LUMC considers it extremely important to protect its patients, students and staff from the risk of spreading the coronavirus. Our patients are often particularly vulnerable and our staff is indispensable: continuity of care is essential for us. Teachers are often doctors or nurses and students also have contact with patients. For this reason, LUMC takes a number of measures with regard to education.
Keep checking this page for up to date information on education policy.
Last update: July 09 2020
General measures for education in the LUMC
In March it was decided that students were no longer allowed to come to LUMC. At that time, all university programmes and the Education Care sector immediately switched to online education and testing. Continuing education and events of Education Care Sector and Boerhaave Continuing education were cancelled until 1 September.
As of 20 May, LUMC is allowed to restart specific on-campus educational activities under certain conditions. This is based on the decision of OC&W, VSNU and Leiden University. In addition to these on campus activities, online education and testing will continue to take place. These general principles apply:
- Education that can take place online will also take place online;
- Buildings will be opened up, but only for timetabled educational activities, internships and research internships.
- Students may only come to Building 1 to pick up and drop off books at the Walaeus library and for their master and medical internships.
- The capacity will be gradually scaled up:
o As of 1 June, a maximum of 20% of the available seat capacity may be used;
o As of 15 June, university teaching activities begin and end between 11:00 and 15:00, or start after 20:00. Students may stay at the university between 15:00-20:00, but educational activities may not end or begin between 15:00-20:00.
Internships and research internships are not limited to these time-restrictions.
- The prioritisation for making teaching rooms available in LUMC is as follows:
o Resuming education in labs/practicals/science internships, where graduates have priority;
o Small-scale education, such as small working groups or (pre)clinical education for which there are no good online alternatives;
o Tentamination / testing that cannot be organised remotely;
o Mentoring and tutoring of vulnerable students;
o Thesis supervision;
Consequences for LUMC education
The drop-down list at the bottom of this page lists the most important consequences for each educational component.
Do you have a question based on the information on this page? Firstly, please have a look at our page with frequently asked questions about education. Is the answer to your question not listed here? For specific questions about education-related topics, please contact email@example.com or the Education Service Point: +31 71 5268700.
Pancras Hogendoorn has a message for students
It's quiet in the lecture halls and the Walaeus Library without students. Dean Pancras Hogendoorn misses them and has a message for them. 'I'm proud of how you're coping with this crisis and continuing your studies digitally or doing volunteer work'.
Updated: July 9
As of 23 March, all university programmes have switched to online education and testing. As of 15 June, in accordance with the general principles (see above), on-campus education will be restarted to a limited extent.
The coordinators will provide you with specific information about remote teaching and testing via Blackboard / Brightspace, or in the manner that is customary in your contact with your coordinator.
We understand that these are far-reaching decisions that can have all kinds of effects on, for example, your study progress, your research, or other aspects of your work or study. We try to overcome as many problems as possible.For specific questions about education-related topics, please visit our FAQ page. Is the answer to your question not listed here? For specific questions about education-related topics, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Start-up on campus education
Education in laboratories / practical / science internships, small-scale education and testing will be started on 15 June in accordance with the general principles (see above).
Specific decisions have been taken for a number of courses:
Master in Medicine:
- As of May 20, resumption of all master's years.
- As of June 15 resumption of the internships.
Reserving study places in the educational buildingStudents with active enrolment can make reservations for study places / rooms in the educational building. These study places / rooms can be reserved on the day itself or for the next day via the contact form, via email@example.com, 071 - 526 8700 or at the desk of the Education Service Point (on working days between 09:00 and 16:45).
- As of June 15, resumption of practical education / internships under the final coordination of Delft University of Technology.
The study places are available until the end of August and can currently be used at the following times:
Please note: the educational building is only accessible with a LUMC pass.
- on Mondays to Fridays between 11 am and 2.45 pm and between 3.15 pm and 7 pm
- on Saturdays between 10 am and 2 pm.
In order to be able to use the educational building safely, hygiene measures apply and it is compulsory to keep a distance of one and a half metres throughout the building. Instructions can be found on banners and flyers on the doors of the education rooms.
Educational activities outside LUMC:
Research internships outside the LUMC may take place under the following conditions:
- Achievement of learning objectives is possible.
- RIVM guidelines are applied.
- The institution/department agrees with the student's arrival and confirms that adequate supervision is present at the location and that the student's safety is not compromised.
- The student confirms that he/she adheres closely to the instructions of the institution/department.
