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College of Medicine

December 05, 2016 - December 11, 2016

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In This Issue:

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

USEFUL WEBSITES

Student Handbook Assoc. Dean Drop-In Sessions Activities Calendar
AHEC Website Global Health Vermont Medicine Magazine
Study Spaces "ONE: News for Our Employees" - UVM Medical Center" (Sept. Ed.) UVM OSR Blog
OASIS Log-in UVM Medical Center Grand Rounds Specialty Advisor List
NBME UVMMC Event Calendar/Newsletter
(Dec 05 - Dec 17, 2016)
UVM LivingWell Center
Diversity & Inclusion Medicine Newsletter: "The Chart"
(Summer 2016 Edition)
UVM Bored

Weekly FYIs from OMSE - We are here to help!

  • DID YOU KNOW? There's a Confidential Reporting Form available to students in COMET? You will find it under your Dashboard "COMET Tools":
  • COMET screenshot
  • New face in Given Courtyard N-100! We are excited to welcome our new Curriculum Manager, Christian Berry, on Monday, November 21st as. In this role she will lead the daily operation of the Vermont Integrated Curriculum. This includes collaboration with level directors and faculty in the planning, development and production of curriculum materials, deployment and management of personnel for curriculum operation and ensuring the use of best practices for curriculum operation. She will play a key role in developing and implementing the operational aspects of our upcoming educational strategic plan. Christian has a Masters of Education degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from UsVM and is joining us from Vermont Works for Women where she was the Step In To Work Program Manager for the last three years. She is also an adjunct faculty member of Psychology at the Community College of Vermont. Please join us in welcoming her to the OMSE team. Please feel free to contact the Office of Medical Student Education with any questions.
  • Proof of Enrollment: "Proof of Enrollment" (often needed for ski passes, discounts on car insurance, etc.) is obtained through the UVM Registrar's Office, via your myUVM portal. Instructions on how to retrieve your "Proof of Enrollment" can be found at the Registrar's Office Enrollment Verifications webpage. Please contact the UVM Registrar with any questions.

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Larner College of Medicine Policy of the Week

Policy 540.70 - USMLE Examinations

The United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) is a three-step examination for medical licensure in the United States. It is administered by the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME). Please visit their website for complete information. It is essential that all students take their preparation for the USMLE examinations very seriously. Residency programs require the release of USMLE scores as part of their application processes and use them in their evaluation of residency candidates. Larner College of Medicine Requirements:

  1. All students must pass USMLE Step 1, Step 2 CK and Step 2 CS to graduate. USMLE Step 1 must be passed in order to advance to the Clerkship Level of the curriculum. Beginning with the class of 2020, students must take this exam by the Sunday one week prior to the start of MD-611 Orientation Bridge in order to begin the Clerkship Level with their class; failure to do so will result in entering the Clerkship Level with the following year's class. Step 2 CK and Step 2 CS must be taken before January of the graduation year. Passing scores on Step 2 CK and Step 2 CS are required for graduation.
  2. Students must take USMLE Step 1 prior to beginning Clerkships. If a score is not received from the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) by the clerkship start date, students will be permitted to begin the clerkships. If a student is notified of a failing score during the first clerkship, s/he will be allowed to complete that clerkship but will not be permitted to continue into the subsequent clerkships until retaking the exam. The student will work with the staff of the Office of Medical Student Education to develop a study plan, and retake the exam before re-entering the Clerkship level. If the student is then notified of a second failure, the student will complete the clerkship s/he is engaged in at the time but will not be permitted to continue into subsequent clerkships until passing the exam.
  3. Students may attempt to pass each Step examination three times before being subject to dismissal by the Advancement Committee. The USMLE Program limits the total number of times an examinee can take the same Step or Step Component. An examinee is ineligible to take a Step or Step Component if the examinee has made six or more prior attempts to pass that Step or Step Component, including incomplete attempts. All attempts at a Step or Step Component are counted toward the limit, regardless of when the exams were taken. A student may take the same examination no more than three times within a 12-month period. The fourth and subsequent attempts must be at least 12 months after the first attempt at that exam and at least six months after the most recent attempt at that exam.

