University of Vermont

College of Medicine

Medical Student Education

Weekly Wire

Search for Archived Information

The Web Weekly Wire

Viewing the WeeklyWire on a mobile device? Please visit the archived issue for a more mobile-friendly view.

College of Medicine

June 20, 2015 - June 26, 2016

facebook buttontwitter buttoninstagram buttonblog button

In This Issue:

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


Student Handbook Assoc. Dean Drop-In Sessions Activities Calendar
AHEC Website Global Health UVM OSR Blog
Study Spaces "ONE: News for Our Employees" - UVM Medical Center" (May Ed.) Specialty Advisor List
OASIS Log-in UVM Medical Center Grand Rounds UVM LivingWell Center
NBME UVMMC Event Calendar/Newsletter UVM Bored
Diversity & Inclusion Medicine Newsletter: "The Chart"
(Fall 2015 Edition)

Weekly FYIs from OMSE - We are here to help!

  • UVM OFFICES CLOSED on Monday, July 04: Please note, all university offices are closed on Monday, July 04, as an administrative holiday; this includes the Office of Medical Student Education. We apologize for any inconvenience.
  • WEEKLYWIRE GOES TO TWO-WEEK SCHEDULE - Summer WeeklyWire Schedule: During the summer, the WeeklyWire will become the "Bi-WeeklyWire" and will be issued every other week between June 27 and August 15. Please note the following Submission Deadline schedule for the summer months:
    1. Noon, Friday, June 24 (for the June 27 - July 10 Issue)
    2. Noon, Friday, July 08 (for the July 11 - July 24 Issue)
    3. Noon, Friday, July 22 (for the July 25 - July 31 Issue)
    4. Noon, Friday, August 05 (for the August 05 - August 14 Issue; returns to weekly schedule with the August 15 issue)
  • Avoid USMLE Security Violations: Taking a USMLE exam in the near future? Please take a few minutes to view the USMLE security video before you sit for an exam this year. The video clarifies behaviors examinees must avoid before, during, and after taking USMLE examinations. Examinees who behave in ways that compromise security standards could jeopardize their future medical careers. The video explains how that can happen. In addition to the video, the USMLE security page includes examples of security violations and information about sanctions that may be imposed on examinees who commit security violations. Please contact the NBME Updates with any questions.
  • NOTICE: COM Technology Services Quarterly Maintenance Weekend: This past weekend, starting at 7 a.m. Saturday, COM Technology Services performed their regular quarterly maintenance. This was a weekend of extensive work and many services – including email, curriculum systems and remote access – were unavailable for a large portion of the weekend. Access to the internet from within the college will be affected as well. They expected to conclude work on Sunday the 26th and notified you when work was completed. The quarterly maintenance weekend schedule for 2016 is: April 2-3, June 25-26, Oct 1-2, and Dec 17-18. Please call 6-7300 or submit a footprint with any questions regarding the Quarterly Maintenance schedule.

arrowBack to top

Policy of the Week - UPDATED POLICY

Mission Statement: College of Medicine (Policy 110.00)

The Vision of the University of Vermont (UVM) is to be among the nation's premier small research universities, preeminent in our comprehensive commitment to liberal education, environment, health, and public service.

In support of this vision, the Mission of the UVM College of Medicine is to educate a diverse group of dedicated physicians and biomedical scientists to serve across all the disciplines of medicine; to bring hope to patients by advancing medical knowledge through research; to integrate education and research to advance the quality and accessibility of patient care; and to engage with our communities to benefit Vermont and the world.

