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March 6, 2013 - vol. 2, issue 5

Below: Class of 2016 students draw blood to perform a cardiovascular risk assessment for Nutrition Metabolism and Gastrointestinal System, February 22. View photo gallery.

Students drawing blood from classmates as part of their Nutrition Metabolism and Gastrointestinal System class

MEDitorial: The Matchmakers

Chris Cahill, Class of 2013 A new student editorial group has been working on writing assignments that reflect on medical education and the milestones in becoming a physician. In the first "MEDitorial" Class of 2103's Chris Cahill, with editing help from classmates Ben Ware and Erica Pasciullo, takes an inside look at the Match:

Thank goodness for the Match. As medical students from Vermont to Vegas took deep breaths and crossed their fingers after certifying their rank order lists on February 20th, I hope they remembered to thank their lucky stars that they were asked to make a rank list. Fourth year students have not only benefitted from the work of a myriad of doctors, students, and staff at the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP), but also from clever mathematicians, economists, and even Ralph Nader (though just for a little bit). Read more >>
If you're interested in writing or editing for us, contact Chris Cahill or Leah Carr.

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Class of 2015's McAvoy Receives Pharmacology Award

James McAvoy receiving the Durwood J. Smith AwardSecond-year University of Vermont College of Medicine student James McAvoy has received the Durwood J. Smith Award for Excellence in Pharmacology from the UVM Department of Pharmacology. The award honors the memory of the late Durwood J. Smith, M.D., who served as chair of pharmacology at UVM from 1953 to 1975. Read more >>

Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. Dror Paley Featured on Inside Edition

St. Mary's Medical Center Clinical professor of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation Dror Paley, MD, of Paley Advanced Limb Lengthening Institute at St. Mary's Medical Center was recently featured on Inside Edition for his pioneering work in limb lengthening. The story highlighted Dr. Paley's work with two 19 month old baby girls. Read the Inside Edition story and learn more about the Paley Institute.

A Long Journey to the Start of a Medical Career

Mutlay Sayan, Class of 2016 Mutlay Sayan '16 remembers, as a young teen, watching students walk in to the school across the street from the factory in Istanbul where he worked alongside his mother. He dreaded the thought of a life spent in that factory, working up to 12 to 15 hours at a time. So one day he made what he calls the "biggest decision" of his life. Read more >>

SEG Update

• Tablets will be handed out to 3rd year students this Friday - Bud Vana to give presentation
Karl Kristiansen is your student representative for NMGI. Please email him with feedback
• Class of 2015, please send the name of tablet apps you find useful to Clerkship representative Catherine Naber
• New laminated signs available outside small groups to designate space as "group study" or "quiet study" space
• New Policies:
--Pictures of patient care are no longer allowed to be taken by medical students with any device
--Shelf Exam may be re-taken during vacation times ONLY

Opportunity to Blog for Fletcher Allen

College of Medicine students are invited to submit ideas for the Fletcher Allen Health Care blog. The blog is a hub of expertise, ideas, and stories about health care, and a place to share your experiences as a student at our academic medical center. If you are interested, please contact Alexandra Tursi, social media strategist at Fletcher Allen, visit the Fletcher Allen Health Care Blog or email.

More com news >>


  • March 12: Global Health Series IV, 5:30 p.m., Sullivan Classroom, Med Ed Center 200 - Please RSVP to Audree Frey (PDF)
  • March 12: Talent Show for Medical students years 1-4, Residents, Faculty, Staff, Your Families, 6:00 p.m., Atrium between Medical Admissions and the OMSE Offices. Submit your talents to Sharavan Rao.
  • March 14: Student Clinician Ceremony, 3:00 p.m., Davis Auditorium
  • March 15: 2013 Match Day Ceremony, 11:45 a.m., Hoehl Gallery
  • March 25: Clinical Simulation Laboratory Second Anniversary Open House, 12:30 p.m., Rowell Building, 2nd Floor (PDF)
  • March 25: Class of 2014 Etiquette Dinner with the Emily Post Institute, 6:00 p.m., at The Windjammer. RSVP here
  • May 5: Convocation of Thanks, 3:00 p.m., Ira Allen Chapel
  • Grand Rounds Schedule
  • Fletcher Allen Calendar of Events
  • UVM Student Events


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