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December 11, 2013 - vol. 2, issue 24

Clerkship students at their rotation in West Palm Beach at St. Mary's Hospital. Left to right: Joshua Price, Adam Roberts, Darlene Peterson, Elizabeth Landell, Edith Laryea-Walker, Tyler Lemay, and Jenna Ford.

Clerskship Students at St. Mary's

Schweitzer Day of Service

Schweitzer Fellows Day of Service

The 2013/14 Schweitzer Fellows hosted a Day of Service on Saturday December 7 to address food insecurity in Vermont. COM Schweitzer Fellows and more than 20 COM volunteers assisted at several locations including the Burlington Emergency Shelter, Hunger Free Vermont, Northwest Family Foods, and the Vermont Foodbank. All in a (half) day's work: more than 4 pallets of donations were sorted, over 1,000 food items were placed on storage shelves, and approximately 875 boxes of food were packed up to help feed Vermont families. View photos on Facebook >>


Abernathey Earns Praise for Performance, Integration of Assistive Tools in Clerkships

Liz Abernathey, Class of 2015During her Pediatrics Clerkship rotation, Class of 2015 student Liz Abernathy provided a memorable experience for three-year-old Liam and his mother, Kelli Shonter, at their pediatrician's office. "It was a truly awesome experience," says Shonter, describing the interaction between her son and Abernathey.
A native of Jericho, Vt., and a Dartmouth College alumna, Abernathey is deaf and works with a sign language interpreter and uses a special stethoscope. She spent several years working in health policy and research prior to beginning medical school at UVM in August 2011. Read more >>

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Christian Jordan Completes Fletcher Allen's Center for Healthcare Management's Advanced Business Education Program

Christian JordanThis month, MD/PhD student Christian Jordan successfully completed the Advanced Business Education Program at the Fletcher Allen Center for Healthcare Management. Jordan was selected as a medical student participant for the Core Curriculum, a series of full-day workshops that train participants in marketing, organizational behavior, operations, finance, and strategy. Jordan began the Advanced Program this fall, which focuses on building leadership competencies through innovation, negotiation, project management, leadership, as they apply to healthcare management. Jordan is a fifth-year MD/PhD candidate working towards a PhD in Cellular and Molecular Biology in the laboratory of Dr. Scott Morrical.

Ombudsperson Sally Bliss Relocated to Baird 211

Sally Bliss office plaqueOmbudsperson Sally Bliss, R.N., M.S.B., has new office space on the second floor of Baird at Fletcher Allen. The Ombudsperson is an impartial sounding board who strives to see that people are treated fairly and equitably, and is a neutral third party who is not otherwise involved with the academic promotion or evaluation of learners. Concerns shared with the Ombudsperson can include:

  • Mistreatment in the learning environment - harassing unkind behavior, unprofessional demeanor, sexual harassment, retaliation, insensitivity, personality conflicts, hostile workplace
  • Discrimination - different treatment due to race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, age
  • Miscellaneous - fear of retaliation, safety, stress, ethical dilemmas, communication breakdown, work environment, and other issues hindering professional development

To schedule an appointment, call 847-5155, PAS/page 847-2700, pager 2102, or stop by Baird 211.

Learn more about the Ombudsperson >>

New!! student Governance Page

Student Council Update

checkmarkThe revised Student Council Bylaws have been passed with a 93% YES response. The changes include: a restructured Student Government that includes a class Historian and class Community Service Chair, an improved budget process that more fairly and completely allocates funding to Student Interest Groups, and monthly designated meetings with the Deans and student representatives from each committee to improve communication and transparency.

SIG Highlight – American Medical Student Association (AMSA)

AMSA LogoThe American Medical Student Association is a half century old and a national, independent, association of physicians-in-training. The AMSA is student-run, and organized to provide advocacy for 1) quality, affordable health care; 2) global Health Equity; 3) enriching medicine through diversity; 4) professional integrity, development and student well-being.

First year student, Bridget Colgan, shows her embroidered white coat.Currently, the COM group is raising money through the white coat embroidery fundraiser, which in the past has funded a week-long Health Policy event for speakers to give presentations and host discussions. This SIG is led by Jenna Bateman and Sarah Fieber and advised by Jan Carney, M.D., M.P.H. For more information about the AMSA, contact Jenna or Sarah. View the AMSA website >>

More com news >>

calendar of events:

  • December 12: AMSA Coat Drop-Off, 12:00 p.m., Med Ed 205
  • December 13: Dining with the Deans, 12:00 p.m., HSRF 300, Sign up HERE
  • January 3: Office of Primary Care & AHEC Summer Opportunities Meeting, 12:00 p.m., Med Ed 200
  • January 8: VT Educational Loan Repayment, National Health Service Corps, and U.S. Military Programs for Primary Care Practitioners, 12:00 p.m., Med Ed 200
  • January 21: MLK Week Film and Discussion, "The Waiting Room"
  • January 22: Public Health Projects Poster Session, 3:00 p.m., Hoehl Gallery
  • January 22: MLK Week Keynote Presentation, Dr. Adewale Troutman, 5:30 p.m., Carpenter Auditorium
  • January 23: Hungry Heart Film Screening, 6:00 p.m., Carpenter Auditorium
  • January 30: Class of 2016 Foundations Celebration, 3:00 p.m., Hoehl Gallery
  • February 19, 2014: Cultural Awareness Day, 8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m., Maple Grand Ballroom
  • Grand Rounds Schedule
  • Fletcher Allen Calendar of Events
  • UVM Student Events

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Eastern Maine

Fletcher Allen

St. Mary's WPB

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