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Two St. Mary's Medical Center Departments Share UVM "Best Clerkship" Award

John Caravello, M.D., receives the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology's award from Elise Everett, M.D.
John Caravello, M.D., receives the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology's award from Elise Everett, M.D.

Every year, in late winter, a new group of 114 University of Vermont medical students completes the initial "Foundations" level of the College of Medicine's Vermont Integrated Curriculum. Then it's time for them to grab their white coats and set out on the year-long experience of clinical clerkship with the College's clinical educators at Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington, Danbury Hospital in Connecticut, Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor, and St. Mary's Medical Center in West Palm Beach, Fla. All told, there are 28 clerkship programs that serve College of Medicine students.

Near the end of the clerkship year, the College of Medicine's Office of Student Medical Education surveys the class using the CourseEval system to rate their perception of their many clerkship experiences. Based on these evaluations, the top program is recognized with the "Best Clerkship of the Year Award." This year, two programs at St. Mary's Medical Center, the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology and the Department of Surgery, shared the award.

At a presentation in West Palm Beach earlier this summer, UVM Associate Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences Elise Everett, M.D., presented award plaques to obstetrician John Caravello, M.D., and surgeon Robert Borrego, M.D.

Some of the comments submitted by medical students during the rating process were read aloud at the award ceremony. Students praised the OB/GYN staff for pushing them to work outside their "comfort zones," and for allowing direct student participation in various kinds of deliveries of babies. Surgical clerkship participants cited the ample amount of one-on-one teaching time given by surgeons, and the good balance struck by the program between time in the operating room and time making rounds in the St. Mary's wards.