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DEcember 15, 2014 - December 21, 2014

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Useful Websites University Opportunities
Weekly Tips & Tricks (Stay Sane Out There!) Research, Fellowship, and Scholarship
Policy of the Week Arts & Publication
Class Information Lost & Found
Volunteer Opportunities Classifieds (housing, jobs, for sale, etc.)

USEFUL WEBSITES

Student Handbook Ombudsperson Webpage UVM OSR Info
COM Student Activities Calendar Study Spaces 2014 - 2015 Specialty Advisor List
NBME UVM LivingWell Center  
UVM Bored "ONE: News for Our Employees" - The University of Vermont Medical Center" (November Edition) Rotating Room (Sublets)
The University of Vermont Medical Center Grand Rounds "This Week @ The University of Vermont Medical Center" Newsletter AHEC Website
Office of Diversity & Inclusion Medicine Newsletter: "The Chart" (Fall 2014 Edition) <

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Weekly Helpful Tips and Tricks from OMSE:

  1. UVM Office Closure for the Winter Break: The University of Vermont is closed for business (including UVM COM offices) December 24 through January 4th for the winter/holiday break. Regular services will reopen at 8am, on Monday, January 5, 2015. We apologize for any inconvenience. The next WeeklyWire will be released on Tuesday, January 6th; please submit postings to studentCOMservices@med.uvm.edu no later than 8am on Monday, January 5th.
  2. Student Study Space Guide Updated! Thanks to your diligent and hard-working SEG Representatives, the UVM COM Study Spaces guide was recently updated using feedback from upperclassmen. Please take advantage of the many study spaces available to you both on and off-campus. This document will continue to be available under the "Useful Websites" section of the WeeklyWire. Contact Dylan Hershkowitz if you have any questions.
  3. Reserving MED ED Rooms, COM Student Activities Calendar, and posting to the WeeklyWire: Please continue to use our instructions for reserving rooms; there is also a link to a tutorial video at the bottom of the guide should you wish to have a visual explanation. When reserving rooms, you need to do it from your OWN calendar - create the event and invite the room (AND you can invite any people you want as well; people are under the Global Address Book, but searching resources makes it easier to find rooms). If the event is open to UVM COM Community/Students, you can also invite the COM Student Activities Calendar to your event to ensure it is posted to our activities calendar/events webpage. If you wish to reserve non-Med Ed space, EMAIL the event details to studentCOMservices@med.uvm.edu and OMSE will explore alternative space options for you. If you wish to advertise in the WeeklyWire, you must EMAIL the posting to studentCOMservices@med.uvm.edu as you would like it to appear, and please indicate which classes you would like to target. Should you have any questions about this process, please do not hesitate to contact Kiersten Hallquist.
  4. Checking Outlook on Any Web Browser! Did you know you can check your Outlook email from any web browser? Simply visit https://mail.med.uvm.edu and login with your UVM COM Credentials. Note, if you do this on the kiosks in the Student Lounge, you want to indicate you are on a private computer if you wish to print any documents from your email.
  5. Updating Pronoun in UVM System: Did you know you can now choose the pronoun "they" in the UVM registrar system. Sign into myUVM, Go to the Registrar tab, Click the "*preferred name" link under Personal Info, and enter your first name and choose your pronoun!

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Policy of the Week

Grading: Foundations (Policy 540.30)

