University of Vermont

Larner College of Medicine

Medical Student Education

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Learning Environment

The Larner College of Medicine is committed to creating and maintaining a learning environment that supports and encourages respect for every individual, and promotes the development of professionalism in medical students.

All faculty, staff, medical students and residents on the medical center campus, and across all instructional sites, share responsibility for creating a positive and supportive learning environment. Our goal is to create a culture that enhances patient care, scholarship and research, commitment to the health care needs of society, and the ability of all members of the Larner College of Medicine community to interact and carry out their responsibilities in the best way possible.


As part of their formal training, medical students learn the importance of demonstrating the attributes of a professional and understand the balance of privileges and obligations that the public and the profession expect of a physician. The importance of understanding and possessing the professional attributes expected of physicians is emphasized throughout the Vermont Integrated Curriculum, beginning with Orientation, continuing throughout the Foundations curriculum, and further developed in the third and fourth year clinical experiences.

Policies and Standards

The policies and standards that outline the Larner College of Medicine expectations of professional conduct include:

For additional Larner College of Medicine policies, please review the Medical Student Handbook.

Learning Environment and Professionalism Committee

The joint Learning Environment and Professionalism Committee includes members from the College and the hospital, charged with reviewing and recommending initiatives and policies to support professional behavior across the academic medical center and at our affiliates. The Committee reports directly to the Dean, and seeks input from the Ombudsperson in identifying issues and opportunities.

Student Mistreatment and Reporting

Allegation or observations of mistreatment or unprofessional behavior can be reported:

  • To the Associate Dean for Students or any member of the Larner College of Medicine community that a student feels comfortable sharing the information with, including members of the Committee on Wellbeing, the Director of Student Success, their Primary Advisor or their Subspecialty Advisor.
  • The Confidential Reporting System can be accessed by logging in to COMET, under the COMET Tools, to the left of every student's dashboard.

Learn more about mistreatment reporting >>

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