- Should circumstances give reason to do so, or should the situation arise that the student no longer feels safe on (the way to) the location, both the LUMC and the institution as well as the student may decide to interrupt the internship/department.
Online education and testing
The compulsory parts of the education will continue online, unless this is not possible. Please follow the instructions of the coordinator on Blackboard / Brightspace.
The university has drawn up a Code of Conduct for students and instructors for distance learning and participation in online lectures.
Due to the coronavirus and the transition to distance learning and testing, the study guide is no longer up to date on all points. This concerns semester 2 (blocks 3 and 4). From now on, all current information about testing will be communicated to students via Blackboard / Brightspace.
In order to avoid study delays, students are facilitated as much as possible by alternative tests. This means that the tests can be adjusted and are therefore mandatory. In accordance with OER, all students are entitled to resit. Possible moments for retaking tests are:
The LUMC makes use of the online testing facilities of Leiden University. Please read the privacy statement of Leiden University for information about the protection of personal data in online testing.
- Summer: week 29 (13 July - 17 July) + week 30 (20 July - 24 July) are the last two regular testing weeks (resit weeks in accordance with the university's annual overview).
- Additional examination weeks (week 31 (27 Jul - 31 Jul) and/or week 35 (24 - 28 Aug)) will be coordinated with and decided by the university if necessary.
Decisions of the Examination Board
Starting with the master with study delay
- The May 2020 progress review will not take place. Read in the VGT module of Blackboard what this means for you.
- For the Master of Medicine a new policy has been drawn up concerning graduation during the Corona crisis. Read on Blackboard at the general program page of the Master of Medicine what this policy means for you.
- A new Statement of Originality has been drawn up for Leiden University. Please read it carefully.
Would you like to start your Master's degree in Medicine or Vitality & Ageing at LUMC in September, but are unable to complete your bachelor's degree before the end of the academic year? Under certain conditions, you can start your master's degree in September and complete your bachelor's at the same time. For more information, please visit the course page of Medicine (in Dutch) or Vitality & Ageing. The information can be found on Blackboard / Brightspace. All students will also receive a personal mail with explanation and instructions
Travel and abroad
Students are not allowed to travel abroad for study-related activities until 1 February 2021. If students believe that a trip outside the Netherlands is absolutely necessary to avoid a major study delay, they can apply for an exception.
Look for the procedure and conditions applicable on the Blackboard page of Internationalisation and the website of Leiden University.
Update: May 27
Initial and nursing follow-up and medical support courses
As of 15 June, in accordance with the general principles (see above), activities can take place on campus.
Further information will follow via the LUMC Education Care Sector training institute.
For more information, please visit: https://opleidingenlumc.nl (in Dutch).
Boerhaave Continuing Medical Education
Updated: May 27
All on campus refresher courses of Boerhaave Nascholing are cancelled until 1 September. With great enthusiasm we have started to facilitate various forms of online (accredited) refresher courses. From the 1st of September we will start again with small-scale refresher courses on the basis of current measures.
In the near future we will enter into discussions with course committees to explore the various possibilities (physical, blended, online) with each other. By working together, we can continue to facilitate lifelong learning at all times.
Boerhaave Continuing Medical Education is best accessible via firstname.lastname@example.org
Post graduate medical training
Last update: May 27
The coronavirus control policy also affects advanced medical training. Currently, as of 20 May 2020:
- Aios are allowed to 'commute' between institutions in the OOR, e.g. to operate elsewhere, to provide services or to attend education.
- AIOs are allowed to change institutions for short and long work placements, in accordance with the training schedule.
Afspraken over opleiding
- The trainer and the resident make a plan in case of limited work, so that the resident does as much training-related work as possible (at home or in house) and that there is as little delay as possible.
- Joint discussions within an institution may take place in accordance with national policy with regard to one and a half metres and an appropriate group size.
With regard to already planned training visits the following applies:
- Educators and advisors work from home and can be reached by e-mail. Guidance of EFFECT conversations or in-company training is done in consultation, where possible this will be done online.
If you have any questions, please contact Jacqueline Bustraan J.Bustraan@lumc.nl, Merel Spruyt M.M.Spruyt@lumc.nl or Dorine Pauw D.E.Pauw@lumc.nl.
- Training and institutional visits scheduled before 1 September 2020 will be postponed. A new visit date will need to be determined, in which case the RGS advises to wait until there is certainty about the course and consequences of the outbreak.
- This has no consequences for the approvals granted. The current approval will continue until the RGS has made its decision following the (new) visitation.
- The agreements for the visitations that were made after 1 September will remain in force for the time being.
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