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College of Medicine

October 24, 2016 - October 30, 2016

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In This Issue:

Useful Websites University Opportunities
Weekly FYIs From OMSE Research, Fellowship, and Scholarship
Policy of the Week Arts & Publication
Class Information Lost & Found
LCOM Cares Classifieds (housing, jobs, for sale, etc.)
Weekly Wire Archives


Student Handbook Assoc. Dean Drop-In Sessions Activities Calendar
AHEC Website Global Health Vermont Medicine Magazine
Study Spaces "ONE: News for Our Employees" - UVM Medical Center" (Sept. Ed.) UVM OSR Blog
OASIS Log-in UVM Medical Center Grand Rounds Specialty Advisor List
NBME UVMMC Event Calendar/Newsletter UVM LivingWell Center
Diversity & Inclusion Medicine Newsletter: "The Chart"
(Summer 2016 Edition)
UVM Bored

Weekly FYIs from OMSE - We are here to help!

  • Movie Tickets: We did indeed run a movie ticket drawing last week, and it was SUPER hidden. So, ALL fifteen people who found it won a ticket to the Roxy Cinema. Thank you for playing! While we've finished the Fall round of movie ticket giveaways, please continue reading... We will run this again, in the Spring! Affectionately, the Office of Medical Student Education
  • New USMLE First Aid E-Book collection available from Dana Medical Library: This new e-book collection includes study materials for all levels, including Step 1, Step 2 CK and Step 2 CS. It is available online 24/7 with unlimited simultaneous users. Each book can be downloaded as a PDF for individual use. New editions are automatically added to the series when they become available electronically. The list of current titles and editions is below. Find these and all of our USMLE study guides on the research guides webpage. Questions? Contact Alice Stokes.
    • First Aid for the USMLE Step 1 2015 (2016 coming soon!)
    • First Aid Q&A for the USMLE Step 1
    • First Aid Cases for the USMLE Step 1
    • USMLE Pharmacology Review Flash Cards
    • USMLE Road Map Pathology
    • First Aid for the USMLE Step 2 CK
    • First Aid Cases for the USMLE Step 2 CK
    • First Aid Q&A for the USMLE Step 2 CK
    • First Aid for the USMLE Step 2 CS
  • Enhanced Security Policies at Prometric Test Centers (Announcement posted to the USMLE website on October 13, 2016): Enhanced security policies will take effect in all U.S. Prometric test centers beginning October 15, 2016. The purpose of the enhanced security procedures is to inspect for camera devices that could be used to capture exam content. USMLE Step 1, Step 2 Clinical Knowledge (CK), and Step 3 examinations are administered at Prometric test centers. Beginning October 15, 2016, Prometric center administrators will conduct stricter inspections of any and all eyeglasses, jewelry, and other accessories. Send questions or comments to
    • All examinees will be required to remove eyeglasses for close visual inspection by the test center administrators. These inspections will take a few seconds and will be done at check-in and upon return from breaks.
    • Jewelry, except for wedding and engagement rings, is prohibited.
    • Hair accessories are subject to inspection. Examinees should not wear ornate clips, combs, barrettes, headbands, and other hair accessories. An examinee wearing any of these items may be prohibited from wearing them in the testing room, and asked to store such items in their lock
  • Given Building, HSRF, & Med Ed Center Lockers: As the winter months arrive, so too will your need for warmer jackets and bulky sweater that you may undoubtedly want to store in your lockers along with your books, backpacks and water bottles. Lockers can get stuck and the locks can break if the contents of the locker are jammed in. Please be mindful of how you place your stuff in your lockers and avoid an unnecessary visit to the OSME to help with your locker (which we are happy to do! We just don't want you to get stuck without a winter coat or a laptop!). For more information regarding lockers, please visit the Larner College of Medicine Medical Student Handbook Policy 950.00 - Student Lockers. Please contact the Office of Medical Student Education with any questions.

