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January 18, 2015 - January 25, 2015

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Useful Websites University Opportunities
Weekly Tips & Tricks Research, Fellowship, and Scholarship
Policy of the Week Arts & Publication
Class Information Lost & Found
Volunteer Opportunities  

USEFUL WEBSITES

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

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Weekly Helpful Tips and Tricks from OMSE:

  1. Free Week at UVM! Every semester, the first week the undergrads return is officially "Free Week." The university invites all students, faculty, and staff to explore the group fitness classes offered at UVM Campus Rec. Attend ANY group fitness class for free from Jan 12 - Jan 18. After free week, you can purchase an all-access group fitness pass for only $65 for the remainder of the semester.
  2. Need a "Letter of Good Standing?" Submit your request to the Office of Medical Student Education. Please indicate whether you need an electronic format, a hardcopy, or both, and where the letter should be sent.
  3. MLK Holiday "Need-to-Knows": UVM Offices will be closed on Monday, January 19, in honor of MLK Day. Offices will re-open at 8am on Tuesday, January 20. In light of the holiday, next week's WeeklyWire will go out on Friday, January 16th; the noon deadline, on Friday, will still stand with no room for exceptions. Please contact the Office of Medical Student Education if you have any questions or concerns.
  4. WeeklyWire Submissions: Please email postings for the WeeklyWire to the Office of Medical Student Education. The deadline for the WeeklyWire is noon on Fridays unless stated otherwise in the latest issue. Contact the Office of Medical Student Education if you have any questions or concerns.
  5. Did You Know You Can Post on the Monitor Slideshows in Given Courtyard and the Hoehl Gallery?! Students are welcome to submit announcements and events for inclusion in the weekly slideshow that displays on the monitors. Preference is given to events that are open to students, faculty and/or staff. Please send information including event name, date, time, location, contact information and any other details that would be helpful, to Carole Whitaker Friday mornings, by 9 am for inclusion in the following week’s slideshow!

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Policy of the Week

Assessment of Performance - Grade Appeals (Policy 540.60)

student who disagrees with a final grade may appeal it via discussion of the matter with the course or rotation director. After notification of the final grade, student may not contact any faculty member or resident (other than the course/clerkship director) who contributed to their grades or course assessments to discuss their grades. Such contact is considered unprofessional behavior and could subject students who violate this provision to a formal review of their professional performance. The course/clerkship director will bring the student concerns to those individuals in an effort to resolve any differences of opinion. The director will have the final ruling on grading in a given course or rotation unless the student alleges that there has been a violation of stated procedures. In this case the student may appeal the grade to the level director, who will have the final decision on the validity of the grade under challenge. In the case where the level director is also the course or clerkship director, the student will appeal the grade to the Senior Associate Dean for Medical Education, who will have the final decision on the validity of the grade under challenge. The initial appeal must be initiated within fourteen calendar days of the receipt of the grade or evaluation.

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:

  • ACTION REQUIRED - Yearbook Senior Pages: Senior 1/2 Pages are due for Yearbook by Friday, January 30 and can be sent to uvmcomyearbook2015@gmail.com. These are for you to be creative with and have a memorable part of completing med school at UVM forever printed in the yearbook – you can include a collage of pics, quotes, messages, one larger picture, etc. Reminder – these are FREE of charge for Seniors and are different than the advertisements parents can purchase. Please contact Ryan Hendrix if you have questions.
  • Match Ranking Twitter Chat: Do you have questions about creating student rank order lists? Ask the NRMP! On Thursday, January 29, 2:30-3:30 p.m. Eastern Time, the NRMP will be holding a Twitter chat about the 2015 Main Residency Match® and how to create rank order lists. Students can follow the chat and ask questions with the #NRMPChat hashtag. The NRMP recommends that you use a service like tchat.io, twubs.com or TweetChat, which makes it much easier to follow the conversation. These services also insert the hashtag for you, so you have one less thing to do when asking questions. Don’t want to wait to ask questions? You can tweet them to the NRMP on Twitter @TheNRMP, and of course you can contact the NRMP Help Desk between 8:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. ET at 202-400-2233, toll-free at 1-866-653-NRMP (6767), or support@nrmp.org.
  • UVM College of Medicine Class of 2015 Dinner: Thursday, March 19, 2015, at 6pm. You and one guest are invited to attend the Class of 2015 Dinner sponsored by the UVM Medical Alumni Association. The dinner is scheduled for Thursday, March 19, 2015 (the night before Match Day!) at the Hilton Hotel, Burlington. The evening will begin at 6:00 p.m. with a reception, followed by a seated dinner. Please read the full event announcement for for information and how to sign up, and contact medalumni.relations@uvm.edu with any questions or concerns.
  • New Transitional Year Residency Program - ACGME Accredited in New York Area: John T. Mather Hospital is proud to announce the opening of a brand new ACGME accredited Transitional Year Residency Program located in Port Jefferson, NY. The program will be sponsored by Stony Brook Medicine and will offer a diverse training schedule that will focus on the Core Clinical Competencies needed to develop a strong foundation for a successful career in medicine. Our Transitional Year Residency Program has been developed to satisfy ACGME requirements for training programs that mandate a PGY1 year with the flexibility to individually tailor the resident’s experience. Our residents will be invited to sit with the Program Director to customize their first clinical year to reflect their needs and preferences. This will allow the candidate to receive an unparalleled education which will prepare them for any challenges they will face in their chosen field. Even though it is late in the recruiting season, we will still go through ERAS and the Match. We are in the process of being added to their system and would request that you let interested candidates know about us. Please ask them to check on a daily basis to see when the proper ERAS page is set up. Our Program Number is - 9993500258 - SUNY at Stony Brook/Mather Hospital Program and the start date will be 07/01/2015. For more information, please review the program tri-fold, or visit the John T. Mather Memorial Hospital Website or the Port Jefferson, New York website.
  • LAST CHANCE! SURVEY RESPONSES NEEDED - Value and Impact of International Health Electives on Medical Education: Have you participated in a global health experience abroad during medical school? This could be formally through school, a medical institution, or informally. If so, please help us gather information about the value and impact of International Health Electives on medical education by taking this 15 minute survey. This survey is part of a research project on medical students participating in International Health Electives (IHEs). Specifically, the goal of our survey is to determine qualities medical students believe are useful for success in an IHE and to determine if IHEs impact career path and medical education. Your participation in this survey is completely voluntary. Limited demographic information will be collected. Your responses will be kept secure and confidential. If you have any questions about this research study please contact Dr. Molly Moore, the Principal Investigator. If you have any questions about your rights as a participant in a research project, please contact Nancy Stalnaker, the Director of the Research Protections Office at the University of Vermont at (802) 656-5040. We really appreciate your consideration.
  • 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.

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Class of 2016:

  • Match Ranking Twitter Chat: Do you have questions about creating student rank order lists? Ask the NRMP! On Thursday, January 29, 2:30-3:30 p.m. Eastern Time, the NRMP will be holding a Twitter chat about the 2015 Main Residency Match® and how to create rank order lists. Students can follow the chat and ask questions with the #NRMPChat hashtag. The NRMP recommends that you use a service like tchat.io, twubs.com or TweetChat, which makes it much easier to follow the conversation. These services also insert the hashtag for you, so you have one less thing to do when asking questions. Don’t want to wait to ask questions? You can tweet them to the NRMP on Twitter @TheNRMP, and of course you can contact the NRMP Help Desk between 8:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. ET at 202-400-2233, toll-free at 1-866-653-NRMP (6767), or support@nrmp.org.
  • 2015-2016 Joseph & Carol Reich Leadership and Innovation Fellowship Training (LIFT) Program in Urology at UC Irvine School of Medicine: We are now accepting applications for the 2015-2016 Joseph & Carol Reich Leadership and Innovation Fellowship Training (LIFT) Program in Urology at UC Irvine School of Medicine. This intensive one-year program provides unmatched training and experience in urologic research. Through basic science, translational, and clinical research LIFT fellows will gain a broad understanding of urology and will have the opportunity to contribute to the body of knowledge that drives diagnostic and therapeutic options forward. Involvement provides students with access to valuable department resources including faculty support and mentorship, laboratory space, and funding opportunities. There is a huge variety of ongoing projects available and even more waiting to be initiated. The department has an excellent track record of carrying out award-winning research projects and receiving national and international recognition at several urology conferences including the annual meeting of the AUA. For more information about this fellowship opportunity and to apply, visit the website. Applications are due no later than February 15, 2015 although we recommend submitting application materials as soon as possible. Please contact the current LIFT fellow, Kyle Spradling, with any questions.
  • Kean Travel Fellowship in Tropical Medicine: Administered by the Society’s American Committee on Clinical Tropical Medicine and Travelers’ Health, the Fellowship provides travel expenses for medical students who arrange clinical tropical medicine or tropical medicine research electives in areas afflicted by tropical diseases. • Applicant must propose an elective conducting research or clinical training in tropical medicine or global health, including at least one month at a site endemic for diseases or illnesses common in the tropics, starting after June 1, 2015. Applications will be made available on the Fellowship website beginning January 15,2015, and will be due February 18, 2015. Read more about the fellowship >>
  • LAST CHANCE! SURVEY RESPONSES NEEDED - Value and Impact of International Health Electives on Medical Education: Have you participated in a global health experience abroad during medical school? This could be formally through school, a medical institution, or informally. If so, please help us gather information about the value and impact of International Health Electives on medical education by taking this 15 minute survey. This survey is part of a research project on medical students participating in International Health Electives (IHEs). Specifically, the goal of our survey is to determine qualities medical students believe are useful for success in an IHE and to determine if IHEs impact career path and medical education. Your participation in this survey is completely voluntary. Limited demographic information will be collected. Your responses will be kept secure and confidential. If you have any questions about this research study please contact Dr. Molly Moore, the Principal Investigator. If you have any questions about your rights as a participant in a research project, please contact Nancy Stalnaker, the Director of the Research Protections Office at the University of Vermont at (802) 656-5040. We really appreciate your consideration.
  • University of Iowa Jackson Steindler Orthopaedic Clerkship 2015 - Call for applications - due April 1: The University of Iowa Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation is pleased to announce that it is accepting applications for the Jackson-Steindler Orthopaedic Clerkship. Beginning in Spring 2015, one or two outstanding medical students who have successfully completed the third year of medical school at a LCME-accredited institution and who have an interest in orthopaedics will be selected for this award. The award will include support for housing and travel. The University of Iowa Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation is one of the premiere academic orthopaedic departments in the United States and attracts individuals from throughout the United States and multiple foreign countries who come to Iowa City to advance their education. All applications materials should be received by April 1, 2015. Awardees will be notified no later than April 30, 2015. Please see the web site at for complete application instructions.
  • Special Larner Loan Opportunity: In the 2015-2016 academic year, you may be eligible to receive a highly favorable $4,000 loan from the Larner Loan Fund. This loan does not accrue interest during school and/or during an optional 39 month residency deferment; the interest subsidy saves borrowers a considerable amount relative to unsubsidized Federal loans (Stafford, Graduate PLUS). Once in repayment, the interest rate is 5%. Read more about this opportunity on the Larner Loan handout. Please contact Ginger Lubkowitz or Kari Brayden with any questions or concerns.

