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September 28 - October 04,2015
This week, start each day by writing down something you are thankful for (can be as short as one word). Not a morning person? Do it before bed instead. Next week, transition to writing down what you are grateful for 1-2 times per week instead of daily to avoid burn-out and reap the most benefits.
– Cheers, The Wellness Committee
Free Movie Tickets to the Roxy!
Many thanks to the 28 of you who participated in last week's WeeklyWire Policy Quiz! The policy question was "If you feel that you need to take a leave of absence from the curriculum for medical, family or personal reasons, how do you go about requesting it?" and 17 of you answered correctly: "Upload a request form to your Oasis Academic History tab and await upload of approval to Oasis." This is a relatively new policy and system, which was launched at the beginning of the academic year, and announced in the first two issues of the WeeklyWire. All 17 respondents received a free ticket to the Roxy! Congratulations!
Don't worry; you get a second shot at those movie tickets! Take this week's "Office of Medical Student Education's Weekly Policy Quiz, NOW! All respondents who answer our weekly quiz correctly will be entered into a weekly drawing for a free movie ticket to the Roxy. The quiz questions will go out on Monday morning, in the WeeklyWire, the quiz will close on Thursday afternoon of the same week, at 3:00pm, and winners will be randomly selected from the quiz rock stars each Friday (up to 20 winners a week until the tickets run out). Winners will be emailed directly. Please contact the Office of Medical Student Education with any questions. Take the quiz, now >>
General Guidelines for Medical Student Appearance (Policy 640.00)
The UVM College of Medicine believes that professional demeanor and appearance are important and are key to promoting trust, comfort, and confidence while providing patient care. To provide students with clear guidelines for professional dress and demeanor, UVM College of Medicine has adapted The University of Vermont Medical Center guidelines for appearance. All medical students are expected to follow these guidelines when working with real or standardized patients. Individual courses and clerkships may have additional guidelines specific to specialty or location.
Class of 2016:
Class of 2017:
Class of 2018:
Class of 2019:
No One Dies Alone
Due to various life circumstances, patients sometimes find themselves alone at the end of their life. Volunteers from No One Dies Alone provide companionship to patients who would like someone with them at the end of life. They also provide a presence to families who may need extra support during the final hours of a loved one's life.
As a University of Vermont Medical Student, you are eligible to work as a NODA volunteer at the hospital. The process is simple since you have already been fully vetted and completed medical clearance requirements. I will meet you at Dana library during your lunch break and it will take <30 minutes to get you started.
If you are interested in this opportunity to assist patients and families at the end of life, please contact Margaret Laughlin, UVM Medical Center Director of Volunteer Services.
Fall Harvest on the Farm
Get outside with us this fall! On Saturday October 17th, from 9AM to 12PM, the UVM College of Medicine community will be assisting in the fall crop harvest at an educational farm in Richmond, VT (15 miles away). All faculty, staff, medical students, and spouses/families are invited. Activities may include harvesting fall vegetables, preparing CSA food shares for local families in need, and/or getting the farm ready for the winter. Additionally, we will provide lunch from the Good Food Truck, all proceeds of which go to helping feed hungry families in Vermont. We are hoping to get 30 people at this event, but have room for 40; so, come help out! SIGN UP now, using the online Google Sign Up. What better way to welcome the autumn in Vermont than spend a morning outside, lend a hand, and harvest (and eat) great food?! If you have any questions, feel free to contact Theo Cisu ('18) or Catherine Suppan ('17).
TOY DRIVE for children in Guatemala!
I am looking for donations of any new or used children's toys, crayons, stickers, etc. for a medical mission trip to Guatemala this November! A group of UVM students/residents/faculty we will be working closely with children undergoing surgeries for cleft lip/palate, among other conditions. Crayons, stickers, and simple art activities would be great for the kids to stay distracted pre-op/post-op, while the toys would be so wonderful for the little ones (<6 years old) admitted to the Nutrition Center for malnourishment (often for weeks to months without their parents). I am hoping to bring lots of smaller-sized toys with me (e.g. Beanie Babies and other small stuffed animals) in order to reach more children. Please don't hesitate to contact me, Cordelia Ross (UVM COM 2016) if you have any questions. Thank you in advance!
SAVE THE DATE: Opportunity to Work with the Vermont Goat Collaborative
Save the date! In November, we will be helping the Vermont Goat Collaborative prepare for winter. Many of you have helped before, so you know the drill! We will be helping out with a variety of activities, getting the farm and the animals ready for the cold. Keep your eyes out for the sign up to come! Please contact Catherine Suppan, (Class of 2017 and Student Council Community Service Chair), if you have any questions.
Wellness Committee Collecting Feedback: Piano Survey
The Wellness Committee, in collaboration with Dr. Janice Gallant, is collecting feedback from the student body on the possible acquisition of an upright piano. Housed in the back room of the student lounge, the piano would be available to anyone in the UVM College of Medicine. Please respond to the survey at your earliest convenience. Please contact John McLaren (Class of 2017) if you have any questions.