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Larner College of Medicine Policy of the Week

Policy 540.20 - Examinations: General Requirements

View this policy and others in the Robert Larner, M.D. College of Medicine at the University of Vermont Medical Student Handbook, NOW ONLINE >>

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Class of 2017

  • Student Financial Services Announcement: If you are considering taking out a private/non-Federal Residency Relocation Loan to help with residency preparation costs, please first contact Kari Brayden, Medical SFS Coordinator, as there may be more favorable options for you and your finances!
  • Travel Stipends Available: The Office of Health Equity and Inclusion at University of Utah Health Sciences (UUHS) is pleased to announce the availability of a limited number of travel stipends (up to $1000) for residency interviews to UUHS for medical students self-identified as underrepresented in medicine. Students may contact to learn more.
  • General Surgery Residency Program at MountainView Hospital in Las Vegas: The faculty of the General Surgery Residency Program at MountainView Hospital in Las Vegas is pleased to announce that we will begin accepting applications for 4 Categorical and 4 Preliminary PGY-1 positions beginning September 15, 2016. Senior medical students are encouraged to apply through ERAS. Read more about this opportunity on the full mailing, and/or visit the program website. Please contact Kathy Finn (702-562-5832) with any questions.
  • For the students who were unable to attend the Pediatric Residency Interview Panel last week, you can find the uploaded audio-cast of the session by following the following link (must be signed into COMET in advance to use it): Comet > Lounge > Student Affairs > Residency Application, under "Special Features" (first item). Please keep in mind that this content is intended for Robert Larner M.D. COM students, and is not to be shared outside of the medical school community. We hope that you find this info helpful in preparing for your residency interviews. Best of luck! -PSIG Leaders (Sravana Paladugu (co2019) & Ramya Ghantasala (co2019))

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Class of 2018

  • Advanced Integration Informational Session for the Class of 2018: Monday, November 28th, 2016, 4:30pm - 6:30pm, in Med Ed 200. The Office of Medical Student Education will host an Advanced Integration Informational Session to review and answer any questions about planning your Advanced Integration year and the scheduling process. Light refreshments and snacks will be provided. A collection of Frequently Asked Questions, and the Advanced Integration Student User's Guide to Fourth Year Scheduling 2017-2018 are available as a resources for you as you prepare for the next and final phase of your medical education. You are strongly encouraged to log into Oasis and to browse offerings prior to the upcoming informational meeting, so you come prepared with any questions you might have. If you have any questions leading up to the meeting, please contact Emma Faustner, OMSE's Advanced Integration Level Coordinator.

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Class of 2019

  • COM Summer Opportunities Info Session Panelists Wanted! How did you spend your summer between first and second year? Did you backpack across Nepal, India, or Russia? Spend your days re-reading the Harry Potter series on the beach? Work on a fellowship overseas or right here on campus? Did you score a Global Health Project? Think old-you (aka an M1) would want to pick your brain about it? Please SIGN UP NOW if would be available and happy to participate in a student panel on summer opportunities on Friday, November 18, 12pm-1pm, in Med Ed 200. The M1s will super appreciate you, and OMSE will feed you [and appreciate you, too, of course]! OMSE will review the list of those who sign up and put together a panel of diverse experiences for the first-years. Please contact Kiersten Hallquist if you have any questions.

