Dear Class of 2023,Christa Zehle

Congratulations and welcome to the Larner College of Medicine at the University of Vermont! I am delighted that you have chosen our program for your medical education. We are a college dedicated to serving patients, the medical profession, and the local community. We strive to provide a positive learning environment and a culture of respect, dignity, and compassion for one another and for our patients.

As a UVM College of Medicine ’99 alum, I have fond memories of my first day of medical school. This is an exciting moment for all of you and for those of us who work in medical education. We look forward to getting to know you, contributing to your education, and supporting you throughout your time here. Our goal over the next four years will be to provide you with innovative and outstanding teaching and to prepare you to achieve excellence in your chosen specialty so that you can provide exemplary care and compassion to your patients.

Up until now, most of you have primarily had contact with Medical Student Admissions. As you approach orientation, you might also begin to connect with the following Larner College of Medicine curriculum support units:

  • Larner College of Medicine Technical Services (COMTS) provides a wide range of technology-based resources and activities including the College of Medicine Education Tools (COMET), email, and all COM Intranet resources. Your access privileges to these resources will be automatically expanded as you begin your medical education.

Prior to your arrival, we would like to provide you with information about Orientation and access to resources and materials available. Over the next few weeks, you will receive email communication from OMSE, including the Student Affairs and Curriculum teams. Please be aware that email is the official means of communication for the Larner College of Medicine and students are expected to check their e-mail accounts daily. Please see the University of Vermont Larner College of Medicine Medical Student Handbook Policy 940.00 Official Communication for additional details.

Medical school begins with Orientation, which is a course with a Pass/Fail grade. Attendance is required except where indicated as optional in your Vermont Integrated Curriculum (VIC) Calendar. Attire is business casual except for the outdoor team-building event, the community service event, and optional activities. You will be interfacing with many members of the Larner College of Medicine, University of Vermont Medical Center, and Burlington communities throughout the week and professional actions and attire are expected.

For those of you in town the weekend prior to orientation, we invite you to attend the following optional pre-orientation event:

  • U-MOO Pre-Orientation Outdoor Trip: Friday 8/9-Saturday 8/10. Interested in a class-wide camping experience with fun activities, including hiking, yoga, and lawn games? Join your fellow classmates for this pre-orientation experience... 
  • Truck Stop at ArtRiot: Friday evening, August 16th, 5-10 pm, families and friends welcome. This is a fun, summer community event. Senior medical students plan to attend, wearing white Dr. Moo T-shirts; please do not hesitate to approach them and introduce yourself.

We are eagerly anticipating your arrival on campus. I had a wonderful experience here, and my hope is that each and every one of you does as well. If there is anything we can do to assist you please do not hesitate to contact us at See you soon!

Christa Zehle, M.D.
Interim Senior Associate Dean for Medical Education
Associate Dean for Students
Orientation Course Director