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College of Medicine

June 29 - July 12, 2015

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Useful Websites University Opportunities
Weekly Tips & Tricks Research, Fellowship, and Scholarship
Policy of the Week Lost & Found
Class Information Classifieds (housing, jobs, for sale, etc.)
Volunteer Opportunities  


Student Handbook Ombudsperson Webpage UVM OSR Blog
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. IMPORTANT REMINDER TO ALL CLASSES: Please remember that all UVM students are required to have health insurance. Every year by July 1, you MUST sign up for the coverage offered by UVM or supply the name of your current insurance provider. This can be done by visiting the Health Fee, Insurance and Billing webpage and completing the Insurance Policy Decision/Waiver Form. Students who fail to complete the annual online insurance decision/waiver by the deadline will be billed, the insurance premium will be added to their UVM student account, and a hold will be placed on their student account. Once a hold is placed on a student's account, s/he will not be able to register or make registration changes. For more information, please see the Student Handbook Policy 830.00: Health Insurance.
  2. UVM Offices Closed on July 03: University Offices are closed on Friday, July 03, in observance of the July 4 holiday, Independence Day. Regular business hours will resume on Monday, July 06, at 8:00am. We apologize for any inconvenience this might cause. Please contact the Office of Medical Student Education with any questions or concerns.
  3. 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 following Submission Deadline schedule for the summer months:
    1. Noon, Friday, July 10 (for the July 13 - July 26 Issue)
    2. Noon, Friday, July 24 (for the July 27 - August 9 Issue)
    3. Noon, Friday, August 14 (for the August 17 - August 23 Issue; returns to weekly schedule)
  4. Academic Calendars Posted for Each Class: Did you know that the Office of Medical Student Education has mapped your medical curriculum from orientation to graduation? You can find your class academic calendar in the right-hand menu of resources, under the Office of Medical Student Education Vermont Integrated Curriculum webpage. Please contact course coordinators with questions regarding their respective courses. If you are in the Foundations Level of the curriculum, you can find assigned course coordinators using the Office of Medical Student Education Vermont Integrated Curriculum Level 1 - Foundations table.
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Policy of the Week

Health Insurance (Policy 830.00)

  1. All UVM Students are required to have health insurance to cover specialty care, emergency treatment, diagnostic tests not covered by UVM's Health Fee, prescriptions and hospitalizations, as well as primary care (sickness or accident/not preventive) when away from Burlington. You must sign up for the coverage offered by UVM or supply the name of your current insurance provider. This can be done by visiting the Health Fee, Insurance and Billing webpage and completing the Insurance Policy Decision/Waiver Form. For questions about student health insurance, contact Margaret Johnson at 802-656-0602.
  2. Students about their dependents are eligible to enroll in the UVM Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP), which provides comprehensive coverage for illness, chronic conditions, accidents/injuries, and routine/preventive health services.
  3. Coverage includes the following:
    1. Diagnostic testing
    2. Prescription medications
    3. Hospitalization
    4. Outpatient hospital services
    5. Mental health care
    6. Emergency room care
    7. Immunizations
    8. Pap tests
    9. Contraceptives
  4. Preventive services provided on campus are covered at 100%. Most other services are covered at 80%, with 20% co-insurance. There is no deductible.
  5. Medical students who enroll in the UVM SHIP may also enroll their dependent(s), via the university's insurance broker, University Health Plans, Inc. Dependents are covered by the same plan and scope of coverage as students. Students who enroll are charged the premium to their UVM student accounts. Students who enroll their dependents at the insurance broker's website are responsible for paying the premium directly to the broker.

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:

  • Department of Medicine Dinner for the Class of 2016: The Department of Medicine will be hosting two dinners, on July 6th and August 18th at 6:30pm, for all students interested in Internal Medicine. It will be hosted by Dr. Pasanen, Dr. Levine, and Dr. Parsons to talk about the residency application process with any 4th year students interested in IM. The location is TBD at this time. If you would like to attend or have any questions, but have not received any emails about this previously, please email Daryl Selen with which date works best for you.
  • Scholarship opportunity for legal residents of Central Massachusetts: The Scholarship Fund of the Worcester District Medical Society will, once again, award scholarships to second-, third-, and fourth-year medical students who are in financial need and are legal residents of Central Massachusetts. The application deadline is Friday, July 31, 2015, and candidates will be notified by September 30, 2015. For more information, please review the full memorandum and flyer regarding the scholarship opportunity and contact the Worcester District Medical Society with any questions.

