Medical Student E-newsletter
January 31, 2018 · Volume 7, Issue 2

Larner Legacy Day

► Dean Morin, faculty, students, and staff celebrate the legacy of Dr. Larner on what would have been his 100th birthday.

Foundations CeremonyTracy, CRR, Wilcox, Black & Others Honored at Class of '20 Foundations Celebration

Students took time out from Step 1 studies to celebrate their teachers and accomplishments at the Class of 2020's Foundations Awards Celebration on January 25. The event featured awards for the Outstanding Course (CRR), Outstanding Course Director (Rebecca Wilcox, M.D.), and Foundations Teaching (Ellen Black, Ph.D.), as well as a fitting send-off for outgoing Foundations Director Paula Tracy, Ph.D. Read more about the Foundations Celebration.

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Join us for a WEAR RED DAY photo this Friday, Feb. 2 at 11:45 a.m. in the Given Courtyard


Design MED GroupMedical student, entrepreneur, or innovator? Why not all three?

Larner med students are nothing if not multi-faceted and members of the Class of ’21 are no exception. Following in the footsteps of designMED Student Interest Group founders Al Marchese '19, Lillian Chang, MD'17, and Anna Lidofsky '20, are Jhaimy Fernandez '21, Collin Anderson '21, Cari Carpenter '21, and Jenny Holland '21. The students are next in a growing group of #UVMFutureDocs who are combining their passion for medicine with an interest in innovation to positively impact and improve healthcare systems and technologies within Vermont and beyond. Learn more. 

Nurse ShadowingClass of ’21 Completes Nurse Shadowing

"I owe them all the respect in the world for what they do," said Laura Nelson '21 reflecting on the nurse shadowing exercise she recently completed as part of the Professionalism, Communication, and Reflection unit, "Doctors & Nurses." For the 80+ students who have completed the assignment to date, the experience has been invaluable. "Given that most of us … [don’t] have much idea of what a nurse does day-to-day…it was great to get a direct view into this essential profession," classmate Scott Olehnik '21 said. As the last of her classmates finish the exercise, Nelson encourages them to embrace it whole-heartedly. "…It’s really important for us to continue to work with and shadow other healthcare providers during our medical school experience," she said. "Doctors may be making decisions to take care of the patient’s illness, but the nurses are there constantly taking care of the patients themselves."

Lauren Donnelly and Kirsten MartinOn the Blog: Step Up Helps Cancer Survivors Lose Weight & Take Charge of their Health

Lauren Donnelly ’20 and Kirsten Martin ’20 discuss the Schweitzer Fellows Project they initiated in collaboration with physicians and dieticians, called Step Up. The program served women cancer survivors struggling with obesity.  Read about the success of the program on the blog.  

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Alex KarabachevSIG Highlight: Otolaryngology SIG

Advised by Assistant Professor of Surgery Mirabelle Sajisevi, M.D., the Otolaryngology SIG was created this Spring by Class of 2021 student Alexander Karabachev.  Karabachev's interest in the specialty stems from his familial ties to it - his father completed a residency in the Otolaryngology Department at the UVM Medical Center (UVMMC) in the 1980s. Now, Karabachev is following in his father's footsteps. He encourages other students to join the SIG to explore "the balance between clinical medicine and surgery." This semester, members of the SIG can look forward to a presentation about the specialty followed by a flexible laryngoscopy demonstration and practice session. For more information, contact Alexander Karabachev.  


  • February 3: Special Olympics Vermont Penguin Plunge at the Burlington Waterfront from 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm. For more information, contact Theresa Flanagan.
  • February 7: Wellness Committee Tea@3, 3:00 pm, Med Ed 201. Every Wednesday in January and February. For more information, contact Liv Larkin.
  • March 6: Community Medical School Spring 2018 Series presents "The Story of HPV: Cervical Cancer, Genital Warts, the Vaccine & More" a lecture by UVM Associate Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology, & Reproductive Sciences Elisabeth Wegner, M.D. from 6:00 to 7:30 pm in Carpenter Auditorium. Learn more about Community Medical School
  • March 16: Match Day! Join the Class of 2018 at 12:00 noon in the Hoehl Gallery to celebrate their four years of hard work and their residency matches. Get the details about Match Day.

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  • March 16: Match Day

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