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September 4, 2013 - vol. 2, issue 17

Students talk with COM Ombudsperson Sally Bliss, R.N., M.S.B., at the Student Interest Group Fair August 14. Learn more the Office of the Ombudsperson.

SIG Fair

Welcome Back from Dean Jeffries

Dean Jeffries

I would like to extend a warm welcome back to all returning students and to wish all new students the best of luck during their medical education here at UVM. We have been hard at work refining the curriculum and getting back on track following our comprehensive self-study and review process for reaccreditation. I would like to highlight a few new and interesting things about our program:

Outstanding Outcomes
  • Graduating students once again rate their satisfaction with our program very highly. UVM College of Medicine currently sits in the 95th percentile for student satisfaction.
  • Student performance is at an all-time high. External measures of student competency verify this as our students have reached historic highs for scores and pass rates on USMLE Steps 1 and 2.
  • 94% of graduate program directors rate UVM graduates as well or better than their peers with respect to achievement of the six residency competencies.
  • We have once again admitted one of the most academically talented and diverse classes in history.
  • Our accreditors noted that UVM College of Medicine is a national exemplar for how students and faculty can work together to produce improvement in an academic program.
Program Improvements: What's Next
  • We have begun a planned improvement to introduce active learning in our large group instructional sessions. Thus, we have begun a program of faculty development, curriculum improvement and physical plant upgrades, including our new 3500 sq. ft. Larner Active Learning Classroom.
  • We are set to begin planning for our Teaching Academy, which will improve the teaching skills of faculty at UVM to improve student learning and curriculum evaluation.
  • We are embarking on a planned transformation of the admissions process, to ensure we continue to get the best and most diverse classes to serve patients in Vermont and beyond.
  • A Task Force is currently working to revise the Emergency Medicine required selective to ensure that all students get a comparable experience under the supervision of UVM faculty.

We have many other changes planned and I will be enlisting the help of students and student organizations over the next academic year to help get these projects off the ground. I hope you will consider helping us as we continue to improve the curriculum and medical student experience. Good luck with your studies.

3rd and 4th year students needed to lead tours. contact Liz for more information.

2013 Global Health Series

Global HealthThe 2013 Global Health Series will kick off Monday, September 9 at 5:30 pm in the Sullivan Classroom. The discussion will be hosted by Majid Sadigh, MD, Director of the Global Health Center at Danbury Hsopital/Western Connecticut Health Network and feature UVM Class of 2016 medical students Taylor Goller and Karl Kristiansen, and WCHN OB/GYN resident Dr. Karina Haber who will speak about their recent experience in Uganda. Please RSVP to Audree Frey. View the event flyer.

Note: The Global Health SIG will meet at 4 pm, ahead of the presentation, and there will be a Tropical Health Module at 7 pm, "A young woman from Macedonia with abdominal pain."

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Yoga Student Interest Group

Yoga Bow PoseWe feel that given the nature of the stress level experienced by an average medical student, it is very important to not only encourage medical students to excel academically, but to encourage the critical skill of taking care of oneself—both mentally and physically. This SIG is led by Amanda O'Meara and advised by Professor of Psychiatry Magdalena Naylor, MD, PhD. Weekly drop-in sessions are held every Wednesday from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in HSRF 400. Contact Amanda for details. Learn about all SIG opportunities >>

Meet the Staff: Kiersten Hallquist

Kiersten Hallquist

Please join us in welcoming Kiersten Hallquist to the Student Affairs team in the Office of Medical Student Education as an Administrative Assistant. She will support Associate Dean of Students Dr. Christa Zehle and the student affairs team. Kiersten graduated from Dartmouth College with a BA in Environmental Studies and has a number of years of experience in education. She joins us from the UVM Center on Disability and Community Inclusion where she was the Program Manager for the Think College Vermont program. Contact Kiersten at 656-8648.

Palm Beach Children's Hospital Joins National Network of Children's Hospitals

Palm Beach Children's HospitalThe Palm Beach Children's Hospital at St. Mary's Medical Center has attained membership into the Children's Hospital Association — the voice for more than 220 children's hospitals nationwide. As champions for children's health, the Association builds awareness of child health issues and advances public policy, enabling hospitals to better serve children. Read more >>

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