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Class of 2017:

  • DEADLINE THIS WEEK - ACTION REQUIRED - 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 2019s (I know, right?! Wow… 2019s). 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 see April Berteau (in Courtyard N100) to complete a locker agreement and get a UVMMC locker. Please contact the Office of Medical Student Education if you have any questions or concerns. Good luck! We will miss you!
  • Vermont Medical Society Mildred Reardon Scholarship: The Vermont Medical Society's Education and Research Foundation (VMSERF) is now accepting applications for the Mildred Reardon Scholarship, in the amount of $10,000 to a University of Vermont College of Medicine third-year student. This tuition-linked scholarship award will be made to a student interested in any specialty. The VMSERF offers this scholarship on an annual basis to a third-year UVM COM student. Please read the full scholarship posting for more information, and be sure to complete and submit all of the requirements (including the award commitment) to Colleen Magne, the VSMS Business manager, no later than July 24,2015 for consideration. Please direct any questions to Colleen Magne (PH: 1-802-223-7898; FAX: 1-802-223-1201).
  • Scholarship opportunity for legal residents of Central Massachusetts: The Scholarship Fund of the Worcester District Medical Society will, once again, award scholarships to second-, third-, and fourth-year medical students who are in financial need and are legal residents of Central Massachusetts. The application deadline is Friday, July 31, 2015, and candidates will be notified by September 30, 2015. For more information, please review the full memorandum and flyer regarding the scholarship opportunity and contact the Worcester District Medical Society with any questions.

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Class of 2018:

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Class of 2019:

  • DEADLINE THIS WEEK - Pre-Matriculation Requirements: To enroll at the University of Vermont College of Medicine, all students must complete eight 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 1 (For students admitted after July 1, 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.
  • 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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Get Involved in the Admissions Process!

Want to be involved in the Admissions Process? The Office of Medical Student Admissions is looking for Student Interviewers and Student Reviewers for the Admissions Committee. Please review the job descriptions, then consider filling out the application. You may apply for more than one position! Applications are due by July 17, 2015. Please send applications to the UVM College of Medicine Admissions Office. Please contact Liz McElhinney with any questions.

Grand Friends (Student-Senior Companion Program)

Grand Friends (Student-Senior Companion Program) is an initiative set forth to promote and connect student volunteers with senior citizens. The senior citizens 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 with the community and form friendships with senior citizens! The program will be recruiting volunteers through August with the official launch date in September. Briefly:

  • Students commit to 5 one hour visits from September through December 2015
  • 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 23rd (Sunday) and send to to officially commit, serve and then complete a survey at the end of the semester
  • 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 in September.

This is a great opportunity for students looking for a community service opportunity/CV builder that is flexible and fun. Please see the program brochure for a general overview of the program. Or, if you are interested, want more details, or would like to be reminded in the fall about programming, please feel free to SIGN UP ONLINE, using our Google Sign-up!

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. Please contact Emily Hadley Strout (2016) with any questions or for more details.

Smell Study - Participants needed

Participants needed for research study of brain function of adults with and without phantosmia using MRI. Healthy adult volunteers (18-65) needed for study involving smell. Only one visit, including MRI scan and questionnaires being conducted by the department of Otolaryngology, University of Vermont College of Medicine. If interested please contact Donald Leopold, MD (802-847-1311) or Murtaza Bharmal (2017).

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THIS WEEK - Apply to Join an AMA Standing Committee!

Applications for Standing Committees in the AMA are due on June 30, 2015. They are a great, low-time-commitment way to get involved with the AMA, and there are a variety of committees on many issues. Check them out and apply the AMA-MSS Standing Committees website. Please contact the American Medical Association (AMA) with any questions.

Summer IPP Video conference opportunities - sign up for one!

