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August 31 - September 06,2015
Status of the College of Medicine Ombuds Office – August 2015
President Tom Sullivan, upon the collective recommendation of the University's Title IX Coordinator, Clery Act Coordinator, and Office of the General Counsel, has determined that the College of Medicine Ombudsperson constitutes a mandatory reporter under both University policy and federal law. As the College of Medicine Ombudsperson has previously pledged confidentiality to individuals availing themselves of services, this represents a significant change in practice. Thus, Dean Rick Morin has suspended the operation of the College of Medicine Ombuds Office and instituted a planning process to determine how to best support College of Medicine learners within this new paradigm. READ MORE...
The Student Affairs Team is pleased to introduce new, automated request and approval processes to support a number of policies and procedures. A table summarizing the changes is below.
Beginning August 17, 2015, students seeking one of the following should upload the necessary request form to the appropriate Academic History tab in Oasis for the consideration of the Associate Dean for Students. Dr. Zehle, or her designee, will then upload documentation with a decision to your Academic History tab. Wherever possible request forms and instructions have been linked to policy statements in the Student Handbook and from Academic History tabs in Oasis.
Logging Into OASIS: Log-in to Oasis, click on the "Web Services" link, and enter using your COM credentials. A link to your Academic History files will appear in the Announcements box once you've selected the current year (2015-2016).
Class of 2016:
Class of 2017:
Class of 2018:
Class of 2019:
THIS WEEK - Host a Prospective UVM COM Student!
Interested in serving as a student host for interviewees at the College of Medicine? We're looking for hosts for the 2015-2016 interview cycle! Whether you're a first-year medical student or a fourth-year who's suddenly got more time than ever before, come to the informational meeting on Wednesday, September 2nd at noon in HSRF 200. Pizza will be provided. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Theo Cisu (UVM COM 2018) or Yazen Qumsiyeh(UVM COM 2018).
Request for donations for children in Guatemala!
I am looking for donations of any new or used children's toys, crayons, stickers, etc. for a medical mission trip to Guatemala this November! A group of UVM students/residents/faculty will be working closely with children undergoing surgeries for cleft lip/palate, among other conditions. Crayons, stickers, and simple art activities would be great for the kids to stay distracted pre-op/post-op, while the toys would be so wonderful for the little ones (<6 years old) admitted to the Nutrition Center for malnourishment (often for weeks to months without their parents). I am hoping to bring lots of smaller-sized toys with me (rather than a few larger toys) in order to reach more children. There is a box in the Student Lounge where you can drop off donations. Please don't hesitate to contact me, Cordelia Ross (UVM COM 2016) if you have any questions. Thank you in advance!
Volunteer with Ronald McDonald House
On Friday September 25th, UVM COM is making dinner for the families staying at the Ronald McDonald House. We need volunteers to help purchase and prepare food. This will take place in the afternoon, exact time TBD, however we will be done at the latest by 5:00- the time commitment will be 1-2 hours. Should be fun! This is a partnership we are looking to carry throughout the year, so keep your eyes out for more events with the Ronald McDonald House. Interested? Please sign up using the Google Doc Sign Up Sheet, and please contact Catherine Suppan, Class of 2017 Student Council Community Service Chair.
HOTLINE/ADVOCATE TRAINING – Women Helping Battered Women
Women Helping Battered Women will be holding its advocate training on September 11, from 5:30-8:30 p.m. and September 12, from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. for those who want to be involved in advocacy and social change. Volunteers can then staff the hotline or help keep our other services and programs funning smoothly. Pre-application is required by going to the Women Helping Battered Women website. Abuse and background check required. Please contact Kim Jordan (802-658-3131) with any questions.
ON THE BOARD – Burlington Partnership for a Healthy Community
Burlington Partnership for a Healthy Community is looking for volunteers to serve on the Board of this organization whose mission is to reduce substance abuse rates and improve public health. Responsibilities include attending monthly meetings, helping with employment decisions, strategic planning, financial management and project planning. Training provided. Please contact Mariah Sanderson at (802-652-0997) with any questions.
