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Vermont Medicine Magazine

DEPARTMENT OF Medicine ~ 2015 Annual Report

Polly E. Parsons, M.D., E.L. Amidon, M.D.'32 Chair

The Department of Medicine had another excellent year with significant contributions in all areas of our mission. To support all of those missions we continue to grow. This year, we welcomed new faculty in Cardiology, Dermatology, Hematology/Oncology, Immunobiology, and Primary Care Internal Medicine, new residents in Internal Medicine and Dermatology, fellows in all of our subspecialty areas, and graduate students and post-doctoral trainees in our laboratories.

The department expanded its clinical practice to include our University of Vermont Health Network partners in Cardiology, Critical Care, Hematology/Oncology, and Bone Metabolism, and we expanded our partnership with the Burlington veteran’s administration clinic to include Dermatology. New clinical programs at The University of Vermont Medical Center include several multidisciplinary clinics, an interventional pulmonary program, and a multi-disciplinary lung cancer screening program. The Diabetes Care Pathway, created by the faculty in Endocrinology and Primary Care, was extended to all of the Medical Home sites. Faculty in Pulmonary and Primary Care are developing similar initiatives (focused on asthma and COPD). Dermatology faculty and residents volunteer at the Community Health Center Free Clinic, and hosted a teledermatology rural hospital outreach program. The UVM High Value Care (previously known as Choosing Wisely) Initiative continues to expand.

This year, Danbury and Norwalk Hospitals joined to form the Western Connecticut Health Network with an acting clerkship in Medicine serving as the first new opportunity for our students in Norwalk. The College of Medicine celebrated the establishment of the Teaching Academy, with department faculty well-represented. Jan Carney, M.D., M.P.H., Mark Levine, M.D. and Charles Irvin, Ph.D., were inducted as Distinguished Educators; Dennis Beatty, M.D., Laurie Leclair, M.D., and Patricia King, M.D., were named Master Teachers; and Maura Barry, M.D., Jason Bartsch, M.D., Shaden Eldakar-Hein, M.D., and Alan Rubin, M.D., became Members. The Outpatient Medicine Clerkship, directed by Roberta O’Brien, M.D., received the Best Clerkship Award from the College of Medicine Class of 2016. The Cardiovascular, Respiratory & Renal Systems course, directed by Dr. Leclair, won the award for Outstanding Foundations Course. William Hopkins, M.D., received the Silver Stethoscope Award, and Lynn Pesta, M.D., a third-year resident, received the Gold Honor Society Humanism and Excellence in Teaching Award from the UVM College of Medicine Class of 2016.

In aggregate, members of the department, including students, residents, and fellows (M.D. and Ph.D.), continue to publish more than 300 manuscripts, reviews, chapters and books annually. Faculty are invited from around the world to present at scientific meetings and to be visiting professors, and they are elected to leadership in national societies.

The SPARK VT program, initiated in the Department of Medicine to encourage the translation of novel ideas into therapies and diagnostics, was expanded to the entire UVM campus with the support of UVM Provost David Rosowsky, Ph.D. With the continued support of an exceptional panel of community consultants, the program included a series of educational workshops. Four new projects received funding, including two with investigators from the Department of Medicine, Claire Verschraegen, M.D., and Daniel Weiss, M.D., Ph.D.

Although research funding continues to be a challenge, funding to the department significantly increased this year. Highlights this year include a large federal subcontract from Johns Hopkins University awarded to Beth Kirkpatrick, M.D.; the competitive renewal of a large multi-site study awarded to Mary Cushman, M.D., M.Sc.; and the competitive renewal of the Pulmonary Division’s and Vermont Lung Center’s NHLBI T32 training grant, awarded to Dr. Irvin. The resurgence of R01 mechanism funding — with key awards going to Markus Meyer, M.D., Jason Bates, Ph.D., and Dr. Weiss — is a further testament to the quality of research executed in the department.

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