University of Vermont

Two Nursing Professors Named Frymoyer Scholars

Dr. Mary Val Palumbo and Dr. Jean Coffey of the Department of Nursing were recently named 2012 Frymoyer Scholars. The program supports physicians and nurses who are actively engaged in teaching UVM medical and nursing students. The program is an investment in medical education and promotes teaching that emphasizes the art of patient care. Both Palumbo and Coffey will receive support for two years to develop educational programs and improve their skills as clinician teachers.


Dr. Palumbo’s project, “Developing Best Practices in Communication when Using the Electronic Health Record
for Nurse Practitioner and Medical Students And Their Preceptors,” in collaboration with Dr. Marie Sandoval, M.D., aims to evaluate the effect of current EHR documentation on patient satisfaction and practitioner evaluation, develop and test best practices, pilot a new curriculum incorporating these best practices and disseminate faculty development materials through educational sessions at UVM and nationally.


The aims of the project by Dr. Coffey, “Palliative Care Outreach in a Small Rural State,” in collaboration with Dr. Ursula McVeigh, M.D., are to identify the palliative care learning needs of clinicians in Vermont and design a program based on the results through focus groups and surveys. The program will include didactic sessions and stimulation with standardized patients. The project will be assessed by gathering data in a formal pre/post test format and obtaining feedback from participants. The intent of the project is to provide clinicians with the skills to work with patients and families at the end of life, supporting them holistically with compassionate, skilled care.