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Class of 2017:

  • DO THIS RIGHT NOW (if you haven't already, of course) - 2017 Foundations Awards Nominations: Just a friendly reminder that the nominations for the 2017 Foundations Awards closes at 9:00 pm this Sunday. Please take few minutes to complete the survey as a way to show your support of the faculty. Also a reminder that you will be eligible for the $25 raffle for completing the survey. The link for your survey is unique to your email address, so you must open it from the email sent from surveymonkey with the subject line "Class of 2017 Foundations Election Survey." Please contact Andy Liu with any questions.
  • THIS WEEK - M2 Tea@3: The Wellness Committee invites you to stop by Med Ed 201, on Wednesday, Jan 21st, for Tea@3. There will be tea and refreshments to refuel! Please contact Astia Roper-Batker with any questions.
  • ACTIONE REQUIRED - Wellness Committee Action Items: Please contact Hillary Anderson, John McLaren, Danie Leahy, or Justin Genziano with any questions.
    • Paper Plate Awards: Every year, Wellness organizes the paper plate awards for the end of Foundations. You may remember seeing these last year - they are silly superlatives, one for each person in our class, that we put on a decorated paper plate and then stick on your locker. The student leadership groups will be the ones making the plates, but what we need from you is help coming up with the superlatives! They can be sincere or silly, long or short - doesn’t matter! You can submit ideas for as many people as you want, and can even submit multiple ideas for one person. The more, the merrier! We’ve made a Google doc to which you will be able to add your nominations. The deadline for submissions is Wednesday, January 21st at 5PM. NOTE: Several members of the administration will have access to this document so please keep all submissions appropriate and good-spirited.
    • Wellness Award Nominations: The Wellness Award for Peer Recognition is the only student award presented at the End of Foundations Awards Ceremony on January 30th. In an evening that mainly rewards academic achievement, this award recognizes a peer-nominated individual who has been an asset to his or her classmates (i.e., you all), displaying sincere dedication to helping others during the course of our medical training. Please fill out the nomination form by the end of the day on Wednesday, January 21st at 5PM. Wellness committee members are not eligible. Please nominate a classmate who:
      • Has had a personal impact on you and your life
      • Has helped the class as a whole
      • You’ve observed helping others and/or
      • Has done anything else you feel is deserving of this award
  • End of Foundations Party: Come and celebrate finishing the first part of your medical education at Halvorson’s Upstreet Café from 7:00-10:00pm on Friday, Jan 30th. Food will be served there. Please contact Andy Liu with any questions.
  • ACTION REQUIRED - Second Foundations Meeting with PCR Mentor: As you prepare to complete the Foundation curriculum, please download and complete the Office of Medical Student Education Foundations Two Meeting Form (DO NOT complete the "additional notes from discussion section" or sign the form - your advisor will do this after your meeting). Once you've completed the form, please schedule a meeting with your PCR Advisor to discuss your responses and to prepare for the clinical curriculum. If you forget who serves as your PCR mentor or your advisor has changed since last year, you can verify your PCR group on COMET (you must be signed into COMET for this hyperlink to work). Your advisor will electronically finalize the form, sign it, and submit it to OMSE at the end of your meeting to have it incorporated into your electronic student file. You should have this meeting completed no later than June 1, 2015. Please contact Kiersten Hallquist if you have questions about the form.
  • LAST CHANCE! SURVEY RESPONSES NEEDED - Value and Impact of International Health Electives on Medical Education: Have you participated in a global health experience abroad during medical school? This could be formally through school, a medical institution, or informally. If so, please help us gather information about the value and impact of International Health Electives on medical education by taking this 15 minute survey. This survey is part of a research project on medical students participating in International Health Electives (IHEs). Specifically, the goal of our survey is to determine qualities medical students believe are useful for success in an IHE and to determine if IHEs impact career path and medical education. Your participation in this survey is completely voluntary. Limited demographic information will be collected. Your responses will be kept secure and confidential. If you have any questions about this research study please contact Dr. Molly Moore, the Principal Investigator. If you have any questions about your rights as a participant in a research project, please contact Nancy Stalnaker, the Director of the Research Protections Office at the University of Vermont at (802) 656-5040. We really appreciate your consideration.
  • Special Larner Loan Opportunity: In the 2015-2016 academic year, you may be eligible to receive a highly favorable $4,000 loan from the Larner Loan Fund. This loan does not accrue interest during school and/or during an optional 39 month residency deferment; the interest subsidy saves borrowers a considerable amount relative to unsubsidized Federal loans (Stafford, Graduate PLUS). Once in repayment, the interest rate is 5%. Read more about this opportunity on the Larner Loan handout. Please contact Ginger Lubkowitz or Kari Brayden with any questions or concerns.

