Student Interest Groups

Getting involved with interest groups is a great way for students to learn more about various careers in medicine. Students can connect with faculty, community physicians, residents, and senior medical students to learn more about career options, research and educational opportunities, shadowing opportunities, and even residency application tips.

American Medical Association (AMA) - Medical Student Section

The Family Medicine Interest Group (FMIG) is a student run organization, which seeks to provide a forum where medical students interested in family medicine learn about, address, celebrate, and integrate themselves into this dynamic specialty. The FMIG group sponsors speakers during Primary Care Week, organizes procedure clinics, hosts brown bag lunches on a topics of key interest to members, and organizes an annual Family Medicine Picnic to welcome new students. Students identify a project each year to support the community. Student members participate at the statewide Vermont Academy of Family Physicians annual meeting and board meetings, regionally at the Family Medicine Education Consortium Meeting, the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM) national meeting, and at the AAFP's National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students.

Primary Group Contact: Alexa Golden and Scott Olehnik
Faculty Advisor: Stephen Everse, Ph.D.

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American Medical Women's Association (AMWA)

Despite the extraordinary progress women have made in medicine over the last 150 years, there continues to be a pressing need for female role models and mentors, as well as increased study of women's health issues. Since 1915, the American Medical Women's Association (AMWA) has been working to address these issues by serving as the voice of women's health for the advancement of women in medicine. Medical students can help preserve and advance the accomplishments already achieved by banding together to expand and strengthen organizational systems such as AMWA. In AMWA, students establish a network for women in medicine and provide professional and financial support for female students as they study, train, and begin their careers.

Primary Group Contact: UVM LCOM AMWA Leadership
Faculty Advisor: Sharon Mount, M.D., Mario Trabulsy, M.D., Anya Koutras, M.D., and Diane Jaworski, Ph.D.

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American Public Health Association (APHA) Student Interest Group

The American Public Health Association SIG aims to promote population health, prevention, and health policy within the UVM LCOM, UVM, and Burlington communities as well as on a state and national level.

Primary Group Contact: Sam Epstein, Alexandra Churchill, and Jordan Munger
Faculty Advisor: Jan Carney, M.D.

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Anesthesiology Student Interest Group (ASIG)

The Anesthesiology Student Interest Group raises students' awareness about the field by presenting a range of events throughout the year. Previous events include faculty panels, informal resident Q&A, guest lectures, clinical skills practicum, and journal club. The group facilitates faculty shadowing opportunities and residency advising for interested students.

Primary Group Contact: Jack Dubuque, Mary Ann Kelly, Collin Love, and Karek Tan
Faculty Advisor: Kevin Abnet, M.D.

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Association of Women Surgeons (AWS) Student Interest Group

The UVM Chapter of Association of Women Surgeons (AWS) is a new organization focused on introducing female medical students to the dynamic careers within General Surgery and various surgical subspecialties. Our theme is "Finding Your Mentor," with the goal of creating long lasting relationships between leading women surgeons and the next generation that aspires to follow in their footsteps.

Primary Group Contact: Katherine Callahan, Hillary Danis, and Joy Benner
Faculty Advisor: Michelle Sowden, DO

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Athletics Student Interest Group

The purpose of the Athletics SIG is to promote medical student health and wellbeing through exercise and athletic competition. The Athletics SIG will manage and support Larner College of Medicine sports teams and will provide an environment for faculty and students of all classes to socialize outside of the classroom and hospital, and promote the development of professional relationships with our colleagues. We will assume responsibility for athletic events such as the proud annual UVM LCOM tradition of the Specimen Cup honoring former Larner College of Medicine faculty member Bruce Fonda.

Primary Group Contact: Dylan Koundakjian
Faculty Advisor: Robert Lobel, M.D.

