May 5, 2021 | Volume III, Issue 9
2021 Awardees Honored at Professionalism Week Kick-off Celebration
Four members of the Larner community – a faculty member, staff member, graduate student, and medical student – were recognized Tuesday, May 4, during the Professionalism Week Kick-off and Awards Celebration, held via Zoom. This was the second annual conferring of the Dean’s Awards for Professionalism and the first to take place with a public ceremony. The event kicked off Professionalism Week at Larner, which continues with a special Professionalism Grand Rounds and workshop on Thursday, May 6, and marked the second anniversary of the public roll-out of the College’s Statement on Professionalism.
“Our community is filled with shining examples of professionalism exhibited every day by faculty, staff, medical students, and graduate students,” said Dean Rick Page, M.D., in his remarks. “This is our time to recognize members of each of these four groups.”
The four 2021 awardees are:
Dean's Faculty Award for Professionalism: Kristen Pierce, M.D., Professor of Medicine, Division of Infectious Disease
Dean’s Staff Award for Professionalism: Mary Claire Walsh, P.A., Researcher/Analyst, UVM Vaccine Testing Center; Physician Assistant, UVM Medical Center
Dean’s Graduate Student Award for Professionalism: Axel Masquelin, Graduate Research Assistant and Pre-Doctoral Fellow
Dean’s Graduate Medical Student Award for Professionalism: Akua Frimpong, Medical Class of 2023
Professionalism Week continues Thursday, May 6, with a Professionalism Grand Rounds at 7:30 a.m. on “Promoting Professionalism with Vanderbilt’s ‘Cup of Coffee’ Model,” presented by William O. Cooper, M.D., M.P.H., of the Center for Patient and Professional Advocacy at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (see callout, below). Later Thursday morning, Dr. Cooper and Lynn E. Webb, Ph.D., also from Vanderbilt’s Center for Patient and Professional Advocacy, will lead a three-hour in-depth workshop via Zoom about implementing Vanderbilt’s “Cup of Coffee” model.
Zehle Appointed UVM Health Network Director of Education
Senior Associate Dean for Medical Education Christa Zehle, M.D., has been appointed University of Vermont Health Network Director of Education by John Brumsted, M.D., president and CEO of the UVM Health Network.
The new leadership position was created collaboratively by the UVM Health Network, the UVM Health Network Medical Group, and the UVM Larner College of Medicine to “develop a unified structure for education in the UVM Health Network,” said Dr. Brumsted. “Critical to our success as a regional integrated delivery system is our direct connection with the University of Vermont and our academic missions of research and education.”
Dr. Zehle’s new role is parallel to that of Professor of Medicine and Larner Senior Associate Dean for Research Gordon Jensen, M.D., Ph.D., who was named UVM Health Network Director of Research in July 2019.
“This new position is part of our Strategic Plan, Vision 2025, helping to maximize Larner collaboration and partnership with the UVM Health Network,” said Dean Rick Page, M.D. “As such we will expand our important mission of education throughout sites in Vermont and New York.”
Student-Led Research Improves Eye Care
Assistant Professor of Surgery and ophthalmologist Christopher Brady, M.D., considers Vermont the “perfect living laboratory” for experimenting with telehealth. Even before the COVID-19 pandemic prompted a massive shift in healthcare delivery, he’d been researching how to efficiently provide preventive care to the patients who need it the most.
Last year Dr. Brady enlisted the help of two medical students to further ongoing research into the prevention and treatment of diabetic retinopathy, the leading cause of vision loss in the U.S. Delaney Curran ’22 focused on the economics of telehealth, while Nicole Delgado ’22 studied how to improve adherence to follow-up care.
Ms. Curran designed a software-based economic model to examine the usefulness of telehealth for this patient population to learn if it could be deployed to screen patients, prevent disease, and save money.
Ms. Delgado designed a study to help home in on interventions to improve follow-up adherence, using a semi-structured survey with 20 patients in Vermont – 10 of whom regularly made their appointments and 10 of whom often missed them.
I want to share my family’s journey with you. Why? In sharing our personal experiences, stories, and cultures, we let others know they are not alone. There are people out there like them – to whom they can turn for advice and comfort. In sharing our personal experiences, stories, and cultures we create and strengthen our community.I am neither deaf nor hard of hearing. My journey into the deaf community has been led by my son, Quinn. It’s Quinn to whom this story truly belongs.”
– Veronica (Roni) Darragh, finance and operations coordinator in the Larner Office of Medical Communications, in a recent blog post, published during Deaf History Month and on National American Sign Language Day, titled “Quinn’s Journey to Sound.”
Read the full post on the Larner College of Medicine blog.
Pictured at left: Ms. Darragh and Quinn.
Accolades & Appointments
Class of 2022 medical student Lauren Bougioukas presented “Characteristics in the Integrated Cardiothoracic Surgery Match: Trends in Positions, Gender, Race, and Qualifications Among Applicants When Compared with Those of Other Surgical Subspecialties” at the 101st Annual Meeting of the American Association for Thoracic Surgery. Coauthors on the paper are Class of 2022 medical students Alyssa Heiser, Adrian Berg, and Marek Polomsky, M.D., assistant professor of surgery, Chris Rokkas, M.D., Ph.D.,Ittleman Chair in Cardiothoracic Surgery and associate professor of surgery, and Fuyuki Hirashima, M.D., assistant professor of surgery.
Pictured at left: Ms. Bougioukas
Claude Deschamps, M.D., president & CEO of the University of Vermont Health Network (UVMHN) Medical Group, has announced that Brad Krompf has been appointed executive director for the UVMHN Medical Group, effective June 1, 2021. For more than 17 years, Mr. Krompf has held several medical group administrative positions at institutions including Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City, and the UVMHN Medical Group, where he has served as a supervisor, director, and vice president over the past 10 years. His experience includes supporting various healthcare services in the UVMHN faculty practice and the community practice as a whole. Mr. Krompf, who is a recipient of the UVMMC Living the Leadership Philosophy Award, helped lead UVMMC’s efforts to bring patient and family-centered care to the organization. He led the Medical Group Community Practices to transition the management structure from multiple points of oversight to one united structure and was selected to serve as a co-chair of the Community Practice Council. In his current role, he will have operational oversight of the community practice and continue to lead the Epic implementation.
Pictured at left: Mr. Krompf
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