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Class of 2018:

  • Apply to Become a Voting Member of the Advancement Committee: Recently, you heard Mike Hudson, Member of the Class of 2017, discuss his role as the student representative in the Advancement Committee. Student council will be holding elections for the Advancement Committee in the following weeks. If you are interested in becoming part of the committee please write a short statement of purpose to Andre Robinson, Class of 2018 Student Council Chair. This statement should be submitted no later than Monday January 19th, at midnight. The paragraph you submit will be posted on COMET and voting for the position will begin Tuesday January 20th and will end Friday Jan 23rd. If you have any questions about the application/election process feel free to contact Andre Robinson.
  • Volunteer with C.O.M.F.O.R.T! Interested in pediatrics, developmental disorders, or special needs populations? Want to take a break from studying to do some good and play with a child? Volunteer with C.O.M.F.O.R.T. (College of Medicine Friends Offer Respite Time)! Student volunteers are paired with a family of a child with special health needs to provide two-hour in-home respite care for a total of 6 visits (more possible). It is a great opportunity to get to know our community, learn about healthcare from a family’s perspective, gain experience working with a child with special needs, and play! If you are interested or have any questions, please email UVMcomfort@gmail.com or contact Tracey Da Fonte, Sarah Kelso, or Nick Bonenfant. We have two families currently looking for volunteers! Class of 2018, we are looking to transfer leadership of this group, which plays an important role in serving our larger community of Chittenden County. This role entails interviewing volunteers, coordinating a first visit with families, and monitoring for new families. If you are interested in this leadership position, please let us know at UVMcomfort@gmail.com.
  • Association of Academic Physiatrists (AAP) Summer Externship Opportunity: The Association of Academic Physiatrists (AAP) is now accepting applications for Research and Clinical Externships. The AAP is offering funded research and clinical externships for medical students in physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R), a specialty that aims to enhance and restore functional ability and quality of life to patients with physical impairments or disabilities. Both programs are eight-week summer externships offered to medical students between the first and second year of medical school with an attached stipend of $4,000. The Rehabilitation Research Experience for Medical Students (RREMS) offers a structured research experience paired with the opportunity to work alongside the most successful and respected faculty members in PM&R. RREMS application deadline is March 6. The Medical Student Summer Clinical Externship (MSSCE) offers hands on clinical experience and the opportunity to see patients and establish mentors in PM&R. MSSCE application deadline is February 13. For more information on both programs, including a list of Site Sponsors, visit Phsyiatry.org/Summer2015.
  • APGF Student Summer Fellowship: The Arnold P. Gold Foundation is excited to announce the launch of our 2015 Student Summer Fellowship (SSF) program. SSF grants are awarded for research and/or service in community health and cultural competency. Ideal SSF projects are focused on studying cultural competency issues, developing skills to become relationship-centered physicians, and addressing a public health need in an underserved community or population. APGF Fellows are eligible for up to $4,000 in funding for a 10 week project. Applications will be available on our website on January 16, 2015 and the deadline for applications is March 16, 2015. Using our new online grant request system students can now save in-progress applications and complete them as they gather the relevant materials.
  • Kean Travel Fellowship in Tropical Medicine: Administered by the Society’s American Committee on Clinical Tropical Medicine and Travelers’ Health, the Fellowship provides travel expenses for medical students who arrange clinical tropical medicine or tropical medicine research electives in areas afflicted by tropical diseases. Applicant must propose an elective conducting research or clinical training in tropical medicine or global health, including at least one month at a site endemic for diseases or illnesses common in the tropics, starting after June 1, 2015. Applications will be made available on the Fellowship website beginning January 15,2015, and will be due February 18, 2015. Read more about the fellowship >>
  • Apply to be an AAMC OSR Representative for the Class of 2018: We’re looking to find a member of your class to serve as a representative to the AAMC. UVM COM AAMC class representatives are members of the AAMC Organization of Student Representatives (OSR). The body provides space for students to play an active role in advancing the AAMC mission of improving the nation’s health, and it aims to give students a voice in academic medicine at the national level. Feel free to reach out to any of the reps if you’d like to learn more. If interested to apply, you can send paragraphs of intent to Brian Till by January 23rd. We’re also glad to meet up with anyone that’s interested who’d like to learn more. For more information, please review the full email, sent from OMSE on behalf of the current AAMC OSR Reps.
  • Special Larner Loan Opportunity: In the 2015-2016 academic year, you may be eligible to receive a highly favorable $4,000 loan from the Larner Loan Fund. This loan does not accrue interest during school and/or during an optional 39 month residency deferment; the interest subsidy saves borrowers a considerable amount relative to unsubsidized Federal loans (Stafford, Graduate PLUS). Once in repayment, the interest rate is 5%. Read more about this opportunity on the Larner Loan handout. Please contact Ginger Lubkowitz or Kari Brayden with any questions or concerns.