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Cardiology Student Interest Group (CSIG)

The goal of the Cardiology Student Interest Group is to expose students to the field of cardiology while early in their training. The group will provide opportunities for students to meet cardiology attending physicians and fellows, offer clinical training sessions, and provide shadowing opportunities for hands-on experience in the field of cardiology. It is the group's goal to foster a supportive environment where students could learn and further their interest within the realm of cardiology.

Primary Group Contact: Tyler Prince
Faculty Advisor: Friederike K. Keating, M.D.

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Christian Medical and Dental Association (CMDA)

The purpose of the CMDA is to motivate and equip Christian medical professionals to integrate their faith into every aspect of their lives. The UVM chapter is specifically devoted to nurturing students, faculty and staff, providing opportunities for spiritual growth, encouraging one another through Christ-centered relationships and reaching out to our communities.

Primary Group Contact: Caleb Knight
Faculty Advisor: Rachel DiSanto, M.D.

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Dermatology Student Interest Group

The Dermatology Student Interest group will increase interaction between attending physicians, residents and med students. It will provide an avenue for students interested in dermatology to find out more about the practice of dermatology. Though panels and lunch meetings, this group will provide information to medical students about pursuing a career in dermatology. 3rd and 4th year students in the SIG will be able to offer advice to 1st and 2nd year students about coursework, research, clerkship, and 4th year electives. The information will obviously be valuable for students who are interested in dermatology, but may also be interesting for students interested in primary care.

Primary Group Contact: Apoorva Trivedi, Sree Kolli, and Patricia Wang
Faculty Advisor: Joseph Pierson, M.D.

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designMED Student Interest Group

designMED is a student interest group started at UVM College of Medicine. Our goal is to provide a passionate community where medical students can collaborate with UVM students of various backgrounds to develop innovative healthcare solutions. Our goal is that students may develop projects/inventions that may enhance future residency applications, while sparking their careers as leaders in healthcare innovation. In addition we hope to foster community within the medical school through teamwork across all four classes.

Primary Group Contact: Jhaimy Fernandez and Cari Carpenter
Faculty Advisor: Frank Ittleman, M.D.

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Emergency Medicine Student Interest Group

The Emergency Medicine Student Interest Group is for anyone interested in Emergency Medicine. Our goal is to bring people together with a common interest and hold events that allow students to learn more about Emergency Medicine. EMIG provides students with access to IV, suturing, splinting, and ultrasound clinics. Our group is connected with EM research going on at UVM. We also provide students with access to shadowing and attending schedules at The University of Vermont Medical Center Emergency Department.

Primary Group Contact: Dylon Gookin and Ashley Aiken
Faculty Advisor: Mario Trabulsy, M.D.

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Ethics Student Interest Group

The primary goal of the Medical Ethics SIG is to promote thoughtful discussions on ethical issues in medicine on every level. This includes everything from personal interaction with individual patients to more broad considerations of racial, social, political, and economic impacts on the medical field.

Primary Group Contact: Michael Lawrence, David Viscido, and Sidney Hilker
Faculty Advisor: Sally Bliss, MSB, RN and Shaden Eldakar-Hein, M.D.

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Evidence-Based Medicine Student Interest Group

The Evidence-Based Medicine Journal Club SIG aims to examine landmark clinical trials and current research studies with the goal to foster skills to critically analyze medical literature. The medical literature will be reviewed in a collegial and supportive manner to include students with wide ranging backgrounds and familiarities.

Primary Group Contact(s): Jack Dubuque
Faculty Advisor(s): William Raszka, M.D.

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Family Medicine Student Interest Group

The Family Medicine Interest Group (FMIG) is a student run organization, which seeks to provide a forum where medical students interested in family medicine learn about, address, celebrate, and integrate themselves into this dynamic specialty. The FMIG group sponsors speakers during Primary Care Week, organizes procedure clinics, hosts brown bag lunches on a topics of key interest to members, and organizes an annual Family Medicine Picnic to welcome new students. Students identify a project each year to support the community. Student members participate at the statewide Vermont Academy of Family Physicians annual meeting and board meetings, regionally at the Family Medicine Education Consortium Meeting, the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM) national meeting, and at the AAFP's National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students.

