Travel advisory information that resided at the bottom of this page can be found on the new GSBS Alerts Travel Advisories page
CDC issues new guidelines for fully vaccinated individuals
On March 8, the CDC released guidance for people who have been fully vaccinated, stating they can start to do some of things that they had stopped doing because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Specifically, people who are fully vaccinated can visit indoors with other fully vaccinated people without wearing masks or social distancing. Read more here.
CDC updates guidelines for quarantine
- Are fully vaccinated (i.e., ≥2 weeks following receipt of the second dose in a 2-dose series, or ≥2 weeks following receipt of one dose of a single-dose vaccine)
- Are within 3 months following receipt of the last dose in the series
- Have remained asymptomatic since the current COVID-19 exposure
*Students and faculty working in MD Anderson labs: Please note that this update does not impact or change the quarantine guidelines at the cancer center. Click here for more information (Requires MD Anderson credentials to access).
How to make your own mask:
If you are experiencing symptoms related to COVID-19, please seek medical assistance immediately. Do not come to work or lab. Students can utilize these resources:
- UTHealth Student Health Services (713-500-5171 during regular business hours and 713-500-5173 after hours)
- MD Anderson Employee Health & Well-being: 713-745-6900 or EHOccHealth@mdanderson.org. MD Anderson Graduate Assistants: Employee Assistance Program (EAP) has extended its hours with Physicians available at these times:
Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Friday 7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
You can also make a doctor visit remotely if needed by activating your MDLive account.
Ombuds Office at MD Anderson and UTHealth available to all graduate students:
If you need counseling services, UTHealth Student Counseling services via telecounseling and telepsychiatry. Click here for complete details. There is also a 24-hour hotline for crisis assistance: 713-500-4688. Financial constraints should not deter students from speaking to a counselor, please call 713-500-5171 to find out more information.
UTHealth EAP also offers a variety of services, including free and confidential counseling and consultation services with a licensed mental health professional, legal and financial resources, and work-life referrals. During COVID-19, even more resources are being offered at no cost, and tele-health services are available. To find out more, visit UTHealth EAP's dedicated resource page or call 713-500-3327 to speak with an EAP representative. These services are accessible to all GSBS students. (Use your UTHealth credentials to access the links above.)
Prescription information: If you have student or employee insurance, Express Scripts has lifted the refill-too-soon policy. They can accommodate early refills and can provide up to a 90-day supply.
Child care: GSBS GRAs at MD Anderson can utilize Bright Horizons Houston for child care needs. This is currently the only option for any GSBS students. See link for complete details (requires MD Anderson credentials to access.)
Essential personnel in need of child care can also find available options here: https://findchildcare.collabforchildren.org/
Family Meals to Go from MD Anderson Café Anderson
MD Anderson Dining Services wants to make meal decisions a little easier by offering Family Meals to Go for personnel still working in the TMC. Designed to feed a family of four, family meals come cold and include heating instructions, plus all condiments and paper goods. Meals are sold at cost and are available for pick up from Café Anderson in the Main Building, Floor 1, near Elevator C. Click here for complete details and instructions on how to order.
MD Anderson is hosting Live Your Best Life Fair for the month of January
With 2020 behind us and with hope for a brighter 2021, the MD Anderson Wellness and Recognition and Leadership Institute teams are once again hosting the Live Your Best Life Fair, but this time in a virtual format. There will be a series of short virtual sessions and live events throughout January. All sessions will be recorded and made available online. Click here to learn more about upcoming events (requires MD Anderson credentials to access).
The Graduate School held several wellness webinars for students during the month of April. Below are the resources from those sessions:
Resources from previous GSBS COVID-19 student wellness seminars can be downloaded by clicking on the links below:
April 9: Transitioning from Bench To Home: Best Practices for Working Remotely: Presentation (PPT file)
April 22: Managing Stress and Anxiety During COVID-19: Presentation (PPT file)
April 29: COVID-19 Wellness Check-in: Presentation (PPT file)
Documents & presentation:
MD Anderson COVID-19 Wellness PDF Please note that some links in the document require an MD Anderson login, but these links can also be accessed via an internet search.
UTHealth EAP & Student Counseling Services recorded wellness presentations can be viewed here (requires UTHealth credentials to access).
Social media and additional links:
UTHealth's Student Counseling Services Wellness blog
MD Anderson COVID-19 Self-Care Resources (requires MD Anderson credentials to access)
BeWell@MDAnderon Facebook page
UTHealth EAP Emotional Health Resources