This past week was one of generosity and creativity at the Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS) as its faculty, staff and students adjusted to the changes required to respond to COVID-19. 

At the same time the Faculty moved its work to more virtual setting working from home and some research projects were suspended, community responses and new COVID-19 research projects were developed. 

“We've adjusted to the initial phase of this crisis, and we are all immersed in new ways of advancing the Faculty's operations,” said Paul O’Byrne, dean and vice-president of the Faculty.

“It is a pleasure working with such a professional and highly motivated team of faculty and staff.”

Medical students and faculty, as well as others from the faculties of engineering and science, pitched in to collect personal protective equipment and other needed related materials to offer to hospital partners. 

Researchers of the Population Health Research Institute led by professor Salim Yusuf are collaborating to rapidly develop two new clinical research projects which will test potential drugs for COVID-19 treatment. 

The McMaster Textbook of Internal Medicine has been updated online with a chapter on COVID-19, found at https://empendium.com/mcmtextbook/chapter/B31.II.18.1.12. Its authors include professors Mark Loeb, Waleed Alhazzani, Dominik Mertz and Roman Jaeschke. 

Plans are being made for virtual, rather than in-person, events for convocation. The Faculty’s convocation for the School of Nursing will be Wednesday, May 20 and the Faculty's convocation for the undergraduate medical, midwifery, BHSc and several graduate programs is Thursday, May 21. 

Faculty of the education programs are looking at each course for the spring and summer terms individually to see if it can be offered online. 

Staff working from home were asked to check with the University Technology Services (UTS) page at https://cto.mcmaster.ca/mcmaster-cyber-security-resources-working-from-home/ for directions on their cyber security responsibilities. 

The McMaster Okanagan Project is the university's commitment to the Okanagan Charter which, along with other world universities and colleges, is dedicated to health and wellbeing. Its information on remaining healthy and active, developing professional skills and showing support to the community is found at: https://okanagan.mcmaster.ca/covid-19/

More information may be found at the university's website at https://covid19.mcmaster.ca or on the websites for Hamilton Public Health Services; Public Health Ontario or the Public Health Agency of Canada.