College Celebrates Medical Reunion 2019

October 1, 2019 by Jennifer Nachbur

From the annual Imbasciani-DiSalvo LGBTQ Health Equity Lecture to a mindfulness breakfast and White Coat Ceremony with current medical students, to class picnics and a celebration of Medical Alumni Association award winners, alumni visiting campus for Medical Reunion 2019 have an action-packed weekend ahead of them.

Highlights of the October 4-6 event include the 50th reunion medallion ceremony, when the College community celebrates members of the Class of 1969, and the Celebration of Achievements Award Ceremony to honor Medical Alumni Association award winners. This year, alumni will also be able to attend the White Coat Ceremony for the Class of 2023, helping to welcome the newest medical students into the College community. A new addition to reunion this year: A Ph.D. alumni and student networking event featuring a poster display of current graduate student research projects.

See the full schedule for Medical Reunion 2019.

Learn more about the Larner College of Medicine 2019 Medical Alumni Association award winners: 

A. Bradley Soule Award
Presented to an alumnus/a whose loyalty and dedication to the Larner College of Medicine most emulate those qualities as found in its first recipient, A. Bradley Soule, M.D.’28.

Janice Gallant, M.D.’89
As associate dean of admissions, Janice Gallant, M.D.’89, has helped to welcome hundreds of students to the UVM Larner College of Medicine over the past 13 years. Her energy and enthusiasm for this work has helped to create a diverse and robust admissions committee as well as a holistic admissions process that has become an example for peer institutions.

Gallant joined the UVM faculty as an assistant professor of radiology in 1996, and was promoted to associate professor of radiology and pediatrics in 2003. She became associate dean of admissions in 2006, after serving on the admissions committee since 2001. She is a current member of the Alumni Executive Committee through 2021. She has earned numerous teaching awards from medical students and residents, including Clinical Teacher of the Year twice, Pediatric Teacher of the Year twice, and the 2006 American Medical Women’s Association Gender Equity Award. Not only is Dr. Gallant an outstanding physician and teacher, she’s also a musician. She attended the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston where she studied piano and oboe.

Her inspiration and achievements in admissions has come from her diverse and broad health care experience. After working for nine years as a physician assistant in OB/GYN at UVM Medical Center, she obtained her medical degree from the UVM Larner College of Medicine in 1989 and completed a two year fellowship at Boston Children’s Hospital. She worked for over 10 years as director of pediatric radiology in the department of radiology at UVM Medical Center, working with a pediatric team caring for families and patients of all ages which was her passion and lifelong dream. It is these experiences which led to her success in transforming the Larner College of Medicine admission process. With an innovative and courageous approach, she has worked closely with a 140-member multiple mini interview team consisting of faculty, staff, community leaders and students, a 15-member admissions committee and a large number of volunteers to share a vision for and create a competency based and data driven admissions process which could best serve the UVM Larner College of Medicine and ultimately the care of patients in every community throughout the world.

Her dedication to the College has inspired countless medical students to choose UVM for their medical education and to stay connected to their alma mater.  Watch the award video

Early Achievement Award
Presented to alumni who have graduated within the past 15 years in recognition of their outstanding community or College service and/or scientific or academic achievement.

  • Anne Dougherty, M.D.’09, Assistant Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences and Gender Equity Liaison in the Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI) at the UVM Larner College of Medicine

  • Patrick Ng, M.D.’14, Major, US Air Force; Fellow, Medical Toxicology, Rocky Mountain Poison and Drug Center, Denver, Colo.
Distinguished Graduate Alumni Award
Presented to an alumnus/a from the UVM Larner College of Medicine’s Ph.D. or M.S. programs who has demonstrated outstanding achievement in basic, clinical or applied research; education; industry; public service/humanitarianism; and/or outstanding commitment to the Larner College of Medicine community.

  • Richard Moss, Ph.D.’75, Professor, Department of Cell and Regenerative Biology; Rennebohm Re- search Professor; Senior Associate Dean of Basic Research, Biotechnology and Graduate Studies; Executive Director, Master’s in Biotechnology Training Pro- gram; Director, University of Wisconsin Cardiovascular Research Center, Univer- sity of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, Madison, Wisc.
Distinguished Academic Achievement Award
Presented to alumni in recognition of outstanding scientific or academic achievement.

  • Paige Terrien Church, M.D.’99, Neonatologist and Director, Neonatal Follow-Up Clinic at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada and Assistant Professor, Department of Paediatrics, University of Toronto

  • Craig Nielsen, M.D.’94, Associate Professor of Medicine and Assistant Dean of Clinical Education, Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio

  • Donald Weaver, M.D.’84, Professor of Pathology, UVM Larner College of Medicine and Director of Breast Pathology Service and Surgical Pathology Fellowship Program, UVM Medical Center; Medical Director, UVM Cancer Center Bio Bank

  • Michael Whalen, M.D.’89, Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School; Pediatric Intensivist and Investigator at the Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Mass.
Service to Medicine and Community Award
Presented to alumni who have maintained a high standard of medical service and who have achieved an outstanding record of community service or assumed other significant responsibilities not directly related to medical practice.

  • Mindy Goldman, M.D.’89, Clinical Professor, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences, University of California, San Francisco; Director, Women’s Health Cancer Care Center, Helen Diller Comprehensive Cancer Center and USCF Women’s Health

  • Albert Joseph (Joe) Hebert, M.D.’74, Retired Primary Care Physician, Corner Medical, Lyndonville, Vt. and Northern Vermont Regional Hospital, St. Johnsbury, Vt.

  • Victor Valcour, M.D.’94, Ph.D., Professor of Geriatric Medicine in Neurology, University of California San Francisco, Executive Director, Global Brain Health Institute and Co-Director, International NeuroHIV Cure Consortium
Robert Larner, M.D.’42 Student Award
Presented to a current student(s) for his or her outstanding leadership and loyalty to the College and one who embodies Dr. Larner’s dedication to not only supporting his medical alma mater, but to inspiring others to do so as well.

  • Chad Serels, UVM Larner College of Medicine, Class of 2020