Primary Group Contact: FMIG Leaders (backup: Emily Vayda and Nora Stedman)
Faculty Advisor: Martha Seagrave, PA-C

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Gender and Sexuality Alliance

The purpose of the Gender and Sexuality Alliance is to foster a nurturing and supportive environment for transgender, bisexual, lesbian, gay, and ally students, and to ensure all students have the skills and resources to become skilled health care providers for people of all genders and sexual orientations.

Primary Group Contact: Jennifer Morris, Eli Goldberg, and Zachary Silberman
Faculty Advisor: Pamela Gibson, M.D. and Michael Upton, M.D.

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Global Health Student Interest Group

The GH SIG aims to educate students about important issues affecting the practice of medicine internationally and here at home with the refugee population. We help connect students with faculty involved in global health, as well as, inform students of the many international health electives and summer opportunities available.

Primary Group Contact: Cole Shapiro
Faculty Advisor: Mariah McNamara, M.D.

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Grand Friends Student Interest Group

Grand Friends is an initiative set forth to promote and connect medical student volunteers with older adult volunteers in the community. The goal of the program is to offer companionship by partnering up students and older adults 1:1 (pairs will meet at least 4-5 times per academic semester), promote student exposure to a geriatric population and setting, gain insight from participants about how the program affects them by completing a short survey, and potentially expand the program to other organizations and/or community-dwelling seniors.

Primary Group Contact: Alex Karabachev
Faculty Advisor: Janet Nunziata

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Hematology/Oncology Student Interest Group

The Hematology/Oncology SIG aims to expose students to the field, as well as facilitate shadowing, observation of procedures, and provide opportunities for giving back and forming meaningful relationships with patients and their families.

Primary Group Contact: Tim Woodin and Nicholas Haslett
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Hibba Reyman

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Here to Help Clinic Student Interest Group

The Here to Help Clinic SIG provides a monthly clinic for the homeless community of Burlington. The clinic includes meals, free clothing, free haircuts, free toiletries, and free access to showers. Other organizations often collaborate with the Here to Help Clinic; therefore, the Here to Help Clinic aims to further create the idea of community involvement and inclusiveness.
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Primary Group Contact: Shae Rowlandson
Faculty Advisor(s): Alan Rubin, M.D.

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Internal Medicine Student Interest Group

The Internal Medicine Interest Group (IMIG) is dedicated to providing information and clinical opportunities to students interested in a career in diagnosing and treating adults. We organize opportunities for medical students including shadowing opportunities with IM physicians, oncology patient visitation, clinical skills simulation event in the Simulation Center with IM residents, and a barbecue with IM faculty. We also organize many "what is the diagnosis?" case presentation workshops, specialty talks corresponding with the curriculum, and a research panel of faculty looking for medical students to contribute to their research.

Primary Group Contact: Dylan Koundakjian and Matt Tsai
Faculty Advisors: Mark Pasanen, M.D. and Laurie Leclair, M.D.

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Interventional Radiology Student Interest Group

The Interventional Radiology Student Interest Group intends to be a source of information and guidance for the Robert Larner, M.D. College of Medicine at The University of Vermont students interested in Interventional Radiology. We hope to increase interest and understanding of what Interventional Radiology is and how to pursue a career in this now independent residency specialty.

Primary Group Contact: Gregory Johnston
Advisor: Joseph Shields, M.D. and Geoffrey Scriver, M.D.

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Lunch on the Wards

The purpose of the Lunch on the Wards SIG would be to facilitate medical students getting lunch with patients in the hospital. The goal would be to arrange meals with patients who would otherwise eat alone, or to join patients and their families for lunch. This would allow us medical students early personal exposure and experience with different kinds of patients who are in the hospital, while also providing the patients with companionship during meal time.

Primary Group Contact: Kathryn Thomas and Alexa Golden
Advisor: Alan Rubin, M.D.

