University of Vermont

College of Medicine

Medical Student Education



Student Governance

Student Council

President - Mohammad Mertaban
President-Elect - Stephanie Brooks
Administrative Support - Dr. Christa Zehle
Staff Liaison - Kiersten Hallquist

The Council represents all students enrolled at UVM COM. Duties include, but are not limited to, serving as a liaison between the student body and administrative offices, oversight of the class budgets and Student Interest Groups, and promotion of camaraderie among students through creation of various social functions, including class events, formals and the Osler Banquet.

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UVM College of Medicine Special Interest Groups (SIGs)

Getting involved with interest groups is a great way for students to learn more about various careers in medicine. Students can connect with faculty, community physicians, residents, and senior medical students to learn more about career options, research and educational opportunities, shadowing opportunities, and even residency application tips.

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Class Representatives

 

Class of 2017 Class of 2018 Class of 2019 Class of 2020
Chair of Administration Bryce Bludevich Taylor Wolfgang Sravana Paladugu  
Chair of Students Mohammad Mertaban Stephanie Brooks Hyunsoo No  
Chair of Communications Rebekah Wieland Andre Robinson James Duguay  
Chair of Finance Murtaza Bharmal Paul Baresel Niketu Patel  
    Chi An (Andy) Liu    
Community Service Coordinators
Class of 2017 Class of 2018 Class of 2019 Class of 2020
Catherine Suppan Theodore Cisu Sean Closs  

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Class Historians
Class of 2017 Class of 2018 Class of 2019 Class of 2020
Allie Brown Eric Schmidt Chantal Mendes  

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Wellness Committee

Administrative Support - Dr. Michael Upton

The Wellness Committee serves to promote the health of the student body through educational and recreational events within UVM COM. The group runs monthly peer support group meetings, provides confidential one-on-one peer support, and can connect students to mental health resources both within the university and the broader community. The committee continuously works to implement new ideas that promote the overall wellness of the student body, such as art afternoons, monthly fresh Fridays, a workshop with dieticians, and outdoor activities such as bird watching.

Class Representatives
Class of 2017 Class of 2018 Class of 2019 Class of 2020
Hillary Anderson Moshe Bitterman Stephanie Kulaga  
Justin Genziano Astia Roper-Batker Benjamin Smith  
Danielle Leahy Brett Powers Florence DiBiase  
John McLaren Tim Flanagan Drew Corse  

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Student Education Group (SEG)

Administrative Support - Dr. Bill Jeffries
Staff Liaison - Sheri Youngberg

The Student Education Group is comprised of students dedicated to and actively involved in the improvement of the medical school curriculum. Representatives from each class meet once a month with the Senior Associate Dean of Medical Education, Dr. William Jeffries, to discuss a variety of issues pertaining to the student experience within the Vermont Integrated Curriculum (VIC). The group’s responsibility is to act as a liaison with faculty to provide a unified student point of view, and to appropriately bring pertinent educational issues to the attention of faculty and course directors. SEG is charged with reviewing course evaluations written by students at the close of each Foundations course and presenting that data to the Foundations Committee, which oversees the pre-clinical portion of the curriculum.

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Class Representatives
Class of 2017 Class of 2018 Class of 2019 Class of 2020
Dylan Hershkowitz Rachel Carlson Chris Bernard  
William Manning Elizabeth Carson Marc Vecchio  
Caleb Seufert Charlotte Hastings Laura Director  
Brian Till Peter Seymour Lawrence Leung  

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Foundations Committee

This committee is responsible for oversight of the pre-clinical portion of the curriculum, spanning the first and second years. The committee is chaired by Dr. Paula Tracy (Foundations Curriculum Chair), and is comprised of course directors, Dr. William Jeffries (Senior Associate Dean for Medical Education), the COMET manager, a Coordinator from the Dana Medical Library, and one student representative.

The election is held in the spring and is open all members of the third year class. Two months prior to end of the academic year, SEG calls for paragraphs of intent. A vote is held internally, and selection must be approved by the Office of Medical Student Education (OMSE).

Current Representative: James Levins IV, Class of 2016

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Clerkship Committee

This committee is charged with oversight of clinical aspect of the curriculum, which begins in the second year. The body performs an ongoing review of clerkship rotations at all affiliated hospitals, including evaluation of overall student exam performance and other student proficiency outcomes. The committee is comprised of each Clerkship Director, Dr. Tania Bertsch (Clerkship/Bridge Curriculum Chair), Dr. William Jeffries (Senior Associate Dean for Medical Education), and one student representative.

The election is held in the spring and is open to all members of the third year class. Two months prior to end of the academic year, SEG calls for paragraphs of intent. A vote is held internally, and selection must be approved by the Office of Medical Student Education (OMSE).

Current Representative: Tara Higgins, Class of 2016

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Medical Curriculum Committee (MCC)

Administrative Support - Dr. Bill Jeffries
Staff Liaison - Sheri Youngberg

MCC is the highest committee involved with curricular oversight at the College of Medicine, bridging Foundations and Clerkship. The committee continuously reviews and evaluates educational programs and makes recommendations to the faculty, the Advisory Council, and the Dean of the College of Medicine. This committee is comprised of the Dr. William Jeffries (Senior Associate Dean for Medical Education), 15 members of the faculty (seven appointed by the Dean and eight elected by the faculty) and one student representative from each class. Students serve as full voting members.

Class Representatives
Class of 2017 Class of 2018 Class of 2019 Class of 2020
Matthew Shear Curtis Gwilliam    

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Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Organization of Student Representatives

Administrative Support - Dr. Christa Zehle
Staff Liaison - Kiersten Hallquist

The Organization of Student Representatives (OSR) is the student wing of the AAMC, with each medical school sending delegates to biannual AAMC conferences. UVM OSR representatives serve as a link between COM and the organization, presenting those areas where COM can serve as a model for other medical schools, and bringing back relevant innovations from other institutions.

Class Representatives
Class of 2017 Class of 2018 Class of 2019 Class of 2020
Brian Till Kathryn Anderson Brian Rosen  

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Committee on Advancement

Administrative Support - Dr. Christa Zehle
Staff Liaison - Kiersten Hallquist

This committee is responsible for monitoring the progress of medical students struggling academically and assessing their ability to continue in the curriculum. The committee’s processes are outlined extensively in the student handbook. The committee is comprised of faculty members and one student representative from each class. Student representatives serve as full voting members, but do not vote in cases related to members of their class year.

Class Representatives
Class of 2017 Class of 2018 Class of 2019 Class of 2020
Michael Hudson Maggie Graham Lindsay Howe  

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Dean's Advisory Council on Diversity & Inclusion (DACDI)

Administrative Support - Dr. Margaret Tandoh
Staff Liaison - Tiffany Delaney

The DACDI makes recommendations to the Dean in support of creating a diverse and inclusive community and acts as a catalyst to further the goal of creating a community of mutual engagement for all identity groups. The Committee is comprised of faculty, staff,

Members will:

  • Research, monitor and report on institutional efforts
  • Identify needs and areas of concern
  • Propose policies and programs
  • Collaborate with campus organizations

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Representatives
Class of 2017 Class of 2018 Class of 2019 Class of 2020
Samin Shehab Soraiya Thura Lindsay Howe  

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UVM Board of Trustees, Student Member

Soraiya Thura, Class of 2018

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Last modified June 02 2016 09:24 AM