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

arrowBack to top


Class of 2017

  • THIS WEEK - Medicine Informational Dinner for Medical Students: Each spring the Department of Medicine traditionally hosts a dinner for students in your class who have expressed an interest in Internal Medicine as a potential career path. We recognize that student interest in a particular field is an evolutionary process, and that career choice has not always been confirmed by this time in the third year. Whether you are truly committed to the discipline of Internal medicine as a potential career path or still "testing the waters" and exploring a number of career options, with Internal Medicine ranking high among them, we would welcome your presence at an informal dinner, at our expense, in June or July. At that time, we will be available to discuss with you a wide variety of concerns pertinent to your future including: The types of residency programs and career opportunities available in Internal Medicine; The nuts and bolts of the residency application process; Information on our Internal Medicine Residency Program at UVM; Pearls on having a successful interview experience. Dinner will be at 6:30 pm on Wednesday, June 29 or at 6:30 pm on Monday, July 11 with locations to be announced at a later time. You may respond to this invitation by email at or call the Office of Education at 847-3944 before June 27 for the June dinner and July 8 for the July 11 dinner.
  • SIGN UP DEADLINE - ACLS July Training: ACLS certification consists of an online training portion which will take about 5 to 6 hours to complete. You don't have to do it all in one sitting. Following completion of the online portion you will do a hands-on session with one of the trainers that should take no more than 30 minutes. We will ask you to sign up to complete your training in monthly groups. Please sign up by the first of the month and understand that you are expected to complete both the online portion and the hand-on session within the month you sign up for. At the start of the month for which you signed up, a student account will be created for you and you will be able to launch online training. You will sign up for the hands-on session through UVM Medical Center's eLearn system. More information, including links for online training will be sent to you when your accounts are activated. Please sign up for your training month, now. Please contact Emma Faustner, Fourth-Year and Residency Application Coordinator, with any questions.
  • Advocacy and Leadership Elective Available - Community for Children: At the Boarder and Beyond: The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine is offering the elective in advocacy and leadership, Community for Children: At the Border and Beyond. Open to upper level medical students and residents, the elective has been extremely well-received by participants who have come from all over the country to participate since 2007. Block rotations for 2016 - 2017 are September 26-October 21, 2016 and February 6-March 3, 2017. For more information, please review the full program mailing and flyer. Contact Marsha Griffin, MD, the Director of Community for Children with any questions.
  • Applying or Considering Applying in Emergency Medicine? AAMC Standardized Video Interview Research Study: We are pleased to announce the launch of the AAMC Standardized Video Interview research study, designed to explore the tool's possible use in the residency selection process. This tool is the result of feedback collected from program directors expressing a need to better assess applicants beyond their USMLE scores; and from applicants expressing a desire to share a more holistic picture of themselves, beyond academic metrics, to add breadth and depth to their application. The Standardized Video Interview is being developed as part of the AAMC's efforts to improve the transition to residency process. We are seeking volunteers to participate in the study from among applicants applying in emergency medicine (EM) during the 2016-17 residency recruitment season. The Standardized Video Interview is comprised of six questions around two ACGME competencies: professionalism, and interpersonal and communication skills. The study requires applicant volunteers to complete the interview and a short survey. The pilot use of this tool is being conducted as a research study; the scores and videos provided will be used for research purposes only. Residency programs will not have access to the scores or videos during this application cycle, nor will they know who has participated in this study. We estimate the time commitment to complete the interview and survey to be no more than 30 minutes. We will also provide a $50 Amazon gift card code to incentivize applicants to participate in the study. Please review the online resource, "Tips for Preparing for the AAMC Standardized Video Interview". You can also track the progress of the research study at the AAMC Standardized Video Interview Research Study webpage. Please contact with any questions.

arrowBack to top

Class of 2018

  • DEADLINE THIS WEEK - Clean Out Your Given Lockers: The Office of Medical Student Education requires Clerkship level students to have lockers cleared out by July 1st, so we can begin to prepare for the 2020s (I know, right?! Wow… 2020s). If you are going to be on away rotations between now and then, you MUST clear out your locker before leaving (or have someone clear it out for you). Students who are rotating locally should clear out their lockers by July 1, and email Jacqueline Drouin to secure a UVMMC locker. Please contact the Office of Medical Student Education if you have any questions or concerns. Good luck with your rotations! We miss you around here!
  • Advocacy and Leadership Elective Available - Community for Children: At the Boarder and Beyond: The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine is offering the elective in advocacy and leadership, Community for Children: At the Border and Beyond. Open to upper level medical students and residents, the elective has been extremely well-received by participants who have come from all over the country to participate since 2007. Block rotations for 2016 - 2017 are September 26-October 21, 2016 and February 6-March 3, 2017. For more information, please review the full program mailing and flyer. Contact Marsha Griffin, MD, the Director of Community for Children with any questions.

arrowBack to top

Class of 2019

  • No announcements posted for this class. Have an amazing summer! We miss you already! (OK - one announcement. Affectionately, Kiersten)