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Medical Spanish Student Interest Group

The Medical Spanish Interest Group provides an opportunity to the UVM community to develop a basic competency with medical Spanish. Everyone, no matter the level of Spanish mastery, is invited to participate in the lunch meetings as advertised. Our meeting content varies, from case studies of conditions specifically affecting Spanish-speaking countries to clinical skill sessions to just spending time together and chatting in Spanish! Group members include individuals from diverse backgrounds and different levels of Spanish comprehension. Many of the leaders of Spanish SIG are concurrently involved in the Healthy Fields program, wherein we visit migrant workers in Vermont and work through a health literacy curriculum with them. Please feel free to contact us with any questions.

Primary Group Contact: Karla Brandao, Georges Tahhan, Racquel DeCastro, and Jenna Dafgek
Advisor: Mercedes Rincon, M.D.

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Medical Students with Kids

This Interest Group exists to support students with families, helping them through the journey of medical school as a parent. Partners of medical students can also establish a support network to help them deal with the challenges of having a partner who is in medical school. We hold monthly parent support groups to discuss particular challenges of family/school balance and share ideas on how to best support each other. We also hold social gatherings for our children to play together and for the students and partners to spend time together.

Primary Group Contact: Adam Lacayo
Advisor: Lee Rosen, PhD

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Medical Students for Reproductive Justice

 Students in this SIG have an interest in reproductive justice and the idea that reproductive health care access is a human right.

Primary Group Contact: Sidika Kajtezovic, Hannah Woodruff, Katrina Thornburgh, and Van Hoang
Advisor: Erica Gibson, MD

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Med Mentors Student Interest Group

The goal of Med Mentors is to interact with high school students in the Burlington area who have an interest in a career in health care professions. Medical students will help students who are considering health care fields by offering advice, career mentoring, classroom experience, and clinical exposure. This will be accomplished by matching high school students with medical student mentors who will work with their mentee to accomplish the goals of the program. Events will also be held both at the Robert Larner, M.D. College of Medicine at The University of Vermont as well as at local high schools to give high school students exposure to medical practices, motivational interviewing, medical ethics, and other topics related to healthcare.

Primary Group Contact: Liam du Preez, Kenneth Palanza, Joshua Taylor, and Ashton Pike
Advisor: Charlie Maclean, M.D.

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Music Student Interest Group

Through discussion and activities centered on the connection between music and medicine the Music Interest Group (MIG) will educate students about a burgeoning area of research in neuroscience. They will also provide an opportunity for students to connect with other students in a stress-free and fun environment, and showcase their talents in a Coffeehouse performance. Additionally, the Music Interest Group will provide music in the hospital with events like caroling during the holidays.

Primary Group Contact: Mike Lawrence, Jack Chen, Jess Sikka, Jordan Munger, and Michael Chmielewski
Advisor: Magdalena Naylor, MD, Ph.D.

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Student Interest Group in Neurology (SIGN)

SIGN is part of a network of more than 150 medical school chapters across North America. We strive to foster interest in neurology and provide a wealth of information on clinical, research, and service activities in the field. We aim to disseminate knowledge about various neurological pathologies and the most up-to-date research in Neurology, as well as functioning as a liaison for UVM medical students and American Academy of Neurology. SIGN is directed by Dr. Ann Augustine, Attending Neurologist and Associate Professor of Sleep Medicine. We host many exciting events, including series of neurology lectures, Q&A sessions with patients with neurological disorders, clinical case reviews, and discussions about cutting edge topics in neuroscience. Feel free to like/join us in Facebook!

Primary Group Contact: Connor Scagnelli and Michael Weber
Advisors: Ann Augustine, M.D.

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Neurosurgery Student Interest Group

The Neurosurgery Student Interest Group is devoted to helping students learn more about the field of Neurosurgery. Interested students will be given the opportunity to work more closely with attendings and residents at morning conferences, in the OR, and clinic. Through journal clubs, micro-suturing workshops, knot-tying workshops, and case-study presentations, students can fully experience this complex field and develop an understanding of what a career in neurosurgery entails.