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Class of 2020

  • DEADLINE THIS WEEK - Wellness Committee Elections: Are you interested in being a part of the COM Wellness Committee? The Committee is a group of 16 students, 4 from each class year, elected by the student body to serve for the four years they are students here. You will serve as an anonymous and confidential support system to your classmates. If you are interested, we will be holding elections at the end of this month. To run, please write a short paragraph addressed to your student body outlining your interest in the Wellness Committee and why you feel that you would be a good candidate. Send these paragraphs and any questions to Flo DiBiase (co2019). Your paragraphs will be uploaded and viewable by your classmates during the election process. Submission deadline is at 5pm on Monday October 24th. Polls will open the following day.
  • DEADLINE APPROACHING - VOTE FOR YOUR CLASS HISTORIAN: Please take a moment to vote for your Class Historian (Social Chair) on COMET. Please contact Student Council with any questions regarding this election. Voting is open from now until the end of October.
  • DEADLINE APPROACHING - Student Education Group (SEG) Accepting Applications: Are you interested in becoming a member of the Student Education Group (SEG)? SEG is a group of students that works to improve the educational environment at the College of Medicine. Four representatives from each class meet once a month with the Senior Associate Dean of Medical Education, our faculty advisor, to discuss a variety of topics relating to the student experience within the Vermont Integrated Curriculum (VIC). We evaluate courses, create improvement projects, expand study space, and help with whatever issues arise throughout our education. SEG meets on the first Tuesday of every month at 5:30pm, in Med Ed 202. Our meetings are open to any student interested in attending and we encourage you to join us. If you are interested in becoming a SEG Representative, we would especially like to meet you. Please note: if the location changes due to group size a notice will be posted on the door of Med Ed 202. If you would like to be considered for one of the four SEG Representative positions in the Class of 2020, please email a short paragraph of interest to Dylan Hershkowitz (co2017) no later than Monday, October 31th. If you have any questions feel free to email Dylan Hershkowitz (co2017).

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LCOM Cares

New Community Service Coordinator Elected!

Please welcome Emily Vayda, the newly elected community service coordinator for the class of 2020!

If you have ideas of community service events you would like to see the college of medicine take part in, please email Emily Vayda (class of 2020) or Sean Closs (class of 2019).

If you are a leader of a group that does not currently receive support from the school and is community service based, or a supported group that is planning a community service event and would like some help or support with the event, please contact Theo Cisu (class of 2018).

For general inquiries about community service, please contact Catherine Suppan (class of 2017).

Empowering Adolescents at Woodside

A small group of 3rd & 4th year students are looking for enthusiastic 1st & 2nd years to assist in the creation and implementation of a new enrichment program for residents at Woodside Juvenile Rehabilitation Center. Woodside houses adolescents from 10 to 17 years old, often in the custody of the Department for Children and Families or the Department of Corrections, who have experienced unique challenges and require a secure environment in which to receive significant psychiatric and medical intervention. Our program will be comprised of seven 1 hour long sessions aimed providing education about health and wellbeing and thus empowering the young residents at Woodside to make healthy decisions upon their return to the community. Topics of discussion include sleep hygiene, mindfulness and meditation, nutrition and exercise, gender and sexuality, and mental health. If you are interested in being part of this new project, please email Mary Kate LoPiccolo (co2018).

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Seattle Area Alumni Reception

Friday, November 11, 2016, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM, at the Hotel Sorrento Penthouse Terrace, 900 Madison Street, Seattle, WA. Do you have family or know UVM Larner College of Medicine alumni who live in the Seattle area? If so please share the invitation from Dr. Zehle and Dean Morin to join them for a reception during the annual AAMC Learn Serve Lead Conference. Valet parking available. Reply requested by November 2, 2016 to (802-656-4014).

Participate in a Discussion with Dr. Paul Farmer on 11/3!

Thursday, November 3, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM, in the Livak Ballroom, Davis Center. Seats available for 20 medical students!

We have the opportunity for 20 medical students to participate in a discussion session with Dr. Paul Farmer during his visit to UVM on Thursday, November 3 (see the visit announcement for more information). The session will be held in the Livak Ballroom in the Davis Center from 2:00 – 3:00 pm, and will be moderated by Dr. Jan Carney and Dr. Jonah Steinberg from the College of Arts & Sciences. If you are interested and available to join the session, please SIGN UP; we will offer a seat to the first 20 students who sign up! Please contact Carole Whitaker with any questions.

Opportunity to Participate in Interprofessional Education Simulations

Have you signed up for an interprofessional activities offered by the College of Nursing and Health Science during the month of November? Now is your chance to meet other students in the health professions and discuss a case either in person (Nov 1 and 7) or online Nov 9,10,14,15, 16, 17, or 28.