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VOLUNTEER

Volunteer with C.O.M.F.O.R.T!

Interested in pediatrics, developmental disorders, or special needs populations? Want to take a break from studying to do some good and play with a child? Volunteer with C.O.M.F.O.R.T. (College of Medicine Friends Offer Respite Time)! Student volunteers are paired with a family of a child with special health needs to provide two-hour in-home respite care for a total of 6 visits (more possible). It is a great opportunity to get to know our community, learn about healthcare from a family’s perspective, gain experience working with a child with special needs, and play! If you are interested or have any questions, please email UVMcomfort@gmail.com or contact Tracey Da Fonte, Sarah Kelso, or Nick Bonenfant. We have two families currently looking for volunteers!

Class of 2018, we are looking to transfer leadership of this group, which plays an important role in serving our larger community of Chittenden County. This role entails interviewing volunteers, coordinating a first visit with families, and monitoring for new families. If you are interested in this leadership position, please let us know at UVMcomfort@gmail.com.

Join the 2015 Convocation of Thanks Panning Committee

The Convocation of Thanks is an annual event where first year medical and physical therapy students are able to meet and show their gratitude to the families of the anatomical donors. The Anatomical Gift Program has scheduled the first planning meeting for the 2015 Convocation of Thanks and is inviting any first year medical students interested in helping to plan this event to participate. The meeting will be held on Wednesday, February 4, 2015 from noon-1PM in the Med Ed Center 206 small group room. If you cannot make this meeting, but would like to participate in future meetings please email the Interim Director of the Anatomical Gift Program, Mandi Bechtel.

Join the College of Medicine Marathon Team and Help Raise Money for the Steps for Wellness Program

Marathon through the Miles for a Mission Program. This year, the program will support the UVM Cancer Center's Steps to Wellness program with a goal of raising $30,000. Anyone interested in running the full marathon, sign up here no later than January 30 using the code stepstowellness.

Those interested in running on a half or five-person relay team, or if you have any other questions, the University of Vermont College of Medicine Running Club will be having an official meeting to get you pumped about this upcoming running season, the Burlington City Marathon, and the amazing program we are helping support, Steps to Wellness, on Tuesday, January 20th, 12:00pm - 1:00pm, in Med Ed 300. There will be plenty of delicious desserts. They will be starting to have SIGN-UPS for the 3-5 person relay events and the half-marathon relay runs! In the past spots went really quickly, so it is encouraged to come to this meeting and RESERVE YOUR SPOT NOW!

Contact the UVM Medical Running Team captains Kelley Collier, Patrick Cruden, Lindsey Eastman, and Eric Schmidt, or Allison Searson (802-656-5270), in the Development and Alumni Relations office if you have any questions.

