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October 16, 2013 - vol. 2, issue 20

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Class of 2017 Smile Doc members, Douglas Chieffe and Andrew Tranmer work with third grade students at Rick Marcotte Central School in South Burlington, October 9. View gallery >>

Smile Docs

Class of 2016 Chooses Clerkship Flights

Flight Groups

Anticipation for the Clerkship year builds for the Class of 2016 this week, as students were briefed on the highlights of rotations at Fletcher Allen, Danbury, St. Mary's and Eastern Maine, and participated in a lottery to select their preferred rotation order, or flight group. The initial scheduled was posted and the opportunity to mix, match and trade will run through October 16, then ranking begins next week. View Clerkship Rotation Info sheet, or contact Megan Chlebeck with questions. View affiliate Facebook pages - see sidebar.

COM students have complied a wiki on COMET with info that can help rank clerkship preferences for different sites. And will serve as a handy tool during the Clerkship year as well. (Log into COMET. Go to the "lounge" tab. Type "Clerkship Wiki" in the Organization Search bar. Click "enroll. Contact Pete Cooch with questions about the wiki.)

View the Careers in Medicine Specialty Panel schedule here

Med Ed Center Named for Robert Larner, M.D.

Dr. Bill Jeffries

On October 4, the complex known as the Med Ed Center was named in honor of Robert Larner, M.D., Class of 1942 and his wife Helen. For decades, Dr. and Mrs. Larner have been dedicated to helping make medical education more affordable for more than 1000 UVM medical students and have inspired contributions to a fund that now has over $8 million in assets. UVM President Thomas Sullivan and College of Medicine Dean Morin, along with fourth year medical student Vanessa Patten who spoke about the impact of the Larner Endowed Loan Fund, joined Dr. Larner's family members to celebrate the dedication of the Robert Larner, M.D. Medical Education Center.

College of Medicine Launches Blog

BlogWhat's it like in anatomy lab? How does it feel to put on a white coat for the first time? When was that moment when you knew you made a difference in the life of a patient? The uvmmedicine blog is a place for students to share with their peers, mentors, family and friends insights (both large and small) about their experiences during the four years of medical school. From first-year to fourth-year and beyond, the uvmmedicine blog will help chronicle the UVM medical student experience in becoming physicians. View the blog site and contact us if you're interested in providing a post.

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SIG Highlight: Music Interest Group

G Clef

The Music Interest Group was created for students to connect with each other through discussion and activity that links music and medicine. The goal is to provide a stress-free environment for medical students, with a focus this year on children with developmental disabilities. The Music SIG will hold a Music Day on November 10 to provide children with autism spectrum disorders and other developmental disabilities an opportunity to practice social and communication skills through exploring musical instruments. Contributing departments include UVM College of Medicine, UVM's MindBody Medicine Clinic, and UVM's Music Department. The Music SIG is led by Christopher Taicher and advised by Magdalena Naylor, M.D., Ph.D.

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SEG Updates

The Student Education Group (SEG) kicked off the year completing a "SWOT" analysis to help identify goals. Plans for this year include integrating the new student-created Honor Code, improving the course evaluation system, improving the Clerkship CSE's evaluation system, continuing to annotate Foundations quizzes, and improve student body awareness of what SEG does. If you have any questions, contact Emily Keller Jones, Class of 2016.

Clinical Affiliate News: Eastern Maine Achieves an Important Patient Safety Milestone

After committing to completely eliminating preventable medical errors, EMMC has reached their goal of zero errors in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' core measures for heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, and surgery. Core measures are evidence-based standards of care that hospitals across the country are required to track and report. Examples of core measures in CMS' four areas of focus include starting the right treatments to prevent blood clots, always giving certain medications at the right times, and providing required education to patients. Read more >>

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

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