It was valuable to see that the focus on holistic and integrated care as well as focus on patient goals, remains relatively the same across health care professions. - Medical Student, Class of 2015

For more information contact Dr. Mary Val Palumbo (802-656-0023).

Anxiety & Stress Management Group Therapy for Medical Students

Vermont Psychological Services (formerly the Behavior Therapy & Psychotherapy Center at UVM) is offering a therapy group for anxiety and stress management, specifically for medical students. These weekday evening sessions will be led by two psychology Ph.D. candidates, Kelsey Hudson and Jonah Meyerhoff. They will be teaching skills useful for medical students at all stages of training. To participate in this group, contact Vermont Psychological Services at (802) 656-2661. When contacting the clinic, leave a message regarding interest in the group and we will call you back in a timely manner to provide information about the group and take next steps as necessary (i.e., schedule a time to meet in person at the clinic). You can also reach out to Dr. Lee Rosen if you have questions about the group. We are planning to wait until enough folks sign up before setting a set a time for these sessions in order to find a time that works for most people. The general timeline is to begin meeting the first or second week of November and to end in early January. There will be 6-7 sessions.

THIS WEEK - Mondays with Palliative Care Starts Today!

"Introduction to Palliative Care: Perspectives of Patients and Families" with Moderator: Zail S. Berry, MD, MPH, Associate Professor. Monday, October 24, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM, in Med Ed 200 - Sullivan Classroom. Lunch is Provided.

Please feel free to review the full schedule for Mondays with Palliative Care or view the events on the COM Student Activities Calendar. Please contact Meg Klepack (UVM COM Class of 2019) with any questions or for additional information.

THIS WEEK - SPARK-VT presents "I have a patent application, now what? A discussion on evaluating and commercializing your idea"

Monday, October 24, 2016, 2:00 – 3:00 PM, in Lafayette 408. SPARK-VT is pleased to host Todd Keiller, M.B.A. presenting "I have a patent application, now what? A discussion on evaluating and commercializing your idea." No RSVP required. Contact for more information or visit

THIS WEEK - Fall 2016 AAMC Careers in Medicine Series

The AAMC Fall 2016 Careers in Medicine Specialty Panel Series Schedule is available. All sessions will be during the noon hour, and occur in the Sullivan Classroom (Med Ed 200). Explore different specialty opportunities during this series. You will hear presentations from Specialty Directors, Residents, and fellow students, start to satisfy your curiosity, get your questions answered, and you might even score an occasional free lunch and some "CiM Swag"!

  • TUESDAY - Orthopaedic Surgery with Dr. Lisle: Tuesday, October 25, 12:00 PM - 12:50 PM, in the Larner Classroom. Join Dr. Jennifer Lisle to have your questions answered about the Orthopaedic Surgery specialty.
  • THURSDAY - Pathology & Laboratory Medicine with Dr. Gibson: Thursday, October 27, 12:00 PM - 12:50 PM, in the Sullivan Classroom (Med Ed 200). Join Dr. Pamela Gibson, Associate Professor and Director, along with a panel of several faculty and residents from the Department of Pathology. After a brief description of the various disciplines of pathology; each member of the panel will address his or her area of expertise. Ample time will be given to answer questions from students.

After the 2014 series, students submitted feedback to the Office of Medical Student Education, asking that we limit conflicts during these sessions, allowing students to attend these unique career-exploration opportunities. Thus, the Office of Medical Student Education will decline events scheduled on Tuesdays and Thursdays, between September 13 and December 08, 2016 in order to protect this time for students. Please contact the Office of Medical Student Education should you have questions, or if we might be of additional assistance.

THIS WEEK - Global Health Careers in Medicine Panel

Monday, October 24, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM, in the Mimi Reardon Classroom (Med Ed 300). Are you interested in a global health career? Come join the Global Health SIG and UVM physicians experienced in the field for a Careers in Medicine Panel. Bring any questions you may have and lunch will be provided! Please contact Flo DiBiase (co2019) with any questions.