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

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CLASS INFORMATION

Class of 2017

  • DEADLINE THIS WEEK - AOA Solicitation for Nominations - AOA Volunteer Clinical Faculty Award: Alpha Omega Alpha's Volunteer Clinical Faculty Award recognizes community physicians who contribute to the education and training of clinical students. Awardees receive a framed certificate from Alpha Omega Alpha, an engraved AΩA key ring and their name is added to a plaque that hangs in the Dean's office of the school where they volunteer. Recipients of the award are eligible to receive it only once. Nominees need not be members of AΩA, however, if they are a member they must have active status. Nominations for the Volunteer Clinical Faculty Award may be made by all clinical students, with the recipient chosen by student members of the AΩA Chapter. Past award recipients include Drs. Karen Leonard, Francis Cook, Jennie Lowell, and Elizabeth Hunt. If you have someone you wish to nominate, please submit their name, title, and a brief nomination paragraph to Kiersten Hallquist no later than Sunday, December 11th, 2016. The AOA Class of 2017 will be making their final award selections Dec-Jan. Please contact Kiersten Hallquist with any questions.
  • Exciting International Educational Opportunity – scholarship funded: A scholarship has been established by Dr. Sumer Slavin, UVM College of Medicine Class of '73, who is a plastic surgeon and Associate Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Slavin wishes to create this scholarship on behalf of the Slavin Family, with the goal of providing funding for a 3rd or 4th year UVM medical student to attend the Israel Society of Plastic & Aesthetic Surgery, Aesthetics at the Red Sea International Meeting and ISAPS Symposium, which is held biennially at the Red Sea, Eliat, Israel. The selected student will accompany Dr. Slavin and a small entourage from Boston to the next meeting, which will be held March 28 to April 1, 2017. It is anticipated that the scholarship (approximately $3,500) will cover reasonable airfare, hotel, food and meeting-related expenses. Read more on the full scholarship description document. Applications must be submitted via email to Audree Frey, the Global Health Program Coordinator, no later than 5:00 PM (EST), on December 15, 2016.

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Class of 2018

  • DEADLINE THIS WEEK - AOA Solicitation for Nominations - AOA Volunteer Clinical Faculty Award: Alpha Omega Alpha's Volunteer Clinical Faculty Award recognizes community physicians who contribute to the education and training of clinical students. Awardees receive a framed certificate from Alpha Omega Alpha, an engraved AΩA key ring and their name is added to a plaque that hangs in the Dean's office of the school where they volunteer. Recipients of the award are eligible to receive it only once. Nominees need not be members of AΩA, however, if they are a member they must have active status. Nominations for the Volunteer Clinical Faculty Award may be made by all clinical students, with the recipient chosen by student members of the AΩA Chapter. Past award recipients include Drs. Karen Leonard, Francis Cook, Jennie Lowell, and Elizabeth Hunt. If you have someone you wish to nominate, please submit their name, title, and a brief nomination paragraph to Kiersten Hallquist no later than Sunday, December 11th, 2016. The AOA Class of 2017 will be making their final award selections Dec-Jan. Please contact Kiersten Hallquist with any questions.
  • Advanced Integration Informational Session for the Class of 2018: The November 28th meeting recordings are now available (video and an audio-only file) along with the PPT slides, under the Student Affairs Lounge >> Advanced Integration, COMET. For more information, you can also read the memo from Dr. Zehle. A collection of Frequently Asked Questions, and the Advanced Integration Student User's Guide to Fourth Year Scheduling 2017-2018, as you prepare for the next and final phase of your medical education. Please contact Emma Faustner, OMSE's Advanced Integration Level Coordinator.
  • Global Health Elective: We are now accepting applications for the summer/fall 2017 fourth-year Global Health elective! The deadline for applying is January 8, 2017. Students who participated in the elective during their first year must apply again for the fourth-year elective. The program is particularly interested in supporting students who would be willing to travel during the summer elective with the first-year students. Information on the elective and a link to the application can be found on the Larner College of Medicine Global Health website. Contact Audree Frey, the Global Health Program Coordinator, with any questions.
  • Request for Applications for the Position of AMA and AAMC-Appointed LCME Student Members for Academic Year 2017-18: The LCME is the UVMLCOM's accreditation institution and would love to submit a nomination for one American Medical Association (AMA) and one Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC)-appointed student member for the 2017-2018 academic year. Sttudent members participate fully in LCME activities and begin their office on July 01, 2017. Selected students are invited to attend the June 2017 LCME meeting in Chicago, IL as an orientation, and all student member expenses for LCME activities are covered by the LCME! For more information (including general requirements), please review the full solicitation email. If you would like to apply, please submit a brief paragraph of intent to Kiersten Hallquist no later than Monday, January 09, 2017 to be considered.
  • Exciting International Educational Opportunity – scholarship funded: A scholarship has been established by Dr. Sumer Slavin, UVM College of Medicine Class of '73, who is a plastic surgeon and Associate Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Slavin wishes to create this scholarship on behalf of the Slavin Family, with the goal of providing funding for a 3rd or 4th year UVM medical student to attend the Israel Society of Plastic & Aesthetic Surgery, Aesthetics at the Red Sea International Meeting and ISAPS Symposium, which is held biennially at the Red Sea, Eliat, Israel. The selected student will accompany Dr. Slavin and a small entourage from Boston to the next meeting, which will be held March 28 to April 1, 2017. It is anticipated that the scholarship (approximately $3,500) will cover reasonable airfare, hotel, food and meeting-related expenses. Read more on the full scholarship description document. Applications must be submitted via email to Audree Frey, the Global Health Program Coordinator, no later than 5:00 PM (EST), on December 15, 2016.

