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June 12, 2013 - vol. 2, issue 12

Below: Students practice techniques at a suturing clinic, June 7.

Class of 2013

Medial Education Center to be named for Alumnus Robert Larner, MD

Dr. and Mrs. LarnerDr. Larner and his wife Helen, who live in California, have a long history of giving at the UVM College of Medicine. In 1985 with an initial gift of $50,000, they established the Larner Endowment and Student Loan Fund, which now has assets of over $8 million. The Larners have contributed to the Fund every year, and their wish to create a culture of giving back has inspired gifts from an expansive network of donors that includes past recipients, other alumni, and friends. Read more >>

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Student Community Project Serves Lewiston Police Department

Colin KingClass of 2015 student Colin King completed his core Family Medicine clerkship at the Family Med Residency Clinic of Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston. As part of his clerkship requirement to create a Community Health Improvement Project (CHIP) to focus on and improve the health of the community, Colin chose the health and wellbeing of police officers. He spend time with several officers to understand more about their jobs, read more about the health risks, created a formal presentation outlining solutions for lowering these risks, and shared his findings on several visits to the Lewiston Police Department. The CMMC Newsletter reported, "We are very proud of our affiliation with the University of Vermont College of Medicine - they give us 'gifts' like Colin who come to learn more about primary care medicine and who offer such great CHIPS to improve the health of our community!"

Rotation Reflection: Written by Jennifer Hughes

Jennifer Hughes"I'm currently on Rotation 2, (trauma) surgery in sunny West Palm Beach, Florida. I spent yesterday afternoon under the palm trees at the pool and plan to go to Harry Potter World this weekend. This is a bit unusual as free time is actually quite sparse. My days are usually jam packed with rounds in the morning, catching as many surgeries as possible, sneaking in with anesthesiologists (if I am being honest it is really with the CRNA's—certified registered nurse anesthetists) to do intubations whenever possible, and then getting paged down to the ER for all the trauma alerts coming in. One of my favorite things about this rotation is that I get to pick what surgeries to scrub in on." Read more >>

Meet the Staff: Alison Howe

Alison HoweAlison joined the Office of Medical Student Education in the Fall of 2012, from the Vermont Child Health Improvement Program (VCHIP). As the Evaluation and Research Specialist, she designs and manages quality assurance programs for the medical education program, including curriculum, student services and admissions. She will also provide expertise and consultative support for the Teaching Academy. Her background includes program evaluation, epidemiology, quantitative and qualitative statistical methodologies and quality improvement techniques. Contact Alison by email or call 656-2153.

Reunion Recap

ReunionCollege of Medicine alumni from 25 states and Canada made the trip back to campus May 31—June 2 for Medical Reunion. They spent the weekend reconnecting with old friends and faculty members, revisiting familiar landmarks from their medical education, and seeing many of the new parts of campus that have been built in their years away. Over 30 current medical students mixed and mingled with alumni throughout the weekend at the alumni awards celebration, over breakfasts, on tours, and during panel discussions.

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