Medical Student E-newsletter
September 20, 2017 · Volume 6, Issue 15

Newsletter Banner Image - COM Cares

► September 9, students gathered for a neighborhood clean-up, the first of four major events hosted by COMCares.

TA Story"Knowing What I Know Now" - Advice from Fourth-Year Students

“First year feels slow, but med school happens FAST” – that’s what members of the Class of 2018 said when we asked them what they wished they knew as first- and second-year students. Their experiences throughout the past four years have presented them with invaluable tidbits of advice about Step 1, subletting, maintaining happiness, and more. Read more from fourth-years Vic Hudziak and Julia Shatten here.

Samin Shehab, M.D.In the Wake of Charlottesville:
Q&A with Class of ’17 Grad Shehab

Syed “Samin” Shehab, M.D.’17, currently a first-year internal medicine resident at Boston University Medical Center, recently published a blog post, titled “403,” on In-Training that addresses the issue of caring for patients with vastly different beliefs, particularly in light of the recent events in Charlottesville, Va. Read a Q&A with Shehab here.

Juan Conde, Ph.D.Conde Shares His DACA Story

On September 11, first-year medical student Juan Conde, Ph.D., spoke to Congressman Peter Welch, President Sullivan, medical students, faculty and staff of the Larner College of Medicine and members of the press about his experience as a DACA recipient. Conde says his mother told him that in "in America, it did not matter who you were born as, what mattered was that with hard work, dedication, and grit, you could accomplish anything that you dreamt of." Conde’s dream, born when his mother died from cancer in 2007, was to dedicate his life to researching and caring for those afflicted by the disease.

Read Conde’s remarks here.

View media coverage here

Amanda KardysOn the Blog: Two Countries, One Goal 

Class of ’20 medical student Amanda Kardys reflects on the goals of two countries she has practiced medicine in through the art of poetry: 

“Healthcare is universal with many similarities.
Patients get sick and there are people who will strive to provide aid,
Helping these people when they are most afraid. 
This drive truly transcends our dissimilarities.” 

Read the blog.

2017 Pride ParadeSIG Highlight: Gender & Sexuality Alliance (GSA)

On Sunday, September 10, Class of 2020 students Jenna Morris, Eli Goldberg, and Zachary Silberman, along with Pam Gibson, M.D., associate professor of pathology and laboratory medicine, and other members of the College community, participated in the Burlington, Vermont Pride Parade.  The students are leaders of the College's Gender & Sexuality Alliance (GSA) and Gibson is a faculty co-advisor. This is the fifth year the GSA has marched in the parade alongside the UVM undergrad LGBTQ center staff and students and Morris says she thinks that the turnout this year was the largest ever.  Read more here.  

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  • September 23: AHA Vermont Heart Walk, 8:45 am, Oakledge Park, Burlington
  • September 23-24: Fall Special Olympic Games, South Burlington High School, More details
  • September 27: VT AHEC Health Care Workforce Recruitment and Networking Day, 11:00 am, Hoehl Gallery
  • October 3: Medical Student Flu Shot Clinic, 11:00 am, Med Ed 309, More details
  • October 3: Community Medical School SPECIAL PANEL PRESENTATION “Lyme Disease: Big, Bad Borrelia burgdorferi & the Tiny Tick,” 6:00 pm, Carpenter Auditorium
  • October 13: Class of 2021 White Coat Ceremony, 2:30 pm, Ira Allen Chapel

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