online, at least in the beginning of the semester, and most smaller classes meeting in-person. Laboratory and clinical requirements will continue to be offered fully in-person. Please plan to be physically here for the Fall 2021 semester. 
  • Mandatory Vaccination Requirement: As indicated in Chancellor Halperin's and Dr. Montecalvo's Campus Vaccination Policy email of June 15, COVID-19 vaccination is mandatory for all NYMC students. Current students must send documentation of vaccination to health_services@nymc.edu by July 1 and new incoming students by August 1.
  • NYMC COVID-19 Policies: Campus precautions and protocols are changing frequently, in line with federal and New York State guidelines. We will keep you updated about the state of opening and operations of our libraries, cafeteria, café, gym, student lounges, and other campus spaces. Please stay familiar with the most current NYMC COVID Policies. It is most important for each of us to re-commit as a community to take any mandated protective measures seriously, so that we may ensure the continuation of our critical mission of education and training in the basic medical sciences.
  • NYMC Travel Policy: As you make your summer plans, please familiarize yourself with the NYMC Travel Policy, which may change frequently over the course of the summer, as well as pertinent travel guidelines if you're coming from overseas. If you have questions regarding travel plans, please consult our GSBMS Travel Coordinator, Catherine Yankou. If you are placed on quarantine after the semester begins, please contact our GSBMS Academic Coordinator, Barbara Lewis, for guidance in keeping up with academic responsibilities. If you suspect exposure to COVID-19, please contact Health Services immediately at (914) 594-4234, health_services@nymc.edu

I wish you a restful summer and look forward to seeing you on campus this fall. This summer, I know we all look forward to reconnecting with family and friends. Let's all do so with health and safety of ourselves and our loved ones in mind, but no less celebratory. 

Best wishes for health and safety for you and your families,

GSBMS Dean Signature

Marina K. Holz, Ph.D.
Dean, Graduate School of Basic Medical Sciences
Professor, Cell Biology and Anatomy