THIS WEEK - Dermatology SIG-Welcome Meeting!

The Dermatology SIG is having their first meeting of the year on Wednesday, October 26th, from 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM, in Med Ed 304! Please come join us to learn more about the SIG and upcoming events! Bring your own lunch but snacks will be provided. Please contact Jameson Loyal (co2017) or Sree Kolli (co2019) with any questions.

THIS WEEK - A Dana Medical Library Workshop: Basics of EndNote

Wednesday, October 26, Noon – 1:00 PM, in Dana Medical Library. Learn the basics of EndNote to collect and manage references, and to insert them into a manuscript. If you would like to attend an EndNote workshop, but cannot make this date, contact Frances Delwiche for other options. Instructor: Frances Delwiche, MLS. Workshops are open to all UVM and University of Vermont Medical Center students, staff, and faculty. Unless otherwise noted, preregistration is not required for library workshops. Questions about any of our workshops? Not affiliated with UVM or University of Vermont Medical Center? Please contact Fran Delwiche (802-656-4423).

THIS WEEK - Internet Safety: How to Keep Children Safe Online Part I

Join us on October 27, 2016, 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and November 14, 2016, 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. for our two-part Internet Safety Series at the Winooski School District. We will present "Electronic Communications: Your Best Friend or Worst Enemy" on October 27 and "A Compassionate Approach to Discussing Tough Topics with Teens: Navigating the World of Social Media, Sex, and High-Risk Behaviors" on November 14. Read more about the event and/or register on the event webpage.

THIS WEEK - Laura Mann Integrative Health Lecture Series and Medicine Grand Rounds

The Laura Mann Integrative Health Lecture Series and Medicine Grand Rounds present, "Integrative Health Approaches To Complex Pain Management" by Adam Perlman, M.D., M.P.H, F.A.C.P. Dr. Perlman is the Associate Vice President for Health and Wellness at Duke University Health System and Executive Director of Duke Integrative Medicine in Durham, N.C. The lecture takes place on Friday, October 28th, 2016 from 8-9am at the Davis Auditorium, UVM Medical Center, Main Campus, Level 2. Admission is free and open to the public. Please contact Morgan Medeiros with any questions.

THIS WEEK - Student Council Presents: Annual Halloween Dance! Get your tickets this week!

When? Friday October 28th, 9:00PM – 1:00AM Where? ArtsRiot, 400 Pine St, Burlington, VT 05401 How Much? $10. How do I get my ticket? Your 2020 Student Council Representatives will be selling tickets from 10/24-10/28, in the Given Courtyard, during the lunch hour (12:00 PM - 1:00 PM). Cash only. What else?! There will be a costume contest, so dress to impress! There will be a cash bar! There will be hors d'oeuvres provided! Please feel free to purchase additional tickets for friends, family, dates, and partners as well. Please contact the Larner College of Medicine Student Council with any questions.

A #WhiteCoatsforBlackLives Event - Implicit Bias and Policing in Vermont: A Panel Discussion

Monday, October 31st: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM, Larner Classroom (Med Ed 100). Join Captain Ingrid Jonas, Captain of the Vermont State Police, Dr. Stephanie Seguino, UVM Professor of Economics, and Dr. Michael Upton, UVM Professor of Psychiatry, to learn more about how law enforcement agencies in Vermont are exploring the role that implicit bias may play within law enforcement and how the state police are using data training to combat its effect. We will begin to explore the long term effects that implicit bias may play in health, as a continuation of our #WhiteCoatsforBlackLives event held last month. Light lunch will be provided. Please contact Jasmine Robinson (co2019) with any questions.


Office Trick or Treating at the Office of Medical Student Education

Swing by the Office of Medical Student Education (Given Courtyard N100) on Monday, October 31 during office hours (8:00 AM - 4:30 PM) to meet the staff and wander our cubes of HOOORRRROORRRR! Costumes encouraged! We know you've missed the candy dish (not that we had one ever - hi, co2020), so here's your chance to load up! Contact the Office of Medical Student Education if you have any questions.