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Class of 2019

  • Larner College of Medicine Honors Societies Informational Session: Thursday, December 15, 2016, 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM. The Larner College of Medicine hosts two primary honors societies for which students can qualify for membership. Join us for bagels and coffee and here from the new faculty councilors and alumni counselors about the Gold Humanism Honor Society (GHHS) and the Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) Medical Honor Society Larner College of Medicine chapters. A light breakfast will be served to attendees. Have your questions answered! Please contact Kiersten Hallquist if you have any questions.
  • End of Foundations Awards Ceremony: With Foundations drawing to a close, it is time for you to start thinking about the faculty, staff, TAs, SPs, and peers who have made an impact on your preclinical education here at Larner College of Medicine. In the coming weeks, you will be given details about how to submit your paragraphs nominating those who you feel deserve recognition in a variety of categories. The voting process will also be detailed later. The End of Foundations awards ceremony and celebration will be held on January 26th, 2017 and all UVM community members are encouraged to attend. Please keep an eye out in the Weekly Wire for more details. In the meantime, start reflecting and jotting down your thoughts! Please contact Brittany Willette, UVMLCOM Events Manager, with any questions about the event.
  • Medical Student Research Program in Diabetes and Obesity for the Summer of 2017: The NIH-funded Diabetes Research Centers invite you to apply! This program is sponsored by the National Institutes of Health through the NIDDK and allows medical students to conduct research under the direction of an established scientist in the areas of diabetes, hormone action, physiology, islet cell biology, clinical investigation or obesity at an institution with one of the NIDDK-funded Diabetes Research Centers during the summer between the first and second year or the second and third year of medical school. Prior research experience is not required. The program provides a stipend. The application deadline is 11:59 PM (CST), on January 30, 2017. If you are interested, review the full mailing for more information. Please contact NIDDK Medical Student Research with any questions.

