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Dean's Office Communication on COVID-19 - 2020-08-06

Dear Students,

As MSU begins a new academic year during this uncertain and ever-changing time, it’s important to remember that as future osteopathic physicians we need to protect everyone’s health and follow health recommendations from the state, as well as guidance from MSU’s Community Compact.

Model personal responsibility

As medical students, you must serve as role models to others on campus in engaging in safe health behaviors to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Please remember to take personal responsibility in protecting the health and well-being of fellow Spartans and our communities by:

  • Wearing a face covering
  • Washing your hands
  • Physical distancing
  • Self-monitoring and staying home if you feel sick.

Much of this is outlined in the Community Compact and the Together We Will website.

Become a Mask Ambassador

As part of MSU’s Together We Will campaign, you can become an MSU Mask Ambassador too and share why wearing a mask is important to you. If this is something you are interested in, you can find more details and sign up here.

Get the flu vaccine

Until there is a vaccine, it’s going to take every Spartan to take this seriously and be careful. According to experts and our own Dean Amalfitano, getting a flu vaccine is an easy action to take to prevent a dual infection of the flu and COVID-19.

Educate others

You can also educate people on the facts of the disease—on how it’s spread, on its potential severity, and on ways we can control it. Talk to others one-on-one in a socially distanced manner, using a non-confrontational approach.

As future physicians, you have the moral and professional responsibility to do everything in your power to prevent disease and ensure community health. We trust that you will hold yourself to a high #SpartanDO standard and make smart decisions.


Andrea Amalfitano D.O., Ph.D.
Dean, College of Osteopathic Medicine