Rebuilding Together Greater Burlington is seeking volunteers for their Fall Project Day on Sept. 19. Volunteers will help repair and renovate the home of a low-income homeowner in Chittenden County to help keep the family safe, warm and independent. Tasks may include fixing a leaking roof, faulty wiring, replacing windows and siding, painting, insulation, yard work, etc. Carpentry, plumbing and electrician skills and tools are helpful but not necessary. Contact Greg Hanson (802-860-9200) with any questions.
Volunteer with C.O.M.F.O.R.T. (College of Medicine Friends Offer Respite Time)!
Interested in pediatrics, developmental disorders, or special needs populations? Want to take a break from studying to do some good, gain some perspective, and play with a child? Volunteer with C.O.M.F.O.R.T. (College of Medicine Friends Offer Respite Time)! Student volunteers are paired with a family of a child with special health needs to provide in-home respite care for a total of 6 two-hour long visits during the school year (flexible scheduling, more visits possible). It is a great opportunity to get to know our community, learn about healthcare from a family's perspective, gain experience working with a child with special needs, and play. If you are interested, please download and complete the application and return it to UVMcomfort@gmail.com by Friday, September 11. Please email UVMcomfort@gmail.com if you have any questions.
THIS WEEK - UVM COM Writing SIG Gauging Interest
We are toying with the idea of starting a writing SIG here at the college of medicine. Before we establish the SIG, we would like to hear from you and discuss the ways in which such a group could best support students here at UVM. Writing can be an incredibly important part of any career in medicine, and we would like to establish a community of people interested in exploring that potential together. Regardless of your background with writing, if you are interested in hearing more, please stop by Med Ed 201 on Tuesday, September 1st, 2015 between 12-1pm so we can hear from you! For further information please contact Stefan Wheat and Alexandra Miller from the class of 2018.
"Most of all, by offering your reflections to an audience, even a small one, you make yourself part of a larger world. An audience is a community. The published word is a declaration of membership in that community and also of a willingness to contribute something meaningful to it….What you write need not achieve perfection. It need only add some small observation about your world." - Atul Gawande
THIS WEEK - Fall 2015 Community Medical School Series Begins!
Tuesday, September 01, 6:00pm - 7:30pm, in Carpenter Auditorium. Christopher Jones, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Surgery and Director, Global Health Economics Unit, Vermont Center for Clinical and Translational Science presents "Making it Personal: Using Population Health Data and Incentives to Drive Behavior Change." The health care of the future is almost completely tied to personal behavioral decisions, and when properly managed, "big data" can help facilitate quality outcomes. Learn about a project that personalizes mathematical algorithms to improve clinical care decision-making and fosters healthy behavioral change using non-monetary incentives, with an overall goal of reducing disease-causing behaviors, such as weight gain and poor adherence to medication.
Each semester, more than 1000 people attend our Community Medical School lecture series, confirming that the community is more interested than ever in learning about our work at the UVM College of Medicine and the UVM Medical Center. For more information on the Fall 2015 schedule, or to register through the UVM Medical Center for any or all of the sessions, visit Community Medical School registration. To view past lectures and materials, visit the Community Medical School archives. Please contact Brittany Willette if you have any questions.
THIS WEEK - Spanish SIG Movie!
Did you know that there are over 1,500 Latino migrant farm workers in Vermont? Did you know that these farm workers make up a substantial portion of the struggling dairy economy of the state? The Spanish SIG will be showing a 30-minute movie HIDE that chronicles the stories of some Vermont Latino migrant diary farmworkers. Afterward there will be a short discussion and presentation of ways to get involved. So stop by Med Ed 309 at noon on Wednesday September 2nd. The will most likely be popcorn. Contact Astia Roper-Batker with any questions.
