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April 3, 2013 - vol. 2, issue 7

Below: Class of 2015 students (from left) Gregory Roy, Tyler Van Backer, David Swift taking part in the Premedical Enhancement Program. View the photo gallery.

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Meditorial: Bringing the Art of Hand Shaking Back to Medical Education

Kelly Gardner A new student editorial group has been working on writing assignments that reflect on medical education and the milestones in becoming a physician. In this "MEDitorial", Kelly Gardner, Class of 2014, with edits by Leah Carr, Class of 2014, and Jessica Lane, Class of 2015, discusses the importance of hand shaking. Read more...

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Graduation Ticket Information

College of Medicine DiplomaTickets for graduation this year will be purchased through an electronic site called Marching Orders. Each student will be guaranteed 6 tickets that must be reserved prior to May 10 at noon. OMSE will be sending more graduation check lists and instructions as the time nears. View more information about graduation tickets. If you have any questions, contact Barbara Brisson or Dr. Christa Zehle.

155 Miles Later: Record for Indoor Rowing

WillisAt about 12:30 p.m. on January 5, 2013, second-year medical student Cornelia Willis started rowing on the machine in her apartment. She didn't stop until 1 p.m. on January 6, breaking the world record for the longest continual row for her age group. She also broke the record for distance traveled in 24 hours as tracked by Concept 2, the manufacturer of her machine and a standard-setter in the industry. Her roommate, Jenna Arruda, kept a close watch, providing a steady supply of granola bars, dried fruit, even grilled salmon. Read more...

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The Microscope Exchange - Blogging from Paraiso

Microscope Exchange"A few hours ago, Pete and I landed in beautiful Dominican Republic in the city of Santo Domingo! We are absolutely thrilled to be here. The last time we traveled together for The Microscope Exchange was a year ago, and it feels wonderful to be out there again after the brief medical school hiatus." Read more about their trip.

Dr. Borrego's Shark Bacteria Research

St. Mary's LogoDr. Borrego, Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery, and the team at St. Mary's Medical Center were recently highlighted on CBS for working to develop targeted antibiotics for victims of shark bites by analyzing bacteria from different types of shark. This could help patients facing possible infection after being bitten. See the video.

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The 6th Annual Specimen Cup Results Are In!

Speicmen Cup PlayersTo honor Bruce Fonda, a former anatomy professor who started the first UVM College of Medicine intramural hockey team, students from UVM COM and Dartmouth Medical School grew mustaches and went head to head in the 6th Annual Specimen Cup on March 29th at the Gutterson Fieldhouse. Donations were collected for the Vermont Respite House and the VNA Hospice Program. Fonda benefitted from these services as a patient and has asked for future donations to continue supporting them.
Bruce Fonda's family was there for the event and watched UVM COM win against Dartmouth, 6-3. $335 in donations were raised, and a good time was had by all!

Meet the Staff: Elizabeth Pratt

Elizabeth PrattElizabeth has been with the Office of Medical Student Education for 16 years. She is the administrative assistant for the Standardized Patient program and the Clinical Simulation Laboratory and works closely with Dr. Nicholas. Elizabeth schedules the SPs and students for all clinical skills activities and clinical skills exams. She is located in 237 Rowell. You can also email Elizabeth or call 656-2277.

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Join Us for Community Medical School

Community members, students, staff and faculty - everyone is welcome to attend as many or as few lectures as you like! The Spring 2013 series will include discussions about the brain's frontal lobes and their role in memory, the latest news in menopause, using stem cells to repair the heart, and improving physical function and cardiopulmonary health during and after cancer treatment. On a special Thursday lecture, Governor Howard Dean will be discussing the coming changes in Vermont's Health Care Delivery System. Register now!

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  • April 15: Red Wheelbarrow deadline for Submissions(Extended)
  • April 16: Community Medical School: Top of Mind, 6:00 p.m., Carpenter Auditorium
  • April 16: LCME Fair
  • April 22-24: LCME Visit
  • April 25: The Coming Changes in Vermont's Health Care Delivery System, 6:00 p.m., Carpenter Auditorium
  • April 30: Community Medical School: Hot Off the Press, 6:00 p.m., Carpenter Auditorium
  • May 5: Convocation of Thanks, 3:00 p.m., Ira Allen Chapel
  • May 7: Community Medical School: My Regeneration, 6:00 p.m., Carpenter Auditorium
  • May 13: Scholarly Projects Presentations, 12:00 p.m., Davis Auditorium
  • May 14: Community Medical School: Cancer and Exercise, 6:00 p.m., Carpenter Auditorium
  • May 19: College of Medicine Commencement, 2:30 p.m., Ira Allen Chapel
  • Community Medical School
  • Grand Rounds Schedule
  • Fletcher Allen Calendar of Events
  • UVM Student Events


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