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July 27 - August 09,2015

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Activities Calendar AHEC Website Specialty Advisor List
Study Spaces "ONE: News for Our Employees" - UVM Medical Center" (June Edition) Rotating Room (Sublets)
NBME UVM Medical Center Grand Rounds UVM LivingWell Center
Diversity & Inclusion UVMMC Event Calendar/Newsletter UVM Bored
  Medicine Newsletter: "The Chart"
(Spring 2015 Edition)

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Weekly Helpful Tips and Tricks & FYIs from OMSE:

  1. Tobacco Free @UVM: Beginning August 1, UVM is a tobacco-free campus, a health place to live, work, and learn. Find more information and QUITE resources at
  2. WEEKLYWIRE GOES TO TWO-WEEK SCHEDULE - WeeklyWire Summer Schedule: During the summer, the WeeklyWire will become the "Bi-WeeklyWire" and will be issued every other week between June 15 and August 17. Please note the final submission deadline of the temporary summer schedule: Noon, Friday, August 7th (for the August 10 - August 16 Issue; the Wire then returns to the weekly schedule). Please contact the Office of Medical Student Education if you have any questions.

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Policy of the Week

Statement on Medical Professionalism (Policy 610.00)

  1. The University of Vermont College of Medicine educates physicians to meet high standards of professionalism and practice in environments where effective, humane, and compassionate patient care is paramount. We affirm our commitment to creating and maintaining a community that supports and encourages respect for every individual. To that aim, we expect all members of the UVM College of Medicine community to act professionally in the school, hospital and wider community; with patients, those close to them, families and colleagues.
  2. Medical training is a time of unique clinical, educational and social experiences for medical students as well as a time when appropriate professional attitudes and behaviors can be developed and nurtured. Those responsible for educating medical students must emphasize the importance of professionalism and demonstrate it by example.
  3. While knowledge and technical skills are crucial in medicine and science, the manner in which they are used is equally important. In addition to competence in their disciplines, all medical professionals must strive to exhibit those qualities that constitute professionalism.

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

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Class of 2016:

  • U. of Tennessee COM General Surgery Residency Program: The University of Tennessee College of Medicine Nashville is thrilled to announce the ACGME accreditation of a new five-year general surgery residency program at Saint Thomas West Hospital in Nashville, Tennessee. They are now accepting applications for PGY-1 and PGY-2 residents for the 2016-2017 academic year and will be offering interviews starting in November 2015. Applications for the PGY-1 residents will be through ERAS. Applicants for the PGY-2 positions will not apply through ERAS and may email the program coordinator for more information. There will be three slots for each postgraduate year. For more information on the program, visit the program website. Please contact Alyssa Miller, Program Coordinator, General Surgery Residency, with any questions.

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Class of 2017:

  • Locker Clean Out: The Office of Medical Student Education has officially cleaned out your lockers and prepared them for the incoming class. If there was a significant number of items in the locker, we bagged and tagged them and emailed students directly to come pick up their things, under the assumption they forgot to clean out their lockers before transitioning into clerkships. However, some miscellaneous items were gathered and have been posted to the Lost & Found. Please review in case something is yours! Many thanks for helping us prepare for the incoming class, and best of luck to all of you during your clinical rotations! Please let us know if you have questions or concerns.

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Class of 2018:

  • Best of Burlington Survey: Participate in a best of Burlington survey to help the Wellness Committee develop an informational newsletter for incoming first years! If already logged onto COMET, you can log into the survey using this handy-dandy hyperlink; otherwise, you can log onto COMET, scroll down courses in which you are enrolled, and select "Surveys - Class of 2018." Please contact Astia Roper-Batker with any questions.

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Class of 2019:

  • Wilderness Medicine Student Interest Group (WMSIG) Offering Pre-Orientation Trek Opportunity: Hello Class of 2019, and welcome to the College of Medicine! As promised, this is a formal invitation to join Wilderness Medicine Student Interest Group (WMSIG) on a Vermont Waterfall Hike on Sunday, August 9th. We will be leaving from the Water Tower parking lot at 10am (located between the Health Sciences and Research Facility and the Jeffords Building) via bus and travelling to two of Vermont's five-star waterfalls. The hikes to the falls are easy/moderate and each under 20 minutes. We will also be stopping for a picnic lunch along the way! We will be returning around 4:30pm. If you're interested in joining us then please RSVP via our Sign Up Genius sign up; the trip is capped at 45 and limited to members of the Class of 2019 and WMSIG trip leaders only. Also, you must submit a UVM COM Medical Form and a 2015 UVM COM Liability Release Form before loading the bus (save the forms to your computer and complete them outside of the web-browser); please complete and send them to Katie Lantz, UVM COM 2017 as soon as possible. On the day of the trip, please bring $5 with you to go towards the lunch expenses. We also recommend people bring sunscreen, bug spray, comfortable walking shoes, and water. If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact Katie Lantz, UVM COM 2017.
  • ACTION REQUESTED - Orientation: Congratulations and welcome to the UVM COM Class of 2019! We look forward to welcoming you to the College of Medicine and the local community in just two weeks! Prior to your arrival we would like to provide you with some additional information about Orientation:
    • Orientation is a course with a pass/fail grade. Attendance is required except where indicated as optional*. Please also note that attire is business casual except for the outdoor team-building event, the community service event, and optional activities. You will be interfacing with many members of the UVM College of Medicine community, the UVM Medical Center community, and the Burlington community throughout the week and professional actions and attire are expected.
    • Complete a brief dietary preference survey as soon as possible so that we can best accommodate any dietary needs during orientation and throughout your medical education here at the College of Medicine.
    • We are beginning to build the Orientation Course materials using the University of Vermont College of Medicine Educational Tools (COMET) Portal. Access the materials within COMET over the next two weeks (up until you receive your own credentials) using the username and password provided to you in our welcome email. Please contact the Office of Medical Student Education if you would like us to resend the welcome email.
    • Remember to do the pre-reading for the Orientation TBL activity. The readings have been made available under Tuesday's Orientation Course COMET materials.
    • As was also mentioned in the welcome email, please visit the Finding Our Common Ground page, which is posted on the orientation website (under "MS '19 Orientation Links", in the right-hand sidebar), where you will find information on the program and a link to access the materials. You also access the modules for this orientation program under the same COMET credentials provided for the orientation course materials. Please contact the Office of Medical Student Education if you would like us to resend the welcome email.
  • AAMC Matriculating Student Questionnaire: WOW! Many thanks to the 76 members of your class who have already completed the MSQ (65.5%)! That is incredible! We know we can easily reach 100% participation before orientation! The 2015 AAMC Matriculating Student Questionnaire (MSQ) opened June 1. The survey takes approximately 10-20 minutes to complete and will close on September 15. We encourage newly accepted students to take the MSQ before classes begin. On June 1, July 1, and July 20th, all accepted students were sent unique survey links via email to access the MSQ. The survey links were sent from to the email addresses submitted by students to the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS) or the Texas Medical and Dental Schools Application Service (TMDSAS). An individual is automatically invited to participate in the MSQ two weeks after AMCAS receives an applicant's "Accepted" status. The AAMC will send reminder emails on August 15, and September 1 to students who have not yet completed the MSQ. Students who have problems accessing the MSQ should contact MSQ staff directly at and include their full name and AAMC ID in their message.
  • SFS ACTION REQUESTED - Sign Up for Direct Deposit: If you haven't already, Student Financial Service encourages you to sign up for Direct Deposit (DD) within the myUVM Portal (click the "Student Financial Services" tab after logging in). DD is used anytime a student is owed funds, most commonly when students use financial aid for living expenses like rent, food, and transportation costs. DD is the fastest and safest way to receive your financial aid "refund" for living expenses. Those who are not signed up will be mailed a paper check, however this delays processing significantly. Once you are enrolled in DD, it remains in effect for subsequent academic years unless you choose to change/cancel it. Please sign up for DD today! For more information including the "how to", please visit the Student Financial Services Q&A Forum. Please contact the University of Vermont College of Medicine Student Financial Services Coordinator with any questions.
  • FAQs Webpage: Have a question? See if we address it on the Office of Medical Student Education FAQs webpage. If you cannot find an answer to your question, please do not hesitate to contact the Office of Medical Student Education.

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Seeking Nominations for Volunteers to Participate in USMLE Test Material Development Committees (TMDCs)

The United States Medical Licensing Examination® (USMLE®) program is seeking nominees for TMDCs with expertise in the following content areas: patient safety, cultural competence, medical ethics/professionalism, systems-based practice, and practice-based learning and improvement. The program is particularly interested in increasing the number of women, representatives of minority populations, and individuals who work with diverse and/or underserved populations in the pool of nominees. In addition, nominees with experience on state medical boards are needed.