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UNIVERSITY OPPORTUNITIES

THIS WEEK - LivingWell Open House

Tuesday, January 20, 12:00pm - 2:00pm, on the first floor of Davis Center. The Wellness Committee and UVM's Living Well are putting together an open house to showcase some of the services at Living Well available to students (for free!) on a daily basis: therapy dogs, massage therapists, a massage/meditation room, yoga/other classes, and more. During the open house, there will be DOGS, MASSAGES, CRAFTS, and nutella-related TREATS. Stop by Living Well (first floor, Davis Center) on Tuesday, 1/20/15, from 12 - 2pm to see what it's all about. Contact Brett Powers with any questions.

THIS WEEK - Primary Care Series Presents “Financial: VT Educational Loan Repayment, National Health Services Corps and U.S. Military Programs for Primary Care Practitioners”

January 21, 2015, 12:00pm - 1:00pm, in Med Ed 200. Charles MacLean, MD, Associate Dean of Primary Care, Melissa Liebig, AHEC Physician Placement Specialist, UVM Office of Primary Care and Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) Program, Randy Young, US Military Service/Army Medical Recruiters, and Jim Buell, College of Medicine Financial Aid Counselor and Financial Planning will present “Financial: VT Educational Loan Repayment, National Health Services Corps and U.S. Military Programs for Primary Care Practitioners.” *Juniors - Colchester* Baked Ziti and Salad Lunch will be provided; bring a beverage! Session sponsored by UVM Office of Primary Care & AHEC. Please contact Laurie MacLean with any questions.

THIS WEEK - Massage Workshop!

Thursday, January 22, 12:00pm - 1:00pm, in HSRF 400. Feeling stressed? Kirsten Wiley, CMT from Living Well will provide a workshop on simple massage techniques to help decrease muscle tension & manage the effects of stress. Please contact Laurey Burris with any questions.

THIS WEEK - UVM Martin Luther King Celebration

MLK Poster

Please join us for UVM's Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration, Education and Learning Events January 14 – January 30, 2015. More information will be forthcoming on the about all of the MLK Celebration, Education and Learning Events on the webpage. The following events are currently scheduled::

  • FILM SCREENING - "The Butler": Two showings on January 14. The first will be 11:30am - 1:30pm, in the Jost Foundation Room, on the fourth floor of Davis Center; lunch provided. The second showing will be 6:30pm - 8:30pm, in the Sugar Maple Ballroom, on the fourth floor of Davis Center; dinner provided.
  • UVM Gives a Dollar: January 16 - January 23, in Given Courtyard South. In the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., UVM will be hosting a community service monetary fundraiser. Every dollar raised will be invested in the work of Women Helping Battered Women, the Ronald McDonald House, and the Chittenden County Emergency Food Shelf.
  • University Celebration with Keynote Speaker Wil Haygood: January 20, 4:00pm, in Ira Allen Chapel. Free and open to the public. Please see below.
  • COM Public Health Poster Presentation & Celebration: January 21, 3:30pm - 5:30pm, in the Hoehl Gallery (HSRF 100). Free and open to the public. UVM College of Medicine students present their work on public health posters. These projects demonstrate how medical students apply the principles and science of public health while working to meet the needs and improve the health of the community.
  • COM Health Equity Lecture - "Geography, HIV/AIDS and the War on Drugs in Black Chicago": January 21, 5:30pm, in Med Ed 200. Free and open to the public. Rashad Shabazz, PhD, is an assistant professor of geography and affiliate faculty in ALANA, U.S. Ethnic Studies, and Women’s Gender Studies at the University of Vermont. His academic expertise brings together theories of race and racism, Black cultural studies, gender studies, and explores the ways in which race, class, sexuality and gender articulate through geographies of anti-Black racism.
  • Giving Voice to the Pain - Black Lives Matter: January 22, 3:30pm - 5:00pm, in Billings Library's North Lounge. A time of reflection, discussion and movement.
  • Film Screening - "Unnatural Causes: Place Matters": January 22, 5:30pm, in Med Ed 200. Free and open to the public. Why is your street address such a good predictor of your health? Studies have shown, for example, that living in a disadvantaged neighborhood leads to a 50-80% increase in risk for heart disease—the number one killer in America. One reason is chronic stress. Worrying about violence, lousy schools, and unpaid bills; living in substandard housing or a polluted environment; not having good access to fresh food, reliable transportation, or safe public spaces—all of these have a negative, even toxic effect on health.
  • Terri Lyne Carrington Quartet - UVM/Flynn Partnership: January 30, 8:00pm, at the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts. $10 tickets in person at the FlynnTix Regional Box Office lobby window at 153 Main Street in Burlington, VT (UVM ID required). This offer is limited to one discounted ticket per UVM student and two discounted tickets per faculty/staff member.