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 feel free to review the case from the week of June 19th, and please let Mary Val Palumbo, DNP, APRN GNP-BC, at the University of Vermont, know ASAP if you are interested in being part of a video conference for any of the following dates, this summer: July 15, July 30, August 3, August 5, and August 12. Mary Val will send you the ReadyTalk invitation and the case a week before the conference. Hope you can join them! Please contact Mary Val Palumbo with any questions or concerns.

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TODAY! - Webinar: Medical Students and GME Funding

Want to be better equipped to participate in conversations and action surrounding graduate medical education (GME) funding? Mark your calendars for Monday, June 29th! This opportunity is open to all medical students, so please spread the word to your classmates!

Register Now!

The Central Region of the Organization of Student Representatives (OSR) will be hosting an interactive webinar from 6:00pm - 7:00pm EST to learn more about GME funding. Our speaker, Dr. Atul Grover, is the Chief Public Policy Officer of the AAMC and a leader in shaping public policy and strategy surrounding academic medicine.

Our goal is to make this session useful for students of all levels of knowledge about GME funding. We will discuss the historical and political context surrounding the current GME funding situation, as well as why this issue is important for medical students and how we can take action.

Sean Masters, an OSR from Central Michigan University, will serve as the moderator for the session. The webinar will include 30 minutes of presentation and 30 minutes for facilitated discussion. Whether the acronym GME is new to you, or you have previously lobbied for increased GME funding with legislators, this session is bound to provide new insights and tools for all. Please contact the AAMC Committee on Student Records (COSR) with any questions.

Smell Study - Participants needed

Participants needed for research study of brain function of adults with and without phantosmia using MRI. Healthy adult volunteers (18-65) needed for study involving smell. Only one visit, including MRI scan and questionnaires being conducted by the department of Otolaryngology, University of Vermont College of Medicine. If interested please contact Donald Leopold, MD (802-847-1311) or Murtaza Bharmal (2017).

Second Annual Pediatric Research Forum for Medical Students

The program is sponsored by the Florida Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (FCAAP), the University of Florida Department of Pediatrics, and Boston Children's Hospital. Pediatrics is an ever-changing field of discovery and innovation. Today's research will lead to tomorrow's cures.

The Pediatric Research Forum for Medical Students is an exciting opportunity for students to share their research with peers. The event takes place Saturday September 5, 2015 at the Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa in Orlando Florida. Open to all medical students, this event takes place in conjunction with the annual meeting of the FCAAP. Platform and poster presentations will be available on basic-science, translational or clinical research. In addition to student presentations, there will be a keynote speech by an international expert: "Gene Therapy for Monogenic Diseases: the Good, the Bad and the Future…." by David A. Williams, M.D., Chief of the Division of Hematology/Oncology, Boston Children's Hospital. For information and registration, please visit the event website. If you plan to present, the abstract submission page will appear while registering; simply, click on the "would like to attend and present" button. The registration fee is $50. Single rooms are available at $150 per night (plus tax and fees) for Friday and Saturday. Double rooms (two students per room) are offered at $75 per night (plus tax and fees) for Friday and Saturday. Attendees are also welcome to attend the FL AAP meeting presentations. The registration deadline is July 15, 2015.

Please contact Dr. Scott A. Rivkees, Professor and Chair of the Department of Pediatrics, at the University of Florida, with any questions.

12th Annual SEAK's Non-Clinical Careers for Physicians Conference

Here's why SEAK thinks you should attend SEAK's Non-Clinical Careers Conference:

  • Find out what jobs are out there, how to get them and how much they pay
  • One-on-one mentoring
  • Meet with employers and recruiters
  • See with your own eyes that switching to a non-clinical career has more financial potential than clinical medicine and is in fact a step forward, not a step backwards
  • Learn from numerous doctors who have successfully made the switch and hear how it is done
  • Become empowered by knowing you are far from alone in your desire for change
  • Network with faculty, mentors, recruiters and fellow attendees
  • Get your process of career change moving into high gear
  • Form a customized action plan to position yourself for and successfully make your career transition

SEAK, Inc., founded in 1980, is an ACME accredited continuing education and publishing firm. We have trained thousands of physicians across the United States. We pride ourselves on the quality of our educational programs and encourage attendees to talk to other physicians who have taken SEAK courses in the past. Please see the extensive list of our testimonials. For more information about the conference (including the conference schedule) or to register, visit the SEAK Conference registration webpage. Contact SEAK, Inc. (508-457-1111) with any questions or concerns.

