Updated 3/18/2020 – 9:00 AM Eastern Standard Time
NCOPE continues to monitor the evolving coronavirus disease (COVID-19) from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization, local and national government statements and its potential impact to residency program education and academic programs.
While we at NCOPE continue our work as usual, all staff are currently working remotely. As a cloud-based organization with a strong infrastructure, we are prepared to manage NCOPE business continuity virtually. We anticipate no impact to our accreditation services and are confident in our ability to continue serving our customers, with little interruption. You can continue to call or email us for any of your needs.
NCOPE staff have whatever they need to work remotely if needed and to continue doing their jobs securely. We have increased channels of internal communication, and as always, prioritize communication with you, our education and residency community, so you can remain focused on your business challenges and goals.
We have received several questions regarding NCOPE response to programs that experience operational disruptions (e.g. university closures, clinical site restrictions, etc). NCOPE supports the efforts of residency programs and institutions to determine the best alternatives for residents and graduate students to complete their program/degree requirements if the current conditions disrupt normal operations. NCOPE’s expectations are that programs continue to provide opportunities for knowledge and skills to be developed, and that programs are confident in the competencies of their graduates/residents to enter the workforce.
Please note that external regulatory requirements beyond NCOPE should be considered as you engage in contingency planning. To better assist you in that planning, we also strongly encourage you to consult with your university, institutional accrediting agency, and state’s regulatory/licensure guidelines as well as United States Department of Education policies. The following resources may help you in your planning:
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/index.html
United States Department of Education
- General Information: COVID-19 (“Coronavirus”) Information and Resources for Schools and School Personnel
- Office of Postsecondary Education/Federal Student Aid: Guidance for interruptions of study related toCoronavirus (COVID-19)
This situation is evolving, and we will continue to monitor the situation as one of our top priorities. Please feel free to share this information with anyone in your program/institution find appropriate.