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Class of 2020

  • APPROACHING DEADLINE - Become a UVM COM Student Ambassador! The University of Vermont College of Medicine Office of Medical Student Education is excited to welcome members of the Class of 2020 to the UVMLCOM Student Ambassador Program! The Larner College of Medicine Student Ambassador Program consists of members of each class who represent and promote the college of medicine during several college events and activities throughout the year. Such events and activities may include Admission activities, Orientation for the incoming class, White Coat Ceremony, Family Day, Alumni events, and Graduation. Student ambassadors network and interact with prospective students, current students, faculty, staff, alumni, donors, distinguished guests, and visitors at special events and activities. The student ambassadors become more knowledgeable about the history of the college and gain valuable leadership experience. They promote the college by establishing a positive impression of the College of Medicine and representing our mission of serving patients, the medical profession and the community. We encourage you to apply! Please review the full program description carefully, and then select our program application link from the description should you decide you are interested in participating. The Office of Medical Student Education will be accepting applications until 8:00 AM EST, on Monday, December 12, 2016.
  • APPROACHING DEADLINE - LEADERSHIP OPPORTUNITY - Committee on Advancement Student Representative for the Class of 2020: Advancement committee elections are coming up! The Committee on Advancement works to ensure that the academic standards of the College of Medicine are maintained and upheld. There are 15 members including faculty and 1 student from each year. The members of the Committee on Advancement are responsible for reviewing and monitoring the progress of medical students who are struggling academically and assessing their ability to continue in the curriculum. The details of the Committee on Advancement can be found in the student handbook. Students elected to the Committee on Advancement are full voting members, except in cases related to members of their class year. If you are interested in running for the Class of 2020 Committee on Advancement, position please submit a paragraph that highlights why you would be a good fit for the Committee on Advancement. The deadline for paragraph's of interest is Friday, the 16th of December, and elections will be held December 21, 2016 - January 13, 2017 in order to allow the new member to attend the January 17th committee meeting. The paragraph you submit will be posted on COMET, which is where the elections will take place. There is only 1 elected member from each class, so you will only be allowed to vote for one candidate. All paragraphs should be sent to Nik Moring (co2020) no later than Friday, 12/16/2016.
  • Larner College of Medicine Honors Societies Informational Session: Thursday, December 15, 2016, 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM. The Larner College of Medicine hosts two primary honors societies for which students can qualify for membership. Join us for bagels and coffee and here from the new faculty councilors and alumni counselors about the Gold Humanism Honor Society (GHHS) and the Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) Medical Honor Society Larner College of Medicine chapters. A light breakfast will be served to attendees. Have your questions answered! Please contact Kiersten Hallquist if you have any questions.
  • UVMLCOM Summer Research Fellowship Opportunities:
    • UVM COM Summer Research Fellowship: Research is an important component of the multiple missions of the College of Medicine. We encourage you to participate in the opportunities available during your medical training to engage in basic, clinical, and/or health policy-related research activities that are ongoing in the College. UVMLCOM offers some funding for students to engage in research, many thanks to our Foundation and the Cardiovascular Research Institute of Vermont (CVRI). You can read more about the fellowship program, its requirements, and timeline on COMET >> Student Affairs Lounge >> Summer Opportunities >> UVMLCOM Summer Research Fellowship. Pre-proposals for the UVMLCOM Summer Research Fellowships can be turned into Kiersten Hallquist via email or in person, at the OMSE Office (Given Courtyard N100). Pre-proposals are due February 08, 2016. If you wish to review pre-proposals from last years' applicants, please feel free to swing by the office - a folder of sample proposals has been placed by the front door (please leave the folder in the office; it can't leave the office). Please contact Kiersten Hallquist with any questions.
  • Betty Lea Stone Fellowship Available Summer 2017 (American Cancer Society): The Stone Fellowships offer first-year medical students the opportunity to participate in laboratory research with accomplished investigators. Students receive a stipend of $5,000. Upon selection, Fellows will assist with ongoing research during the eight to ten-week program. Read more about the program in the program flyer and application instructions, including whom to contact with questions and how to submit your application. The initial application submission deadline is February 03, 2017.
  • William C. Moloney, MD Fellowship Available Summer 2017 (American Cancer Society): The Moloney Fellowship offers a first year medical student the opportunity to participate in laboratory research with an accomplished investigator. The selected Fellow will receive a stipend of $5,000. Upon selection, the Fellow is placed at Brigham & Women's Hospital, Boston, MA to work on a Hematology/Oncology research project at a lab secured by the fellow. Dr. Moloney's influence was felt specifically at the Tufts, Boston University and Harvard Medical School and Brigham & Women's Hospital. Read more about the program in the program flyer and application instructions, including whom to contact with questions and how to submit your application. The initial application submission deadline is February 03, 2017.
  • Immunizations Reminder: This is just a friendly reminder to students for whom Student Health Services has indicated an "In Process" immunization status: Please take a moment to check-in with the Health Center in order to confirm that you are aware of what is still needed and by when. Some of you may want to take advantage of your upcoming vacation time to schedule an appointment with your regular provider. To schedule an appointment with the UVM Health Center, call 802/656-3350 (option #1)—be sure to identify yourself as a COM student.
  • Summer Opportunities Are Posted in COMET: COMET has information regarding the UVM COM Summer Research Fellowship program, a link to the AAMC Summer Clinical and research opportunities list, and a list of all summer opportunities that have been posted to the WeeklyWire thus far (in order of application deadline). View them under COMET>>Student Affaires>>Summer Opportunities (note: you can only use this hyperlink if you are already signed into COMET). Please contact Student Services if you have any questions.
  • Medical Student Research Program in Diabetes and Obesity for the Summer of 2017: The NIH-funded Diabetes Research Centers invite you to apply! This program is sponsored by the National Institutes of Health through the NIDDK and allows medical students to conduct research under the direction of an established scientist in the areas of diabetes, hormone action, physiology, islet cell biology, clinical investigation or obesity at an institution with one of the NIDDK-funded Diabetes Research Centers during the summer between the first and second year or the second and third year of medical school. Prior research experience is not required. The program provides a stipend. The application deadline is 11:59 PM (CST), on January 30, 2017. If you are interested, review the full mailing for more information. Please contact NIDDK Medical Student Research with any questions.

