Disclaimer: This is not an official statement from Imperial College. This is just me deciding to write a blog to update people as I ran out of things to do during isolation 🙂
Imperial has been responding vigilantly to the COVID19 crisis. The Faculty of Medicine had been emailing us updates over the past few days detailing how we should proceed during these uncertain times. We are all trying to adapt to this fast-changing situation the best we can.
Difficult decisions were made. Clinical exams were duly cancelled. All teaching will be delivered remotely for the rest of the academic year. Written exams will be set online! Yes, I will do my summative exams in my bedroom. The campus has gone through a 48-hour transition period to be run remotely.
No one expected the academic year to end so abruptly. The first-years feel robbed of experiencing so many new things. The final-years feel robbed of getting to say goodbye to Imperial. I know those things may feel small and trivial when you think of the bigger picture but I thought they are still worth being acknowledged.
It wasn’t only bad news. Professor Robin Shattock’s Lab, within the Department of Infectious Diseases at the Faculty of Medicine, developed a prototype vaccine for COVID19 with the hope of starting human trials soon. The ICSM-V group (ICSM Volunteers) was set-up to provide opportunities for medical students from all years to volunteer. This is to help alleviate some of the pressures that COVID19 placed on our healthcare system.
That’s it for this one. I hope it was a good read. In the meantime, please stay safe and look after yourselves and those around you.