University of Vermont

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Office of Primary Care and Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) Program

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Student Projects

 

CURRENT PROJECTS

UVM COM Students Present Public Health Projects

Students in the UVM College of Medicine Class of 2018 presented posters and explained findings from 16 different Public Health projects at a public reception and celebration on January 20, 2016. One project, “Addressing the Opioid Crisis in Vermont: Lessons Learned from Primary Care Physicians,” was sponsored by the UVM Office of Primary Care and statewide Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) Program. The goal of the project was to identify physician barriers to providing office-based opioid treatment (OBOT) in Chittenden County. The students who conducted the study are Timothy Henderson, Molly Markowitz, Adam Petchers, Brittany Rocque, Andrew Sheridan, Nathaniel Sugiyama, and Lindsey Wyatt. Their UVM faculty mentors are Charles MacLean, MD, and Jan Carney, MD, MPH; community faculty members are Beth Tanzmen, MSW, Assistant Director, Vermont Blueprint for Health, and Elizabeth Cote, director, Office of Primary Care and AHEC.

Of the 25 primary care physicians interviewed, non-office-based opioid treatment providers more frequently reported that OBOT patients were challenging. OBOT providers more frequently acknowledged the stigma associated with OBOT. Both groups of physicians expressed a desire for increased state support for OBOT. The student recommendations are: increased state support/resources for OBOT; mentorship of new OBOT providers by experienced OBOT providers; and generation of OBOT best practice guidelines for primary care providers.

Asked what they were most surprised by in their study, Lindsey Wyatt said it was the fact that almost every provider said OBOT was easier and more rewarding than they thought it would be.

The Class of 2018 medical students working on this project found that "the five most frequently reported barriers were: insufficient state logistical support, challenging patient population, practice infrastructure/capacity, time, and provider fears/concerns. Seventy-nine percent of non-prescriber PCPs said that they would provide OBOT if the identified barriers were removed."

“Addressing the Opioid Crisis in Vermont: Lessons Learned from Primary Care Physicians.” (PDF)

 

MedQuest 2016

MedQuest is a college campus-based health careers exploration program for Vermont high school students; they live in a dormitory and have a variety of didactic and shadowing experiences during a week-long experience. Medical Student Positions are open to UVM College of Medicine students and other health professions students. Your role as a Medical Student Leader  is to help deliver components of the designed programs, to serve as a role model for the students, and to be 24/7 staff and chaperones during the week.  A total of six MedQuest programs will be offered this summer around the state and in Burlington. 

2016 Champlain Valley AHEC MedQuest

Champlain Valley Area Health Education Center (Contact Melissa Rixon, mrixon@cvahec.org)

Champlain Valley MedQuest is a 4-day commitment, plus one, 2-4 hour training session in June. Each session focuses on a different career pathway in health care. The training date/time will be set by mutual agreement. Compensation is $670, with room and board included.

University of Vermont, Burlington

Therapeutic Services, Monday - Thursday, June 20-23, 2016

Diagnostic Services, Monday - Thursday, June 27-30, 2016

Counseling and Mental Health Services, Wednesday - Saturday. July 6-9, 2016

2016 Northeastern Vermont AHEC MedQuest

Northeastern Vermont Area Health Education Center (Contact Kim O'Connor, koconnor@nevahec.org)

Northeastern Vermont AHEC is seeking four graduate health professions students to serve as mentors and supervisors for twenty high school students during MedQuest Health Careers Exploration Week. This is a unique opportunity to explore rural and primary care in the Northeast Kingdom and central Vermont. MedQuest is a seven-day commitment, including a one-day orientation on Saturday, June 25th. The program duration is six days and five nights. Compensation is $1,000, with room and board included.

Johnson State College, Johnson; June 26 - July 1, 2016

2016 Southern Vermont AHEC MedQuest

Southern Vermont Area Health Education Center (Contact Beth Brothers, bbrothers@svahec.org)

Southern Vermont MedQuest is a six-day commitment beginning the Sunday of each program, plus a training session in Burlington in May. This date/time is set by mutual agreement. Must have a valid driver's license and will be expected to transport students in a rental vehicle. Compensation is $1,000, with room and board included.

MedQuest West: Southern Vermont College, Bennington; June 26 - July 1, 2016

MedQuest East: Vermont Academy, Saxton River; August 7-12, 2016

Advanced MedQuest: University of Vermont, Burlington; July 26-30, 2016

 

AHEC Summer Student Opportunities 2016

The UVM Office of Primary Care is pleased to offer opportunities for student projects during the summer of 2016. The Vermont Area Health Education Centers Program (AHEC) is a federally funded program with a mission to improve the health of our communities through the development of the health care workforce. 2016 AHEC Summer Projects are designed to offer interprofessional community based service learning opportunities for UVM College of Medicine students, Nurse Practitioner and other graduate health professions students.

2016 Champlain Valley AHEC Summer Project

Champlain Valley Area Health Education Center (Contact Judy Wechsler, jwechsler@cvahec.org)

Champlain Valley AHEC is seeking an inter-professional team of 2 graduate-level students such as a medical student along with either a nurse practitioner or social work student.  The team will be working in the Champlain Valley area as part of an experiential community based learning opportunity. Specific project details to be determined.  Personal transportation is required. Check out our web site for examples of past summer student community Projects http://www.cvahec.org/programs/college-student/student-projects/ahec-summer-projects/

CVAHEC Summer Project Dates to be determined: $1,000 stipend for 100 hours.

2016 Northeastern Vermont AHEC Summer Project

Northeastern Vermont Area Health Education Center (Contact Laura Remick, lremick@nevahec.org)

Northeastern Vermont AHEC is seeking an inter-professional team of up to 3 graduate-level health professions students including but not limited to: a medical student, nurse practitioner student or social work student.  The team will be working a rural area of northeastern or central Vermont as part of an experiential community based learning opportunity. Specific project details will be determined.  Personal transportation is required. Housing can be arranged. Check out our website for examples of past summer  student community  projects at: http://nevahec.org/interior.php/pid/114/sid/611

NEVAHEC Summer Project, dates to be determined, $1,000 for 100 hours.

2016 Southern Vermont AHEC Summer Project

Southern Vermont Area Health Education Center (Contact Susan White, swhite@svahec.org)

Southern Vermont AHEC will not be offering a summer project in 2016. Check out our web site for examples of past summer student community projects http://www.svahec.org/programs/college-student/student-projects/

 

Charles MacLean MD
Associate Dean for Primary Care

Judy Wechsler, Educational Coordinator
Champlain Valley AHEC

Charlotte Reback
Associate Professor of Family Medicine

Laura Remick, HCOP Project Manager
Northeastern Vermont AHEC

Susan White, Educational Coordinator
Southern Vermont AHEC

2016 MedQuest & Summer Projects APPLICATION (online form)
2016 MedQuest & Summer Projects APPLICATION (PDF)
DEADLINE: March 7, 2016

 

PAST PROJECTS

An Inter-Professional Exploration of Cuba’s Primary Healthcare System

This presentation gives an overview of learning from a June 2014 trip to Cuba by faculty in the University of Vermont Colleges of Medicine, Social Work, and College of Nursing and Health Sciences, medical students, a dental student, dental technician, social work graduate student, nurse practitioner student and members of the Burlington College faculty. The purpose of the course was to gain a better understanding of the Cuban health system, particularly the role of primary care, and the interaction between primary care, public health and the community. Cuba has a well-regarded system of population health and primary care.

Exploring Cuba's Primary Healthcare System (PDF)

 

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