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UNIVERSITY OPPORTUNITIES

THIS WEEK - Family Medicine Grand Rounds: "Human Rights-Based Approaches to Hunger Here & Abroad"

Monday, December 5, at 8:00 AM, in Davis Auditorium, at the UVM Medical Center. The Global Health Community is invited to join Family Medicine Grand Rounds for"Human Rights-Based Approaches to Hunger Here & Abroad" with Molly D. Anderson, William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Food Studies, Middlebury College. Please contact Dr. Michelle Mertz with any questions.

THIS WEEK - Peer Support Group – last meeting of 2016

Monday, December 05, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM, in Med Ed 308. Peer Support Group is a confidential, non-judgmental monthly meeting of medical students who would like to share their experiences and listen to those of their peers. Students of all years are welcome and food will be provided! Please contact Ben Smith (co2019) or another Wellness Committee rep with any questions.

THIS WEEK - Celebration for the Inaugural Christian J. Trefz Family Endowed Chair in Global Health

Monday, December 5, 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM, in the Hoehl Gallery (Remarks at 1:00 PM; Music from 12-1 pm provided by the Music Student Interest Group). Please join Dean Rick Morin and the UVM Larner College of Medicine in celebrating Majid Sadigh, M.D., UVM Associate Professor of Medicine as the inaugural Christian J. Trefz Family Endowed Chair in Global Health at the Western Connecticut Health Network. Cake and punch refreshments will be served. Please contact Carole Whitaker, Director of Communications, with any questions.

THIS WEEK - Final Fall 2016 AAMC Careers in Medicine Series Sessions!

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

  • TUESDAY - Anesthesiology with Dr. Jacob Martin: Tuesday, December 06, 12:00pm – 12:50pm, the Sullivan Classroom (Med Ed 200). Join Dr. Jacob Martin, Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology, to hear about the field of anesthesia and what an anesthesiologist does. He will also discuss the educational process, the pros and cons of becoming an anesthesiologist, future directions, and he will answer any questions you might have.
  • THURSDAY - Pursuing a Dual Degree with fellow Medical Students: Thursday, December 07, 12:00pm - 12:50pm, in the Sullivan Classroom (Med Ed 200). Join fellow medical students, to hear about their experience pursuing a dual degree during their Medical Education. Lunch will be provided.

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

THIS WEEK - Investiture of Dr. James Boyd as Hamill Professor of Neurological Sciences

Tuesday, December 6, at 4:00 PM, in the Given Building Hoehl Gallery, in the Larner College of Medicine. The University of Vermont Foundation and President Tom Sullivan request the honor of your presence at the investiture of James Thomas Boyd, M.D. as the inaugural Robert W. Hamill, M.D. Professor of Neurological Sciences. A reception to follow to honor Dr. Boyd and celebrate Dr. Hamill's 23 years of service. For more information, contact Leslie Logan (802-656-4205).

THIS WEEK - Final Fall 2016 Community Medical School Session!

On Tuesday, December 06, 6:00pm - 7:30pm, in Carpenter Auditorium (Given E131), Debra Leonard, M.D., Ph.D., Professor and Chair of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine will present "Genomic Medicine in Vermont." Targeted cancer treatments can be more effective in treating cancer cells, often in conjunction with traditional therapies. Hear about how UVM is working toward using the complete genetic information of individual patients to inform their health and healthcare, as well as conducting research to ensure this new strategy not only yields better outcomes, but is also cost-effective.

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

THIS WEEK - Brickyard Quiet Study Space Re-Opening Celebration!

The Academic Health Sciences Brickyard Quiet Study Space Opens on Thursday, November 17! The space will be open via CatCard access to all Larner College of Medicine and College of Nursing and Health Sciences students and offers 24/7 access for quiet study.

Please join us on Wednesday, December 07, at 3:00 pm for a celebration to commemorate this new collaborative space! Light refreshments and snacks will be served. Please contact the Office of Medical Student Education with any questions.