Drop In Sessions with the Associate Dean for Students
Unfortunately, the Associate Dean has found herself booked solid again, this week. In lieu of scheduled one-on-one full 30-minute advising appointments during this time, Dr. Zehle is offering blocks of student-drop in hours in order to make herself available to students to discuss any arising issues or concerns. You can secure a 10-minute spot during the provided drop-in hours, using the Student Affairs Dean for Students Drop-In Hours sign up. Please contact Kiersten Hallquist if you have any questions or concerns.
Starting THIS WEEK - "Mondays with Palliative Care"
The Palliative Care Student Interest Group is excited to announce that its annual event, previously known as Palliative Care Week, will this year be a weekly lunchtime series entitled "Mondays with Palliative Care." With the support of the VNA's Madison-Deane Initiative, this unique program will run Mondays Sept. 28th, Oct. 5th, Oct. 12th and Oct. 19th from 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm in Med Ed 200 with lunch provided. We will be hearing from families on their perspectives, the palliative care team as well as local experts in the field including Dr. Zail Berry, Dr. Mary Ready and Ginny Fry. Please feel free to review the full schedule for Mondays with Palliative Care or view the events on the COM Student Activities Calendar. Please contact Alison Mercier (UVM COM Class of 2018) with any questions or for additional information.
THIS WEEK - IMIG - Cardiovascular Lunch Lecture by Dr. Gogo
The Internal Medicine Interest Group is hosting a cardiovascular lunch lecture presented by Dr. Gogo. Come and see just how much you have learned about the cardiovascular system with what are sure to be interesting cases. Monday September 28th from 12-1 PM in Med Ed 300. Lunch will be catered! Please contact Tridu Huynh (UVM COM 2018) with any questions.
THIS WEEK with the 2015 Careers in Medicine Specialty Panel 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.
RSVP DEADLINE THIS WEEK - Vital Signs Clinic
Please join the Department of Family Medicine and the Family Medicine Interest Group on Wednesday, Sept 30th in Med Ed 300 from 12-1pm. Learn how to take a patient's vital signs from REAL LIFE PROFESSIONAL PHYSICIANS. There will be baked goods and fruit provided, but please bring your own beverage and stethoscope (if available!). RSVP by September 28 to Shirley Pine. Space is limited!
THIS WEEK - Spanish SIG Meeting
Stop by this Wednesday to practice your Spanish, in Med Ed 309. All levels welcome! Contact Astia Roper-Batker (Class of 2018) with any questions.
THIS WEEK - UVM COM Peer Support Group
Wednesday, September 30, 12:00pm - 1:00pm, in the HSRF 200. Peer Support Group is a confidential, non-judgmental monthly meeting of medical students who would like to share their experiences going through medical school. All are welcome to join and food will be provided! Please contact Moshe Bitterman (UVM COM Class of 2018) with any questions.
Fall 2015 Community Medical School
Tuesday, October 06, 6:00pm - 7:30pm, in Carpenter Auditorium. Andrew Goodwin, M.D., Assistant Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine presents "Lab Samples: How Do Blood, Biopsies and Other Tests Lead to a Diagnosis?" Almost every patient has had laboratory work performed. In fact, 80 percent of medical decisions have lab results that impact treatment plans, but laboratory medicine accounts for less than five percent of health care costs. Find out how body fluids and tissues help pathologists make a diagnosis and how this information is used to determine how a patient will be treated.
Each semester, more than 1000 people attend our Community Medical School lecture series, confirming that the community is more interested than ever in learning about our work at the UVM College of Medicine and the UVM Medical Center. For more information on the Fall 2015 schedule, or to register through the UVM Medical Center for any or all of the sessions, visit Community Medical School registration. To view past lectures and materials, visit the Community Medical School archives. Please contact Brittany Willette if you have any questions.
University Scholars Lecture Series presents "Cardiac Rehabilitation: One at a Time"
Thursday, October 8, at 4:00pm, in Waterman Memorial Lounge. UNIVERSITY SCHOLARS LECTURE SERIES presents "Cardiac Rehabilitation: One at a Time" with Philip A. Ades, M.D., Professor of Medicine and sponsored by the Dean of the Graduate College, The University of Vermont. Please contact Dean Carole Whitaker with any questions.
Macmillan Symposium: "Solving Stress"
Saturday, October 10, 9:00am - 10:00am, in Davis Auditorium, at UVM Medical Center. Come learn about the underlying neuroscience and psychology of stress and how to cope. For more information, visit the event website.
UVM COM Flu Shot Clinic
As the leaves start to turn and the nights get a little colder, what could go better with those pumpkin-spiced lattes and apple pickings than a flu shot? This year, we are having a flu shot clinic just for students right here at the College of Medicine on Monday, October 12th, from 11:00am – 2:00pm, in MedEd 309.