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Interprofessional Palliative Care

Tuesday, November 01, 2016, 4:30-6:30 PM & 7:00-9:00 PM and Monday, November 07, 2016, 4:30-6:30 PM & 7:00-9:00, in the Larner Classroom (Med Ed 100). Discuss Interprofessional Palliative Care with students from Social Work, Nursing, Communication Science, and Physical Therapy. You will discuss your ideas about the care of an ALS patient and family who you will meet in a movie. This interprofessional activity is an in-person opportunity to build your resume of IP experiences and meet your future colleagues. Sign up by OCTOBER 28. FOR MORE INFO CONTACT: Mary Val Palumbo DNP, APRN.

Fall 2016 Community Medical School Series Begins!

Each semester, more than 1000 people attend our Community Medical School lecture series, confirming that the community is more interested than ever in learning about the work of faculty at the UVM College of Medicine and the UVM Medical Center. The series, which is free and open to the public, will continue this semester on the first Tuesday of the month in October, November, and December with lectures on a wide range of current topics in medicine. For more information on the Fall 2016 schedule, visit Community Medical School registration. To view past lectures and materials, visit the Community Medical School archives. Please contact Brittany Willette if you have any questions.

On Tuesday, November 01, 6:00pm - 7:30pm, in Carpenter Auditorium, Sean Diehl, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Medicine, and Kristen Pierce, M.D., Associate Professor of Medicine, and UVM Vaccine Testing Center researchers present "The Dengue Fever Vaccine: How It Can Help Us Defend Against the Zika Virus." The Dengue virus is part of a group of viruses that include Zika. UVM's Vaccine Testing Center, which conducted clinical research integral to the National Institutes of Health's development of a Dengue vaccine, is now poised to help with research and development of the NIH's Zika virus vaccine. Learn about the characteristics and health impact of these viruses, how immune response is studied, along with other details about vaccine development for these viruses.

  • UP NEXT - LAST ONE IN THE FALL SERIES! - Tuesday, December 06, 6:00-7:30pm - Genomic Medicine in Vermont: Debra Leonard, M.D., Ph.D., Professor and Chair of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine will present. Targeted cancer treatments can be more effective in treating cancer cells, often in conjunction with traditional therapies. Hear about how UVM is working toward using the complete genetic information of individual patients to inform their health and healthcare, as well as conducting research to ensure this new strategy not only yields better outcomes, but is also cost-effective.

Med Students with Kids Fall Celebration!

The Med Students with Kids SIG will be hosting a fall gathering at Perkins Pier Park on November 5th at 9:30 am. Since it is around Halloween, costumes are welcome. We will have some crafts as well!

Kids of all ages, partners, and friends are welcome. Snacks will be provided. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact Jenna Conway (co2019).

"All of Me" film on November 10 at 6 pm in UVM's Carpenter Auditorium (free admission)

College of Medicine Community, please join us for a special screening of the documentary film All of Me, on Thursday, November 10th, 6:00-8:00 pm, UVM Carpenter Auditorium. Admission to the event is free and open to the public. Please feel free to share this invitation broadly. Doors open at 5:15 pm and seating is first come.

Vermont filmmaker Bess O'Brien's latest documentary tackles the issue of eating disorders. Through a series of interviews with girls, boys, and women suffering with eating disorders, this film tells the story of the emotional and physical impact of eating disorders on individuals suffering from the disorder, and their families. View the movie trailer on Vimeo.

This special screening is co-hosted by The University of Vermont Medical Center, the UVM Office of Primary Care and Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) Program and the UVM Center for Health and Wellbeing. The screening of the film will be followed by a panel discussion featuring director Bess O'Brien, individuals who shared their stories, and health care providers involved in the treatment of eating disorders. There will also be an opportunity for an audience Q & A.