THIS WEEK - Vito Imbasciani, Ph.D., M.D.'85 and George DiSalvo LGBTQ Health Equity Lecture on 12/7

Wednesday, December 7, 2016, 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm, in the Sullivan Classroom (Med Ed 200), Larner Medical Education Center. The Robert Larner, M.D. College of Medicine at the University of Vermont is pleased to welcome Harvey Makadon, MD, FACP, a Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, and the Director of Education and Training Programs at the Fenway Institute as this year's Vito Imbasciani, Ph.D., M.D.'85 and George DiSalvo LGBTQ Health Equity Lecture. Read more about Dr. Makadon in the Save the Date email. Please contact Carole Whitaker with any questions.

Film Screening - "Resilience: The Biology of Stress & the Science of Hope"

Join us for the kickoff event of this year's American Academy of Pediatrics advocacy campaign with a screening of the film screening, "Resilience: The Biology of Stress & the Science of Hope". This documentary delves into the science of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and the birth of a new movement to treat and prevent Toxic Stress. Film screening will be followed by a panel discussion of providers, community organizations and families. The event will take place on Wednesday, December 14th, at 6:30pm, in the Davis Auditorium, at the University of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington, VT. Light refreshments will be provided starting at 6:00pm. Please email Meredith.sooy@med.uvm.edu if you have any questions.

December Dining with the Deans!

Wednesday, December 15, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM, in HSRF 300. Join Dean Zehle and Dean Jeffries to promote positive collaboration between the students and members of the administration over a Sugar Snap-catered lunch. Share your concerns, identify problems, and suggest solutions that you may have regarding your medical education. UVM COM is a great institution and we would love to hear what works and your ideas on how we can further improve the program.

This month's special guest is Dr. Paula Tracy, Director of the Foundations and Pre-Clinical Assessment and Professor of Biochemistry.

The first 15 students to sign up are in! Please contact Kiersten Hallquist if you have any questions.

ROARING 20'S CASINO NIGHT

Come join Student Council for the Roaring 20's Casino Night on December 16th (8pm-12am) at the Courtyard Burlington Harbor Hotel (25 Cherry St Burlington VT 05401). Dress in your finest Prohibition clothing and expect a night of fun full of dancing, socializing, and gambling. You will not want to miss the chance of trying your luck with celebrity dealers including Dr. First and Dean Jeffries. Tickets ($10) will be sold during the two weeks leading up to the event and proceeds will go to The Big Change Round Up fundraiser for pediatrics. Tickets will get you 10 gambling tokens or a raffle ticket. Additional gambling tokens can be purchased for the price of $2.00 for 10 tokens. There will be a DJ, great food, and a cash bar! Please contact Student Council with any questions.

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RESEARCH, FELLOWSHIP, AWARDS, & SCHOLARSHIP

THIS WEEK - Trans 101 Conference

Friday, December 9, 2016. NFI Vermont is proud to present "Trans 101: Understanding and Working with Transgender, Transsexual and Gender Non-Binary Youth and Their Families" with Julie Graham, MFT, Director of Transgender Health Services with the San Francisco Department of Public Health & Curriculum Chair of WPATH Global Education Initiative. This will be a full day conference held at the Expo (Fairgrounds) in Essex. This conference will be appropriate for educators, professionals and caregivers. For more information please contact Kaitlyn Moore (802-658-0040) or visit the NFI Website; read more about the keynote presenter, Julia Graham, on the NFI Website as well.

THIS WEEK - Symposium on Access and Inclusion of Undocumented Students in the Health Professions

December 10, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Annenberg Building | 13-01, 1468 Madison Avenue, New York, NY. The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai will host a symposium to support undocumented students who are pursuing a career in the health professions. Additionally, we invite pre-health advisors, medical school admissions offices, and financial aid staff to attend so they can provide the resources and support their students need to succeed. Visit the event webpage for more information and to register, if you are interested in attending.

DEADLINE THIS WEEK - FAIMER 2017 Student Projects for Health Competition

The Foundation for Advancement of International Medical Education and Research (FAIMER) is now inviting applications for the 2017 Student Projects for Health competition! The Student Projects for Health competition is supported by GEMx—a global partnership for educational exchange in medicine and the health professions—and FAIMER, and will be a feature of the 2017 annual conference of The Network: Towards Unity for Health (TUFH). The 2017 conference, which will feature the World Summit on Social Accountability, will be held April 8-12, 2017, in Hammamet, Tunisia. The theme of the conference is Improving the Impact of Educational Institutions on People's Health. Winners will be invited to attend the conference and present posters about their projects. The award includes air travel, hotel accommodation, and conference registration fee.

Now in its third year, the Student Projects for Health competition recognizes students who have made outstanding contributions to projects that successfully promote community health and well-being. It is open to all undergraduate and graduate students currently enrolled in any course of study who have been participating in such projects. Approximately 15 winners will be selected and more than one student from the same project may be selected, so all key contributors are encouraged to apply. Each application will require an endorsement by a faculty member closely associated with the project.

Applications will be considered by a distinguished group of international reviewers with a wide variety of expertise in health professions education. Detailed information on selection criteria can be found on the Student Projects for Health website. The deadline for application is December 11, 2016. To apply, visit the Student Projects for Health website.

Questions about the application process may be directed to rgraves@faimer.org.

DEADLINE APPROACHING - Hurwitz Award Nominations Due December 15th

The Gold Foundation's Pearl Hurwitz Humanism in Healthcare Award is presented annually to a woman who exemplifies humanism and has advanced, through her scholarship, advocacy, leadership or work, the well-being of vulnerable or underserved populations in the healthcare arena. Nominees do not have to be healthcare professionals - they can work in any field, but must be advocates for health issues.

Pearl Birnbaum Hurwitz (1907-1993) was an advocate and humanitarian who championed the needs of vulnerable populations and fought for legislation to protect and bolster the lives of individuals who, by virtue of physical, social or economic circumstances, required services. The Award in her name was established in 2014 thanks to a generous gift from Dr. Ronald Arky, Daniel D. Federman Professor of Medicine and Medical Education at the Harvard Medical School and Master of the Francis Weld Peabody Society at that School.

If you know of a caring and dedicated woman who is making a difference in the health of others, please nominate her today! Self-nominations are also welcomed. Learn more about the inspiration for this award...

Nominations due by December 15, 2016. Please contact Ian Finnestre with any questions.

Wanted: 3rd or 4th year Medical Student(s) to participate in the research project, "Liver Enzyme Abnormalities in Rheumatoid Arthritis patients taking Methotrexate".

This is a retrospective study looking at the frequency of liver enzyme elevation in patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis taking the medication Methotrexate. Our hypothesis is that the incidence of severe liver function abnormality due to methotrexate in this population is low. The goal of this study is to show the relative safety of Methotrexate, thereby reassuring clinicians that frequent lab monitoring for Methotrexate toxicity is not necessary, thus saving millions of dollars in medical expense.

The student would review patient charts for dates and doses of Methotrexate administration relative to liver enzyme values. Other duties may include searching charts for additional data such as alcohol consumption. In return, the student would be cited as a participant in this project. Requirements:

  1. The student should be familiar with the use of the electronic health record, Prism.
  2. The student will have completed the Institutional Review Board (IRB) tutorial before engaging in chart review.
  3. Some familiarity with Excel or Stata would be good, but not necessary.
  4. The student will have time to review > 100 charts over 2- 3 months.

If you are interested, please contact Chi Chi Lau, MD, Associate Professor, Division of Rheumatology.

National LGBTQ Health Conference: Bridging Research and Practice - Call for Submissions

The Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing at Northwestern University and Center on Halsted invite submissions for the 5th Annual National LGBTQ Health Conference. With national sponsors including the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities and the Centers for Disease Control, the National LGBTQ Health Conference is an interdisciplinary translational research conference that aims to bring together scientists, public health professionals, and healthcare providers to improve the health and wellbeing of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer populations.

This conference will specifically focus on creating a dialogue between researchers and practitioners by integrating both research findings and clinical application into each panel or symposium. We further aim to foster professional development and networking opportunities. 2017 Conference Themes are HIV/AIDs; Sexually Transmitted Diseases; Adolescent Health; Violence and Trauma; Suicide and Mental Health; & Intersections of Race/Ethnicity and LGBTQ Health.

Please review and download our Call for Submissions form for the 5th Annual National LGBTQ Health Conference to be held April 28-30, 2017 in Chicago, IL. To review the submission guidelines and submit your application online, please visit our Proposal Submission Webpage. Applications must be received by January 16, 2017 at 11:59PM CST. All applicants will be notified by February 1, 2017 if they have been selected to present.

The conference will be held April 28-30, 2017 in Chicago. For more information, please visit the program web page.

Women in Medicine Scholarships

Our organization, Women in Medicine, would like to announce four $5,000 LGBTQ Leadership Scholarships available for medical students this year. Women in Medicine is an organization which through its annual conference, provides a supportive, empowering and educational environment for lesbian and other sexual minority female physicians including residents and medical students. The deadline for the applications is February 1, 2017. Read more about this opportunity and download the application at the Women in Medicine Scholarship webpage and please contact wim.doctors@gmail.com with any questions.