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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!

  • Sean Bullis lost his black Google Nexus tablet. It does not have a case on it. The last time he saw it was on 5/8/15, during his Outpatient medicine CSE. He remembers it was on one of the tables along with his bag, and when he arrived home that day, he didn't have it. He has looked all over for it. Please make Sean Bullis's day, and email him if you've seen it.


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 24 oz. Thermos with silver lid
  • Aviator sunglasses with tinted purple lenses
  • Pink roocase protective tablet cover

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$2,200 4BR House for Rent: Available July 1, 2015

$2,200 4-bedroom house for rent, available 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

Very Nice 3-Bedroom House for Rent

Sunny and spacious 3-bedroom house at 16 George Street, Winooski (off from Franklin and Bellevue). Just a 10-minute walk to the center of Winooski and 25-minute walk to UVM.

1,440 square-foot, 2-story house. Roomy, bright and well maintained. Huge eat-in kitchen with extra counter tops and cupboards. Large living room with adjoining small office. Half bath and washer/dryer on first floor. Three good-sized bedrooms and a full bathroom upstairs. Loads of closet and storage space. Small yard perfect for grill, patio/picnic area and garden. Very energy efficient electricity and gas heat/hot water.

$1,775/month plus electric and gas. (Landlord pays water and sewer). Available July 1; Deposit/ references required. Will consider a dog with references. See the housing handout for photos. If interested, please contact Eileen Dudley (802-735-5970) to schedule a viewing.

Room for Rent in a 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, 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. If interested, please contact Sharon Ultsch.

Grad student housing: 3BR Apartment on Colchester/Winooski line

Recently upgraded 3-bedroom apartment, in a side-by-side duplex, on the Colchester-Winooski busline, about a mile and a half from downtown Winooski's shops and restaurants. 1000 square-feet of hardwood floors, upgraded kitchen and full bathroom and washer and dryer in large unfinished basement that has walk out to off street drive way parking. The back deck is brand new and the back yard is private with plush green grass and large shade trees. $1800/ month + utilities in a year lease; includes trash and snow removal. Great location for quiet relaxation or studying. Available mid-July. If interested, please call Deb at 802-881-4437.

FOR RENT - The house you've been looking for! Available July 1!

BURLINGTON – 3 Bedroom Cozy Home – Location, location, location… Easy 15 minute walk to hospital/downtown/UVM/COM, in quiet family neighborhood. 195 (upper) Archibald Street, across from cemetery, near corner of No. Willard St. On bus-line (corner stop one house away; City Loop stops at UHC/Waterman Building).

1,100 sq. ft. home; colorful and sunny; well-insulated and maintained with new triple pane windows. Gas heat & kitchen stove (2 yrs. new), very new refrigerator & dishwasher; Mexican tile kitchen floor and tile living room floor. Three average size bedrooms; one bathroom. Dry basement and attic for storage. Small front and back porches. Washer/Dryer in kitchen. Full interior painting happening now!

$2,055/month plus utilities = $755/month per bedroom average (rent and utilities, with winter heat set at 65-69 degrees). Cable hook-up available (not included in $755/mo.). Available July 1; Lease to end of May; Deposit/references required. Non-smokers only; Prefer no pets, but will consider on case-by-case basis with references. View photos on the prepared flyer. If you are interested, please contact Deb W. Lyons (UVM COM Standardized Patient) (240-375-5106).

August 1 RENTAL: 2 BR, 2BA Eastwood Commons, S. Burlington

Spacious one-level 2 bedroom, 2 full bath townhome in one of South Burlington's best locations. This condo has 9 foot ceilings, large south facing windows, balcony, with a washer/dryer in unit, large exercise room, underground parking, underground storage, and secure entry. Rent include heat and A/C. Unit is located on the south side of the building. Close to UVM, UVM Medical Center, Church Street, 10 minutes from airport….talk about convenience. $1,700/month, no pets, no smokers. References and 1 year lease required. View photos of this VT Licensed Real Estate Agent Owned housing opportunity on the housing flyer. If interested, please contact Patricia Desautels (802-238-4096).