Neurosurgery 101 for Medical Students

November 10th, 2016, at UCLA. The Departments of Neurosurgery at Saint Louis University (SLU) and the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) will be hosting a 1-day course for medical students to provide an overall introduction to the field of neurosurgery. The course will be held at UCLA on Thursday, November 10th, 2016. Please feel free to register online if you wish to have the opportunity to sign up for this course, which is free of charge, for U.S. Medical Students. Please contact with any questions.

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APPROACHING APPLICATION DEADLINE - HHMI Research Opportunities for Medical, Veterinary and Dental Students at U.S. Schools

In order to encourage more students to pursue careers as physician-scientists, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) offers an outstanding year-long research training program for students enrolled in schools in the U.S. Women and under-represented minorities are particularly encouraged to apply. Students enrolled in MD/PhD programs are not eligible to apply.

  • The Medical Research Fellows Program at Janelia offers students with an interest in fundamental neuroscience and/or imaging at the cellular and molecular level an intense year-long research training experience, living and working at HHMI's Janelia Research Campus, a world-class research center in the Washington, D.C., area. Students must submit a prescreening application by November 1, 2016 and comply with specific eligibility and application requirements.

THIS WEEK - 2016 Annual Diversity Challenge Conference by Boston College

Please join us for the 16th Annual Diversity Challenge: Race, Culture, and Educating Our Youths: Developing Whole People Not Widgets. Each year the Institute for the Study and Promotion of Race and Culture (ISPRC) addresses a racial or cultural issue that could benefit from a pragmatic, scholarly, or grassroots focus through its Diversity Challenge conference. The theme of Diversity Challenge 2016 is Race, Culture, and Educating Our Youths. The two-day conference includes panel discussions, symposia, workshops, structured discussions, poster sessions and individual presentations by invited experts in education, administration, research, mental health, and community activism.

Be a part of this year's Challenge by registering for our October 28-29, 2016 conference. For more information, including registration, visit the Diversity Challenge Conference webpage.

NIH Medical Research Scholars Program (MRSP) Webinar on Friday, November 4, 2016 (11am-12pm EST)

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Medical Research Scholars Program (MRSP) is now accepting applications for the 2017-2018 MRSP class. The application deadline is January 13, 2017.

The NIH MRSP is hosting a webinar to discuss the application process with students and faculty on Friday, November 4, 2016 from 11am-12pm (EST). For more information about the webinar and to register, please visit the MRSP homepage. General MRSP inquiries, and/or questions related to the webinar (prior to and during the webinar) should be directed to

The MRSP is a year-long research enrichment program designed to attract creative, research-oriented medical, dental, and veterinary students to the NIH intramural campus in Bethesda, MD. The MRSP is designed for U.S. citizens and permanent residents currently enrolled in an accredited medical, dental, or veterinary program who have completed their core clinical rotations. This does not exclude students with strong research interests from applying prior to having completed their clinical rotations.

Students engage in a mentored basic, clinical, or translational research project that matches their professional interests, and research and career goals. Their research experiences are supplemented by academic activities featuring lectures by world-renowned scientists, clinical rounds featuring research patients from the NIH Clinical Center, and an interactive Journal Club addressing major issues in clinical research.

Accepted students start the program in the summer of 2017.

Conference for Medical Students

My name is Rebekah Apple and I work for the American Medical Student Association. I wanted to let you know that AMSA will be holding our Fall Conference for medical students in New York City, November 19-20. Sessions include:

  • Critical skills for residency interviews
  • How to spot a healthy residency program
  • Effective communication with patients
  • Mindfulness and being present in the moment

Attendees will also have the opportunity to review hands only CPR, learn about the health system in prisons, and understand how patients are using Wikipedia as a health resource. I'm pleased to offer your students a discount code since they are in the Northeast; if they register using NY17 they will enjoy a promo registration rate of $49/69, member/non-member. Please contact Rebekah Apple with any questions.

ASH Minority Medical Student Award Program Now Accepting Applications for 2017!

