University of Vermont

College of Medicine

Medical Student Education



Student Governance

Student Council

President - Sarah Gardner
President-Elect - Daniel Haddad
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

Role

Class of 2015 Class of 2016 Class of 2017 Class of 2018
Chair of Administration Sarah Gardner Emily Hadley Strout Bryce Bludevich Taylor Wolfgang

Chair of Students

Emily Rosen Shravan Rao Mohammad Mertaban Stephanie Brooks
Chair of Communications Ryan Hendrix Merima Ruhotina Rebekah Wieland Andre Robinson
Chair of Finance Liqun Chen Daniel Haddad Murtaza Bharmal Paul Baresel
      Chi An (Andy) Liu  
Community Service Coordinators
Class of 2017 (position created) Class of 2018
Catherine Suppan Tudor (Theo) Cisu

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Class Historians
Class of 2015 Class of 2016 Class of 2017 Class of 2018
Lauren Kreiger Janel Martir Samy Ramadan Eric Schmidt

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Wellness Committee

Administrative Support - Dr. Michael Upton
Staff Liaison - Laurey Burris

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 2015 Class of 2016 Class of 2017 Class of 2018
Zoe Agoos Hannah Lowe Hillary Anderson Moshe Bitterman
John John Kelada Laurie Griesinger Justin Genziano Astia Roper-Batker
Collleen Kerrigan Mikaela Rodriguez Danielle Leahy Brett Powers
James McAvoy Kevin Saiki John McLaren Tim Flanagan

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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 2015 Class of 2016 Class of 2017 Class of 2018
Jenna Arruda Nick Field Dylan Hershkowitz Rachel Carlson
Bryan Brown Sarah Johnson William Manning Elizabeth Carson
Benjamin Clements Karl Kristiansen Caleb Seufert Charlotte Hastings
Emily Schloff Reiko Sakai Brian Till Peter Seymour

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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: Kara Klingman, Class of 2015

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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: Darlene Peterson, Class of 2015

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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 2015 Class of 2016 Class of 2017 Class of 2018
Michael Cunningham Nicholas Field Erin Pichiotino  

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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 2015 Class of 2016 Class of 2017 Class of 2018
Calvin Kagan Priyanka Chilakamarri Brian Till  
Peter Wingfield      

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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 2015 Class of 2016 Class of 2017 Class of 2018
Peter Wingfield Herman Kalsi Michael Hudson  

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Student Executive Board

President - Sarah Gardner
President Elect - Daniel Haddad
Administrative Support - Dean Morin, Dean Jeffries, Dean Zehle

The purpose of this board is to increase dialogue between major student committees and COM administrators, and to coordinate the activities of student leadership. Student representatives to the board include of members of Student Council, SEG, Wellness, and OSR representatives. Dr. Rick Morin (Dean of the College of medicine), Dr. William Jeffries (Associate Dean of Education), and Dr. Christa Zehle (Associate Dean of Students) serve on the board.

A representative is chosen internally from each class year from within each student committee (Student Council, SEG, and Wellness). All AAMC OSR representatives and MCC representatives serve on the Executive Board.

President - Vanessa Patten
President Elect - Sarah Gardner

Representatives
Student Council SEG Wellness
Sarah Gardner Sarah Johnson Justin Genziano
Daniel Haddad Emily Schloff Kevin Saiki
Rebekah Wieland Will Manning  

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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 2015 Class of 2016 Class of 2017 Class of 2018
Andy Jones Katia Chavez Samin Shehab  

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UVM Board of Trustees, Student Member

Raj K. Thakrar

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Last modified December 09 2014 04:07 PM