Medical Student E-newsletter
June 6, 2018 · Volume 7, Issue 11


A few of the many Larner College of Medicine students and faculty members who participated in the 30th Annual Vermont City Marathon on May 27 posed for a photo at the race expo.  

Richard pageRichard L. Page, M.D. Named 18th Dean of Larner College of Medicine

UVM President Tom Sullivan has announced that Richard L. Page, M.D. will become the 18th dean of the Larner College of Medicine on October 1, 2018. He will succeed Frederick Morin, M.D., who has served as dean of the College for the past 11 years. A nationally recognized specialist in cardiac arrhythmias, Page is currently the George R. and Elaine Love Professor and Chair of the Department of Medicine at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. “I am tremendously honored to be joining the Larner College of Medicine and the University of Vermont,” said Page. “The commitment to excellence in education, research and patient care has shown through in all of my interactions with students, staff, faculty and leaders.”  Read the full press release.

ConsortiumSocial Justice Coalition Members Attend

Social Medicine Consortium  

Class of 2021 students and Social Justice Coalition leaders Raghav Goyal, Nina Dawson, and Samuel Epstein joined four hundred medical professionals, students, organizers, and activists from all around the world at the Social Medicine Consortium in Churchrock, New Mexico at the end of April. Their goal: to learn about the global landscape of preventive health interventions, and methodologies for incorporating social justice components into medical curricula. Learn more about their experiences and take-away messages from the conference.

ResearchWhat I’m Doing on My “Summer Vacation” – Research! 

Several members of the Class of 2021 will be busy doing research over the summer, including John Vandenberge, who received a 2018 American Association for Thoracic Surgery (AATS) Summer Intern Scholarship in Cardiothoracic Surgery from the AATS Foundation to work with Paul Kurlansky, M.D., associate professor of surgery at Columbia University, studying mechanical circulatory support in advanced heart failure patients, observing surgical techniques and joining in daily clinical rounding to learn more about patient management. In addition, seven students received summer research fellowships from UVM’s Cardiovascular Research Institute, including:

  • Juan Conde, who will conduct research on “Smoking, Stroke Biomarkers and Risk of Stroke in a National Cohort” with mentorship from Professor of Medicine Mary Cushman, M.D., M.Sc.;
  • Jennifer Holland, who will study “Epicardial Mapping in Atrial Fibrillation” with mentor Peter Spector, M.D., professor of medicine;
  • Kristen Keene, who will be focusing on “Re-defining Chronic Hypertension in Pregnancy” with mentorship from Erin Morris, M.D., assistant professor of obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive sciences;
  • Kathryn Kurchena, whose project with mentor Harold Dauerman, M.D., professor of medicine, is titled “Biomarkers of Bleeding and Thrombosis in Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR)”;
  • Matthew Lebow, who will research “Outcomes of Emergency Department Patients with Delayed Diagnosis and Treatment of Venous Thromboembolism” with mentor Neil Zakai, M.D., associate professor of medicine; 
  • Sean Meagher, who will study “Vaso-protective Treatment for Ischemic/Reperfusion Injury after Acute Myocardial Infarction” with mentorship from Jeffrey Spees, Ph.D., professor of medicine; and
  • Hannah Woodruff, who will work with mentor Ira Bernstein, M.D., chair of obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive sciences, on “Examining Arterial Stiffness in Women with a History of Preeclampsia.”

Commencement SpeakerOn the Blog: Commencement 2018: Medical School as a Musical

Gayathri Prabhakar, M.D.’18, was the student speaker at the Class of 2018’s Commencement May 20, 2018.  Her speech included adaptations of well-known songs, which she sang in between her remarks.  “Now, reflecting back on the past four years, there are definitely song lyrics I could use to describe the different phases of our journey and a few lessons I have learned along the way that I’d like to share with you.”    Read her full speech on the blog. 

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Student Group: Otolaryngology SIG

The Otolaryngology SIG aims to help those interested in the field get connected to faculty physicians in the Department of Surgery’s Division of Otolaryngology. Students get opportunities to conduct case reviews with faculty, as well as participate in other sessions that will enhance their skill levels and their competitiveness as residency applicants in this specialty.  The group is holding an event from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on June 6 to discuss fine needle biopsies using a model to practice technique.  For more information about the SIG, contact Alex Karabachev

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  • June 8-June 10: UVM Medical Reunion Weekend
  • June 8: Larner Leadership Discussion: "My journey to bench research, away, and back!" with Dr. Matthew Hsieh '98, 12:00 pm, Med Ed 200
  • June 8; 2018 UVM Medical Alumni Awards Ceremony Davis Auditorium, 5:00 pm, Davis Auditorium
  • June 9: Medical Reunion: Nostalgia Hour hosted by John Tampas, M.D. ’54 and James Hebert, M.D. ’77, 1:30 pm, UVM Alumni House Pavilion
  • June 13: LCOM Medical Student Yoga Class, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, HSRF 400

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