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Student Clinician Ceremony Highlights Professionalism and Marks Clerkships Transition

Humanism and Excellence in Teaching Awardees
(From left) Psychiatry residents Sean Ackerman, M.D., Sanchit Maruti, M.D., and Steve Runyan, M.D., each were awarded the Arnold P. Gold Foundation Humanism and Excellence in Teaching Awards at the Student Clinician Ceremony on March 14, 2013 at the Davis Auditorium on the UVM/Fletcher Allen campus. (Photo by Raj Chawla, UVM Medical Photography)

On Thursday, March 14, medical students, residents and faculty gathered to mark the end of one phase of medical education and the beginning of the next. The annual Student Clinician Ceremony allowed students to pause and recognize the responsibility inherent in becoming a physician by honoring their mentors and recognizing their professionalism, humanism and excellence in teaching. Members of the Class of 2014, who are completing their Clerkship year, took this opportunity to acknowledge residents who contributed to their education, as well as welcome the Class of 2015 who are beginning the Clerkship year.

The Ceremony took place in Davis Auditorium on Level 2 of Fletcher Allen Health Care’s Ambulatory Care Center. A reception followed.

Following opening remarks from William Jeffries, Ph.D., senior associate dean for medical education, students heard from UVM College of Medicine Dean Frederick C. Morin III, M.D., and Fletcher Allen Health Care President and CEO John Brumsted, M.D. Associate Dean for Students Christa Zehle, M.D., the 2012 recipient of the Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award, was the keynote speaker.

To mark the beginning of clerkships at the College’s four clinical training sites – Fletcher Allen Health Care, Danbury Hospital in Connecticut, St. Mary’s Medical Center in West Palm Beach, Florida, and Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor – members of the Class of 2015 were presented with a gift.

Through reciting the Oath they first uttered upon receiving their white coats, the Class of 2015 reaffirmed a commitment to professionalism and respect for patients, fellow students, and teachers as they begin the clinical care and decision-making component of the Vermont Integrated Curriculum. During the next 12 months, they will receive training in surgery, internal medicine, neurology, psychiatry, family medicine, pediatrics, and obstetrics & gynecology. In addition, they will participate in four “Bridge” courses, which cover topics such as patient safety; evidence-based medicine; simulation; palliative care; global health; professionalism; health care finance and other topics.

Tania Bertsch, M.D., associate dean for clinical education, and David Adams, M.D., associate dean of graduate medical education, presented the Arnold P. Gold Foundation Humanism and Excellence in Teaching Awards to the residents, voted on by the Class of 2014. Residents from Fletcher Allen and affiliate sites were nominated.

The 2013 award winners are:

Sean Ackerman, M.D., psychiatry, Fletcher Allen, has co-authored several articles related to the genetics of autism and treatment for autism. He received his medical degree from the University of Washington School of Medicine in 2010, and a bachelor of fine arts degree from the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University in 2001. Prior to receiving his medical degree he worked as a film director, writer, and producer, and has directed two feature films.

John Cole, M.D., M.Sci., pediatrics, Fletcher Allen, earned a medical degree in 2010, and a master of science degree in anatomy and cell biology in 2009, both from Rush University. He received his undergraduate degree from Colby College in 2005. He was inducted into the Gold Humanism Society in 2008, and is the recipient of a National Institutes of Health Training Grant titled "Training in Orthopedic Skeletal Biology."

Anne Dougherty, M.D.’09, obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive sciences, Fletcher Allen, graduated from Goddard College with a master of arts degree in health arts and sciences with a concentration in medical anthropology and oral history. She holds an undergraduate degree from Wesleyan University. Dougherty authored a book about American herbalism, and has developed an online learning module about the ethics of complementary and alternative medicine in a conventional medical setting.

Sanchit Maruti, M.D.’10, psychiatry, Fletcher Allen, received undergraduate degrees in psychology and microbiology from the University of Texas at El Paso in 1994, and a master of science degree in epidemiology from the University of Texas School of Public Health in 1996. Maruti is co-principal investigator on a project aimed at creating an expert system for suicide risk assessment. This is the second time medical students have honored Maruti with the Arnold P. Gold Foundation Humanism and Excellence in Teaching Award. 

Deanna Nelson, M.D.’08, surgery, Fletcher Allen, received her undergraduate degree in biological science from UVM in 2002. While a medical student at UVM, she was elected to the Gold Humanism Society and received honors for clerkships in surgery, obstetrics/gynecology and neurology, and acting internship honors in surgical critical care, vascular surgery, and general surgery. From 2002 to 2004, she was a clinical research coordinator in the division of vascular surgery.

Steve Runyan D.O., psychiatry, Fletcher Allen, graduated from the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2009, and received his undergraduate degree from Juniata College. He is currently doing research on psychosomatic medicine service in collaboration with Terry Rabinowitz, M.D., professor of psychiatry and family medicine at the College of Medicine.

