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March 02, 2015 - March 08, 2015

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Weekly Tips & Tricks University Opportunities
Policy of the Week Research, Fellowship, and Scholarship
Class Information Lost & Found

USEFUL WEBSITES

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

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Weekly Helpful Tips and Tricks from OMSE:

  1. Copyright 101: The web, social networking, e-books, shareable PDFs, third party platforms (i.e. DropBox) can make adhereing to copyright laws somewhat challenging. A handful of your fellow students put together a helpful handout: "Copyright and You" regarding copyrights pertaining to e-books or electronic copies of textbooks. Their research discovered that the issue is trickier than we could have imagined; thus, we highly recommend you take advantage of their hard work and review the handout. Special thanks goes out to Do Young Gwak for helping the student researchers explore copyright issues; he served in an institutional disciplinary committee during college and was well-versed with the issue! If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Medical Student Education.
  2. White (Lab) Coat Replacements: The OMSE only provides your ‘first’ white coat, your must purchase replacements. For anyone needing to replace your white coat for whatever reason, the UVM Bookstore Medical Section inventories most sizes. If they do not have your size, they will order them for you. At the time of purchase, the Bookstore will provide you with one (1) UVM Medical Center patch and two (2) UVM COM patches. If the Bookstore is out of UVM COM patches, email the Office of Medical Student Education; if you are on away rotations, please include your mailing address and we will mail you the patches you need; otherwise, you will be able to pick them up at OMSE when the patches arrive. Students have apply the patches on the coats (if you don’t sew, hunt down a fellow classmate with their eye on surgery, they might want the practice). As for embroidery, we only provide the one coat fully embroidered once a year for the incoming students. Since we need to do these in batches, you would need to wait until we place the next order which will be late summer/early fall. The price for the embroider of the logos (1 breast panel and 2 on sleeve) will run $20. If we did a special run of one coat for you, it would cost $45 for the embroidery alone ($25 set up fee). OMSE does not provide name embroidery, but you can find a local vendor to have your name embroidered. Please contact the Office of Medical Student Education if you have any questions or concerns.

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Policy of the Week

Satisfactory Academic Progress:
Repeated Coursework
(Policy 560.30)

A student repeating a course, clerkship or rotation with the approval of the Committee on Advancement is considered to be making Satisfactory Academic Progress provided s/he continues to meet the quantitative and qualitative standards.

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:

  • CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS - Class of 2015 Graduation Student Speaker: As we approach Match Week, and Commencement draws near, it is time to start planning for the important selection of the Class of 2015 student graduation speaker. If you are interested in being considered for this role, please submit your speech (5-7 minutes in length) to Kiersten Hallquist no later than Monday, April 6th at 10:00am. All submissions will be reviewed by a UVM COM Executive Board and the student will be notified by April 17th.
  • ACTION REQUIRED - Return Your Pagers! Time is passing quickly and graduation will be here before you know it! So, we’d like to offer the opportunity to turn in pagers. This is only if you do not require the use of them anymore. We’re getting ready for Clerkships to begin for the 3rd years and will be providing pagers for their upcoming rotations. In order to do so, the pagers you’re currently using will be re-issued to the Class of 2017. For those who wish to turn in pagers, please return them to April Berteau in OSME no later than Friday, March 13th, 2015. Either drop by our office to receive a receipt or you can mail them directly to us at your expense. Our mailing address is as follows: UVM College of Medicine, Office of Medical Student Education, Attention: April Berteau, The Courtyard at Given, N-100, 89 Beaumont Avenue, Burlington, VT 05405. Just a reminder that there’s a $150.00 charge for any pager that is lost and/or not returned to our office at least three weeks before graduation. Lastly, enjoy these last few months as a COM student, and we look forward to seeing you all in May. Please contact April Berteau with any questions or concerns.
  • DEADLINE THIS WEEK - Financial Wellness Survey for Graduating Medical Students: Dear member of the class of 2015, As graduation and match day fast approaches, the Financial Wellness team is asking that you please take a few minutes and fill out a very brief survey on COMET (sign into COMET before using this hyperlink). This is information that is valuable and helps us provide information to those medical students who are following you and have some of the same questions that you did. Your feedback is invaluable and is of great assistance to us. The survey is very short, only 6 questions, and will only take a couple of minutes of your time. Our hope is that all of you will participate and provide the information on Residency Interview costs. We ask that you complete this over the next few days, and have it completed by Sunday, March 1st. Thank you for your time and cooperation. To access the survey, you can use the links provided throughout this posting, click the survey image, below, or you can log into COMET and visit the Survey Course on the Survey green button. Password = r15. The survey will be open from February 7 until March 1, 2015. NOTE: A typo in the heading of the survey indicates this is only for the Class of 2014. Our apologies, that should have said Class of 2015. This survey is for your class and we appreciate your feedback. Please contact Jim Buell with any questions. survey button
  • The 2015 Medical School Graduation Questionnaire: Thank you in advance for your participation in the 2015 Medical School Graduation Questionnaire (GQ), which is provided by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) and its member medical schools. The GQ will be open from February 14 until June 5. To access the GQ, use the link that will be sent to you in an e‐mail from gq@aamc.org on February 14. Your input to the GQ will provide valuable information to the medical school for benchmarking and improving medical education programs. The GQ is confidential; all responses and any comments you write will be provided back to the school but without identifying you. If you have any questions about the GQ, please contact AAMC GQ staff directly (202‐862‐6151). Read more on the full letter to students.
  • Register to Attend the Class of 2015 Dinner! The Medical Alumni Association is pleased to welcome the Class of 2015 to its ranks at this annual dinner, on Thursday, March 19, at 6pm, at the Hilton Burlington. Join us for this tradition as we celebrate the transition from medical school to residency and bring the graduating class together for an evening of camaraderie with friends, family, alumni, faculty and staff. Register to attend, today! Please note: Students and family members please coordinate before registering to avoid duplicate registrations. Please RSVP by March 11, 2015. Contact Medical Alumni Relations (802-656-4014) with any questions.
  • Announcing the Class of 2015 Class Gift! - Supporting Scholarships for future Medical Students! Contact Medical Alumni Relations (802-656-4014) with any questions.
    Learn More and Donate Today >>

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Class of 2016:

  • APPLICATION DEADLINE - An Invitation for Student Leaders to serve on the UVM COM Foundations, Clerkship, & Medical Curriculum Committees: Ever wonder what happens to all those evaluations you fill out? Interested in reviewing Foundations courses? How about wanting to critically evaluate Clerkship rotations? Well… here is your opportunity to answer said questions by becoming more actively involved in shaping our curriculum. Unique to our medical school, we are invited to participate in the governance of our curriculum through several student appointments (Review "READ MORE" for information about each committee). These positions are outstanding opportunities to engage professionally with faculty and gain insight to administrative responsibilities of curriculum development. To apply, students must send a statement of interest to Nick Field by midnight March 2nd, 2015. READ MORE >>
  • Sign Up Open for "Prep for Step 2 Workshop": This workshop will provide an opportunity for students to talk with those who have taken Step 2 about how to create a schedule as well as possible resources to use. There will also be time to focus on practice strategies for answering different types of questions. Contact Laurey Burris with any questions or concerns.
    SIGN UP NOW >>
  • VOTE - Commencement Speaker: Class of 2016, we need you all to VOTE FOR A GRADUATION SPEAKER so that we can begin to contact these individuals soon! Please submit your preferences as soon as possible by clicking on the link below and filling out a SHORT 4-QUESTION SURVEY within the next two weeks (that's how long you will see it here, in the WeeklyWire). Please contact Dan Haddad, UVM COM Student Council President-Elect with any questions. #doitnow
  • Imaging the World is Seeking Research Participants (volunteer or elective): Are you interested in unique volunteer or elective time with opportunities to learn more about global & public health, clinical research, & ultrasound techniques? Since its inception, ITW has created multiple new and sustainable models for ultrasound training and imaging in rural and underserved areas around the world. Currently, ITW is engaging in research to create an eFAST ultrasound protocol to be used in trauma situations. ITW needs students who are willing to learn the ultrasound technique, and gather data by performing scans on eligible patients. Read more about Imaging the World on their website. If you are interested in this opportunity, as a volunteer or for a 2 or 4 week research elective, please contact Mary Streeter. Please feel free to view/ print/ post/ share the Imaging the World Program flyer.
  • Medical Education Fellowship for Medical Students - University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine: The University of Miami Miller School of Medicine is offering a one year medical education fellowship to a medical student after completion of year 2 of the traditional MD curriculum. Through our Educational Development Office, this fellow will work primarily on our ‘Cane Academy initiative. Modeled after the Khan Academy, the Miller School has developed a program to deliver a competency-based, self-directed curriculum that utilizes online modules with short videos and self-assessment questions in addition to in class problem solving sessions leading to formative and summative assessments. This fellow must already have expertise in instructional technology resources to create short instructional videos and will work collaboratively with faculty and an instructional design specialist on this initiative. A graduate student stipend for the year will be provided along with support for travel to the Khan Academy in Mountain View, California and other medical education conferences. For more information, please contact Dr. Alex J. Mechaber, Senior Associate Dean for Undergraduate Medical Education (305-243-0496).
  • Student Surgery Leadership Weekend, University of Michigan - Invitation to apply: Developing the future leaders in surgery is one of the core missions we all share. We have a program for our students at Michigan applying to residency in academic surgery. We are expanding the program and would like to attract some medical students from other schools to participate. We have generous resources to run this program and will provide funding to support some students visit to Ann Arbor. Eligible students will be applying in general, plastic, vascular, cardiothoracic or otolaryngology surgery and would be starting residency Fall 2016. Moreover, most of the participants would be early 4th year medical students during the leadership program which takes place May 8-10, 2015 at the University of Michigan. For more information, visit the program website or contact Angie Sullivan, the Program Coordinator (734-232-9463).
  • Announcing Visiting Elective Program for Underrepresented Students, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai: Sponsored by the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai's Center for Multicultural and Community Affairs, VEPSUM Fellowship offers four-week electives at The Mount Sinai Hospital and its teaching affiliates in the Graduate Medical Education Consortium to a limited number of qualified 4th-year medical students who attend United States accredited medical schools, and who are from groups underrepresented in medicine. VEPSUM is designed to increase diversity in the house staff and subsequently the faculty of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and its affiliated institutions, by helping talented minority medical students gain access to electives in our programs. Read more on the full program flyer. Contact Sherria McDowell, MPH and Program Manager (212-241-8276), with any questions.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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Class of 2017:

  • An Invitation for Student Leaders to serve on the Medical Curriculum Committee: Ever wonder what happens to all those evaluations you fill out? Interested in reviewing Foundations courses? How about wanting to critically evaluate Clerkship rotations? Well… here is your opportunity to answer said questions by becoming more actively involved in shaping our curriculum. Unique to our medical school, we are invited to participate in the governance of our curriculum (see "READ MORE" for information). These positions are outstanding opportunities to engage professionally with faculty and gain insight to administrative responsibilities of curriculum development. To apply, students must send a statement of interest to Nick Field by midnight March 16th, 2015. Class elections will be held soon thereafter. READ MORE >>
  • Imaging the World is Seeking Research Participants (volunteer or elective): Are you interested in unique volunteer or elective time with opportunities to learn more about global & public health, clinical research, & ultrasound techniques? Since its inception, ITW has created multiple new and sustainable models for ultrasound training and imaging in rural and underserved areas around the world. Currently, ITW is engaging in research to create an eFAST ultrasound protocol to be used in trauma situations. ITW needs students who are willing to learn the ultrasound technique, and gather data by performing scans on eligible patients. Read more about Imaging the World on their website. If you are interested in this opportunity, as a volunteer or for a 2 or 4 week research elective, please contact Mary Streeter. Please feel free to view/ print/ post/ share the Imaging the World Program flyer.
  • Medical Education Fellowship for Medical Students - University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine: The University of Miami Miller School of Medicine is offering a one year medical education fellowship to a medical student after completion of year 2 of the traditional MD curriculum. Through our Educational Development Office, this fellow will work primarily on our ‘Cane Academy initiative. Modeled after the Khan Academy, the Miller School has developed a program to deliver a competency-based, self-directed curriculum that utilizes online modules with short videos and self-assessment questions in addition to in class problem solving sessions leading to formative and summative assessments. This fellow must already have expertise in instructional technology resources to create short instructional videos and will work collaboratively with faculty and an instructional design specialist on this initiative. A graduate student stipend for the year will be provided along with support for travel to the Khan Academy in Mountain View, California and other medical education conferences. For more information, please contact Dr. Alex J. Mechaber, Senior Associate Dean for Undergraduate Medical Education (305-243-0496).
  • OMSE Student Blocks on Larner Classroom: We wanted to share that we’ve recently blocked the Larner Classroom for student use during certain times across the remainder of February and the first two weeks of March in light of your study month. This was an idea generated during a Dining with the Deans Luncheon; thank you for your continued attendance and honest feedback! Note, the deadline to take your USMLE Step 1 Exam is Thursday, March 12th, according to your Academic Calendar, which is always available online, at the OMSE Website. Note, UVM COM Curriculum has priority for any Medical Education Pavilion rooms; thus, should a course require the room (i.e. NMGI or PCR), OMSE will be obligated to adjust these “Student Blocks” to accommodate curricular needs. Please continue reference the calendars posted outside rooms daily for the latest and greatest room scheduling information. Also, during this “OMSE Student Block” the room is available to ALL UVM COM students. The following days and times have been blocked for student use: Sun, 3/1, 8am – 10pm; Tue, 3/3, 1pm – 10pm; Wed, 3/4, 8am – 10pm; Thu, 3/5, 8am – 10pm; Fri, 3/6, 2pm – 10pm; Sat, 3/7, 5pm – 10pm; Sun, 3/8, 8am – 10pm; Mon, 3/9, 8am – 10pm; Tue, 3/10, 8am – 10pm; and Wed, 3/11, 5pm – 10pm. Please contact the Office of Medical Student Education if you have any questions or concerns.
  • Freeman Scholarship: Applications are now being accepted for the Freeman Foundation Legacy Medical Scholarship for up to four third-year students to be awarded $5,000. Recipients should demonstrate a passion for, and commitment to, meeting the health care needs of Vermonters, particularly in rural and underserved areas. Please review the full description and submit the application material (including the commitment document, which is linked within the fill description as well) by Tuesday, March 17 if you are interested and fulfill the requirements. Contact Ginger Lubkowitz with any questions.
  • 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:

  • APPLICATION DEADLINE - 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.
  • An Invitation for Student Leaders to serve on the Medical Curriculum Committee: Ever wonder what happens to all those evaluations you fill out? Interested in reviewing Foundations courses? How about wanting to critically evaluate Clerkship rotations? Well… here is your opportunity to answer said questions by becoming more actively involved in shaping our curriculum. Unique to our medical school, we are invited to participate in the governance of our curriculum (see "READ MORE" for information). These positions are outstanding opportunities to engage professionally with faculty and gain insight to administrative responsibilities of curriculum development. To apply, students must send a statement of interest to Nick Field by midnight March 16th, 2015. Class elections will be held soon thereafter. READ MORE >>
  • Larner Loan “Lunch & Learn”: Tuesday, March 3, 12:00pm - 1:00pm, in the Sullivan Classroom (Med Ed 200). Are you taking out loans to pay for medical school? If so and you haven’t signed up to be a recipient of the highly favorable Larner Loan fund, this is a lunch you will not want to miss. Kari Brayden and Ginger Lubkowitz will be on hand to discuss the benefits of the Larner Loan and how you can make sure it is included in your financial aid package. Pizza will be provided. If you have already made your contribution to be eligible for the loan and to support this program you are also welcome to attend! Please contact Ginger Lubkowitz or Kari Brayden with any questions or concerns.
  • Join the NICU Cuddler Team! Are you interested in Neonatology? Do you like spending time with babies? 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. We currently have 11 first year medical student volunteers. I am looking for 2 additional medical students who will alternate Saturdays from 6-9 PM. 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 every other week for the next year (March 2015-January 2016). Eight 3rd and 4th year medical students will be available to cover Cuddler shifts while first year students are away or sick. Please send me a short paragraph about your interest in the program and a photograph of yourself to be posted in the NICU to Jessie Evangelista.
  • 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

Silent Auction to Benefit the Big Change Round Up For Kids!

The University of Vermont Children's Hospital is proud to announce this year's "Silent Auction to Benefit the Big Change Round Up For Kids: Making a difference one dime at a time." March 9, 2015, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm, in the ACC 3rd Floor Lobby. Great gift baskets to choose from! (Items include
Essex Spa, Skinny Pancake, Movie Tickets and More!!). Come bid on a basket to support a great cause! You could be a lucky winner! Please feel free to view/print/share the event flyer. If you have any questions, please contact Mary Holl, Staff Assistant in the Department of Pediatrics, at the University of Vermont Medical Center.

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UNIVERSITY OPPORTUNITIES

THIS WEEK - Emergency Medicine Journal Club/Untrasound Rounds

Come one, come all to the Emergency Medicine Journal Club/ Ultrasound Rounds on Monday, March 2 from 11am – 2pm in the Davis Auditorium. Light refreshments will be served. Please contact Pam Perrotte if you have any questions.

RSVP DEADLINE THIS WEEK - Upcoming FMIG Injection Clinic (RSVP by March 3)

Tuesday, March 10, 5:30-7:30 pm, in Med Ed 300. Come to learn how to administer injections of all sorts! Including subcutaneous, intramuscular, PPD placement, and Epi-pen administration! Dinner will be provided! (Please bring your own beverage) Please email Kathryn Beaudry to RSVP no later than March 3rd. Hosted By the Family Medicine Interest Group and the Department of Family Medicine. Please feel free to view/print/share the event flyer.

Upcoming Courses at the Dana Medical Library Classroom

Please join us in the Dana Classroom for one or more of our spring workshops. All workshops are open to all UVM and FAHC students, staff, and faculty. Unless otherwise noted, preregistration is not required. Questions about any of our workshops? Have a suggestion for a topic you’d like us to cover? Please contact Gary Atwood (802-656-4488). Courses will be posted to the COM Student Activities Calendar, but you can also view the full spring schedule, online.

  • THIS WEEK - Introduction to EndNote: March 3, 2015, Noon-1:00 pm, in the Dana Medical Library Classroom. This beginning EndNote class will get you started with using this powerful reference management software. You'll learn how easy it is to export citations from popular online databases and automatically insert them into your paper or manuscript. Instructor: Laura Haines
  • How to Search Google Scholar: March 11, 2015, Noon-1:00 pm, in the Dana Medical Library Classroom. Google Scholar is a freely accessible web search engine that indexes the full text of scholarly literature with many irresistible features along with some definite challenges. Come learn how to make Scholar an important tool in your clinical or research toolkit. Instructor: Donna O’Malley
  • Introduction to EndNote: March 18, 2015, Noon-1:00 pm, in the Dana Medical Library Classroom. This beginning EndNote class will get you started with using this powerful reference management software. You'll learn how easy it is to export citations from popular online databases and automatically insert them into your paper or manuscript. Instructor: Gary Atwood

THIS WEEK - Spanish SIG Meeting

Spanish SIG meeting: stop by this Wednesday, March 4th to practice your Spanish, in Meded 309. All levels welcome! Contact Astia Roper-Batker with any questions.

