XU among 24 PH universities allowed for limited F2F classes

24 higher education institutions including XU had been permitted by CHED to hold limited face-to-face classes for those in health-related degree programs effective on the second semester of AY 2020-2021.

On March 26, the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) had a press release on permitting XU to hold limited face-to-face classes effective in the second semester of AY 2020-2021, along with 23 other higher education institutions (HEI’s) all over the country. However, this approval only prioritizes the health-related degree programs specifically those in the third and fourth year level.

According to the Dean of Xavier University Dr. Jose P. Rizal School of Medicine (XUJPRSM) Ruth Beltran, “Only the Department of OB-GYN identified two basic skills that require face-to-face supervision considering its complexity and the perceived risk of harm that the clinical clerk could put the patient into if he does not know the actual steps of the performance of these skills.” Level three students need to be knowledgeable of the pelvic examination and cervical cancer screening, and the repair of suturing of episiotomy. Beltran adds, “The repair of an episiotomy wound as well as the performance of a complete gynecologic examination and cervical cancer screening procedure are basic skills that are highly technical and need actual supervision and guidance which is very difficult to ensure on an online medium. Inability to get well versed with the performance of these skills may result to a [sic] patient’s harm.”

An informed consent slip has been provided to the level three students with the safety precautions that are strictly needed to follow. Starting March 30, only a maximum of 30 students were allowed to physically report to the school at a time for the required sessions. Beltran mentions, “Four hours, twice in the entire remaining term before finals on May 24, 2021.”

The University is also in preparation for the upcoming school year where classes will be starting in August as posted in Memorandum #U2021-56. It mentioned the catch-up plans created to allow students to complete their academic requirements and graduate on time. With this, summer classes will be managed and will be ending on July 23, 2021.

A two-week break is allotted as rest for the student body and faculty members to look forward to the next academic year.C

Alyssa Chantal Moreno

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