Critical Student Resources
This page contains information regarding student health and well being, learning environment, campus climate and student safety.
- Resources provided by the School of Medicine are prefaced with "SOM."
- Resources provided by the UCR campus are prefaced with "UCR."
Please complete your COVID-19 Screening Check if you have had prolonged exposure, symptoms, or a positive test result.
UCR SOM COVID-19 Guidelines (updated June 14, 2023)
General COVID Hygiene/Safety Guidelines
We recommend that you follow, at all times, updated infection control and prevention practices as outlined by the CDC, CDPH, and Riverside County Department of Public Health. Students on clinical rotations should follow the rules and guidance of their clinical site. The site ultimately determines the timeline for your quarantine or isolation period. If you have been exposed to or infected with COVID, or if no PPE are available for patient care or if you have any concerns about your safety, please call the emergency hotline at (951) 827-8275 or email Student Affairs or an education dean immediately. Please also complete the COVID-19 Reporting Notification and the Occupational Exposure link.
Clerkship students should follow the guidance of their clinical site or, if no specific guidance is provided, may follow the guidance below.
|If COVID-19 Positive||If Exposed to Person Under Investigation or Who Tests Positive|
UCR SOM is committed to our students’ safety especially while you are taking care of patients. The COVID-19 epidemic has posed a unique challenge for all healthcare workers as it can be easily transmitted both in the community as well as the clinical setting.
We consider our students who are on clinical rotations to be part of our essential healthcare team and they need to be adept in providing safe patient care during this COVID-19 prevalent time.
These guidelines will be updated as the evidence emerges and new standards evolve.
General COVID Hygiene/Safety Guidelines
- Maintain six-feet distance whenever possible and avoid close contact with others. A close contact is defined as someone sharing the same indoor space for a cumulative total of 15 minutes over a 24-hour period.
- Students should not participate in aerosol generating procedures or specimen collection unless properly supervised AND have proper equipment (N95, gown, gloves and eye protection).
- Please wash hands or use alcohol based sanitizer after contact with any high touch surfaces (counters, work desks, door knobs elevator buttons, multi use computers etc.)
- Follow, at all times, updated infection control and prevention practices as outlined by the CDC, CDPH, and Riverside County Department of Public Health. If no surgical masks are available for patient care or if you have any concerns about your safety, please call the emergency hotline at (951) 827-8275 or email Student Affairs or education dean immediately.
- Wear a medical grade facemask when indicated by local transmission rates, even when not performing patient care in clinical settings or inside buildings.
- Cloth face masks are not considered PPE.
- Discard face mask when leaving hospital/clinical site or immediately when soiled or damaged.
Needlestick/Blood Borne Pathogen Exposure
Students should follow the Exposure Protocol outlined in the student handbook for exposures.
Students who need support with an exposure incident should call the dean’s exposure support line: (951) 827-8275. This number is available for emergencies 24/7. SOM leaders take turns covering this number.
Remember that all students are required to report exposures to Student Affairs within 24 hours.
Health, Support & Wellness
- SOM Student Support and Wellness - Contact: Amanda Smith, Director
- Suicide Prevention and Awareness Crisis Response
- SOM Financial Aid
- UCR's Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS) 24/7
Counseling available free of charge for all students.
- Crisis Text Line 24/7
Text HOME to 741741 to connect with a crisis counselor
- Off-Campus Counseling
- Livehealth Online
- UCR Student Health (951) 827-3031
- UCR CARE Office (951) 827-6225
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (800) 273-8255
- UCR Diversity Offices
- UCR Wellness Center
- UCR Basic Needs Pantry
- UCR R’Closet Professional Clothing Assistance
Mistreatment & Conduct
- SOM Grievance Committee Email Address (951) 827-7826
- SOM Professionalism Concern Reporting
- UCR Office of the Ombuds (951) 827-3213
- UCR Title IX Office (951) 827-7070
- SOM Equity Advisors
Important Policies and Forms (SOM)
- SOM Medical Student Handbook
- SOM LACE Student Handbook
- SOM Travel
- SOM Conflict of Interest
- SOM Emergency and Planned Absences
- SOM Forms, Policies & Procedures
- SOM Clerkship Guide