USMLE is a three-step examination for medical licensure in the United States and is sponsored by the Federation of State Medical Boards and the National Board of Medical Examiners. The USMLE assesses a physician's ability to apply knowledge, concepts, and principles, and to demonstrate fundamental patient-centered skills that are important in health and disease and that constitute the basis of safe and effective patient care. Examination materials for the USMLE are prepared by committees and task forces composed of senior faculty members, teachers, investigators, and clinicians with recognized prominence in their fields. Committee members are selected to provide broad representation from across the United States and from the academic, practice, and licensing communities.

Please feel free to review qualifications for appointment to a USMLE committee and how to submit nominations. Please contact NBME's Medical School Services with any questions or concerns.

Audition for Wit, a Pulitzer Prize winning play!

AUDITIONS for the fundraiser, Wit, a Pulitzer Prize winning play by Margaret Edson. Proceeds will be donated to The Rural Palliative Care Network at UVMMC. Looking for "real" people to play medical students, lab techs, code team, etc. No formal stage experience necessary, nor do you have to be a student or lab tech to play one. Anyone who is part of the hospital or College of Medicine is welcome. You'll work with Director, Sëan Moran (professional actor/director), Medical Consultant, Dr. Robert Macauley (UVM faculty, Ethics, Pediatrics, playing the role of Mr. Bearing) and Producer,
Vivian Jordan (Standardized Patient, professional actor, playing the role of Vivian Bearing).

We need volunteers to help with many aspects of the production, such as taking tickets, ushering, etc. If you'd like to volunteer, come to any of the auditions. We'll have a sign-up sheet. Performance dates are September 11th, 12th, 13th, with an invited dress rehearsal Sept. 10th. We are also planning a shortened version to be done the afternoon of September 17th. Margaret Edson, the playwright, will attend the Sept. 12th performance and do a Q&A afterwards.

For more information, contact Vivian at or call/text 802-999-5922.

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Inter-Professional Practice Opportunity

Happy Summer! Members of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences are hosting some Inter-professional Practice video conferences this summer and would love for an MD student to join them for some of their video conferences. The nurse practitioner students are working in the nursing home this summer and would like your help as part of an inter-professional team (SW, RD, NP, Pharm and PT students) to discuss some real patients with complex needs. Please let Dr. Mary Val Palumbo know ASAP if you are interested in being part of a video conference for any of the following dates, this summer: July 30, August 3, August 5, and August 12 (all are from 5:00PM - 6:30PM). Dr. Palumbo will send you the ReadyTalk invitation and the case a week before the conference. Hope you can join them! Please contact Dr. Palumbo at 656-0023 or with any questions or concerns.

VTAHEC's Health Care Workforce Recruitment & Networking Day

Wednesday, September 23, 11:00am - 2:00pm in the Hoehl Gallery (HSRF 100) and Given Courtyard Square. Medicine, social work, physical therapy nursing, and other health professions students: as you think about clinical rotations, electives, course field work, projects and working after graduation, consider Vermont. Representatives from Vermont hospitals and practices and the UVM Health Network will be present at this year's VT AHEC's Health Care Workforce Recruitment & Networking Day.

Faculty and staff: please join us to strengthen connections between the UVM College of Medicine and representatives from hospitals and health care facilities from around Vermont and within the UVM Health Network by attending and networking at VT AHEC's Health Care Workforce Recruitment & Networking Day and by encouraging your students to do the same. Lunch and raffle will be provided by the VT AHEC Program and exhibiting organizations.

If you have any questions, please contact AHEC (802-656-2179). We look forward to seeing you on September 23!

CiM Expands Residency and Fellowship Program Profiles

The Careers in Medicine (CiM) website now features expanded residency program profiles. Added to the contact information, the link to the program on AMA's FREIDA, application statistics, and resident counts, are new details about the program setting, including:

  • Various locations of the training sites
  • Time residents spend in each setting
  • General type of area in which the program is located.