Primary Group Contact: Katherine Callahan and Jonathan Borden
Advisor: Ryan Jewell, M.D.

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Obstetrics/Gynecology Student Interest Group

The OB/GYN student interest group is dedicated to helping medical students learn about the field of OB/GYN and the diverse opportunities it provides. We will work closely with physicians in the community to gain hands-on experience, explore topics related to OB/GYN, and learn about matching in OB/GYN residencies. We hold regular procedural simulations/ trainings and provide panel and small group discussions on cases and topics relevant to OB/GYN and women’s health.

Primary Group Contact: Kristen Keene, Jess Sikka
Advisor:Anne Dougherty, M.D., M.A. and Nathalie Feldman, M.D., C.M.

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Ophthalmology Student Interest Group

Ophthalmology is a constantly evolving and highly rewarding specialty. The goals of the Ophthalmology SIG are to introduce the field to medical students and provide important insights into ophthalmology as a specialty and as a career. We aim to achieve this by combining a small series of educational clinics that demonstrate the ophthalmic exam, journal clubs that explore the current state of research and treatment developments, and Q&A panels with ophthalmology residents and faculty. We also facilitate shadowing opportunities so students witness ophthalmology in clinical practice.

Primary Group Contact: Collin Anderson
Advisors: Brian Kim, M.D. and Elizabeth Houle, MD

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Orthopaedics Student Interest Group (OSIG)

The Orthopaedic Student Interest Group provides students with opportunities to further their knowledge and understanding of the field of orthopaedics outside of the classroom. The overall goal is to promote an interest in orthopaedics and to provide educational experiences for those interested. We host events with residents and attendings involving topics such as how to read and present orthopaedic radiographic images, what injuries are commonly seen in orthopaedics , and how such injuries are treated. The OSIG puts on combined and "hands on" learning events in order to promote an understanding of how healthcare professionals from multiple fields come together to provide the highest quality of care to patients.

Primary Group Contact: Annabelle Davey, and Leo Chaidarun
Advisor: Jennifer Lisle, M.D.

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Otolaryngology Student Interest Group

The Otolaryngology SIG aims to help those interested in the field get connected to faculty and physicians in the department. Students will get opportunities to conduct case reviews with faculty/physicians as well as participate in other sessions that will enhance their skill levels and be more competitive applicants in this specialty.

Primary Group Contact: Alexander Karabachev
Advisors: Mirabelle Sajisevi, M.D.

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Palliative Care Interest Group

To educate students on the importance of understanding palliative care in every specialty of medicine by bringing in speakers who work first-hand on palliative care teams to provide the best comfort to patients facing serious illness.

Primary Group Contact: Timothy Woodin, EllenSeyller, and Nicholas Haslett
Advisor: Zail Berry, M.D., M.P.H.

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Pathology Interest Group (PIG)

The Medical Student Pathology Interest Group (PIG) was formed to engage medical students who might be interested in a career in Pathology, the study of disease. The group typically meets several times each semester to take tours of different areas of pathology, have panel lunches with pathologists and residents and go on fun outings such as apple picking with pathologists. These activities allow student to interact with members of the pathology department and gain a greater understanding of the role of pathologists in medicine as a whole and pathology as a career.

Primary Group Contact: Jessica Lyon, and Garret Chan
Advisor: Kristen Threlkeld, M.D., Juli-Anne Gardner, M.D., and Katherine Devitt, M.D.

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Pediatric Student Interest Group (PSIG)

The Pediatrics SIG holds activities focused on connecting with Pediatrics faculty members and physicians, as well as learning skills associated with treating and interacting with pediatric patients and their families. A variety of community service and social events are offered in conjunction with faculty at The University of Vermont Children's Hospital. Recent events include a bake sale to fund raise for the Children’s Hospital, Saturday morning rounds with a pediatric attending, a pediatric physical exam skills session, and a potluck for students, residents, and faculty. Our goal is to provide learning and networking opportunities to foster interest and connections within the field.