arrowBack to top

Class of 2020

  • SIGN UP for the Pre-Orientation Trip (OPTIONAL Orientation Activity): Hello Class of 2020! On behalf of the current students at the College of Medicine, welcome! We would like to invite you to join us on the annual Pre-Orientation Trip taking place on August 7th from 10am to 4pm. Meet your fellow classmates, talk to upperclassmen, enjoy one of Vermont's five-star waterfalls, and tour the famous Ben and Jerry's Factory! This adventure is completely optional and very fun! Interested in joining us? Please complete our Lime Survey RSVP and complete the required Medical Information and our Medical and Liability Waivers. The RSVP process will take less than 5 minutes and you can save and resume it at any time up until you click "SUBMIT." The survey must be completed for each person planning to attend. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at Katie Lantz (co2017). We hope to see you there! -Katie, Stefan, and Tim (WMSIG Leaders)
  • DEADLINE THIS WEEK - Pre-Matriculation Requirements: To enroll at the University of Vermont College of Medicine, all students must complete matriculation requirements using the interactive requirements checklist in Oasis, the Online Access to Student Information and Scheduling System. You will receive an automated email with a link to Oasis in the spring, once your user account is created. Please review the Instructions for accessing the OASIS system thoroughly. All items are due no later than July 01 (For students admitted after July 01, submit all requirements within 30 days of acceptance). However, it is strongly recommended that you submit your completed immunization form to Student Health Services by mid-May; it is not unusual, upon review, for the Health Center to determine additional action is needed on your part before your status is considered in compliance. Please contact the Office of Medical Student Education with any questions or concerns.

arrowBack to top

COM Cares


Grand Friends (Student-Senior Companion Program) is an initiative set forth to promote and connect student volunteers with older adults in the community. The older adults are residents at local senior housing/facilities. The student role is that of a companion and not a caretaker. This is an opportunity to get connected to someone in an older generation within the local community! The program will be recruiting volunteers until August 26th. The program will start in SEPTEMBER. Briefly:

  • Students commit to 5 one hour visits from September through December
  • The schedule is flexible!!! Students can schedule the visits at their convenience and coordinate and carpool to visits with other volunteers

Requirements: Fill out an application due August 26th and send it to to officially commit to participation (including completion of a survey). Please note, there may be limited availability based on the number of senior citizens that volunteer to participate. You will know the status of your application prior to the start date, which will be sent via email.

This is a great opportunity for students looking for a community service opportunity/CV builder that is flexible and fun. Even if you are not interested in geriatrics many of us have aging parents/family members and will take care of aging patients in clerkship and residency. You can read the program brochure and the program information sheet for more information. If you are interested, want more details, or want to be reminded in the fall about the program, SIGN-UP ON OUR GOOGLE SIGNUP. Please contact with any questions or for more details.

arrowBack to top


A Dana Medical Library Workshop - Introduction to EndNote

June 29, 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, MSLIS. Questions? Please contact Gary Atwood (802-656-4488).


Tuesday, August 23, 2016, at noon, in the Carpenter Auditorium, Given Building. Through a generous gift from Dr. John Stetson, UVM '57, MD '60 and Roberta B. Stetson, UVM '57, The UVM College of Medicine is pleased to announce THE INAUGURAL STETSON LECTURE in TECHNOLOGICAL ADVANCES IN MEDICINE with JOHN ABELE, Founding Chairman, Retired, Boston Scientific Corporation. Please contact Carole Whitaker, Director of UVM COM Communications, with any questions.

Mr. Abele is a cofounder and director of Boston Scientific Corporation, a pioneer and leader in the field of "Less Invasive Medicine." He holds numerous patents and has published and lectured extensively on the technology of various medical devices and on the technical, social, economic, and political trends and issues affecting healthcare. His major interests are science literacy for children, education, and the process by which new technology is invented, developed, and introduced to society. Current activities include Vice-Chairman of the FIRST Foundation, which works with high school kids to make being science-literate cool and fun, and development of The Kingbridge Conference Center and Institute, a conferencing institution whose mission is to research, develop, and teach improved methods for interactive conferencing: problem solving, conflict resolution, strategic planning, new methods for learning and generally help groups to become "collectively intelligent."

arrowBack to top


2016 BNGAP Academic Medicine Career Development Conference for Diverse Medical Students and Residents

The next 2016 BNGAP Academic Medicine Career Development Conference for Diverse Medical Students and Residents will be held on Saturday, July 16, 2016 at The University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, Texas. For more information, or to register, visit the event website.

Please contact Host Leader Norma A. Pérez, MD, DrPH to join the Planning Committee.

arrowBack to top



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

  • City Market plastic grocery bag containing blue scrubs
  • Orange L.L. Bean water bottle with blue cloth L.L. Bean cozy on it and a black lid

arrowBack to top


Seeking a Housemate

I am a 30 year old female seeking a housemate to share my 2 bedroom house on upper Hyde Street in the Old North End. I have no preference for male or female housemates- just looking for responsible, friendly people whose lifestyles vibe well with my own. I work for UVM Medical Center's Community Health Improvement department, weekdays 8-5. I have one very friendly cat who enjoys his role as "only animal" so please, no other pets!

The room is currently furnished with a twin bed, but furniture can be removed if necessary. The house is equipped with a washer/dryer and off street parking. Bus stop is right across the street, and the hospital/med school is about a 20 minute walk. $850 per month covers all rent and utility costs. Please e-mail for more information and pictures.