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.

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4th Installment of Music Monday

Monday, January 26, 12:00pm - 1:00pm, in the Hoehl Gallery (HSRF 100). The 4th installment of Music Mondays, with music brought to you by your own classmates! Come listen to music, relax, and eat snacks. For more information, or if you are interested in playing music for a future Music Monday, please contact Elena Siani.

SIG MANDATORY: Student Interest Group Forum

Attention all newly selected SIG leaders: Please be aware of the upcoming SIG Forum. This lunchtime meeting will be held in Med Ed 300 on both Wednesday, January 28 and Thursday, January 29 to discuss the responsibilities and resources available to you in your new role. Each SIG is REQUIRED to have one representative from their leadership board at the meeting or else the SIG will not be able to be renewed for the coming year. Proxies are not permitted, though if one person is on leadership for more than one SIG they are permitted to attend and represent both/all of those SIGs. Faculty Advisors are also highly encouraged to attend, so please contact them well in advance alerting them of the meeting. Please direct any questions to Paul Baresel or Stephanie Brooks.

Register for the Spring 2015 UVM Babysitter Mingler!

January 31, 2015, 10:30am - 12:00pm, on the fourth floor of UVM's Davis Center. Do you struggle to find a babysitter when you need one? Are you looking for a sitter who has a flexible schedule and lives close by? Bring your family to the semi-annual UVM Babysitter Mingler, a chance for kids and their families in need of babysitters to meet and mingle with UVM students who want to babysit! If you're not able to make it to the Babysitter Mingler this semester, we hope to see you next time! We don't have a list of available babysitters, but a post on Front Porch Forum has helped other families find a babysitter. For more information and registration, visit the UVM Office of Student & Community Relations (OSCR) Eventbrite registration website.

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RESEARCH, FELLOWSHIP, & SCHOLARSHIP

Engaging Diverse Medical Students and Residents To Pursue Academic Medicine Careers

The AAMC and the Building the Next Generation of Academic Physicians (BNGAP), are hosting an interactive webinar to engage diverse medical students and residents in exploring academic medicine. We invite medical students and residents to participate and learn more about the benefits of pursuing a career in academic medicine and the rewarding attributes of this career path. Our discussion will include:

  1. Exploring existing perceptions about academic medicine.
  2. Identifying the broad array of academic medicine career paths and opportunities.
  3. Sharing resources and local conferences to learn more about academic medicine.

The webinar will include 45 minutes of presentation and 15 minutes for facilitated discussion. The webinar will be hosted on February 11th & February 12th, 2015 and will be accessible at 5:30 pm in four time zones, Pacific, Mountain, Central, & Eastern Standard Time for your convenience. The dates for each time zone are below. You may choose to participate in a webinar in any region but please make note of the time difference.

NIH MRSP Application Deadline Extended to January 31

The deadline for submission of applications for the 2015-2016 National Institutes of Health (NIH) Medical Research Scholars Program (MRSP) has been extended to January 31, 2015. The MRSP is a year-long mentored research training program for qualified medical, dental, and veterinary students in basic, clinical, or translational research at the main intramural campus of the NIH in Bethesda, Maryland. The primary goal of the program is to train a diverse group of future clinician-scientists and biomedical researchers, utilizing hands on research experiences carefully guided by NIH mentors which is augmented with a didactic educational experience of lectures and seminars. These individuals would join the pipeline of the next generation of biomedical researchers.

Details of the program are available at the program website. For further information, please contact Kenny Williams or Tonya Shackelford(888-695-5343).

The F. GRIFFITH PEARSON FELLOWSHIP

The AATS Graham Foundation F. Griffith Pearson Fellowship provides an educational experience for North American General Thoracic surgeons who have recently completed their residency or fellowship to spend a focused period of four (4) to six (6) weeks studying clinical techniques at a host institution in North America.

The fellowship is funded and administered by the AATS Graham Foundation and provides a grant of $3,500 to three successful applicants to defray the cost of their living expenses during the four to six weeks of training. Additionally, recipients will receive complimentary scientific registration to the 95th AATS Annual Meeting April 25-29, 2015 in Seattle, Washington.

The application deadline is January 31, 2015. You can apply online, and contact the Association’s Administrator, Adam Silva, with any questions or concerns.

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ARTS & PUBLICATION

AOA Student Essay Contest

The Helen H. Glaser Student Essay Contest is still receiving submissions. This program is opened to all medical students. The contest is meant to encourage medical students to write creative narratives or scholarly essays relevant to medicine. $2000 first, $750 second, $500 third, and honorable mention awards of $250 each. Prizes will be paid after the receipt of required documentation (see Requirements for winning essays, below). Authors must be enrolled at medical schools with active ΑΩΑ chapters or associations (Class of 2015 or later), but need not be members of ΑΩΑ. Only one entry may be submitted per student. The program closes on January 31st, 11:59 pm, PST. Visit the Helen H. Glaser Student Essay Contest website for more information, including submission requirements. Contact Jane Kimball (650-329-0291) with any questions or concerns.

