Medical Student E-newsletter
August 22, 2018 · Volume 7, Issue 13

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The Class of 2022 had a busy Orientation week which culminated with the UVM Adventure Ropes Course, Community Service Projects, and the Annual Student Interest Group & Resource Fair.

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Introducing the Office of Active Learning

The UVM Larner College of Medicine has made a bold pledge - to become 100 percent lecture-free by 2019. In fall 2016, the College was at about 50% active learning and since then, the number has increased steadily thanks to the tireless work of dedicated faculty and support from the newly created Office of Active Learning. With Associate Professor of Surgery, Jesse Moore, M.D. at the helm as the director of these initiatives, the College is now at 67% active learning and poised to hit its goal. Moore's team has also been growing to meet the needs of faculty and students and now includes project manager, Cara Simone; educational developers, Julia O'Connor and Michele Smolik; and instructional designers, Karina Lopez, and Matt Bresler. Learn more about the active learning at the College here.

SIB Stories

#UVMLarnerMed Sib Stories: Danielle and Trina

Big Sib/Little Sib is a peer support program at the UVM Larner College of Medicine. Each year, incoming first-year medical students are paired with second-year medical students who will become their "big sibs" - providing them with peer mentorship, support, and information as they embark on their medical school journey. Many big sibs form close friendships with their little sibs and continue to play a role not only in their educational life, but also outside of the College throughout their four years of education and beyond. Over the next few weeks, you'll hear from "sibs" who have formed close bonds on our audio series, "UVMLarnerMed Sib Stories." Listen to Class of 2021’s Trina Thornburgh and her big sib, Danielle Wall (Class of 2020) in this week’s episode.

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Whether it’s a passion, life experience, vocation or fate that lands a student in medical school, their first day and week mark a major milestone. The Larner College of Medicine's newest students arrived on campus August 13 to participate in their first course – Orientation. The 119 new students in the Class of '22 are residents of 25 different states, with most hailing from Vermont, followed by Massachusetts, California and Connecticut. Meet three members of the class and read more.

Boccia_Jennifer newsletter 8.21On the Blog: Students Making Change at the Larner College of Medicine

Blogger, Jennifer Boccia ’20, gives insight to her clerkship at Mad River Health Center in Waitsfield, VT.  She says, “The people I see in the office are neighbors; they work in or own the local businesses that I frequent; they are the relatives of people I know well.  It’s a profound feeling to be trusted with the health and well-being of so many people in such a tight-knit community."  Read more about her experience.

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SIG Highlight: S.M.A.S.H. M.D. for the Win!

On Friday, 54 UVM Larner College of Medicine student interest groups (SIGs) and leadership organizations participated in the annual Student Interest Group (SIG) & Resource Fair. The fair is held each year on the Friday of Orientation Week and provides first-year medical students the opportunity to connect with and learn more about ways to get involved with the College outside of their coursework. This year, the Office of Medical Student Education hosted a "Best Table Contest." The winner was S.M.A.S.H. M.D., closely followed by the Surgery SIG, and the Social Justice Coalition. Find out more about these three SIGs and more here.

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  • Thursday, August 23: The Wellness Committee presents Tasty Thursday, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm, Student Lounge
  • Friday and Saturday, August 24-25: Here to Help Clinic cooking Friday, August 24 with a clinic on Saturday, August 25, sign up here
  • Monday, August 27: Peer Support Group, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm, MedEd 307
  • Monday, August 27: Global Health Informational Meeting, 12:00 pm – 12:45 pm, MedEd 300 Reardon Classroom
  • Tuesday, September 4: Community Medical School kicks off with "All about Flu: The Virus & the Vaccine," with Dr. Benjamin Lee at 6:00 pm in Carpenter Auditorium. Find out more here
  • Friday, September 14: The Annual Stetson Lecture presents "Treating the Hyperphagia Driving Obesity: Neural Mechanisms of Feeding Inhibition" at 12:00 noon in the Davis Center Silver Maple Ballroom.  We can’t wait to see you there!

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