COVID-19 MD Student Resources

COVID-19 Employee Hotline Triage Questionnaire

FSM Students should utilize the COVID-19 Hotline Employee Triage Questionnaire in the setting of a known exposure, new COVID-19 symptoms or to receive answers to potential exposure questions. Based on your responses, the NM COVID-19 response team can assist with ordering a test, clearing you for return to work or providing additional guidance.

Policies, guidelines and resources you need to train safely and responsibly.

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Clinical Activities Guidelines

Student Guidance & Guidelines

Need specific information? Hotlines are open to respond.

  • For campus concerns, contact Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine's confidential, monitored hotline at 312-503-3437.
  • For information on potential exposure and testing options, fill out the NM COVID-19 Hotline Employee Triage Questionnaire.  Additionally, you may call the NM COVID-19 Hotline at 312-47-COVID (312-472-6843) and follow the prompts.

Northwestern Medicine Guidelines

Northwestern Medicine offers a number of resources for training in clinical spaces through their Physician Forum.

PPE FAQS FOR NM WORKFORCEClinical FAQ for NM WorkforceVisit the NM Physician Forum Site

FAQ for Students

 What should I do if I think I have been exposed to COVID-19?

  • Fill out the COVID-19 Hotline Employee Triage Questionnaire or call the COVID-19 hotline at 312.47.COVID (312.472.6843) and inform Dr. Goldsmith.
  • Action taken will depend on the level of exposure, presence of symptoms, vaccination status, and type of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) worn.

 How is COVID-19 spread?

  • COVID-19 is thought to spread mainly through close contact from person to person in respiratory droplets from someone who is infected.
  • The respiratory droplets are produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, clears their throat, or talks.
  • Respiratory droplets carry the virus and can land in the mouths, noses, eyes and possibly be inhaled into the lungs of people nearby.
  • The respiratory droplets can survive on surfaces for up to 2-3 days. It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or eyes.
  • COVID-19 may be spread by people without symptoms (either prior to the development of symptoms or through asymptomatic cases).
  • It can take 2-14 days from the time of exposure to become symptomatic.

 What measures are being taken to prevent the spread of COVID-19 at Northwestern Medicine (NM) clinical facilities?

  • In order to reduce exposure to COVID-19 and maintain a safe environment, NM has implemented universal masking in clinical spaces for all students, staff, faculty, patients, and visitors regardless of symptoms.
  • You will be asked to wear a mask upon entering and for the duration of your time in NM clinical facilities.
    Masks will be provided if needed.
  • Students, staff, and faculty will undergo symptom screening at clinical facilities.
  • NM has made changes to the visitor policies at inpatient and outpatient sites.

 What can I do to lower my risk of exposure to COVID-19?

  • Wear a mask.
  • Maintain social distance (at least 6 feet) whenever possible including when eating lunch at work.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Wear appropriate PPE (personal protective equipment).

 Can I participate in educational and clinical activities if I have been exposed to COVID-19?

  • If you are asymptomatic, contact the COVID-19 response team by accessing the COVID-19 Hotline Employee Triage Questionnaire or call the COVID-19 hotline at 312.47.COVID (312.472.6843). You may continue to participate unless you had a close/household contact, develop symptoms, or test positive for COVID-19. You must comply with post-exposure testing as directed by the COVID-19 hotline.
  • If you had a close or household contact, please contact Dr. Goldsmith and fill out the COVID-19 Hotline Employee Triage Questionnaire. You may be directed to remain home for a minimum of 10-14 days in which we will work to adjust your academic schedule.
  • If you are symptomatic, fill out the COVID-19 Hotline Employee Triage Questionnaire or call the COVID-19 hotline for guidance. Notify Dr. Goldsmith and your ECMH preceptor/clerkship director/module coordinator as applicable. Do NOT report to the hospital/clinic/campus.

 How do I fill out an Employee Incident Report (EIR) after an exposure?

  • Login to NMI (NMInteractive).
  • On left of screen there is an "incident reporting" box, within this box select "Employee incident report".
  • Login, fill out report and select “COVID 19 exposure”.

 What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

  • Symptoms of COVID-19 may include fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, chest pain, myalgias, fatigue, headache, GI symptoms (e.g. nausea, abdominal pain, diarrhea), and new loss of taste or smell.
  • Symptoms of COVID-19 can vary in severity and some with COVID-19 may be asymptomatic.
  • It can take 2-14 days from the time of exposure to become symptomatic.

 What should I do if I have symptoms of COVID-19?

  • If you have severe symptoms including high fever, severe cough, lethargy, shortness of breath, chest pain, or confusion call 911 or go to the Emergency Department.
  • Do NOT go to the hospital, clinic or campus if you have symptoms of COVID-19.
  • If you become symptomatic while at home, fill out the COVID-19 Hotline Employee Triage Questionnaire or call the COVID-19 hotline for further guidance and remain at home until contacted by the COVID-19 Response Team/Occupational Health. They will assist you by ordering the necessary tests. Please make sure you have activated your MyNM account as this will expedite the testing process.
  • If you become symptomatic, cease patient care activities and return home, contact the COVID-19 response team via the online questionnaire or by phone for guidance, and notify Dr. Goldsmith. You must remain at home until you are tested and cleared to return to work.

 If I was away for COVID-19 or symptoms how do I determine when to go back to work?

  •  If you are off due to symptoms of COVID-19 and your symptoms are improving or have resolved and you remain fever-free, fill out the COVID-19 Hotline Employee Triage Questionnaire.
  • NM Symptom Tracker clearance may take an additional 24 hours to update, so please keep a copy of your return to work clearance.
  • If the system does not reset after 24 hours, please contact the COVID-19 hotline at 312.472.6843.

 How do I get tested for COVID-19?

 When should I contact the COVID-19 response team (via the online questionnaire or hotline)?

  • Questions regarding an exposure or symptoms
  • Instructions on how/when to get tested for COVID-19
  • Clearance to return to work following an exposure or positive test.