Medical Student E-newsletter
December 13, 2017 · Volume 6, Issue 22

Medical students skiing

► Medical students take timeout to enjoy Vermont's winters.  (Photo courtesy of Alex Karabachev '21)

Doctoring in VermontOne Step Closer to Clerkships: Class of '20 Completes Doctoring in Vermont

In three short months, members of the Class of 2020 will begin Clerkships and having just completed the "Doctoring in Vermont" course and observing direct patient care and practicing patient interview and examination skills, they're readier than ever for interacting with patients. Congrats, students and course director Dennis Beatty, M.D.!

Paula Tracy, Ph.D.Dr. Tracy to Step Down as Director of Foundations

After six years, Paula Tracy, Ph.D., will step down from her role as Director of Foundations on February 16, 2018. During her tenure as director, Dr. Tracy has overseen the implementation of a number of major initiatives, including the creation of the Foundations of Clinical Science course, the integration of simulation-based education, the introduction of point-of-care ultrasound training, the introduction of the pass-fail grading, and the creation of cultural competency modules. Dr. Tracy will continue to teach and conduct research as a professor of biochemistry. Read more in the official announcement from the Senior Associate Dean for Medical Education.

Jesse Moore, M.D.Moore Named College’s First Director of Active Learning

On December 4, Jesse Moore, M.D., associate professor of surgery, surgery clerkship director and director of surgery student education, officially began his role as the College of Medicine's inaugural director of active learning. In this new position, which was created to oversee the College’s efforts towards achieving 100 percent active learning by 2019, Moore reports to Senior Associate Dean for Medical Education Bill Jeffries and is part of the Office of Medical Student Education. His responsibilities include recruiting faculty to learn, contribute to, and implement active learning across the entire curriculum and oversight of the pedagogy and logistical plan for active learning. Read the full story >>

Scott Mitchell with guitar"Second-to-None": An Anthem for First-Year Medical Students at UVM

What do you do when you're a medical student and a musician who's taking a break from studying to relax and rejuvenate? Write a song about medical school, of course! In January 2017, Scott Mitchell '20, then in his first year of medical school, wrote a spunky ditty about his first few months at the Larner College of Medicine. Listen to his song and get the full lyrics.  

Elizabeth Lynch ' 21On the Blog: A Better Version of Ourselves: The Intercultural Development Inventory

Elizabeth Lynch ’21 discovered many cultural divides when working in Washington, D.C. and decided to learn more by working with the Office of Diversity and Inclusion here at the Larner College of Medicine. Read more about her experience in the full blog post >>

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Integrative Health SIG Students Collecting HerbsSIG Highlight: Integrative Health 

Advised by UVM Education Instructor of Family Medicine Andrea Fossati, M.D., and Cara Feldman-Hunt, the Integrative Health SIG was created by UVM medical students interested in exploring disciplines such as meditation, acupuncture, mindfulness, and Chinese medicine as a compliment to Western medicine. In partnership with UVM College of Nursing and Health Sciences nursing and physical therapy students, the SIG hosts guest speakers, discussion panels, and lectures with the aim to foster a better understanding of interprofessional collaboration in patient care. Most recently, the SIG was happy to hosted Guido Mase, a local clinical herbalist, who spoke about how he uses herbs to alleviate stress, improve sleep, and improve daily energy levels. For more information, contact Alexa Arvidson

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  • January 16-25: Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration, Education and Learning Events Series, including keynote Speaker Dr. Marc Lamont Hill. More details.  
  • January 17: "What's Race Got to Do with Medicine?": Lecture and book signing with Dorothy Roberts, JD at 5:30 PM in MedEd 200.  
  • January 20: University Celebration with Keynote Speaker Wil Haygood: Tickets available through COM ODI. Event starts at 4:00 PM in Ira Allen Chapel. 
  • January 21: Geography, HIV/AIDS, and the War on Drugs in Black Chicago: presentation by UVM professor Rashad Shabazz, Ph.D. at 5:30 pm in MedEd 200. 
  • January 22: "Unnatural Causes: Place Matters" a film viewing at 5:30 PM in MedEd 200.
  • January 25: End of Foundations Celebration: Join Foundations Director, Paula Tracy, Ph.D., and the Class of 2020 as they honor their faculty and staff mentors in Hoehl Gallery on January 25, 2018 at 3:00 PM.

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