Medical Student E-newsletter
May 23, 2018 · Volume 7, Issue 10

Class Photo

The Class of 2018 gathered with Dean Rick Morin, UVM Health Network Medical Group Pres. & CEO Claude Deschamps and keynote speaker Robert Macauley following their Commencement May 20.

CommencementClass of 2018 Commencement Features Fond Farewells from Morin, Macauley & Prabhakar

The gray skies and rain that plagued the morning UVM Main Commencement cleared just in time for the nearly 1000 attendees who gathered for the Class of 2018’s graduation in Ira Allen Chapel on May 20. Dean Rick Morin, who will step down as dean in August, told graduates "though I am not leaving UVM, I will always feel a bit like a member of the Class of 2018." Beloved former faculty member and keynote speaker Bob Macauley, now at Oregon Health & Science School of Medicine, said "Thank you for inviting me to part of the end of your journey, just like I had the privilege of being part of the beginning." Student speaker Gayathri Prabhakar, M.D.'18, sang snippets of songs by such artists Drake, Justin Bieber and Neil Diamond throughout her students address to illustrate the emotions she experienced from preclinical training through graduation.  Read details about the day >>

Honors NightHonors Night - Celebrating Student and Faculty Achievements  

"This is a night to recognize your good work" Dean Rick Morin at Honors Night on May 14, when members of the Class of 2018, College of Medicine leaders, faculty and staff gathered to celebrate achievements with honor society inductions, department awards, awards from the Class of 2018 and awards to the Class of 2018. Highlights included Clinical Teacher of the Year Award, which went to both Garth Garrison, M.D., and Mario Trabulsy, M.D., and the Clinical Department of the Year Award, which was presented to the Department of Pediatrics.  Read the list of awards >>

ClerkshipLongitudinal Integrated Clerkship Information Session 

Members of the Class of 2021 are invited to an information session May 24 at noon in Med Ed 203 to learn about and apply to the Longitudinal Integrated Clerkship in Upstate New York. For an LIC, versus a traditional block Clerkship year, students at the regional campus site meet the objectives of each clerkship in a longitudinal manner instead of a block schedule. LIC students are embedded in primary care practices with primary care faculty physicians, and will also be assigned faculty preceptors in the required disciplines of internal medicine, pediatrics, surgery, ob/gyn, psychiatry, and neurology. 

BlogOn the Blog: What Doctors Can Learn from Nurses

In a reflection on her nurse shadowing experience earlier this year, Laura Nelson ’21 describes what she learned about the role, wisdom and importance of nurses in a recent blog post. “Shadowing nurses was a reminder of how much they do, and how much they know, and how integral they are to providing patient care,” says Nelson. “The nurses with whom we will one day work will constantly be teaching us things. It is in our patient’s best interest, and is our duty as medical providers, to listen and to learn.” Read her reflection

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Student Group: Student Education Group (SEG) Highlight 

The minutes for the most recent SEG meeting included:

  • Welcoming new committee representatives
  • Update on the Foundations Director Search
  • Discussion with Dr. Tania Bertsch about the Clerkship Committee, their latest evaluations, and how SEG can contribute
  • Active Learning and Student Accessibility
  • Course Updates
  • 2018 Priorities
Read the minutes, found on the SEG webpage.  If you have any questions, concerns, or suggestions, please either let one of your SEG Representatives know or email Audrea Bose.

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  • June 5: “Vermont Kids: Behavior and Brains - An update from the Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development Study,” 7:00 pm, UVM Davis Center
  • June 6: Special Pediatric Grand Rounds: Celebration of the life of Dr. Jerry Lucey, 8:00 am - 11:00 am, UVM Alumni House 
  • 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

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