Medical Student E-newsletter
June 20, 2018 · Volume 7, Issue 12

Class of 2020 Students Airway Simulation Lab

Class of ‘20 clerkship students participated in an airway simulation workshop during their bridge week, which was led by UVM Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology Kathleen MacDonald, M.D., in the Clinical Simulation Lab. 

Kathryn CliffordClifford '19 Receives Young Investigator Award

Working with neurologist Michael Hehir, M.D. over the past year, Katherine Clifford ‘19 contributed to a multi-center clinical trial examining the impact of a treatment for a condition known as myasthenia gravis, which is caused by a breakdown in the normal communication between nerves and muscles. She was recently recognized for her work on the manuscript for the study, titled “Thymectomy is not associated with clinical improvement in MuSK myasthenia gravis,” with the prestigious American Academy of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine Golseth Young Investigator Award for 2018. “This is a huge honor in the neuromuscular neurology community,” says Hehir, who adds that the award is typically presented to a fellow physician or junior attending, so “winning as a medical student is quite unique.”

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Gaining a Global Perspective  

Next week at this time, Katie Callahan '21 and Nina Dawson '21 will be 6,971 miles away from Vermont in Kampala, Uganda. Both students are participating in the first-year summer Global Health elective through the Global Health Program at the UVM Larner College of Medicine and Western Connecticut Health Network. In this two part series, we'll hear from both students about their expectations before they leave and, when they return, about their experiences when they arrive in Uganda. Click here to read Part 1 of 2. 

SIB Stories

NEW: "#UVMLarnerMed Sib Stories" Podcast

Introducing #UVMLarnerMed Sib Stories 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 our intro.  

Desiree DiBellaOn the Blog: Students Making Change at the Larner College of Medicine

Desiree DiBella ’19 says, “According to Oxford Living Dictionaries one definition of “change” is a new or refreshingly different experience. This is definitely the definition I find most applicable when reflecting on my past three years at the Larner College of Medicine.”  Find out why she feels this way in her post on the student blog.

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Student Group: Military Medicine Student Interest Group

Advised by Joseph Pierson, M.D., the Military Medicine SIG is the newest student interest group at the College made up of a community of military-affiliated and military-interested medical students that aims to connect students, faculty, and staff to helpful resources, networking opportunities, and physical training. The members of this SIG have received scholarships from the United States Armed Forces for medical school and are hoping to form a support network for students as they navigate this experience.  The group is planning several networking events with veteran faculty members, as well as regular physical training opportunities. For more about this SIG, contact Alexandra Churchill, Hillary Danis, or Meredith Lackie

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Editor's Note: The Medical Student E-newsletter will be taking a brief break. 

Look for our next issue on August 15!


  • July 23: Ice Cream Social and Salute to Dean Rick Morin, 3:00 – 5:00 pm, Hoehl Gallery
  • August 13-17: Class of 2022 Orientation, UVM Larner College of Medicine ~ Various locations

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