Nominate! 2015 Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Awards

We are now accepting nominations for an outstanding physician faculty member and an outstanding graduating medical student for the Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Awards presented by the Arnold P Gold Foundation. Please review the criteria for the award.

Please send Kiersten Hallquist your nomination for: 1) A physician faculty member and 2) A graduating medical student, including a narrative statement (limited to 1 page) describing the award nominee’s qualifications. Faculty who received the award in the past five years are not eligible to receive the award for 2015. The following faculty are ineligible this year:

  • Evan A. Eyler, M.D. (2014)
  • Ursula McVeigh, M.D. (2013)
  • Christa Zehle, M.D. (2012)
  • David Mooney, M.D. (2011)
  • Peter Cataldo, M.D. (2010)

All students, faculty members, and staff members are welcome and encouraged to submit nominations for both students and faculty recipients. Re-nomination of faculty members nominated in prior years who have not received the award are accepted, however, self-nomination or solicitation of nomination is not considered appropriate.

Nominations should be sent to Kiersten Hallquist via email by Monday, March 16th, 2015. Award recipients will be selected by a committee comprised College of Medicine deans and former award recipients. The Class of 2015 GHHS Members will also participate in the selection of the Faculty Award.

Match Day 2015 Match Challenge! Get Social!

Match Day 2015 is March 20 – Find the UVM College of Medicine on social media and join the conversation with #uvmmedmatch!

This year, the Medical Alumni Executive Committee and several past presidents are sponsoring the first-ever Match Challenge. If 112 individuals – one for every member of the class of 2015 – make a donation to the College of Medicine between now and Match Day, March 20, the medical alumni leaders will donate an additional $12,500 to help today’s students! Watch #uvmmedmatch for stories and video clips from alums and faculty who will be sharing their “Match Memories” and words of wisdom for the graduating class.

Share YOUR photos and stories with #uvmmedmatch throughout the Match Challenge and on Match Day 2015! Connect with UVM COM on Facebook, or find UVM COM on Twitter and Instagram @uvmmedicine!

For more information about this exciting fundraising opportunity, visit the UVM COM Alumni webpage.

Neuroscience of Mindfulness Series

March 21 and March 28, 10:00am - 1:00pm, in Matt MacKinnon's Living Room (8 Railroad Ave, Essex Junction, VT). Learn the art, science, and practice of mindfulness. Course will include: Introduction to the scientific evidence for mindfulness exercises; Neuroscience of anxiety and how mindfulness helps; Neuroscience of meditation; and Techniques for dealing with troublesome thoughts. The course is $50 for the full series. If you are interested, you can register online now. Please contact Matt MacKinnon, the course instructor, with any questions or concerns.

Matt MacKinnon is a 4th year medical student at The University of Vermont College of Medicine who is specializing in psychiatry. He is the author & creator of MindfulnessMD.com and studies the art and science of mindfulness.

"Escape Fire" Film Screening & Discussion

Thursday, March 26th at 5:30pm in the Sullivan Classroom (MedEd 200). Discussion to follow; lead by Charles MacLean, MD. Free Admission! The primary audience for this screening is medical and health professional students, but the invitation is open to all. Seating is limited—first come, first served (doors open at 5:00pm). Sponsored by: UVM College of Medicine Office of Primary Care & AHEC Program. More information about the film can be found at escapefiremovie.com. For more information about this event, contact the Office of Primary Care & AHEC Program ahec@uvm.edu / (802)656-2179 / www.vtahec.org

LGBTQAwards & Graduation Nominations!

