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May 1, 2013 - vol. 2, issue 9

Below: The UVM College of Medicine students train for the KeyBank Vermont City Marathon to be held May 26. Support the team by making a donation today. More information below.

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LCME Accreditation Visit: Message from Dean Morin

Dean MorinI want to express my great appreciation for the dedication and effort from all of you in preparing for our LCME Accreditation visit. The enthusiasm and commitment to our education program, to each other and to the College was evident throughout the entire visit, and I could not be more proud. Your passion for medicine, for your experiences here, and for our program was expressed eloquently and enthusiastically and impressed our visitors. Their preliminary report specifically noted "the remarkable level of collegiality, cooperation and transparency among administrators, faculty, staff and students." Thank you again for all your efforts in making this an occasion to celebrate.

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College of Medicine Marathon Team Supports Steps to Wellness

Steps to WellnessMay 26, 2013 marks the 25th anniversary of the KeyBank Vermont City Marathon and Relay where the College of Medicine Marathon Team will be running to raise funds and awareness for the Steps to Wellness Program at the Vermont Cancer Center. To support the team in their effort, learn more, or get involved, visit their marathon page.

A Twist on Speed Dating - Public Health Project Style

Public Health ProjectsIn true speed dating fashion, 110 medical students met with 16 different community agencies over the course of an hour. Community agencies participating in the fall Public Health Projects are United Way of Chittenden County, Vermont CARES, Alzheimer's Association (VT), American Lung Association (VT), and Fletcher Allen to name only a few. The purpose of this speed dating event was to help students decided how they will rank their choices for the upcoming Public Health Projects.

Med Students Present at UVM Research Conference

Medical Students Raj Thakrar and Anurag ShuklaMore than 300 students presented their work at the annual Student Research Conference on April 23, conducted with the guidance of faculty advisers. Third-year medical student Anurag Shukla and first year medical student Raj Thakrar presented at the conference. Shukla's research, on which he was advised by Professor of Surgery David Krag, M.D., centered on the study of plasma cells in certain breast cancer tumors. Thakar, who was advised by Assistant Professor of Surgery Houman Hemmati, M.D., Ph.D., studied the treatment of recurring corneal erosions. Other upcoming research events include the Surgery Senior Major Scientific Program poster presentation on May 2 and Scholarly Projects Presentations on May 13.

How Autism Has Affected My Life: Student Interest Group Hosts Awareness Series

Autism PanelThe Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disabilities Student Interest Group hosted their first annual Autism Awareness Month Lunch and Lecture Presentations this month. Four panelists, including two medical students, discussed their life experiences with autism in the final lecture of the series. Read about the lecture >>

Meet the Staff: April Berteau

April BerteauApril joined the Office of Medical Student Education in October of 2012 as the coordinator for the Level-1 Foundations. She helps provide support to the course directors and first year medical students. Together with her Associates Degree in Business Administration from Champlain College, her experience from her previous position here in conference and events, project management skills, and business operations sense she contributes greatly to the continued execution of our curriculum. For more information, email April or call 656-0686.

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Ethicist Pope to Give Grand Rounds May 10th

Thaddeus Mason PopeThaddeous Mason Pope, PhD, JD, Director of the Health Law Institute and Associate Professor of Law at Hamline University and Adjunct Associate Professor of Law at Albany Medical College, will be speaking at the Ethics Retreat and presenting Internal Medicine Grand Rounds on May 10th at 8 a.m. in Davis Auditorium. In his scholarship, Professor Pope is especially concerned with exploring the justifiability of limitations on individual liberty. He has focused on end-of-life medicine and public health ethics and has a regular column for the Journal of Clinical Ethics. For more information contact Sally Bliss.

SEG Updates

  • The Student Education Group would like to congratulate their faculty advisor and group leader Dean Jeffries, for his outstanding leadership of the LCME accreditation site visit and his tireless efforts leading up to it. "Thank you Dr. Jeffries and congratulations on a job well done!"
  • Please visit the COMET Courses Survey page to vote for your class Medical Curriculum Committee member.
  • Your SEG representative for the Neural Science course is Nick Field. Please contact him with feedback.
  • Emily Schloff and Sarah Johnson are the SEG representatives for the NEW Executive Board, a collaboration between OME, the Deans Office, Student Council, SEG, Wellness, and OSAR. The goal of the Executive Board is to improve communication between all groups and the student body. Please contact Emily or Sarah with concerns.

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  • May 2: Surgery Senior Major Scientific Program Poster Presentation, 12:30 p.m., Hoehl Gallery (PDF)
  • May 5: Convocation of Thanks, 3:00 p.m., Ira Allen Chapel
  • May 7: Community Medical School: My Regeneration: Using Stem Cells to Repair the Heart, Dr. William Hopkins, and Dr. Jeffrey Spees, 6:00 p.m., Carpenter Auditorium
  • May 13: Scholarly Projects Presentations, 12:00 p.m., Davis Auditorium
  • May 14: Cancer and Exercise: Improving Physical Function and Cardiopulmonary Health During and After Treatment, Dr. Kim Dittus, and Dr. Susan Lakoski, 6:00 p.m., Carpenter Auditorium
  • May 19: College of Medicine Commencement, 2:30 p.m., Ira Allen Chapel. Ticket info

  • Community Medical School
  • Grand Rounds Schedule
  • Fletcher Allen Calendar of Events
  • UVM Student Events


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