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October 2, 2013 - vol. 2, issue 19

COM team gathers ahead of Burlington's Gay Pride Parade, September 15.

Simulation Lab exercise

Dr. Jeffries Highlights Active Learning

Dr. Bill Jeffries

The College of Medicine has long been in the forefront of medical education. With the Vermont Integrated Curriculum, COMET, the Simulation Laboratory and our unique clinical education program, the College has been recognized as an innovator among medical schools worldwide. Enter active learning. Read more >>

Don't miss the Larner Dedication and Reception Friday, 10/4, 2 p.m., held outside the Dana Medical Library

Schweitzer Fellows Form Art Group

StudentsAs part of their Schweitzer Fellows project, Class of 2016 students Janel Martir and Leslie Wenning used their love of art to form an Art Activity Group for residents of Northern Lights, a support house for women transitioning from incarceration. Leslie, who previously led an art therapy group at an in-patient eating disorder clinic in Oxnard, CA, and Janel, who worked as an Assistant Art Instructor where she led art activities at the Modern Museum of Art in NYC, created an environment for the women of Northern Lights and their families to experience the fun and inspirational process of art-making within a supportive, social, and safe environment.

For the 2013 Art Hop in Burlington in early September, the Group created a showcase exhibit entitled "MEMTAMORPHOSIS: Northern Lights' Group Art Exhibition" that included eight pieces. Two of the eight have been sold, with the proceeds going directly to the residents and families of Northern Lights.

View the art work and learn more about the project in their blog, and read the thank-you note received from the residents at Northern Lights. For information, contact Janel or Leslie.

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Visiting Ombudsperson Sally Bliss

Student Council Reps 2013

COM Ombudsperson Sally Bliss, RN, MSB, held Open House hours in her Patrick 226A office at the start of Bridge Week and is available to talk with medical students about professionalism, ethics, and mistreatment issues. As a nurse and bioethicist, Ms. Bliss is uniquely qualified to listen to medical student concerns in a neutral, safe and confidential environment, mediate conflicts and engage in unbiased diplomacy, and provide information and referrals to appropriate resources. Contact Ms. Bliss at 847-5155, by PAS pager at 847-2700, or through the Confidential Reporting Form in COMET Tools.

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Learn more about COM policies on mistreatment

SIG Highlight: SmileDocs

SMILE Doc SIGSmileDocs (Students of Medicine Involved in Local Education-Doctors Ought to Care) is one of the first Interest Groups to have been launched and is focused on providing a fun learning experience for local elementary school children about the human body and medicine. This year, over 45 medical students are participating in the Interest Group with plans to update their lessons, obtain new specimens to bring to the classrooms with the help of the pathology department, and enhance the program with new models and supplies. School visits on the calendar this fall are Rick Marcotte School, The Bellwether School, and an upcoming visit on October 9th in Sue Catozzi's classroom at St. Francis Xavier. Smile Docs is advised by Dr. Sharon Mount and led by Class of 2016 members Emily Hadley Strout, Whitney Thomas, and Dan Stratz. Contact Emily with any questions.

Learn about all SIG opportunities >>

Student Council Reps for the Class of 2017

Student Council Reps 2013

Congratulations to the new student council representatives elected by the Class of 2017 (clockwise from upper left) Murtaza Ismail Bharmal, Rebekah Wieland, Bryce Bludevich, and Christina Litsakos.


Fletcher Allen Named One of America's Greenest Hospitals

Fletcher AllenFletcher Allen Health Care is one of the top 50 health care organizations in the country committed to "green" practices according to Becker's Hospital Review, a leading industry journal. Hospitals were chosen based on consistent efforts to lower their carbon footprint and operate sustainably, among other factors. Read more >>

If you're interested in blogging for our new student blog, contact Nina Shedd for details!

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