Beautiful Place

Room to rent in my condo situated in a beautifully landscaped area near UVM and Medical school. Fully furnished. Kitchen privileges, off-road parking at condo. $600 mo. includes all utilities. Pool and tennis courts. Female. No pets. If you are interested, please call 802-735-5994.

Beautiful Victorian Condominium to Rent in the Heart of Burlington

Charming, very well-maintained first floor unit, with high ceilings, original woodwork, pocket doors, flexible floor plan (can be 1 or 2 bedrooms), modern kitchen, hardwood floors, off-street parking, front and back porches, and generous storage space. Unbeatable location less than a block from Church Street. Walking distance to Lake Champlain, Burlington Bike Path, Farmer's Market, arts & entertainment, and UVM COM/UVM Medical Center. Quiet building with only four other considerate neighbors. 1-2 bedrooms, 1 bath. 1000 sq. ft. On site shared coin laundry. No smoking. No pets (apologies; owner has allergies). $1625/month (includes water, trash, recycling, and snow removal). Available mid-June. Please contact Kym Boyman, MD, UVM COM '99 (802-777-8550), if you are interested or if you have any questions.

3-BR Apartment on North Prospect Street

There is an awesome 3 bedroom apartment on 37 North Prospect St that is available starting July 1. The apartment is on the 3rd floor of an 1850's house, and it's owned by a former UVM COM graduate. It's very close to campus. It has a large yard, garden, off-street parking, beautiful kitchen with copper exhaust hood, high ceilings, hardwood floors, a roof deck, 2 full baths, and coin-op laundry and bike storage in the building. The rent is about $700 per person plus electricity and natural gas (average $50/person). Also the place is quite quiet. If you are interested, please contact Jordan Gullikson (802-578-0168), the building manager, to schedule a viewing or to find out more information. Alison Mercier (2018) is happy to provide photos, upon request.

Apartment for Rent in Winooski

Clean 2 bedroom in duplex 900 square-feet, porch, with washer & dryer, off-street parking, 1-year lease, no smoking, dogs are negotiable w/reference. Available starting June 01. $1250.00/month. If interested, please email Seth at for more information.

3BR Apartment Available August 1

Apartment available to rent beginning August 1, located directly across from the Fleming Museum, which is very close to campus/hospital: 50 Colchester Ave. # 2. Large 3-bedroom apartment, above a dental office, with full-size kitchen, living room, washer and dryer, one 1/2 bath and one full bath, 3 designated off street parking spaces. $2,000/month, plus utilities. If interested, please contact Dave at (802) 343-4776.

New 2 Bedroom, 2 Bath, +Office, Beautiful Views, Private Setting

Conveniently located in Richmond just 20 minutes from the University of Vermont Medical Center and downtown Burlington, this new home is set in a private meadow with spectacular Green Mountain Views.

  • Two large 12' x 12' bedrooms each with a private bath and walk-in closet for the master bedroom.
  • An additional large room 12 x 17 could serve as an office, studio, and/or guest room
  • Open kitchen and living area features custom cabinetry, granite countertops, birch hardwood floors and provides lots of natural light
  • All new stainless steel appliances including an electric induction stove that offers better and safer cooking performance than gas
  • Energy efficient construction delivers less than half the heating requirements of a standard new house
  • Sunroom with south and west facing meadow views
  • New washer and dryer on same floor

The owner, a realist landscape artist and portrait oil painter, resides on a separate floor. Extra sound proofing measures were taken during construction to provide a very quiet living space. Non-smoking and no pets please. Rent is $1,850/mo. plus utilities. Includes plowing, grounds keeping. Some storage is available in the walk out basement. Available mid-June or July 1. Please text/call Sheel at 802-363-2070 for more information or to set up a time to see the house. Email: View the housing PDF flyer for photos.

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