Primary Group Contact: Candice Wolf, Jennifer Holland, Collin Anderson, Elizabeth Congdon
Advisors: Ann Guillot, M.D., Molly Rideout, M.D., Pamela Puthoor, MD, and Liz Hunt, MD

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PhotoDocs group is open to any students interested in photography no matter your experience or camera type. This group serves as a forum where students can share photos, discuss topics in photography, and learn new skills. Each year we hold a photo competition and winning photos are printed and displayed in the Larner College of Medicine. This group is casual and designed to be fun to help facilitate extracurricular balance for its members. Also, Vermont is a beautiful place and how great would it be to take with you not only a great medical education but some wonderful photos as well when you graduate!

Primary Group Contact: TBD
Advisor: Dean Bill Jeffries, M.D.

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Physiatry and Sports Medicine Student Interest Group

The Physiatry and Sports Medicine SIG seeks to raise awareness and provide opportunities for medical students to participate in workshops and discussions related to musculoskeletal medicine, spinal cord injury, stroke, brain injury, pediatric rehabilitation, prosthetics/orthotics, and other rehabilitation related topics.

Primary Group Contacts: Sean Meagher, Olivia Larkin, Ryan Harned
Advisor: Carol Talley, M.D.

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Physicians for a National Healthcare Program

Physicians for a National Healthcare Program is a single issue organization advocating a universal, comprehensive single-payer national health program. The mission of PNHP is therefore to educate physicians, other health workers, and the general public on the need for a comprehensive, high-quality, publicly-funded health care program, equitably-accessible to all residents of the United States. This SIG provides students with the opportunity to connect with others in the field with similar goals, attend national conferences and opportunities to hear from distinguished individuals in the field.

Primary Group Contact: TBD
Advisor: Andrew Solomon, MD and David Rand, MD

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Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Student Interest Group

The Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Student Interest Group was established to create interest in PRS, get students to publish on PRS related topics, get students to interact with faculty, and create long lasting professional relationships with UVM PRS alumni.

Primary Group Contact: Catherine Westbom
Advisor: Meredith Collins, M.D.

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Radiation Oncology Student Interest Group

The Radiation Oncology SIG (ROSIG) intends to be a resource for the Robert Larner, M.D. College of Medicine at The University of Vermont student community for the specialty of Radiation Oncology. We are hoping to provide interested students with the information and resources needed to learn about the Radiation Oncology specialty.

Primary Group Contacts: Ellen Seyler and Dore Grier
Advisor: James H. Wallace, M.D.

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Radiology Student Interest Group (RSIG)

The goal of the Radiology Student Interest Group (RSIG) is to serve as liaison between Larner College of Medicine students and The University of Vermont Medical Center's Department of Radiology by providing a broad range of academic and pre-professional support services. Throughout each year, RSIG hosts multiple case-based imaging tutorials with current radiology residents and an annual research fair. Through these events and others, RSIG strives to provide a convenient avenue by which interested students can learn more about active or upcoming academic and clinical opportunities within the Department of Radiology, and to encourage active participation through research and clinical elective experiences.

Primary Group Contacts: Marc Hammond and Liam du Preez
Advisor: Andrea Hildebrand, M.D.

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Red Wheelbarrow (Literary and Visual Arts Magazine)

The Red Wheelbarrow is a collaborative student-run magazine that strives to publish creative works in the literary and visual arts from medical students, faculty, UVM LCOM alumni and the broader medical community as defined by health care providers at The University of Vermont Medical Center and associated institutions. While The Red Wheelbarrow actively promotes the submission of content related specifically to the medical humanities – an interdisciplinary field that contextualizes and interprets topics including, but not limited to, the medical profession and education system and human health and disease – our magazine is ultimately inclusive of all ideas and creative endeavors outside the scope of the medical humanities.