Are you a minority medical student who has an interest in research and is thinking about specializing in hematology? The ASH Minority Medical Student Award Program (MMSAP) is your chance to learn about the field of hematology, gain first-hand research experience, and get valuable guidance from both a research and career development mentor. The MMSAP is part of the Minority Recruitment Initiative, which was created to increase the number of underrepresented minorities in hematology. The MMSAP is designed to introduce minority medical students to hematology and hematology research through 8- to 12-week research options. Read more about this opportunity in the full recruitment mailing, and/or on the program website.

For assistance with finding a research mentor, submit a request by December 15, 2016. The application deadline is February 01, 2017. Please contact with any questions.

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35th William Carlos Williams Poetry Competition

The Department of Family and Community Medicine at Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED) is sponsoring its 35th annual poetry writing competition during the 2016-2017 academic year. The competition is open to students attending colleges of medicine or osteopathy in the United States and Canada. Read more about this opportunity, including submission instructions, on the poetry competition poster. Entries must be post-marked no later than December 31, 2016. Top prize is $300! Please contact Ann Williams with any questions.

Baylor College of Medicine announces 14th annual Michael E. DeBakey Medical Student Poetry Awards

HOUSTON -- (Oct. 5, 2016) – Baylor College of Medicine announces the 14th Annual Michael E. DeBakey Medical Student Poetry Awards.

This annual contest honors the legendary, preeminent cardiovascular surgeon, pioneering medical scientist, gifted medical educator, prolific author and scholar, and passionate advocate of optimal healthcare throughout the world. Dr. Michael E. DeBakey strongly advocated a role for the humanities in medical education and in the development of a full, enriching intellectual life.

The first-prize recipient will receive a cash prize of $1,000. Entries must be postmarked no later than January 31, 2017. Read more, including submission guidelines, on the full announcement email. If you have any questions, contact Dipali Pathak (713-798-4710).

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Lost something? Email the Office of Medical Student Education 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!


Please visit the Office of Medical Education, in Given Courtyard N100, if one of the following items is yours:
(items left unclaimed for more than three weeks will be left as freebies in the student lounge)

  • Blue ODI Nalgene with a VPR and marriage equality sticker on it.
  • Blue stainless steel Contigo travel coffee mug
  • Clear tervis travel coffee mug with sparkly flip-flops on it
  • An emerald, white gold ring was found on Friday, 10/7/16, in Given C252 bathroom. Please see the Front Desk person, at OMSE, to claim it.

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Renting bedroom in a shared 2-bedroom townhouse - available January 2017

Bedroom available in South Burlington spacious townhouse for female medical or graduate student. 2.5 miles from UVM & UVM Medical Center. Trader Joes, Barnes & Noble, grocery stores, gas stations and other stores within 1 mile. First floor: eat-in kitchen, 1/2 bath, mud/pantry, dining/living room and den. Second floor: 2 bedrooms (1 of the 2 is mine), 1 shared full bathroom with washer & dryer, and bonus room for storage. Front porch and rear deck great for relaxation. Adjacent walking/running trails, & bike path. Off street parking. No pets. No smoking. $650 includes all utilities and Wi-Fi. Security deposit, $650. Text or call Nancy 802-922-7133.

South Burlington, VT - looking for housemate

Monthly rent $650 (includes utilities) per bedroom for a house with 4 bedrooms and 3 baths, located at 45 East Terrace, South Burlington, Vt. Walking distance to University of Vermont, Champlain college, hospital and University Mall shopping area. Quiet and convenient neighborhood. No pets and smoking. Please contact (802) 999-6001 or email

Stonehedge Condo for Rent

3-bedroom, 2.5-bathroom condominium for rent. One of the best locations in Stonehedge and very close to UVM and UVMMC. Master bedroom with ¾ bath and walk-in closet. Carport parking plus one assigned space. Tons of storage – locked storage in carport and huge basement. Washer/Dryer in unit. Trash, landscaping, and snow removal included in monthly rent. $1950/mo. Details and pictures can be viewed here. If interested, please send an email to

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