Nominees for the 2013 Arnold P. Gold Foundation Humanism and Excellence in Teaching Award

Family Medicine

Emily Bryant, D.O., Eastern Maine Medical Center
Sarah Chamberlain, D.O., Eastern Maine Medical Center
John Chisholm, M.D., Fletcher Allen Health Care
Jesse Coenen, M.D., Fletcher Allen Health Care
Brady Didion, M.D., Fletcher Allen Health Care
Aaron Glenney, M.D., Fletcher Allen Health Care
Lincoln Heath, M.D. ‘12, Fletcher Allen Health Care
Joyce Pilar Johnson, M.D., Eastern Maine Medical Center
Megan Malgeri, M.D. ‘11, Fletcher Allen Health Care
Lisa Stout, D.O., Eastern Maine Medical Center

Internal Medicine
Zubin Agarwal, M.D., Fletcher Allen Health Care
Michele Burke,  M.D. ‘10, Fletcher Allen Health Care
Markus Degirmenci, M.D., Fletcher Allen Health Care
Robert Disantis, M.D., Fletcher Allen Health Care
Adedayo Fashoyin, M.D., Fletcher Allen Health Care
Cesar Artiles Feliz, M.D., Danbury Hospital
Elizabeth Hill, M.D. ‘10, Fletcher Allen Health Care
Patrick Hohl, D.O., Fletcher Allen Health Care
Marcos Lamas, M.D., Danbury Hospital
Timothy Leclair, M.D. ‘11, Fletcher Allen Health Care
Samuel Merrill, M.D., Fletcher Allen Health Care
Thomas Pace, M.D. ‘12, Fletcher Allen Health Care
Benjamin Parkhurst, M.D., Fletcher Allen Health Care
William Prabhu, M.D., Fletcher Allen Health Care
David Rand, M.D., Fletcher Allen Health Care
Samreen Raza, M.D., Fletcher Allen Health Care
Makeda Semma, M.D. ‘12, Fletcher Allen Health Care
Deva Sharma, M.D., Fletcher Allen Health Care
Krystine Spiess, D.O., Fletcher Allen Health Care
Justin Stinnett-Donnelly, M.D. ‘10, Fletcher Allen Health Care

Neurology
Mohamed-Ali Babi, M.D., Fletcher Allen Health Care
Erica Sweet, M.D., Fletcher Allen Health Care

Obstetrics/Gynecology
Anne Dougherty, M.D. ‘09, Fletcher Allen Health Care
Karina Haber, M.D., Danbury Hospital
Holli Jakalow, M.D., Fletcher Allen Health Care
Robert Kelley, D.O., Danbury Hospital
Lauren MacAfee, M.D., Fletcher Allen Health Care
Julie Nicole, M.D. ‘09, Fletcher Allen Health Care
Adrian Salinas, M.D., Danbury Hospital
Brooke Schlappe, M.D., Fletcher Allen Health Care
Michelle Yang, M.D., Fletcher Allen Health Care

Pediatrics
Rachel Cohen, M.D., Fletcher Allen Health Care
John Cole, M.D., Fletcher Allen Health Care
Kristen Connolly, M.D. ‘10, Fletcher Allen Health Care
Lauren Faricy, M.D., Fletcher Allen Health Care
Amelia Fisher, M.D., Fletcher Allen Health Care
Ryan Good, M.D., Fletcher Allen Health Care
Lauren McLaughlin, M.D., Fletcher Allen Health Care
Colleen Moran, M.D. ‘10, Fletcher Allen Health Care
Adrienne Pahl, M.D. ‘11, Fletcher Allen Health Care
Elizabeth Prabhu, M.D., Fletcher Allen Health Care

Psychiatry
Sean Ackerman, M.D., Fletcher Allen Health Care
Winston Chung, M.D., Fletcher Allen Health Care
David DeVellis, M.D., Fletcher Allen Health Care
Patricia Fintak, M.D.,, Fletcher Allen Health Care
Matt Frankel, M.D., Fletcher Allen Health Care
Sarah Guth, M.D. ‘11, Fletcher Allen Health Care
Amber Kostial, M.D., Fletcher Allen Health Care
Sanchit Maruti, M.D. ‘10, Fletcher Allen Health Care
Sara Pawlowski, M.D., Fletcher Allen Health Care
Steve Runyan, D.O., Fletcher Allen Health Care
Efrat Shavit, M.D., Fletcher Allen Health Care

Surgery
Alfred Croteau, M.D., Fletcher Allen Health Care
Fuyuki Hirashima, M.D., Fletcher Allen Health Care
Sarah Lomas, M.D. ‘09, Fletcher Allen Health Care
Patrick Mannal, M.D., Fletcher Allen Health Care
Maria Michael, M.D. ‘12, Fletcher Allen Health Care
Deanna Nelson, M.D. ‘08, Fletcher Allen Health Care
Conor O'Neill, M.D., Fletcher Allen Health Care
Charles Parsons, M.D. ‘09, Fletcher Allen Health Care
Reshma Patel , M.D., Fletcher Allen Health Care
Sarah Pesek, M.D., Fletcher Allen Health Care
Adrian Seah, M.D., Fletcher Allen Health Care
Scott Wasilko, M.D. ‘12, Fletcher Allen Health Care