  1. Most courses in Foundations use the grades of Honors, Pass, Marginal Pass, and Fail. The Marginal Pass grade is a formative grade that does not appear on the official UVM transcript, but is recorded in the student’s College of Medicine file and is reviewed by the Committee on Advancement in its evaluation of student progress.
  2. Some courses in Foundations may use only the grades of Pass and Fail.
  3. Students must pass each institutional competency that is assessed in a course as defined in the course’s syllabus in order to pass the course. Any one competency in which they receive a failing grade must be remediated according to the college’s remediation policy.
  4. For courses that include a clinical skills component, the following policies apply:
    1. The Clinical Skills portion of a course will be graded as Pass or Fail. A final CSE grade is a composite of individual CSE’s within a course.
    2. A student must pass all five components of the CSE to receive a passing grade.
    3. Failure to pass the CSE on the first attempt results in an incomplete. Failure to pass the CSE on the second attempt results in failing the course.
    4. A student must receive a passing CSE grade to pass the course.
    5. All CSE’s within a course must be passed within the first attempt to be eligible for Honors.
  5. Some course components include mandatory attendance. Course Directors will communicate attendance policies in the syllabus.
  6. The course syllabus will indicate policies regarding completion of course assignments, including the matter of whether or not collaborating and communicating with classmates in the completion of an assignment is expected, recommended, optional, or forbidden.
  7. Grades in all Foundations courses will be assigned based on the following numerical scale:
    1. Honors*: 93.00 or above
    2. Pass: 75.00 to 92.99
    3. Marginal Pass: 70.00 to 74.99
    4. Fail: Below 70.00
  8. The process for appealing a grade is specified in the Review of Academic and Professional Performance policy.

*Should less than 10% of the students attain a numerical score of 93.00%, Honors will be assigned to the top 10%.

Foundations Post-Exam Review and Re-Grading of Exams

Each secure examination in Foundations will be subjected to a post-exam item performance analysis. Statistical analysis of the performance of the class on each question to determine quality and fairness of exam items will be used. This analysis may result in removal of invalid items from the exam with subsequent rescoring.

End of Foundations Clinical Skills Examination

To be eligible to take the End of Foundations exam, all required Foundations course work must be successfully completed. Students must pass the End of Foundations CSE before they can advance to the Clerkship Level. Failure on the first attempt requires remediation and a retake of the exam. Failure on the second attempt requires review by the Committee on Advancement.

View the this policy and others in the University of Vermont College of Medicine Student Handbook, NOW ONLINE >>

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CLASS INFORMATION

Class of 2015:

  • Ordering Regalia for 2015 Commencement Ceremony: In just a few short months you will be graduating from the College of Medicine. In preparation for May’s Commencement, you need to order your regalia now, since the University’s medical regalia is custom made and will take several months to produce. To assure proper delivery for Commencement, please order your regalia through the UVM Bookstore website, by Friday, January 30, 2015. DO NOT MISS THIS DEADLINE, exceptions will NOT be made. All students MUST wear the complete regalia. You are provided options for ordering in the event you are able to borrow piece from alumni. Please view the ordering process and pricing on the full regalia memo. Contact Brendan Andrews at the UVM Bookstore with any questions at 802-656-1448.
  • New family medicine residency near Jacksonville, FL: We are pleased to announce new family and internal medicine residencies. Please notify the classes of 2015 and 2016, since we were only into ERAS since late October. If you have fewer interviews then expected or need a backup plan this might be a good option for you. Visit their website for more information.
  • DEADLINE OVER THE BREAK - Glens Falls Medical Mission Spring Trip to Guatemala: Our next mission trip will be April 17-25, 2015. We are accepting applications now, and will probably close the application process by about 12/31/14. For those of you who are unfamiliar with our work, we are a non-religious medical and dental mission that has been serving the same towns in the Dept. of Santa Rosa, Guatemala since 1996. We offer general medical, women's care, pediatric and dental services. We bring our own pharmacy. We also provide education for patients, and for local midwives, fire-rescue personnel, and public health clinic staff. We work closely with the Guatemalan dept. of social services and the local public health clinics. We are able to refer patients who need surgical care or follow up. We need physicians, nurses, pharmacists, pharmacy techs, dentists, dental assistants/hygienists, PA's, NP's, midwives, Spanish translators, EMT's and general non-medical helpers. We welcome health profession students who are in their final years of training, along with medical residents. Adult volunteers may bring their spouse or older teen children (over 16 years old) as general assistants. Spanish skills are valuable and welcome, but not required. If you are interested, please see our website for further information and to download an application. Feel free to contact info@gfmmf.org with questions.
  • DEADLINE OVER THE BREAK - Take and Pass the Step 2 CK by December 31: Scores for 2CK take 3 weeks to post. In order for your score to be available to residency programs when they start accepting applications in mid-September you should take Step 2CK by mid-August. In order to have a score by the December 31 deadline you would have to take it no later than the first week in December, but what if, by some chance, you fail it? You won’t have enough time to take it again and get a score to graduate on time. Email Emma Faustner with any questions.