Announcing a Scholarship Honoring a Global Health Great!

Just in time with Child Family Health International's (CFHI's) 25th anniversary, we are proud to present the Thomas Hall scholars program. Respected UCSF lecturer, Dr. Thomas Hall, has partnered with Child Family Health International to deliver a new scholarship for students dedicated to Global Health understanding and advocacy.

Apply now, the application deadline is February 10, 2017. We will be able to award $1500 to two undergraduate, graduate or post-graduate students who demonstrate exceptional commitment to Global Health.

Dr. Thomas Hall is a dedicated leader in Global Health, who's 7 "health related careers" add up to about 124 years' worth of work and research experience in Global Health related fields. For more information about Dr. Thomas Hall, his career and the details of the new Scholarship program, please visit the program website. Contact Child Family Health International with any questions.

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LOST & FOUND

LOST:

Lost something? Email the Office of Medical Student Education (OMSE) a description of the item, where and when it was last seen, and who to contact if someone finds the item, and we will happily post it here!

FOUND:

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

  • Leopard-print Totes umbrella

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CLASSIFIEDS

Two-Bedroom Townhouse Available December 01

Two-bedroom townhouse apartment for rent. Rent: $1350/month plus heat and electricity. Completely renovated. New sheetrock, flooring, cabinets, bathroom fixtures, electrical, lighting, plumbing, paint, doors, windows. Economical natural gas heat. Terrific location. Off street parking. Available December 1st. No smoking. No pets. Now taking applications. Call Tom at 864-9082, if you are interested.

Condo available downtown March-May

Looking for a quiet, responsible student to sublet 1 bedroom in my 2-bedroom condo next semester. I'll be traveling March-May, so you would have the whole place to yourself. Conveniently located near UVM and downtown. Washer, dryer and off street parking. Energy efficient natural gas heat. Quiet, private back yard. $1,000/mo. Please contact me at (802) 238-5581.

Riverwatch Condo for Sublet Starting January 1, 2017

One-bedroom sublet available in a two bedroom apartment at Riverwatch condos starting January 1st through July 31st with potential to renew lease. Apartment is newly renovated with updated kitchen and bathroom, furnished living room, in unit washer and dryer, available parking and the option for a fully furnished bedroom. Close to downtown Burlington, UVM, and Winooski circle. Looking for young professional who is clean and respectful. Other roommate is a 2nd year medical student. Rent is $850 including all utilities except Internet/cable. Please check out the official Craigslist advertisement. If interested, please contact Allison Robbins (Class of 2019) with a little bit about yourself and any questions you may have!

Renovated 2BR, $1650, closet to campus

Available January 1st. Completely renovated two bedroom, one bathroom apartment in a beautiful 1840's three-family home. 1250 square feet. New kitchen with stainless steel appliances and updated cabinetry, new bathroom, all new electric/lighting, refinished floors and modern amenities. Spacious, bright rooms with high ceilings and bay windows. Entry room in front and mud room in back with storage. Dedicated laundry in private basement with additional storage. Dedicated off street parking and back yard. Includes water, trash and snow removal. Walk to UVM/FAHC and downtown Winooski and is on the bus line. Cats welcome, no smoking. Call Greg Tolman for an appointment at 917-627-0733.

$700 for one Bedroom in a Shared 3-Bedroom Apartment in Downtown Burlington

Share a three-bedroom, second floor apartment in downtown Burlington. Convenient walk or take bus/free shuttle to UVM campus/Medical Center, City Market, YMCA, City Library, Church Street.
Beautiful sunny, spacious Victorian house. The space is well-maintained, on the second floor, approximately 1,317 square-feet for the full apartment and the available bedroom is approx. 175 square-feet. There is a shared, large eat-in kitchen, spacious living room, and a roomy bathroom, original woodwork, wood floors, private backyard, wrap-around porches, a nice yard with garden, a washer and dryer in the share basement space. Limited off-street parking is available; however, free street-parking is usually available. Tenants pay electricity and gas (about $50 per month per roommate). The landlord pays water/sewer, trash, plowing, and yard maintenance. References and one-month security deposit are required, and a one-year lease is preferred. No cats, dogs, or pets of any kind. No smoking. If you are interested, please contact Nancy Ellis, the owner (802-862-4584).

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