The profiles also now display details about the most recent residents in that program, including:

  • Residents' prior experiences (e.g., volunteer, research)R
  • Residents' prior participation in the medical school honor society
  • Medical school of the most recent residents
  • Residents' demographics

These data are available for approximately 2,150 of the residency programs that participate in the Electronic Residency Application Service® (ERAS®). These programs consented to the display of this expanded data through the ERAS registration process. Basic profiles continue to be displayed for the remainder of the programs. We hope, over time the number of programs approving display of the expanded program information will increase so students and their advisors can access more and better information to make sound residency application decisions.

The residency program profiles can be accessed on the CiM website under Land Your Residency>> Residency Programs>> Find Programs. As always, we welcome your feedback. Please contact Anne Berlin, Senior Web Editor for the AAMC Careers in Medicine website, with any questions.

AAMC Careers in Medicine #SpecialtyChoice Series

Do you feel overwhelmed by the 120+ specialty and sub-specialty training options? Careers in Medicine wants to make it easy for you to learn about all available options to ensure you find the right fit. We've chosen 9 niche, undersubscribed or little known areas of medical practice for a deep dive into what physicians in these fields do, length of training, competitiveness factors, and medical research that is revolutionizing the field. Along the way we will be busting myths and answering your questions.

Follow our new Medical Student communities at or on Twitter @AAMCMedStudent and check in when you can between July 6 and September 5 to prepare to make your own #SpecialtyChoice. Please contact Anne Berlin, AAMC Careers in Medicine Senior Web Editor, with any questions.

Specialty schedule:

  • Ophthalmology 7/27-8/1
  • Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 8/3-8/8
  • Surgical Critical Care 8/10-8/15
  • Pediatric Pulmonology 8/17-8/22
  • Preventive Medicine/Occupational and Environmental Medicine 8/24-8/29
  • Otolaryngology 8/31- 9/5

Fall 2015 AAMC Careers in Medicine Specialty Panel Series

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 (Med Ed 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.

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2015 FMEC Annual Meeting

Hi all! Hope you are having a great summer! For those of you who are interested in, curious about or actively pursuing a career in family medicine, The FMES Annual Meeting is a fantastic conference that you can attend that is educational, social and a lot of fun. There are sessions on clinical, academic and health care policy topics. There are hands-on workshops and a large residency fair where you can learn about opportunities in family medicine. The only cost of the conference for students is a $20 membership fee, which just covers administrative costs. The rest of the expenses (including lodging at the conference hotel where there is an awesome waterpark), are covered by fund raising by the host institutions. This year the conference is in Danvers, MA, just over 3 hours drive from Burlington. Any questions? Contact Martha Seagrave, PA-C, BSN, Associate Professor and Director of Medical Student Education, at the UVM's Department of Family Medicine.

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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 two weeks will be left as freebies in the student lounge)

  • Black CRAFT athletic beanie with Norwegian flag
  • Sky blue Corelle porcelain mug
  • Three green UVM COM Class of 2017 travel coffee mugs
  • One Green Mountain Coffee travel coffee mug
  • Women's small, tan, Eastern Mountain Sports rain jacket/windbreaker
  • Keychain swipe card for Planet Fitness, in Quincy, MA
  • Purple GAP cardigan, size S

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Centennial Court: Sublet

Room available for sublet November, December, January, February. Across the hospital, walking distance, free parking, storage, etc. Sublet for any month or all. Please contact for more information.

College Street Condo for Sale by Owner

Cozy 2 bedroom, 1 bath, off College Street, 2 blocks to UVM, quiet end unit, hardwood floors, washer/dryer in unit, friendly neighbors, parking included, low condo fee, pet allowed, $189,000. If interested, please contact Maureen Danielczyk at or 802)233-4928.

50 Colchester Ave Apartment Available

Apartment available to rent beginning August 1, located at 50/52 Colchester Ave (directly across from the Fleming Museum, which is very close to campus/hospital): 50 Colchester Ave. # 2. This is a large 3-bedroom apartment, above a Dental office, with a full-sized kitchen, living room, washer and dryer, one 1/2 bath and one full bath, and 3 designated off-street parking spaces. The cost is $1,800/month, plus utilities. If interested, please contact Tyler Wark, UVM COM Class of 2018.

Furnished Room for Rent

Furnished Room for rent in a 3-bedroom house on a part-time or monthly basis for medical student, resident, or faculty member. This home is located in a safe and quiet place about 1.5 miles from hospital/University, and it is on the bus-line, has parking available. You have a room with a single bed, bureau, and desk to study and work. I prefer someone who will have a small footprint.