Winooski Townhouse

This NEWLY CONSTRUCTED townhouse unit built in 2010 located is a short walk to Winooski Circle and a 10-minute drive or bus ride to downtown Burlington. The main floor has beautiful hardwood floors, a living room, dining room, kitchen, and half bathroom. The kitchen includes a refrigerator, dishwasher, microwave, and ample cabinet space. Upstairs there are two bedrooms, a linen closet, and a full bathroom. There is also a massive private finished basement, which can be used as a storage space. A bus stops right out front that will take you into downtown Burlington. The public library, YMCA gym, and community center are less than a block away. Walk to Winooski Circle in 5 minutes where you can find shops, restaurants, and a waterfront path. A new organic grocery store is supposed to open in August 2016. UVM and the medical center are one mile away and a 3-minute drive, several minute bus ride, or 25-minute walk. Available August 1st or August 15th. $1400/month. Tenant pays gas, electric, and water/sewer. Property is new and efficient which keeps utility bills low. Please email Pallas at to set up a showing.

Winooski House for Rent

Charming 5 bedroom house with two full bathrooms, three living rooms, private off-street parking and space to garden- all with fast access to I89! Large house for rent on LaPointe Street in Winooski- $2,200 per month. Could be used as 5 bedroom or 3 bedroom with two home offices. Great neighborhood with a beautiful nature path around the corner. First floor is adorned with slate tile and gleaming hardwood floors. Also on first floor is a heated four season sun-room overlooking the backyard, one sunny bedroom, one office and both full baths. Second story has two bedrooms and a home office. Plenty of windows throughout. Off Street parking. High speed internet access and strong cell signal. Dishwasher and private washer/dryer in house. Walking distance to St. Mike's College, CCV and the Winooski School District. On bus line. Ten minute drive to downtown Burlington and UVM Medical Center. Easy access to Interstate 89. All within walk-able distance to the chic and revitalized Downtown Winooski where you can enjoy downtown amenities, great restaurants and a stroll along the river! Occupancy starting August 1, 2016. Contact us for more details or to set up an appointment to view the home. View the full housing flyer for photos of the property.

Great Downtown Apartment

Available for rent on July 1, 2016: 2-bedroom apartment in a nicely kept 4-unit building. We have a medical student as a tenant and would love to fill this place with other medical students. The apartment is on the third floor, which makes it very quiet. Other tenants are working professionals. It's an easy walk to UVM and the waterfront. Rent is $1400.00/month and includes heat, hot water, laundry and trash removal. No Smokers please and no pets of any kind. We would like a one-year lease, but can accommodate medical school schedules. Text Manon at 802-343-7334, or email Manon at if you are interested and please feel free to explore photos of the space.

Condo for Rent

New flooring and freshly paint 2 bedroom, 1 bath, first-floor unit, located at 92 Quarry Hill Rd, in South Burlington. Convenient to UVM, Vermont Medical Center, public transportation and shopping. Unit offers outdoor patio space, two assigned parking spots, association shared pool and tennis courts. Propane monitor heater w/electric baseboard backup, approximately 900 square-feet. Coin-operated laundry in building and no pets allowed. Unit #9 is available July 1st for $1,200/month; tenants pay utilities. Please leave a message for Missy at 802-734-7286 to arrange a showing.

Room for Rent - Fort Ethan Allen, Colchester

Roommate wanted, non-smoker, to share comfy flat, perfect for grad, med student or Traveling Nurse! Fort Ethan Allen in Colchester - on the bus line. Large sunny bedroom furnished, bed, desk, bureau, chairs and closet w/ built in dresser, Utilities (electric, gas water, Wi-Fi, modest cable) included, laundry in shared bath. To be shared with busy professional woman. $500/month. Please feel free to view some photos of the space, and email or call 802-881-5131 for more information.

Renting furnished bedroom in a shared 2-bedroom townhouse

Furnished bedroom available in South Burlington spacious townhouse for female medical or graduate student. 2.5 miles from UVM & UVM Medical Center. Trader Joes, Barnes & Noble, grocery stores, gas stations and other stores within 1 mile. First floor: eat-in kitchen, 1/2 bath, mud/pantry, dining/living room and den. Second floor: 2 bedrooms (1 of the 2 is mine), 1 shared full bathroom with washer & dryer, and bonus room for storage. Front porch and rear deck great for relaxation. Adjacent walking/running trails, & bike path. Off street parking. No pets. No smoking. $700 includes all utilities and Wi-Fi. Text or call Nancy 802-922-7133.

arrowBack to top

Last modified June 24 2016 05:34 PM