THIS WEEK - The Laura Mann Community Practitioner Forum
The UVM Program in Integrative Health Presents "THE LAURA MANN COMMUNITY PRACTITIONER FORUM: Building and Activating Personal Resilience" with Michele Lash M.Ed., ATR, BCB, a Board Certified in Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback on Wednesday, September 2, 2015, presentation 6 - 7pm, networking to follow in the McClure Lobby Conference Room, at the UVM Medical Center, 111 Colchester Avenue, Burlington, VT 05401. The Laura Mann Integrative Health Community Practitioner Forum is for community and UVM faculty and providers. Our goal is to provide an ongoing structure for local health care providers to learn from and network with each other, and for practitioners who are working collaboratively to present their findings and successes. We intend this forum to be a more casual complement to our Laura Mann Integrative Health Lecture series, allowing for questions and sharing among participants. Free and open to the public. For more information, please review the Laura Mann Center Practitioner Forum flyer, and/or contact The Laura Mann Center with any questions.
THIS WEEK - Pharmacology Seminar
Thursday, September 03, at 8:30AM, in HSRF 300. Shaker Mousa, Ph.D., Vice Provost for Research & Professor of Pharmacology at Albany College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences will present "Impact of Nanobiotechnology on the future of medicine." Please contact the UVM Pharmacology Department with any questions.
THIS WEEK - AMWA Welcome BBQ
The American Medical Women's Association is hosting a welcome back BBQ at Dr. Jaworski's home Thursday September 3rd at 6pm. This event is a great way to meet members of AMWA. Please contact Rachel Carlson (UVM COM 2018) with any questions.
Associate Dean for Students Drop-In Hours through Mid-September
Dr. Zehle is in the process of finalizing Dean's Letters for the Class of 2016. Thus, the Associate Dean for Students will be unable to schedule non-emergency one-one-one appointments until mid-September. In lieu of scheduled one-on-one appointments during this time, Dr. Zehle is offering blocks of student-drop in hours in order to make herself available to students to discuss any arising issues or concerns. You can secure a 10-minute spot during the provided drop-in hours, using the Student Affairs Dean for Students Drop-In Hours sign up. Please note, Dr. Zehle is happy schedule meetings with students via Lync/Skype for Business or via phone if students are located off-site after Bridge Week.
Also, as a reminder, Dr. Rosen, Director of Student Support, is also available to meet with students. Please contact Kiersten Hallquist if you have any questions, or if you would like to schedule a meeting with Dr. Zehle or Dr. Rosen.
Financial: VT Educational Loan Repayment, National Health Service Corps, & U.S. Military Programs for Primary Care Practitioners"
Wednesday, September 16, 12:00pm - 1:00pm, in the Sullivan Classroom (MEC 200). Please join the Office of Primary Care for our first lunch session of Primary Care Series! Charles MacLean, MD (Associate Dean of Primary Care), Melissa Liebig (AHEC Placement Specialist, UVM Office of Primary Care & Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) Program), SFC Randy Young (U.S. Military Service/Army), and Jim Buell (COM Financial Aid Counselor and Financial Planning) will present "Financial: VT Educational Loan Repayment, National Health Service Corps, & U.S. Military Programs for Primary Care Practitioners." A Junior's-Colchester lunch will be provided, but please bring your own beverage. This session is sponsored by UVM Office of Primary Care & AHEC. Please contact Laurie McLean, the Program Coordinator at the Office of Primary Care and AHEC Program with any questions or concerns.
R.A.D. (Rape Aggression Defense) Training for UVM Women
A self-defense course is being offered through UVM Police Services for all UVM women. It is a 12 hour course designed to empower women, teach valuable defense skills, physical confrontation skills, and how to take control for yourself. You will learn how to use your mind, your voice and your body in this course.
The first 3 hour class is lecture style to disseminate information regarding crime awareness and prevention. The next two 3 hour classes are focused on physical self-defense techniques. The final class is a review of the self-defense techniques and simulation (optional) which consist of scenarios allowing the students to use their skills.
