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Office of Medical Student Education Enewsletter
september 2012

Below: Medical Students join The Nature Conservancy of Vermont at the LaPlatte River Marsh project.

Medical Students join Nature Conservancy

Global Health Series Starts October 2

GlobeMagid Sadigh, MD, a member of our Danbury affiliate faculty and the first director of the Global Health Center at Western Connecticut Health Center, will kick off a monthly series of evening classes on global health for medical students, residents and faculty, on Tuesday, October 2 at 5:00 pm, in the Sullivan Classroom (MEC 200). Dr. Sadigh, an infectious disease specialist who has spearheaded a number of global medicine programs, will be working with UVM faculty and national leaders to bring in-depth exploration of the issues faced in delivering health care in resource-limited sites. Information on programs and opportunities will be available for all those interested in global health, as well as details on a planned Global Health Elective for fourth-year medical students.

  • Read a news story about Dr. Sadigh and the Global Health Center.
  • Read medical student Peter Cooch’s award-winning essay about his experience in Guatemala.


Nicholas WilkieThird-year medical student Nicholas Wilkie, a veteran programmer, volunteers with the humanitarian-aid organization Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), also known as Doctors Without Borders. Wilkie is developing software that stores cholera patients’ medical records on a smartphone. The organization plans to pilot the software in several months. “We’re going to have phones on the ground in Africa,” says Wilkie, who wants to train in emergency medicine and become a career physician with MSF. If all goes well, the program may be adapted for other diseases and perhaps shared with other organizations that do disease surveillance.

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  • View a video of Nick Wilkie demonstrating his electronic health record.

New Study Space in Dana Library

Study roomRenovations are now complete on the new quiet study space for medical students. Dana Library Room #121B opened in September, with 15 individual study carrels fitted with lighting, power and data connections. The room is open during library hours, and is accessible only to medical students with CatCard ID swipe.

The White Coat Ceremony: Did you know?

White Coat CeremonyThe White Coat Ceremony for the Class of 2016 will take place on Saturday, October 20 at 2:00 p.m. at Ira Allen Chapel.

• Originally, lab coats were beige and worn by scientists.
• According to the Arnold P. Gold Foundation, the White Coat Ceremony helps establish a psychological contract for the practice of medicine.
• Initiated on August 20, 1993 at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, this annual ceremony or a similar rite now takes place at over 90 percent of schools of medicine and osteopathy in the United States.


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  • Tuesdays thru October 9: Community Medical School series. FREE. Learn more.
  • October 2: Global Health Series Introduction, 5:00 p.m., Sullivan Classroom.
  • October 5-7: UVM Reunion and Homecoming (COM Open House October 6, 10 a.m.- noon). Learn more.
  • October 6: COM CARES Day. Contact Student Affairs for more information.
  • October 20: White Coat Ceremony, 2:00 p.m., Ira Allen Chapel Learn more.
  • October 27: Halloween Celebration, 8:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m., Billings Lounge. Contact Student Affairs for more information.
  • December 1: Winter Soiree, 8:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m., Sheraton Hotel & Conference Center. Contact Student Affairs for more information.
  • December 10-12: LCME Mock Site Visit
  • Grand Rounds Schedule
  • Fletcher Allen Calendar of Events
  • UVM Student Events


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