I am a UVM faculty member looking for a responsible boarder who just needs a room with no long-term commitment, and who will have a small footprint in the house. There is one bathroom, and some storage in basement is possible. Boarder will have kitchen privileges. Cost is $500 per month or pro-rated per week. If interested, please contact Sharon Ultsch.

River Watch 2BR Condo Available

Dr. Tom Broderick, a physician in Lyndonville, owns a condo in the River Watch complex not distant from the Hospital and school. For the past 8 years it has been occupied by his sons and daughter. The last of them recently moved to Boston and the condo is now empty. He would like to rent it to medical students or residents.

This is a very quiet, clean, two bedroom unit that is available now, furnished/partially furnished/or unfurnished. If you are interested, please feel free to contact Dr. Broderick.

Caroline Street: Room for Rent

Very nice unfurnished room for rent in highly desirable neighborhood in a 1200 square-foot, beautiful, sunny, clean, 2-bedroom, 1st floor apartment in a large duplex. Located on Caroline Street in the South End near Callahan park and within walking distance to Pine Street and downtown. Lease dates are flexible. Apartment features hardwood floors throughout, sunroom, living room, dining room, updated kitchen with dishwasher & microwave, off-street parking, washer & dryer in basement, large backyard, internet hook-up, shared full bathroom. Common spaces are fully-furnished & kitchen is fully-equipped. Clean, comfortable, quiet and homey.

Seeking quiet, clean, mature, respectful, tenant. Rent is $750/month including all utilities. No pets, no smoking. Please contact Stacey @ 802-999-5391 or

Winooski 2BR for Rent

A 2 bedroom + den with a large basement room for storage, etc. and walk out to drive way in a quiet side street in Colchester about a mile from downtown Winooski's restaurant and bar area. Remodeled kitchen and bath as well as new back deck and front porch lead outside to plush, private, green and shaded back yard. Own driveway with lots of off street parking space, washer and dryer in unit and new windows and roof guarantee energy efficient building in winter time.

Rent is $1400/month plus utilities. Snow plowed drive way and trash/recycle bin service included. No dogs/cats or smoking. Available July 15th with an annual lease and one security deposit to hold it. Please check it out on the Vermont Craigslist posting. Please contact Deb via craigslist posting or via phone, at 802 881-4437 if interested or if you have any questions.

27 Mary Street, So. Burlington - 4BR House for Rent

$1,900 4-bedroom house for rent, available starting July 1, 2015. Location: 27 Mary Street, South Burlington, VT 05403. Newly renovated two story house with 4 bedrooms, one & half baths, 2 car garage, and a fenced back yard. Convenient location (off Williston road, next to Double tree hotel and Northfield Savings bank). Walking distance to UVM, hospital, University Mall. Gas heat, no pet. $2,200 per month, tenants pay utilities. If interested, please contact (802) 999-6001 or email to

Sublet Available

I would like to make my South End Burlington house available to a medical student February and March of 2016. I will ask my tenant to pay for utilities. If you are interested, please contact me, Anne Damrosch.

Newly remodeled 3 bedroom apartment available now

2 Blocks from downtown and walking distance to UVM this apartment has all new kitchen and bathroom appliances and fixtures., newly tiled and hardwood floors, freshly painted walls, nice big fenced in back yard, Rent is $2100/month ($700. per bedroom). Heat included! As well as water/sewer, garbage removal, and some on-site parking. Please e-mail: or call 802-352-4246 if you are interested, or if you have any questions.

Single Family Home for Rent

Single family home for rent, in the exclusive Cider Mill housing development. Looking for minimum one year lease, up to 3 years available. All bedrooms are located on the second floor of the home-there is a master bedroom, infant's room, and 2 other bed rooms as well as an office. There is a full bath connected to the master bed room and a full bath for the other 3 rooms. This home boasts an open floor plan on the main floor, with 2 dining rooms, a full open kitchen, appointed with gas, stainless steel appliances and granite counter tops. The kitchen opens into a family room with a large flat screen mounted on the wall, and also has a half bath next to the laundry room. There is a giant mud room as you walk in from the 3 car attached garage. There is a large deck off of the kitchen with a gas fire pit. The finished basement has an entertainment center, sauna room and workout facility. Please view the housing posting for photos and contact Sarah Lenes if you are interested or have any questions.

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