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Class of 2016:

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Class of 2017:

  • TODAY - Radiology SIG Meeting: Interested in Radiology? Interested in having an edge on the next HSF or Generations exam? Interested in pizza? If you said yes to any of those then you should come to the next Radiology SIG meeting on December 15th in Med Ed 201 from 12-1pm. As usual there will be a panel of amazing Radiology residents to assist us in reading some interesting abdominal/pelvic images (who knows, it may help for the upcoming finals for HSF or Generations) and afterward they will answer your questions about the specialty. There will also be a brief and exciting presentation on Interventional Radiology. Hope to see you there! Please contact Katherine Lantz with any questions.
  • DEADLINE TODAY - AAMC Medical School Year Two Questionnaire (Y2Q): The Y2Q is a new AAMC student survey that is administered annually to all second-year U.S. medical students. Survey links were sent to each of you to your email on record in the Student Records System (SRS). You have achieved >75% participation on the AAMC Year 2 Questionnaire and are only 1 of 7 schools out of 140 schools to do so! Thank you for your participation! For those of you who have not completed the survey, GOOD NEWS, you can still do so. The survey will remain open until December 15, 2014 11:59 pm. Tell your friends and tell your friends. Student responses to the Y2Q will be analyzed and presented in a national report and the information will help medical schools understand the climate and culture of medical education. The questionnaire includes topics such as learning climate, adjustment to medical school, and future career goals. Please contact Y2Q@aamc.org if you have any questions.
  • SIGN UP NOW - “How to do Questions”: Thursday, January 15, 2015. 6:00pm – 8:30pm, During this annual event, students will work in small groups on actual NBME exams with successful third and fourth year students. This session will focus on opportunities to practice strategies for answering different types of questions. 6:00pm – 6:30pm we will have pizza, drinks and time to socialize in the Med Ed pavilion lobby. Students will be in small break out rooms by 6:30pm, where they will work with their mentors from 6:30pm – 8:30pm learning “How to Do Questions.” Pizza and soda will be served. Please sign up for your room/group, using our online sign up. Contact Laurey Burris with any questions.
  • Building a Step 1 Schedule Resources are Now Available on COMET! This December 4th workshop began with an introduction from Laurey Burris, the Director of Student Success. Students then broke out to the Med Ed Small Group Rooms. The workshop provided an opportunity for students to talk with those who took the exam and talk about how to create a schedule as well as possible resources to use. Students were able to explore different types of schedules and resources throughout the evening. Schedule examples are now posted on COMET along with the list of mentors who developed the schedules (must be signed into COMET before using the hyperlink). Please contact Laurey Burris with any questions.
  • Summer Intern Scholarships in Cardiothoracic Surgery: Provides first and second year North American medical students with an opportunity to broaden their educational experience by spending eight weeks during the summer working in a North American AATS member's cardiothoracic surgery department. Funded by the AATS Graham Foundation, successful applicants will receive a grant of $2,500 for their living expenses during their eight weeks of training. Deadline: January 9, 2015. Read more on the program website. If you have any questions regarding the aforementioned award or application process please contact the Association’s Administrator, Adam Silva.
  • Summer 2015 Research Program in Diabetes and Obesity: The Medical Student Research Program in Diabetes is sponsored by the National Institutes of Health through the NIDDK and allows medical students to conduct research under the direction of an established scientist in the areas of diabetes, hormone action, physiology, islet cell biology or obesity at an institution with one of the NIDDK-funded Research Centers during the summer between the first and second year or second and third year of medical school. The Program helps students gain an improved understanding of career opportunities in biomedical research and a comprehensive understanding of diabetes, its clinical manifestations and its unsolved problems. Prior research experience is not required. Read more or apply online at the program website. The application deadline for summer 2015 is 11:59pm CST on January 12, 2015. Contact NIDDK Medical Student Research with any questions or concerns.