The 2014 Red Wheelbarrow is Now Available

The College of Medicine's annual publication for the literary and visual arts, The Red Wheelbarrow, is now available. Featuring work by students, faculty, staff, and alumni of the College, the publication is edited by the student interest group led by Matthew Lin '16 and Nicholas Sinclair '16 with guidance from advisors Robert Macauley, MD and COM editor Ed Neuert. The Red Wheelbarrow is named after the famous 1923 poem by physician-writer William Carlos Williams, one of the leading American poets of his generation who also ran a busy solo general practice. Watch for a launch event this winter and view The Red Wheelbarrow online. If you are interested in joining the Red Wheelbarrow, or you have any questions, contact The Red Wheelbarrow.

Spring 2015 Center for Cultural Pluralism Social Justice Film Series & Art Exhibits

The theme of the Spring 2015 SJFS is Internationalizing Social Justice, which features films related to social justice and diversity issues through a transnational lens. The films screened include Sworn Virgins (1/27), The Iran Job (2/17), The Economics of Happiness (3/10) and A Darker Side of Fair (4/7). Each film is screened on a Tuesday night between 7:30pm-9:00pm in Living/Learning Commons Room 216. For more information or to request accommodations for these film screenings, please call (802) 656-8833 or email ccp@uvm.edu. View the Spring 2015 SJFS schedule >>

The Allen House Multicultural Art Gallery is a rotating art exhibit space sponsored by the Center for Cultural Pluralism. The gallery is an opportunity for local artists to showcase their work related to culture and social justice. For Spring 2015, the Allen House Multicultural Art Gallery will be exhibiting work from community artist Natasha Sky (2/3-2/28), UVM staff member Sydnee Viray (3/3-3/31) and a mixed art exhibit called the Vermont Queer Archives, presented by the Pride Center of Vermont (4/1-4/30). The Allen House Multicultural Art Gallery is located on the first floor of Allen House at 461 Main St. Gallery hours are Monday-Friday from 9:00am-4:30pm. For more information, please call (802) 656-8833 or email ccp@uvm.edu. View the Spring 2015 Art Exhibit schedule >>

Submit to an Online Magazine for Medical Students

in-Training, the online magazine for medical students, is looking for medical students of all class years to submit articles and essays about their experiences in medicine for peer-edited online publication. With an emphasis on humanism in medicine, in-Training is run entirely by medical students and serves as an outlet for budding physician-journalists and writers at all medical schools around the globe.

in-Training is also looking for medical student editors to join our 27-member Editorial Board. If you are interested in editing and working with a dynamic staff to produce in-Training, please contact us at editorinchief@in-training.org.

Since we went live in July 2012, we have published 520 articles from 230 writers at 90 institutions across the United States, Canada, India, Ireland, UAE, and the Caribbean. in-Training was featured on NPR, USA Today, and the Scientific American Incubator blog. We are also recent winners in the 2014 Summer/Fall Web Health Awards.

We invite students and faculty to visit in-Training and subscribe to our twice-monthly newsletter. Please complete our interest form or contact us at editorinchief@in-training.org if you are interested in writing, editing or reporting for in-Training.

Medical Student Figure Drawing Group

figure drawingAre you finding yourself stressed with all of your studies and lectures? Do you need an activity which will relax you and stimulate a different part of your brain than you are used to using? Do you want the opportunity to see the human body through a different lens than the one you are used to using in the clinical setting or your HSF class? Medical Schools around the world are starting to see the value of offering drawing or art appreciation classes to their medical students. See these articles:

Shona Sladyk of the Medical Student Admissions Office, is offering to lead a figure drawing group for medical students. She has a degree in drawing and painting from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art in Dundee, Scotland and a particular interest in figure drawing and painting.

A typical 2-hour studio session with this group would include a 30-minute discussion of an artist’s work, several short poses with a nude or semi-clothed model and one long pose with the same model. Ms. Sladyk would like to stress that this would not be a class. She would not be teaching you “how” to draw, but facilitating your own discovery of drawing the human body through experimentation with different techniques and materials.

In order to proceed with planning such a session, Ms. Sladyk needs to gauge the interest level among students. Once she knows how many people might be interested, she can then procure a suitable space on campus and decide how often and when a group like this might want to meet. Please reply to Shona Sladyk if you are interested in joining such a group.

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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!

  • 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)

  • black cashmere Banana Republic scarf with blue on each end.
  • light-blue knitted fleece-lined North Face beanie

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