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September 18, 2013 - vol. 2, issue 18

William Hopkins, M.D., leads students in a cardiovascular exercise in the Clinical Simulation Laboratory Sept. 10. From left: Mutlay Sayan, Janel Martir, Dr. Hopkins, Herman Kalsi, Sabrina Bedell, Suleiman Ismael, Samantha Boyd, Raj Thakrar.

Simulation Lab exercise

Vana Presents at AAMC Meeting

Bud Vana

George 'Bud' Vana, Class of 2014, traveled to Atlantic City, NJ to the spring AAMC North Eastern Group on Student Affairs conference to present a poster on UVM's innovative 'student driven course evaluation' review. In this new review of student comments from Foundation course evaluations, members of the Student Education Group examine and analyze student comments and present the qualitative themes to the Foundations Committee as they review each course. When students were surveyed on the subject of the new review process last spring, the vast majority favored it over the previous system of strictly internal course review. Foundations Director Dr. Paula Tracy described the program as "full of opportunities for better longitudinal student input." Many faculty from other schools were impressed that UVM has such a progressive policy for student evaluation in place. For any comments or concerns or suggestions regarding the student evaluation process, please contact your SEG class and community representative - a list of SEG community representatives can be found on the SEG COMET page.

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

Lin and Sakai Mentor Burlington LGBTQ Youth

Global HealthFor their Schweitzer Fellows project, Class of 2016 students Matt Lin and Reiko Sakai are mentoring youth at Outright Vermont, a Burlington community center that provides a safe, healthy, and supportive space for Vermont LGBTQ youth ages 13-22. Beginning October 4, Matt and Reiko will be hosting a series of ten, 1.5 hour long workshops called Students Advocating for Safer Sex (SASS) Academy 2.0. The series will provide a forum to ask questions, have open discussions, and learn about safe sex practices, as well as include special events such as an open mic night. Two public school health educators, one from Randolph and one from Lincoln, are currently working with Matt and Reiko to provide feedback on the project in an effort to help other Vermont health educators create sex education curricula that are more inclusive and sensitive to queer sexuality and safety. Their plan is to make presentations at individual schools and distribute a written report statewide in early 2014.

UVM Graduates Report High Satisfaction Rates in 2013 GQ

GraduatesOne hundred students (94%) from the UVM Class of 2013 who participated in the GQ survey reported high satisfaction rates with their pre-clerkship and clinical clerkship experiences and felt more prepared than their national counterparts to enter residency. Read more >>

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SIG Highlight: Photo Docs

Yoga Bow PosePhotoDocs was launched last year by medical students Ben Brown, Michael Ma & Kristopher Azevedo, who were inspired to create a community for those who have a passion in photography. This SIG is led by Angie Li and advised by Dr. Bill Jeffries who is also an avid photographer. Join PhotoDocs for a photo editing workshop with Dr. Jeffries on October 4th and watch for more information about an upcoming covered bridge photo walk. Also, don't miss the December 6th deadline to submit photos for the 2nd annual UVM COM Photo Decathlon. Contact Angie for details.

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Meet the Staff: Joanna (Geraci) Conklin

Joanna Conklin

Joanna Conklin has served as the UVM Site Coordinator at Danbury Hospital for a year and a half. She holds both a BA in Communications and Master's of Business Administration obtained from Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh, NY. Joanna brings with her experience from previous positions in student affairs, admissions, and other academic programs. Contact Joanna at 203-739-6341 with questions you may have regarding rotations at Danbury.

Blog Post from Samy Ramadan: June 3, 2013

Samy Ramadan, Class of 2017On May 20th, at exactly 11:49 AM, I was accepted for admission into the University of Vermont College of Medicine Class of 2017, entering in August 2013. I wish someone had captured my reaction on video when I read the email entitled "OFFER OF ACCEPTANCE" – it was priceless. I didn't know my face could express relief, happiness, and excitement at the same time. It is truly an honor to be matriculating at my top choice for medical school out of the twenty or so that I applied to.
Read the complete post and View Samy's Blog >>

If you're interested in blogging for Medical Communications, there will be an informational meeting held on Monday, September 23rd at 4:00 pm, HSRF200. Contact Nina Shedd for details!

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