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Class of 2018:

  • TODAY - Radiology SIG Meeting: Interested in Radiology? Interested in having an edge on the next HSF or Generations exam? Interested in pizza? If you said yes to any of those then you should come to the next Radiology SIG meeting on December 15th in Med Ed 201 from 12-1pm. As usual there will be a panel of amazing Radiology residents to assist us in reading some interesting abdominal/pelvic images (who knows, it may help for the upcoming finals for HSF or Generations) and afterward they will answer your questions about the specialty. There will also be a brief and exciting presentation on Interventional Radiology. Hope to see you there! Please contact Katherine Lantz with any questions.
  • TODAY - Join the NICU Cuddler Team! Are you interested in Neonatology? Do you like spending time with babies? Do you want a free lunch? Please join us on Monday, December 15th from 12:00pm – 1:00pm, in Med Ed 308 for an information session on the NICU Cuddlers Program. We are looking for first year medical students to hold babies in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). This is a great opportunity to interact with the smallest patients in Vermont Children’s Hospital who can be born up to 17 weeks early and in some cases weigh less than one pound. Our role as NICU Cuddlers is to hold, soothe, and comfort babies in the NICU when their parents are not available. Each medical student will be assigned one day of the week to be in the NICU for 3 hours. Volunteer shifts are either 6-9 pm on weeknights or 1-4 pm on the weekends. In that time, you might hold one baby for the entire 3 hours or you might provide comfort to several babies while the nursing staff changes their IV medications or start an IV. There are a lot of students who would like to participate in this program, and preference will be given to students with a strong interest in learning about neonatology and students who can commit to working one day per week for the next year (January 2015-January 2016). Second year students will be available to cover Cuddler shifts while first year students are away or sick. Pizza, salad, and apple cider will be provided during the meeting!!! Please contact Jessie Evangelista, UVM COM Class of 2015, with any questions.
  • A Friendly Reminder to students for whom Student Health Services has indicated an “In Process” immunization status: Please take a moment to check-in with UVM Student Health Services in order to confirm that you are aware of what is still needed and by when. Some of you may want to take advantage of your upcoming vacation time to schedule an appointment with your regular provider. To schedule an appointment with the UVM Health Center, call 802/656-0602 (option #1)— be sure to identify yourself as a COM student. Please contact UVM Student Health Services if you have any questions.
  • Summer Intern Scholarships in Cardiothoracic Surgery: Provides first and second year North American medical students with an opportunity to broaden their educational experience by spending eight weeks during the summer working in a North American AATS member's cardiothoracic surgery department. Funded by the AATS Graham Foundation, successful applicants will receive a grant of $2,500 for their living expenses during their eight weeks of training. Deadline: January 9, 2015. Read more on the program website. If you have any questions regarding the aforementioned award or application process please contact the Association’s Administrator, Adam Silva.
  • Summer 2015 Research Program in Diabetes and Obesity: The Medical Student Research Program in Diabetes is sponsored by the National Institutes of Health through the NIDDK and allows medical students to conduct research under the direction of an established scientist in the areas of diabetes, hormone action, physiology, islet cell biology or obesity at an institution with one of the NIDDK-funded Research Centers during the summer between the first and second year or second and third year of medical school. The Program helps students gain an improved understanding of career opportunities in biomedical research and a comprehensive understanding of diabetes, its clinical manifestations and its unsolved problems. Prior research experience is not required. Read more or apply online at the program website. The application deadline for summer 2015 is 11:59pm CST on January 12, 2015. Contact NIDDK Medical Student Research with any questions or concerns.
  • CUPID Summer Fellowship Program at Johns Hopkins University Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center: The Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins will sponsor a summer fellowship for medical students entitled Cancer in the Under-Privileged, Indigent, or Disadvantaged – The Summer Translational Oncology Program at Johns Hopkins (CUPID). CUPID is a 7-week program, during which medical students participate in cutting-edge cancer research and also learn about the chronic problem of cancer health disparities. This program is partially funded by the NCI, and is focused on medical students who have a demonstrated interest in caring for underserved populations and who are exploring careers in oncology. Key features of the CUPID program are: A structured, mentored research experience in the high profile oncology laboratories of the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins; A series of didactic lectures by senior clinical and research faculty that provide an overview of the molecular basis of cancer, general oncologic principles, problems in clinical oncology and cancer health disparities; Half-day rotations that provide exposure to the clinical practice of medical, radiation and surgical oncology; Special event dinners and other social events to promote interaction among the fellows; and End of program research symposium. By bringing a diverse group of highly motivated students together for an intensive oncology experience early in their training, we expect to instill an enthusiasm for oncology in a group of future caregivers who are most likely to serve the underserved. The summer fellows will be chosen based on their academic records, their history of service, and their interests in oncology and health care disparities. The summer fellows will receive a $5,000 stipend, free housing and a free gym membership for the summer. The application can be completed by visiting our website on or after December 30, 2014. The program will run from June 15 – July 31, 2015. Applications will be accepted from December 30 – February 2, 2015. If there are any questions, please contact us or call the CUPID program administrator, Gail Voelker (410-955-8823).

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VOLUNTEER

UVM COM Community Service Corner!

Catherine Suppan, Class of 2017 Student Council Community Service Chair, has put a bit of work into the Student Council Community Service section of COMET. Please sign into COMET, and check out the COMMUNITY SERVICE section online, now. Check in regularly to see what is available for UVM COM Community Service opportunities! Got an idea for a community service event for the school? Contact Catherine Suppan.

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UNIVERSITY OPPORTUNITIES

TODAY: UVM SPARK-VT Presents Emily Piper

Monday, December 15, 2014, 12:00 – 1:00 pm, in 422 Dudley H. Davis Center. The UVM SPARK-VT Initiative is pleased to host Emily Piper, Executive Director of Burlington Young Professionals & LaunchVT Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce, presenting "LaunchVT as a Resource for Vermont Entrepreneurs." No RSVP required. Contact sparkvt@uvm.edu for more information or visit www.uvm.edu/sparkvt.

UVM Running Team Meeting

Tuesday, December 16th, 12:00pm - 1:00pm, in Med Ed 200. This is the first general meeting for UVM Medical Running Team to share details about the marathon and fundraising cause, Steps to Wellness. Please contact Eric Schmidt or Lindsey Eastman if you have any questions.

WHITE COAT EMBROIDERY DROP OFF – IMPORTANT AND TIME SENSITIVE!

Please remember to drop off your white coats to be embroidered after your CSE on Thursday December 18th. The AMSA SIG will be in the student lounge from 8:15am-4:15pm to collect your coats. If we do not receive your coats on 12/18, they will not be embroidered! You will receive your embroidered coats on January 5, 2015. Please contact Erin Pichiotino with any questions or comments.

Dean's Distinguished Lecture in Medical Professionalism

Monday, January 12, 2015, 4:00 pm, Carpenter Auditorium; Reception to follow in the Hoehl Gallery, Health Science Research Facility. The Dean’s Distinguished Lecture in Medical Professionalism: Barron H. Lerner, MD, PhD, Physician, Historian, Author, Professor of Medicine and Population Health at the New York University School of Medicine and author of The Good Doctor: A Father, a Son and the Evolution of Medical Ethics. Please contact Carole Whitaker with any questions or concerns.

Dr. Barron H. Lerner is a Professor of Medicine and Population Health at the New York University School of Medicine. Dr. Lerner received his M.D. in 1986 and his Ph.D. in history in 1996. His book, The Breast Cancer Wars: Hope, Fear and the Pursuit of a Cure in Twentieth-Century America, published by Oxford University Press, received the William H. Welch Medal of the American Association for the History of Medicine and was named one of the 26 most notable books of 2001 by the American Library Association. Dr. Lerner has published extensively in scholarly journals and contributes essays to The New York Times, Slate, Atlantic.com and The Huffington Post. He has also appeared on numerous NPR broadcasts, including “Fresh Air,” “All Things Considered” and “Science Friday.” Dr. Lerner’s latest book, entitled The Good Doctor: A Father, a Son and the Evolution of Medical Ethics, was published by Beacon Press in May 2014. Learn more about Dr. Lerner >>

Office of Primary Care & AHEC Summer Opportunities Meeting

January 13, 12:00pm - 1:00pm, in the Sullivan Classroom (Med Ed 200). Sign-up at meeting. Med Students, Nurse Practitioner and other graduate health professions students: join us to learn about paid summer 2015 opportunities, including MedQuest and AHEC Summer Projects. If you have any questions or want more information, please contact AHEC (802-656-2179).

UVM Martin Luther King Celebration

Please join us for our Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration, Education and Learning Events January 14 – January 30, 2015. More information will be forthcoming about all of the MLK Celebration, Education and Learning Events.

University Celebration with Keynote Speaker - Wil Haygood

Tuesday, January 20, 2015, presenting 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., in Ira Allen Chapel, and a book signing 5:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Sponsored by President Tom Sullivan, Department of Student Life and the Office of the Vice President for Human Resources, Diversity and Multicultural Affairs.

Wil Haygood, New York Times best-selling author of The Butler: A Witness to History, Associate Producer of the award-winning motion picture The Butler and acclaimed Washington Post Reporter.

THIS IS A TICKETED EVENT. Tickets are FREE and available per the following schedule. Starting Monday, January 12, tickets are available to UVM students, faculty & staff (1 ticket with UVM ID). Starting Friday, January 16, tickets are open to the general public (1 per person). Tickets are limited and available at the following locations during business hours: Dudley H. Davis Center, 3rd Floor Information Desk & Waterman Building, Registrar's Office Student Service Center Kiosk (3rd Floor). Please note that the Student Service Center Kiosk in Waterman Building will be closed on Monday, January 19, 2015 in observance of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. The 1st Floor Hoffman Information Desk in the Dudley H. Davis Center will be open on Monday, January 19, 2015 during business hours. To request a disability-related accommodation, please contact ACCESS at 802-656-7753.

View/download/print/share event flyer >>

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RESEARCH, FELLOWSHIP, & SCHOLARSHIP

AATS Member for a Day

Provides an opportunity for North American medical students, general surgery residents, and integrated cardiothoracic surgery residents (I-6) who are within their first three clinical years to accompany an AATS Member Mentor during portions of the 2015 AATS Annual Meeting in Seattle, WA, April 25th – 29. Funded by the AATS Graham Foundation, successful applicants will receive accommodations for up to four nights in an AATS occupied hotel, a $250 meal stipend, and up to $500 to help offset their cost of travel. Deadline: January 9, 2015. Read more on the program website >>

All applications can be accessed through the AATS and AATS Graham Foundation website until Friday, January 9th. If you have any questions regarding the aforementioned award or application processe please contact the Association’s Administrator, Adam Silva.

DEADLINE OVER THE BREAK - American Society of Hematology (ASH) Minority Medical Student Award Program (MMSAP)

The MMSAP provides funding to medical students to engage them in the study of hematology and to help them attain valuable knowledge in the field through completion of a summer research experience and attendance at the ASH annual meeting. Participants receive a stipend to complete an eight- to 12-week summer research project with a mentor. Applications are due March 10, 2015. If you would like to be matched with a research mentor, submit a request by January 2, 2015. For more information, visit www.hematology.org/mmsap. View the flyer >>

Translational Research Training Opportunity at Washington University School of Medicine in Sta. Louis - TL1 Predoctoral Program

This clinical and translational research training opportunity is sponsored by the NIH and promotes clinical research careers for predoctoral students in the allied health professions. The TL1 Program provides support for two programs — Summer (2 month) and Year-Long.

For the TL1 Predoctoral Program, applicants identify potential mentors from a list of more than 200 outstanding clinical researchers. The mentor provides the necessary guidance and support for completion of the candidate’s application. Selected students become active members of the mentor’s laboratory and participate in courses and special seminars. Students receive a stipend, tuition, and year-long trainees receive a travel allowance and paid health insurance benefits.

If you would like more information about our programs, please contact Jay F. Piccirillo, MD, FACS, Director of the TL1 Program (314-454-8255), or visit the TL1 Program website. We welcome applications from your students and know that participating in our program would complement the education they are receiving at University of Vermont College of Medicine.

New England Science Symposium (NESS)

The Harvard Medical School Minority Faculty Development Program (MFDP) and the Biomedical Science Careers Program (BSCP) will hold the fourteenth annual New England Science Symposium (NESS) on Saturday, April 11, 2015 at the Harvard Medical School Joseph B. Martin Conference Center located at 77 Avenue Louis Pasteur in Boston, MA. NESS, established in 2002, provides a platform for postdocs and research fellows; medical, dental and graduate students; post-bacs; college and community college students to share their biomedical and health-related research activities through oral or poster presentations, to engage in discussions related to career development in the sciences, to exchange ideas and to expand their professional networks. Abstracts must be submitted by January 15, 2015. For more information and a tentative agenda, please review the full event memo. Please direct any questions to NESS_MFDP@hms.harvard.edu or 617-432-1133.

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ARTS & PUBLICATION

Student Artwork WANTED!

Student Artwork WANTED for the prevention of mistreatment and The Positive Learning Environment Module. Judy Lewis, Anne Rich, Charmaine Patel and Nathalie Feldman are revising the Learning Environment Module in order to prepare to publish it on the Med Ed Portal (and other venues); therefore, they need to swap the artwork currently being used with art work that is not copyrighted. They believe the module will be a great way to feature our very own students' artistic talents! They are primarily looking for abstract paintings or drawings, but we are open to considering anything! Please contact Dr. Nathalie Feldman if you have any questions.

DEADLINE OVER THE BREAK - 33rd William Carlos Williams Poetry Competition

The William Carlos Williams Poetry Competition, sponsored by the Department of Family and Community Medicine at Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED), is open to medical students attending schools of medicine or osteopathy in the United States and Canada.

Each year hundreds of entries are submitted to the competition and go through a preliminary screening by the Wick Poetry Center at Kent State University, and final judging will be by Richard M. Berlin, M.D., psychiatrist and poet from the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

The first-, second-, and third-place winners will be invited to read their poetry at an awards ceremony at NEOMED. In addition, the editors of the Journal of Medical Humanities review the winning poems and consider them for possible publication in that journal. The entry deadline for the competition is Dec. 31, 2014. Please see the program flyer for additional information about the guidelines and rules for submission.

The top three poets will be awarded $300, $200, and $100 respectively and will be invited to visit NEOMED on Mar. 27, 2015 to read their poems. Their travel expenses will be paid by the Department of Family and Community Medicine. Winning poems will be announced by Mar. 20, 2015.

Please contact Anita Pokorny, M. Ed., Director of Career Development and Advising at Northeast Ohio Medical University, with any questions.

DEADLINE OVER THE BREAK - 2015 Mollie and Paul Hill Student Writing Competition in Medical-Legal Interprofessional Collaboration

In 2015, the Florida State University Center for Innovative Collaboration in Medicine and Law, based in both the FSU College of Medicine and the FSU College of Law, will present awards for the outstanding original papers submitted by a law student and a medical student or medical student resident in response to a question pertaining to collaboration between the medical and legal professions. This writing competition is made possible by the generous gift from Mollie and Paul Hill. You can read the essay prompt, application and paper criteria, format, and judging on the competition poster. All papers must be submitted in the proper format by midnight (EST) on January 2, 2015. Please contact The Mollie and Paul Hill Student Writing Competition with any questions, or visit their website.

Clinical Vignettes Competition!

The Lown Institute, in collaboration with the Do No Harm Project, is calling for applications to the first Do No Harm Project Vignette Competition. The top two vignettes will be eligible for up to two scholarships ($1200/person in reimbursements in accordance with the Scholarship Policy). They will participate in the third annual Lown Institute Conference, March 8-11, 2015 in San Diego, CA AND will give an oral presentation during the Do No Harm Project workshop session on March 10, 2015 at the conference. To learn more about the eligibility and selection criteria, please review the program flyer.

We are seeking clinical vignettes written by trainees describing harm or near harm caused by medical overuse. We want to hear about tests and treatments that are commonly performed and seen acceptable rather than errors or obvious malpractice. We hope you will apply, or encourage your colleagues to apply, for this award to help improve clinicians’ awareness of the harms patients may experience because of overuse and to share ideas about how the delivery of care may be improved in the future.

Applications are due by January 7, 2015, and grant recipients will be announced in late January. Apply at the competition website, today. This program is made possible through the generous support of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

We look forward to receiving the many applications and we expect launching the creative projects will take us a step closer to restoring effective, compassionate and thoughtful medical care. Should you have questions, please do not hesitate to let us know at DoNoHarm@lowninstitute.org.

If you decide to apply, inform Dr. Louis Polish that you submitted an application.

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LOST & FOUND

LOST

Lost something? Email Kiersten Hallquist a description of the item, where and when it was last seen, and who to contact if someone finds the item, and she will happily post it here!

  • Clear glass water bottle with a turquoise, mesh, plastic wrapping - If found, please contact Kiersten Hallquist. It belongs to Dr. Zehle.
  • Mason jar mug with leather wrap - If found, please contact Kiersten Hallquist. It belongs to Dr. Zehle.

FOUND:

Please visit the Office of Medical Education if one of the following items is yours:
(items left unclaimed for more than two weeks will be left as freebies in the student lounge)

  • Red plaid Pro-Fleece Original Gap Clothing scarf
  • Purple Contigo travel mug
  • 32oz or 4 cup clear Ziploc Tupperware container with blue lid
  • One black size M leather finger glove
  • Gray S/M Gap winter cap
  • One fleece-lined off-white knitted finger-glove with leather palm.
  • Dark green University of Vermont small Roaring Spring notebook... no name

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$1800 / 3br - 1700ft² - Lovely house on Mansfield Ave.

Looking for the perfect home in one of Burlington's most sought-after neighborhoods? This 1,700 SF home offers 3 bedrooms on the second floor plus a large office and storage closet on the third floor. Recently updated kitchen with dishwasher, plus plenty of basement storage with a washer/dryer. Only 2 blocks from the hospital/campus, this house connects to an open network of backyards.

A testimonial from the last tenants: "We only planned on staying for a year, but were here for over 2 as we loved the location so much. Our girls absolutely miss playing with all the kids in the back yard and the house worked out perfectly for us."

First month + 1 month security deposit due. Pets negotiable. Please contact Jennifer Green if you are interested. You can view photos on the craigslist posting.

Available Mid December - $700 per month

Room for rent in two bedroom 1.5 bath townhouse. Looking for a quiet professional, mature, non-smoking, conscientious and responsible housemate. Perfect for grad or med students. Designated parking, washer/dryer, deck and perennial garden, pool & tennis courts, and near bike path and Overlook Park (cross country skiing and running trails). Close to interstate and bus line. Includes electric, gas, recycling (composting), and Wi-Fi. Quiet neighborhood (abuts UVM Horticultural Farm). Month to month, 1 month security deposit, references. Sorry, no pets, no smoking! Call (802) 399-1745 if you are interested. View photos >>

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