Primary Group Contact: TBD
Advisor: Robert Macauley, M.D.

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Refugee Health Student Interest Group

This SIG works with newly arrived Bhutanese refugees who come to the Community Health Center in Burlington to learn about the American Medical system, and how to approach health and wellness in the United States. Many of the refugees have been in the US for only a few days or weeks, and still are trying to get their bearings. We work with interpreters to try to answer basic questions about healthcare, wellness, and life in America. Additionally, we interact with local healthcare providers who serve refugee populations in the Burlington area in an effort to improve our cultural competency as future physicians.

Primary Group Contact: Sidika Kajtezovic
Advisor: Bill Raszka, M.D.

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Running Student Interest Group

The Running and Marathon Team is a team for runners of all levels. We aim to bring the medical school and the larger UVM/University of Vermont Medical Center community together by running the Vermont City Marathon and raising money for a deserving cause. Since 2013, we have raised money for Steps to Wellness, a rehabilitation program for cancer patients and survivors.

Primary Group Contact: Elizabeth Lynch and Sarah French
Advisor: Megan Dodge

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S.M.A.S.H. M.D. Student Interest Group

Students for Mechanical Augmentation, Social Habit, and Mindful Demeanor”, (S.M.A.S.H. MD for short) is an interclass group of students committed to the formation of comradery between medical students, promotion of student wellness, and developing interest in the changing field of medicine through simulation and technology. We organize student run gaming tournaments, have fun, de-stressing games of the popular game Super Smash Brother’s, and aim to integrate community service through streaming fundraisers and charity work.

Primary Group Contact(s): Liam du Preez, Marc Hammond, and Ashton Pike
Advisor(s): Lee Rosen, Ph.D.

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Students for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety (SQIPS)

Students for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety (SQIPS) aims to provide a place for students at the Robert Larner, M.D. College of Medicine at The University of Vermont to interact with faculty in an interprofessional manner to understand and improve healthcare delivery models and patient safety through discussion, course offerings, and actual quality improvement projects. Our discourse and projects will seek to improve the lives of patients, the health of communities, and the cohesiveness of the healthcare workforce by embracing the missions, vision and values of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) and focusing on improvement aims for the health care system - care that is safe, effective, patient-centered, timely, efficient, and equitable.

Primary Group Contact: Samantha Magier
Advisor: Keith Robinson, M.D.

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Students of Medicine Involved in Local Education - Doctors Ought to Care (SMILE Docs)

SMILE DOCS matches medical students with local elementary school classes to provide a fun learning experience about medicine and the human body. Members visit classes four times each semester and teach children using real pathology specimens, models, and interactive learning activities. SMILE DOCS allows students to interact with the local community in a fun, low stress atmosphere.

Primary Group Contact: Emily Puleo, Raquel DeCastro, Shivani Seth, and Kathryn Thomas
Advisor: Sharon Mount, M.D.

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Student National Medical Association (SNMA)

The Student National Medical Association (SNMA) is committed to supporting current and future underrepresented minority medical students, addressing the needs of underserved communities, and increasing the number of clinically excellent, culturally competent and socially conscious physicians. SNMA at UVM is directly involved with mentoring pre-medical students through the Minority Association of Pre-medical Students (MAPS), while the national chapter has programs that focus on youth science enrichment and medicine exposure programs. Community service programs include programs for Sexual Health Awareness, Violence Prevention, Smoking Prevention/Cessation and Mental Health programs. The UVM chapter also collaborates with other UVM Student Interest Groups, the Larner College of Medicine’s office of Diversity and Inclusion, and other SNMA chapters (such as the one at Dartmouth) for a number of events. SNMA is open to students of all backgrounds.