Nominate someone today for the LGBTQAwards & Graduation ceremony. Do you know a student, staff, or faculty member that you think deserves an award? Nominate someone by April 8th. More to come about graduation and RSVP. Save the date for April 30th, from 4-6:30pm. Please contact Becky Swem, Education & Outreach Coordinator at the LGBTQA Center @UVM.

Fall 2015 AAMC Careers in Medicine Schedule Released!

The AAMC Fall 2015 Careers in Medicine Specialty Panel Series Schedule is now available. All sessions will be during the noon hour, and occur in the Larner Classroom (MEC 100). The series kicks off with an Introduction to the Careers in Medicine Series and website presented by our very own Associate Dean for Students and Clinical Pediatrician, Dr. Christa Zehle, on September 17, 2015! 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"! Please contact Kiersten Hallquist with any questions regarding the series.

Last year’s series produces student feedback requesting the Office of Medical Student Education limit conflicts during these sessions, allowing students to attend these unique specialty-exploration opportunities. Thus, the Office of Medical Student Education will decline events scheduled on Tuesdays and Thursdays, between September 17 and December 1, 2015 in order to protect this time for students. Please contact the Office of Medical Student Education should you have questions or concerns regarding this decision.

International Travel During Your Medical Education

Travelling abroad during your medical education is an exciting and rewarding experience. Our students have the opportunity to travel abroad at various points in the curriculum, especially during the summer between their first and second year or during the Advanced Integration portion of the curriculum.

To assist you with the process of travelling abroad for a medical education experience and to ensure your safety during your travels, UVM COM students will now be participating in the iAbroad program, which the University of Vermont Undergraduate College uses extensively. The iAbroad program includes four phases (mostly geared towards undergraduate students), however only one of those phases will need to be completed by UVM College of Medicince students. We are working closely with the UVM Office of International Education to adjust the program to meet the needs of medical students and welcome any feedback from your experience using the program.

To obtain an account, you will need to contact ErinAnna Smith, the Study Abroad Coordinator. Erin will develop an account for you that will use your UVM Net ID and password. The process is estimated to take you less than 1 hour to complete and the Office of International Education would like you to complete the process within a 2-week period. You should complete the process about 3-4 months prior to your intended travel date if possible.

Use of the iAborad program applies to all students traveling abroad as part of their medical education, including students participating in the Danbury Global Health rotations. Thank you and please contact th Office of Medical Student Education if you have any questions or if the Office can be of any assistance.

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RESEARCH, FELLOWSHIP, & SCHOLARSHIP

18th Annual Summer Autism Institute June 24 - June 26, 2015

Registration is now open! This year’s event is planned June 24 – June 26th at the DoubleTree Hotel, 1117 Williston Rd., South Burlington, VT. Detailed information about our speakers and registration can be found on our website. Take advantage of the early registration discount offered now until February 27th.

Please review the latest and greatest program brochure with detailed information about our speakers and the event. You will notice that in response to participant concerns about costs and time away from work or family, we have reduced the institute from 5 to 3 days with an outstanding speaker line-up. We have lowered the costs per day with breakfast and lunch included. We continue to offer a three-credit course for the institute, with a combination of face-to-face and online activities, in addition to 0.5 ASHA Continuing Education Units (CEUs) per day. Please feel free to share the printable brochure. This tri-fold brochure is designed to be printed double sided on legal size paper (8 1/2 x 14), then folded in half twice. Contact Lisa McClintock (802-656-4466) with any questions or concerns.

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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!

  • Lost a tablet and a grey sweater. Last seen in the resident lounge near Baird 3. The tablet has a red cover. Lost around Wed. 2/11. Contact Jacob Reynolds if found.
  • "It is with a heavy heart that I write to see if anyone found a pair of grey wool bean boots…I really hope so because I love them! I may have left them in one of the Med Ed rooms - 204/5/6ish? on Wednesday, 2/11/2015." ~ Liz May

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)

  • Generic royal blue baseball cap.
  • Plastic rainbow lei.

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Last modified February 27 2015 05:26 PM