For more information, please visit the UVM Police Services website (prevention services and safety & prevention). The enrollment is a minimum of 10 and a maximum 20 participants. Enrollment is FREE but REQUIRED. The SEPTEMBER 2015 twelve hour course will meet from 6:00pm - 9:00pm Monday and Wednesday nights starting Sept 21st (please plan on attending the 21st, 23rd, 28th and the 30th). You must attend all 4 sessions. The OCTOBER 2015 twelve hour course will meet from 6:00pm - 9:00pm Tuesday and Thursday nights starting Oct 6th (please plan on attending the 6th, 8th, 13th and the 15th). You must attend all 4 sessions. The class location is still pending confirmation but WILL be on campus.
To enroll for the course or for more information, please contact Officer Sue Roberts (802-656-8009).
The White Coat Investor Scholarship
This scholarship is available to any professional student (primarily MD, DO, DDS, DMD, DPM, DVM, OD, PA, NP, PharmD, and JD) who is enrolled full-time for the 2015-2016 school year.
Legally, the scholarship amount should qualify as a personal gift from James M. Dahle, MD to the recipient, and thus be tax-free to the recipient. In the event that the scholarship amount is greater than $14,000, it will either be split into multiple gifts from the family members of James M. Dahle, or be awarded partially in 2015 and partially in consecutive years in amounts consistent with gift tax laws. The recipient may use the money for any purpose, although it is hoped it will be used to reduce the amount of debt the recipient has upon graduation from professional school.
For more information, including how to apply, please visit the White Coat Investor Scholarship webpage. Applications are due no later than September 10th at 7 pm, Mountain Standard Time. Applications received after that time will not be considered. It is expected that the winner of the scholarship will be announced by October 12th at the latest. Only the first 100 applications will be read; the remainder will be discarded without consideration. If there are not at least five applicants, the entire sum of money donated will be given to the Rescue Mission of Salt Lake and no scholarship will be awarded. Please contact Cindy, at White Coat Investor with any questions.
Apply today to learn to lead change in population health!
Since we launched the IHI Open School Change Agent Network (I-CAN) initiative last year, over a hundred students have taken our course on leadership and organizing and have completed a population health improvement project in their communities.
The third round of our course, Leadership and Organizing to Improve Population Health, begins September 17 and runs through November 12. The eight-week course will help you apply skills and knowledge in leadership, community organizing, and the science of improvement to a project in your community.
The simple application is due by September 1, 2015, and helps ensure that the course is a good fit for you. Questions include your ideas for a project, others you might work with, and your availability to complete the course requirements.
A reminder about who should apply: The course is intended for students, residents, and select faculty. We are planning to offer a version of the course geared towards health professionals and will follow up with details when they become available.
If you'd like to learn more about I-CAN, join us for an informational webinar on August 31, 2015 at 1 pm (ET), or visit www.ihi.org/ICAN for more details about the course, past projects, and our vision for change. Please contact Becka DeSmidt, IHI Open School Community Manager with any questions. Apply for the course, today.
2015 Yale Interventional Radiology Symposium for Medical Students
Saturday, September 19, 2015, at Yale University School of Medicine (Hope Building, 1st Floor). Free registration and refreshments and lunch will be provided. Please visit the event website for more information and contact Claire Kaufman with any questions.
Medical Student Research Fellowship Program
The American Heart Association, Founders Affiliate Research Committee is offering a medical student research fellowship program. The application submission deadline is Tuesday, December 1, 2015 at 5:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. The purpose of the medical student fellowship award is to encourage medical students to consider a career in cardiovascular and stroke research. The need for new researchers in the health sciences, from basic science to human behaviors, is critical. This program is designed to provide students at the crossroads of career choices an opportunity to experience research first hand with an established investigator. This fellowship is administered at the American Heart Association's Founders Affiliate New York City office. Award Amount: Student Stipend: $22,000 (which includes 10% indirect costs). Award Duration: Medical Students generally begin their programs between July 1 & September 1, 2016 for a period of 12 months. For more information, please visit the AHA Founders Affiliate research website. Please contact Mike Previs, Ph.D. with any questions and to connect with a mentor.