Primary Group Contact: TBD
Advisor: Tiffany Delaney

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Sun Salute Yoga Student Interest Group

We encourage students to care for their physical and mental health by offering a free, weekly yoga class on the medical campus. We are led by instructors from the community, mats and blocks are provided, and all levels are encouraged to join!

Primary Group Contact: Jhaimy Fernandez and Kristen Keene
Advisor: Magdalena Naylor, M.D.

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Surgery Interest Group

The Surgery Interest Group (SIG) was formed in 1996 and is comprised of a group of medical students interested in learning more about careers in surgery. The SIG plays an important role in allowing students to gain insight into what the life of a surgeon is like and what it takes to become a surgeon from both an academic standpoint as well as a personal standpoint. One of the strengths of the SIG is the support from all the attending surgeons and residents at The University of Vermont Medical Center. Through surgical skill clinics and other events hosted by the SIG, students are able to interact with the surgical faculty and create contacts for operating room and other clinical shadowing. Ultimately the SIG hopes to assist students in finding appropriate mentorship from the faculty of the surgery department for inspiration and guidance to a future career in surgery. Mission Statement: Promote surgery as a professional career for medical students.

Primary Group Contact: Catherine Pratt and Seth Wolf
Advisor: Peter Cataldo, M.D., F.A.C.S.

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Taste Buddies Student Interest Group

Taste Buddies is a group for anyone who enjoys food, cooking, and eating. Some of our annual activities include a maple syrup boil and a backyard brick oven pizza making event at Dr. Low’s. Our goal is to provide UVM medical students with opportunities to expand their culinary experiences and connect with other foodies.

Primary Group Contact: Ashton Pike, Kalle Fjeld, and John Vandenberge
Advisor: Bob Low, Ph.D. and Rebecca Wilcox, M.D.

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The Woodside Project Student Interest Group

The Woodside Project aims to serve the population at the Woodside Juvenile Rehabilitation Center in Colchester, VT by teaching health classes on a variety of topics to the teens at the Center several times per month.

Primary Group Contact: Bridget Moore, Casandra Nowicki, Sidika Kajtezovic
Advisor: Jeremiah Dickerson, M.D.

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Urology Student Interest Group

The goal of the Urology Student Interest Group (USIG) is to expand medical student exposure to the field of urology, which is not a required rotation during clerkships and has an early match. Broadly speaking, urologists focus on the surgical and medical diseases of the male and female urinary tract and male genital tract. The USIG is committed to providing students with mentorship and shadowing opportunities in the medical school, summer research guidance, and information on the uniquely early match and residency application of urology programs. With subspecialties from pediatric urology and oncology to renal transplantation and female reconstructive surgery, urology has something for everyone. If you’ve never given urology much thought beyond kidney stones, come to a meeting and check it out!

Primary Group Contact: Ashton Pike
Advisor: Peter Holoch, Ph.D.

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Weightlifting Student Interest Group

The Weightlifting SIG works to bring together medical students who are interested in resistance training. Additionally, it aims to promote physical health and mental wellbeing. The Weightlifting SIG provides a forum for interested medical students to learn and share their experiences with the LCOM community.

Primary Group Contact: TBD
Advisor: Stephen Everse, Ph.D.

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Wilderness Medicine Student Interest Group

We are a group of medical students, residents, fellows, attendings and others who enjoy learning about backcountry medicine. Our group is always open to new members and we try to hold one event every month to give the student body a chance to have fun and learn some new things in the meantime. In the past we have hosted events such as SCUBA diving in Lake Champlain, mountain biking around Trapp Brewery, day hikes to Mt. Philo, an overnight at UVM's cabin on Bolton Mountain, as well as interactive educational sessions hosed by The University of Vermont Medical Center medical staff on backcountry medicine topics such as hypothermia, altitude sickness, splinting broken bones, emergency evacuations and more. Our objective is to give students a chance to get out, have some fun, and learn about wilderness medicine with The University of Vermont Medical Center medical staff.

Primary Group Contact: Tyler Prince
Advisor: Jack Ellis, M.D.

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