Novel coronavirus (COVID-19)

Information and Updates

We want to hear from you

The University of Calgary has new measures in place as part of the back to campus strategy for this fall. To help the Cumming School of Medicine’s (CSM) leadership team better understand how the CSM community is feeling about our return to campus, an anonymous feedback form has been created. We encourage you to share your questions, concerns and new ideas with us. Information on how we are addressing your concerns will be shared in future CSM Updates and on the CSM website.

How to Mentally Prepare for a Return to Campus

Many of us who will be returning to campus in some form or fashion in the coming months may be struggling with the upcoming transition. Some faculty and staff are eagerly anticipating a return to campus to engage with colleagues and students; some may be apprehensive of leaving the safety of our homes to return to an office environment.

Each of us will react differently to our re-entry and we will need to take extra care of ourselves and our colleagues during this phase.

Be sure to review the university’s COVID-19 response site for information on safety.

  • Imagine scenarios you might encounter when back on campus — this can help you “gear up” emotionally.
  • Establish/re-establish a sleep schedule – with many of us working from home (WFH) with no commute and juggling family responsibilities, our boundaries around sleep may have been impacted.
  • Do a dry run before your official return to work date (e.g. check out the commute, pop into the office to re-familiarize yourself with your workspace, etc.).
  • Refresh your work area — having a pleasing, clean and organized workspace can reduce stress; consider bringing a small plant to the office if it is permitted.
  • Prepare for a wardrobe change — research suggests that work attire makes us feel more confident and professional and can help us transition back into our roles.
  • Understand your own needs for physical distancing — if you anticipate needing physical distancing from others when you return to make you feel safe, practice communicating this to your colleagues.

Archive of updates from Dr. Jon Meddings