This will be a walk in clinic, so come by at any time during that time frame. However, in anticipation of the 12:00pm – 1:00pm hour being particularly busy, we will have a sign-up sheet (four 15 minute blocks) with priority assigned to those who sign up. Walk-ins during that hour will be accommodated, but the wait may be longer depending on how busy it is. Please Brett Powers ('18 Wellness Committee Rep) if you want to sign up for the 12-1pm hour, and indicate which 15-min block (12-12:15, 12:15-12:30, etc.) you prefer.
The flu shots are $20 this year, and are billed directly to your student account. You will be given a record of your shot, which will serve as your receipt. Students on the Student Health Insurance Plan will be automatically reimbursed with no additional paperwork. If you are on another insurance plan, you will need to contact your insurance provider to determine how to be reimbursed. We've been informed that Medicaid does not reimburse for flu shots given through the University.
This year we have the quadrivalent intramuscular shot. The intranasal vaccine will not be available. If you cannot make this clinic, you can stop by Student Health Services at any time for a vaccine. Visit the Center for Health & Wellbeing webpage for more information. Please direct any questions to Brett Powers ('18 Wellness Committee Rep).
Course in Clinical Research
The UVM College of Medicine Dean's Office and Vaccine Testing Center are again supporting the NIH's Course "Introduction to the Principles and Practice of Clinical Research" for our 2nd year. This is a broad-ranging, excellent introductory course in all aspects of clinical research including study design, statistical analysis and regulatory components. It is a sizable commitment, with 2 lectures/ week from October to March 2016, but worthwhile. Lectures are given by NIH and international experts in the topic area. At the end of the course, the student can opt to take the final exam toward a certificate of completion.
In 2014, approximately 40 of our medical center-based faculty, staff and students took the course and over 20 took and passed the exam. Nationwide, there are 89 remote sites and 5277 students nationwide.
The course is free to all those affiliated with UVM research. This year (unlike last year), the course will be entirely completed on-line, at the convenience of the student, which means lectures can be batched on one's own schedule. Please visit the course website for more information and the schedule of lectures. To sign up, simply click on the registration link on the right side of the page, select "University of Vermont College of Medicine" as the remote site and add your information.
If you do plan to take the course, please let us know by emailing Megan Barnes at the Vaccine Testing Center. We have several textbooks which can be borrowed for the course.
SAVE THE DATE: The UVM COM Graduate Student Research Showcase
On Monday, October 5 and Tuesday, October 06, the UVM College of Medicine presents the University of Vermont College of Medicine and Graduate Research Showcase featuring Patrick Y-K Wong, PhD '75, 2015 Medical Alumni Association Distinguished Graduate Alumni Award Recipient as a keynote speaker. Please view the showcase flyer for the full schedule or view the events on the COM Student Activities Calendar. Please contact UVM COM Alumni Relations with any questions or to RSVP for the reception.
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. They seek articles on any topic relevant to the medical student community, including reflections, opinions, policy, research, poetry and art.
Since they went live in July 2012, they have published 750 articles from 300 writers at 120 institutions in seven countries. in-Training was featured on NPR, USA Today, and the Scientific American blog. They are also a winner in the 2014 Web Health Awards.
Students and faculty are invited to visit in-Training at in-training.org and subscribe to the twice-monthly newsletter at in-training.org/newsletter. Please at fill out the interest form or contact the editor at email@example.com if you are interested in writing, editing or reporting for in-Training.
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:
Family-Friendly Church Reaches Out
Very family friendly, progressive, and welcoming church invites medical students and their families to make Malletts Bay Congregational Church (UCC), West Lakeshore Drive, Malletts Bay, your "home away from home" while you are in Vermont. Fall programing begins this Sunday, September 13th at 9:30 am with lively worship, backpack blessing (for all ages), Sunday School for children, and a free cookout after worship. For many years MBCC has welcomed students away from home and all sorts of families (including same-gender parents) to our comfortable and accessible worship space. We'd love to welcome more this fall. Please contact Reverend Marjorie MacNeill, interim pastor, with any questions.
Room for Rent in 3BR House
Room for rent in a 3 bedroom house on a part- time or monthly basis for medical student, resident or faculty member. Safe, quiet place about 1.5 miles from hospital /university and on bus line and with parking. You have a room to study and work. Prefer someone who will have a small footprint. Kitchen privileges. $500 per month or pro-rated per week. Please contact Sharon Ultsch if you are interested or if you have any questions.
Apartment for Rent - Available Now
1BR Apartment available in Prime Downtown Burlington location - A large one bedroom apartment is available in a carriage barn on prime quiet street. Steps from downtown and UVM campus. Includes large bedroom, open kitchen, living and dining area with additional room that can serve as a perfect guest room and/or office. $1,200/month plus heat. For more information, call Nancy at 802-578-6441.