34th William Carolos Williams Poetry Competition
The Department of Family and Community Medicine at Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED) is sponsoring its 34th annual poetry writing competition during the 2015-2016 academic year. The competition is open to students attending colleges of medicine or osteopathy in the United States and Canada. Preliminary judging will be done by the Wick Poetry Center at Kent State University, and final judging will be by Richard M. Berlin, M.D., psychiatrist and poet from the University of Massachusetts Medical School. The editors of the Journal of Medical Humanities will review the winning poems and consider them for publication. Submissions must be post-marked no later than December 31, 2015. Please review the competition flyer for more details, including submission criteria, and please feel free to contact Ann Williams with any questions.
Opportunity to Be Published in a LEVI Group Book
The Levi Group is a non-profit organization serving the community through various outreach and charitable programs designed to aide and assist with various causes in the community. Although they work with various demographic groups, they are currently seeking students who have an interest in writing poems, essays and short stories. They are also looking for artist who have drawn or painted original pieces of art. Students who decide to submit their writing will have the chance to compete with other students and individuals all over the country for a chance to be published in a LEVI Group book. For more information, including how to submit your work, please review the full LEVI Group flier. Contact the LEVI Group with any questions.
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:
RENT-FREE HOUSE AVAILABLE JAN. AND FEB. 2016
I would like to offer my comfortable Burlington house again to a medical student to live in while I'm away in January and February. If you are interested, please contact me, Anne Damrosch (802-363-3444).
Room for Rent
Room for rent in a 3-bedroom house on a part-time or monthly basis for medical student, resident, or faculty member. This home is located in a safe and quiet place about 1.5 miles from hospital/University, and it is on the bus-line, has parking available.
I am a UVM faculty member looking for a responsible boarder who just needs a room with no long-term commitment, and who will have a small footprint in the house. There is one bathroom, and some storage in basement is possible. Boarder will have kitchen privileges. Cost is $500 per month or pro-rated per week. If interested, please contact Sharon Ultsch.
Farmhouse for Rent
Recently renovated 2100 square-foot farmhouse for rent. Gorgeous mountain views on 10 rolling acres of pristine VT farmland! Perennial and raised garden beds. Chef's kitchen with professional grade stainless appliances, custom local artisan crafted birds-eye maple cabinetry and granite countertops. Walk-in pantry. 3-4 BR, 2 full baths, 1 with jetted tub, loft above kitchen, open floor plan/ great room. Full basement. Shed/garage. Outdoor wood fired bread/pizza oven, just completed. Fruit trees. Cedar swing set. Highly desirable schools in top rated district. Wonderful neighbors. 10 minutes to Smuggler's Notch. Plowing and lawn mowing included. $2200. You can view photos on the Craigslist housing listing. Please contact Bridget Stone-Allard if you are interested.
44 Young Street Apartment(s) for Rent
Quiet 2+ bedroom plus den in a newly renovated apartment in a side-by-side duplex in Colchester on the Winooski line (close to restaurants, bars and UVM). 1000 square-feet of hardwood and carpeted space with lots of sun and green space outside, including private driveway and deck. Remodeled kitchen and baths, new paint and spacious basement walk out to driveway. Includes washer and dryer, plowing and lawn mowing, trash and recycles removal. $1300/month, plus utilities (security deposit of one month also required). Available now, please call Deb @ 802-881-4437 for a showing. Dog of reasonable size is ok. It is a non-smoking home. The adjacent identical unit is available October 1st.
Woolen Mill Apartment
The Woolen Mill Apartments are located at
40 West Canal Street Winooski, VT. Now till end of August: