March 24, 2021 | Volume III, Issue 6

Newsletter 1

Class of 2021 Medical Students Celebrate Match Day   

On Friday, March 19, medical students in the Larner College of Medicine’s Class of 2021 – along with senior medical students across the country – celebrated Match Day, the day when soon-to-be-doctors learn where they will be practicing as residents after graduation.

Held via Zoom, with a YouTube livestream for friends, families, and supporters to view, the 2021 celebration was attended by more than 90 medical students who reported in from more than 45 remote group locations. The theme was tropical vacation, and members of the Class of 2021, as well as some deans, dressed the part. The event opened with a welcome from Dean Richard L. Page, M.D., followed by an address by Cameron Burke, Class of 2021 president, and the annual Office of Medical Student Education skit featuring Senior Associate Dean for Medical Education Christa Zehle, M.D., and Interim Associate Dean for Students Lee Rosen, Ph.D. – all of whom brought a celebratory tone to the milestone event after a year of challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“You have all been real trailblazers,” said Dean Page in his remarks. “The first and, we hope, only class to have done your residency interviewing virtually, due to the pandemic. We know there have been countless challenges and low points throughout the year, but today is a time to recognize a true high point.”

The pandemic upended the process of applying for residencies, which switched to virtual residency applicant interviews, and without the need for travel, allowed senior medical students to accept more interview invitations, adding a new layer of competitiveness. In addition, fourth-year students were restricted from completing special clinical training experiences, which can increase residency candidates’ competitiveness in their selected fields.

Read the full Match Day article.
Link to the UVM Larner College of Medicine Match Day event video.
Link to the UVM Larner College of Medicine Class of 2021 Residency Match list.
View the 2021 Match Day photo gallery.
View the interactive Match Map.

Pictured above: A collage of screenshots featuring Class of 2021 medical students (from left to right) Georges Tahhan, Jessica Sikka, and Jonathan Gau announcing their Match results during the virtual event. 

Newsletter 2

UVM Master of Public Health Program Earns National Accreditation

The Larner College of Medicine’s Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) Program, led by Associate Dean for Public Health and Health Policy Jan Carney, M.D., M.P.H., has earned national accreditation from the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH), making it the only nationally accredited M.P.H. program in Vermont.
The news is timely, given the new-found awareness and appreciation for the science of public health due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and a reported 20 percent increase in M.P.H. program applications in 2020, according to the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health.  

The 42-credit M.P.H. program has produced 137 graduates to date. In addition to the new CEPH recognition, the program has been accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE) since its launch in 2014. 

“Public health has never been more important,” says Dr. Carney. “Graduates of our M.P.H. program will strengthen our public health system, promote health equity, and contribute to health policy as we collectively work to address a myriad of current and ever-changing public health challenges.”

Read the full article about the M.P.H. program’s CEPH accreditation.

Image above: In the center, the words “Master of Public Health” rest on a blurred healthcare background; in the foreground is an image of a laptop computer with “CEPH Accredited Master’s” on the screen.

Newsletter 3

Rubin Recognized for 46 Years of Service at UVM

Faculty, staff, students, alumni, friends, and family gathered virtually March 12 to celebrate Alan Rubin, M.D., associate professor of medicine and psychiatry, whose 46-year-long career at the University of Vermont has touched thousands of lives.

Serving as a clinician, teacher, and mentor over the past nearly five decades, Dr. Rubin developed an extensive following through the deep connections he forged with his patients, students, and colleagues. 

“You are a special human and soul,” said Class of 2022 medical student Jose Calderon, aptly summing up the core reason underlying Dr. Rubin’s many fans, and a sentiment echoed in dozens of remarks shared in writing and verbally in conjunction with Rubin’s retirement event. 

A graduate of the New York University School of Medicine, Dr. Rubin joined the UVM faculty and former Medical Center Hospital of Vermont in 1974, practicing as an internist at Given Health Care, now Adult Primary Care, in Burlington. His work has included directing the “Doctoring Skills” curriculum in the “Foundations of Clinical Science” course in the Vermont Integrated Curriculum (VIC), serving as Clinical and Translational Science (CTS) graduate program director and teaching CTS classes including “Cell and Society,” teaching UVM Honors College classes, and co-leading healthcare communications skills workshops and a workshop on reverse role play as a teaching and remediation tool at the International Conference on Communication in Health Care.

Read the full article about Dr. Rubin.

Pictured above: Dr. Rubin (right) with a staff member at the Greater Burlington Y (Photo courtesy of Greater Burlington Y)

Student Voices

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Quote MarksThis year, February 12th marked the start of Lunar New Year. It is a time meant for reuniting with family, honoring our ancestors, and ushering in luck and prosperity. Traditionally a time of festivities and hope for the new year, this year’s celebrations were marred not only by the challenges of COVID-19, but also by a string of violence against the Asian/Pacific Islander American (APIA) community.”

–  Erik Zhang, Linda Cui, Lily Deng, Ying Loo, Natalie Qin,
“#StopAsianHate: Addressing Recent Hate Crimes Against Asian Americans"

Read the full post on the Larner College of Medicine blog. 

Pictured at left: Medical student members of the Larner College of Medicine chapter of the Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association. Left to right: Natalie Qin, Linda Cui, Lily Deng, Ying Loo, Erik Zhang

You are invited to the investiture of 

Sarah A. Nowak, Ph.D., as the Blodwen S. Huber Early Career Green and Gold Professor in Pathology and Laboratory Medicine 
David J. Seward, M.D., Ph.D., Elmer R. Huber Early Career Green and Gold Professor in Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Tuesday,

March 30, 2021 at 5:00 p.m.
Join the event via Zoom here

Accolades & Appointments

Emily Bruce
Emily Bruce, Ph.D., formerly a faculty scientist in the Department of Medicine, has been appointed assistant professor in the Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics and a member of the Cellular, Molecular, and Biomedical Science program faculty. She received her M. Phil. and Ph.D. in virology from the University of Cambridge in England, where she studied the role of the cellular Rab11 trafficking pathway in influenza virus assembly with virologist Paul Digard, Ph.D.


Marilyn Cipolla
Marilyn Cipolla, Ph.D., professor of neurological sciences, was one of 11 scientists honored for their exceptional achievements during the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2021, which took place March 17-19. Dr. Cipolla was selected as the recipient of the Thomas Wills Lecture Award, which recognizes contributions to the investigation and management of stroke basic science. Dr. Cipolla’s presentation, titled “Targeting Brain Arterioles for Acute Stroke Treatment,” was made available to attendees as an On Demand, pre-recorded session. (Read the full article about Dr. Cipolla’s award here.)


Neuroscience Graduate Program doctoral student Adrian Dutkiewicz, Ph.D., defended his dissertation, titled “Network and Cellular Effects of the Mu Opioid Receptor in Cortical Interneurons,” on February 26, 2021. A mentee of Anthony Morielli, Ph.D., professor of neurological sciences, Dr. Dutkiewicz is now a postdoctoral research fellow at Eurofins.

Nathalie Feldman
Nathalie Feldman, M.D., (pictured at left) interim associate dean for admissions, director of the Learning Environment, and assistant professor of obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive sciences, is senior author of a paper, titled “The Text Effect: Stress Management and Resiliency Training Pilot for Resident Physicians,” in the February 2021 issue of the journal Family Medicine. Coauthors are Jane Nathan, Ph.D., clinical assistant professor of family medicine and nursing, and Laura McCray, M.D., M.S.C.E., professor of family medicine. The three faculty members received a 2017 Frymoyer Scholarship to support their related project, titled “Stress Management and Resiliency Training for Residents (SMART-R) and Medical Students.”

Bill Raszka and Benjamin Lee
Pediatric infectious disease specialists Benjamin Lee, M.D., assistant professor of pediatrics, and William Raszka, M.D., professor of pediatrics, have been selected as the 2021 recipients of the Vermont State School Nurses Association’s (VSSNA) J. Ward Stackpole, M.D. Award. Named in memory of late pediatrician J. Ward Stackpole, M.D., this award was created to honor the achievements of champions of school health services in Vermont. In the award letter, VSSNA wrote, “We are grateful to you for sharing your time to meet with school nurses to educate and support our work in the midst of an incredibly busy time for you both.” Drs. Lee and Raszka will be honored at the organization’s live online 32nd Annual Awards event on March 25, 2021.



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