Medical Student E-newsletter
April 11, 2018 · Volume 7, Issue 7

Senior Surgery Majors

Senior Surgery Majors: Saurabh Patel '18, Autumn Reilly '18, Yazen Qumsiyeh '18, Ashley Deeb '18, Samy Ramadan '18, Miles Grunvald '18, Richard Mendez '18, Adam Petchers '18, Brianna Spencer '18, Soraiya Thura '18, Brittany Rocque '18, Brian Till '18.  

Class of 2018 Students Recognized at 48th Annual Surgery Senior Major Scientific Program and Awards Luncheon

On Thursday, March 29, 2018, the University of Vermont (UVM) Department of Surgery held the 48th Annual Surgery Senior Major Scientific Program in the UVM Medical Center’s Austin Auditorium. Each year, the event, coordinated by Carlos E. Marroquin, M.D., Green and Gold Professor of Transplant Surgery and Immunology and chief of transplant, immunology and hepatobiliary surgery, showcases the scholarly work of UVM Larner College of Medicine medical students who will be specializing in surgery following their graduation in May. This year, presentations were given by Class of 2018 students Brittany Rocque, Autumn Reilly, Yazen Qumsiyeh, Ashley Deeb, Miles Grunvald, Richard Mendez, Saurabh Patel, Adam Petchers, Samy Ramadan, Brianna Spencer, Soraiya Thura, and Brian Till. Read more about their presentations.

Eli GoldbergFrom student to teacher and back again: Eli Goldberg '20 presents at Community Medical School  

At last Tuesday’s Community Medical School, Eli Goldberg, a medical student in the class of 2020 joined panelists A. Evan Eyler, M.D., a UVM professor of psychiatry and family medicine, Kate Jerman, M.P.H., the director of the LGBTQA Center at UVM, and Lola Houston, a UVM standardized patient and Burlington-based relationship coach for a special panel presentation, "Transgender Health & Healthcare: Transitioning to Affirmative Care." The topic is one that Goldberg is an expert on both as a medical student and as a member of the transgender community. Community Medical School is a health and healthcare focused public lecture series that occurs on the first Tuesday of each month in the spring and the fall. The series, which is designed to share the medical learning experience with community members in and around Vermont, features faculty, staff and student experts from the UVM Larner College of Medicine, the UVM Medical Center, and local community organizations. Read more about the presentation.

CT Campus ImageLearn about the Connecticut Clinical Campus Experience  

Watch the NEW video showcasing Larner’s Connecticut Campus at the Western Connecticut Health Network.  Larner students share their experiences including clinical training with diverse patient populations, the elective option to participate in our renown Global Health Program and their views on life in and around Norwalk and Danbury. Campus leaders review the campus structure of the last two years of clerkship and advanced integration electives. 

Medical Research Complex Rendering

Medical Research Complex Town Hall Held  

Dean Morin and Arts and Sciences Dean Falls hosted an intercollegiate Town Hall to present the proposed Medical Research Complex. The complex encompasses a new building and a renovation of the Given building to house research faculty of the Larner College of Medicine and College of Arts and Sciences Department of Psychological Science in modern, flexible, collaborative spaces. At last week’s event, the UVM Project Leadership Team and architects presented an overview of the project, outlined the guiding design principles, and showcased examples of open collaborative space floor plans. To view the presentation, the Medical Research Project timeline and information about how you can participate; please visit the Proposed Medical Research Complex on the web.

Juan CondeOn the Blog: Trust in Your Fellow Americans: Advocating for DREAMers

Juan Conde ’21 states, “You do not have to be a lion to give a lion’s roar. You simply have to have the courage of your convictions and believe in your vision of America.”  Conde is a student advocate and has recently spoken at a press conference here at the Larner College of Medicine regarding DACA.  Read about his thoughts surrounding being a student advocate on the blog

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Global Health SIGSIG Highlight: Global Health Student Interest Group

The Global Health Student Interest Group aims to educate students about important issues affecting the practice of medicine internationally and here in the US with the refugee population. The group, advised by Dr. Mariah McNamara, also works closely with partners at Danbury Hospital to coordinate visits and events as well as inform students of the many international health electives and summer opportunities available. For more information about the SIG, contact Bridget Moore.  Next week, attend A Celebration of Global Health to meet visitors from sites around the world.  

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  • April 16: Suture Clinic. Join the Surgery SIG from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm in the Larner Classroom. Read the details.
  • April 13 – April 18: From 6:30 pm Friday, April 13 – 10:00 am Wednesday, April 18 visit the Global Health Celebration Photo, Reflections, and Poster exhibit in the Given Courtyard. Vote for photos in three award categories using the ballots in front of the Office of Medical Communications S-100. 
  • April 18: Global Health Celebration. The Larner College of Medicine and the Western Connecticut Health Network are celebrating Global Health Day.  Dean’s Distinguished Lecture, begins at 12:00 pm titled "My Heart Burns: Three words from a Memoir", and will be followed by a reception in the Hoehl Gallery. 
  • April 20: Cancer Research Symposium. The UVM Cancer Center Clinical & Translational Research Symposium focuses this year on Cancer Control in a Rural Environment from 8:30 am – 4:30 pm.  UVM Larner College of Medicine.  See online agenda for more details
  • April 23: Larner College of Medicine Research Laureate Lecture. Gary Stein, Ph.D., Professor, Chair of Biochemistry, and Director of the Vermont Cancer Center presents “The Cancer-Compromised Genome”. 4:30 pm in the Medical Education Pavilion.  Learn more
  • May 1: Community Medical School presents “The Microbiome: How It Keeps You Healthy…Or Not!” by Jessica Crothers, M.D. from 6:00 – 7:30 pm in the Carpenter Auditorium. Learn more.

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