Medical Student E-newsletter
April 14
, 2019 · Volume 8, Issue 6


Professor Emeritus of Molecular Physiology & Biophysics Robert Low, Ph.D. invited students to his home and sugarhouse to learn about a Vermont springtime tradition called “sugaring.” (From left to right: Adam Ross ’22, Amelia Anderson ‘22 , Dr. Low, Tierra Lynch ‘22, Alim Esemenli ‘22)


Class of 2019: RSVP for Honors Night on Monday, May 13, 2019. Find more information here. 


qmedInspiring Future LGBTQI+ Leaders in Health Care: Q-Med

On March 30 and 31, a group of UVM Larner College of Medicine medical students attended Q-Med, a conference sponsored by The Dean’s Advisory Council for LGBTQI+ Affairs at the Yale School of Medicine. The conference “aims to engage and inspire future LGBTQI+ leaders in health care in the areas of research, clinical care, education, and policy/advocacy.” Rachel Harrison ’22 learned about Q-Med through classmate Emerson Wheeler who fostered interest and excitement in the conference and was crucial in organizing a contingent from UVM to attend the conference. Harrison was interested in Q-Med as an opportunity to network and “meet queer students and healthcare professionals that are interested in developing medical education in regards to LGBTQ+ health.” Over two days attendees participated in a series of lectures, panels, and workshops including “History of LGBTQI+ Leaders in Health Care,” “How Health Care Leaders Interface with Government,” “Student Leadership and Curriculum Building,” “How to be Out While Applying,” and “Speaking Up, Speaking out: Bystander Training with a Focus on Sexual and Gender Minorities in Medicine.” The keynote address was given by Zena Sharman, editor of The Remedy: Queer and Trans Voices on Health and Health Care. Harrison and Wheeler also took part in the poster session and presented their research project, “Teaching Appropriate Pronoun Use in Medical Education: A Quantitative Analysis of Video Training Effectiveness.”With 14 Larner medical students in attendance, UVM was the best-represented school at the event and positioned the college well to let other schools “know to connect with [the Larner College of Medicine] on future LGBTQ+ related healthcare projects,” says Harrison. Learn more about Q-Med here >>


Class of 2019: Commencement tickets available starting April 16. Find important information here.


Sayadi ChopanAssessing Public Opinion of Plastic Surgery through Twitter's Lens

Can Twitter provide insight into the public's opinion of plastic surgery? Class of 2017 alumni Ross Sayadi, M.D., and Mustafa Chopan, M.D., conducted a study in collaboration with Assistant Professor and Division Chief of Plastic, Reconstructive and Cosmetic Surgery Kevin Maguire, M.D., and UVM data scientist and recent doctoral degree recipient Eric Clark, Ph.D., to investigate this issue.

Using the UVM Computational Story Lab's hedonometer, which surveys the country’s tweets daily and calculates a happiness score for each, they analyzed more than one million tweets for plastic surgery-related keywords, including "plastic," "aesthetic," "cosmetic," and "reconstruction" surgery and calculated the sentiment communicated through these tweets.  While "plastic" had negative sentiment associated with it, while the other keywords had more positive associations.

"Our findings show that we must work to educate the public on diversity of the beautiful field we call plastic surgery," tweeted Sayadi following the publishing of the team's paper.

The group's results are published in the April 2019 issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Read the study abstract here.

Watch a Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery "Hot Topics" video commentary about the paper.


Class of 2019: IMPORTANT - Last chance to select a guest hooder for Commencement. Find important information here.


ClerkshipTransitioning to Clerkships: Class of 2021 Takes on Next Level of Training

On March 11, the Larner College of Medicine Class of 2021 officially entered the second level of the Vermont Integrated Curriculum (VIC) and began their clinical clerkship training.

While the Foundations level of the VIC focuses on the integration of basic and clinical sciences, the Clerkship level teaches students the basic principles of clinical medicine. They gain expertise in primary care, preventative care, surgery, inpatient internal medicine, neurology/outpatient internal medicine, psychiatry, family medicine, pediatrics, and obstetrics & gynecology at sites in Vermont, Connecticut, and Florida.

After 18 months of active learning in the classroom, primary care offices around Vermont, and clinical skills sessions in the Clinical Simulation Laboratory, the students were excited, if not a bit nervous, to start working directly with patients and physicians in clinical settings. As many students in the class started to finish up their first clinical rotation, they shared details about their expectations, challenges, successes, and takeaways from this new phase in their medical education. Click here to read more.

BlogOn the Blog: Supporting Rural Vermonters in a Weekly Needle Exchange Program

Katrina Thornburgh '21 describes her Schweitzer fellowship, which focused on expanding mobile syringe services. "This fellowship gave me the opportunity to learn about the unique health needs of underserved rural Vermonters."  Read more.


  • April 23 - April 29: Global Health Photo Exhibit, place your vote to decide the contest winner, Given Courtyard
  • April 29: Global Health Celebration Award Recognition and Reception, 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm, Hoehl Gallery
  • May 1: Professionalism at the Larner College of Medicine Statement Launch, 12:00 - 1:00 pm, Hoehl Gallery
  • May 13: Class of 2019 Honors Night, 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm, Grand Maple Ballroom, Dudley H. Davis Center, learn more here
  • May 14: Community Medical School presents: "Every Minute Counts when Time = Brain", 6:00 pm - 7:30 om, Carpenter Auditorium
  • May 19: Class of 2019 Commencement, 3:00 pm, Ira Allen Chapel, learn more here

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