Medical Student E-newsletter
May 9, 2018 · Volume 7, Issue 9

Convocation of Thanks

Anatomical donors serve as a medical student’s greatest teacher. Members of the Class of ’21 (above) honored these donors at the Convocation of Thanks ceremony held April 29. 

Karen Lounsbury, Ph.D.Lounsbury Appointed Foundations Director

Professor of Pharmacology Karen Lounsbury, Ph.D., has been appointed Director of Foundations in the Office of Medical Student Education, succeeding Paula Tracy, Ph.D., who served in the role for six years. Students should be familiar with Dr. Lounsbury, who teaches in the Neural Sciences, Foundations of Clinical Science, and Human Development and Reproductive Health courses. She is a Master Teacher in the Teaching Academy, is actively involved in the College’s Medical Curriculum Committee and is director of the Masters in Medical Science Graduate Program. Read more about Dr. Lounsbury.

Public Health ProjectsClass of 2021 Previews Public Health Projects via "Speed Networking" & Pizza  

Members of the Class of 2021 - organized by Professionalism, Communication & Reflection groups - held lightning interviews with prospective Public Health Project partners at a Pizza Lunch and Speed Networking Event May 7. Representatives from 17 community agencies provided brief overviews of their project needs for each group as students munched on pizza and navigated from table to table at the busy gathering in the Hoehl Gallery. Each PCR group had pre-reviewed and ranked the 17 available projects, visiting those most in line with their group's objectives. According to Public Health Projects Course Director Jan Carney, M.D., M.P.H., her team "will use a computer 'best-fit' model to match [each] group to the project [they] will work on throughout the fall." 

Schweitzer FellowsCongratulations 2018-19 Schweitzer Fellows!  

The newest class of Schweitzer Fellows were recently selected by the NH/VT Schweitzer Fellowship Program.  Larner Class of '21 medical students who received fellowships include: Raghav Goyal and Nicholas Haslett, who are working with members of the homeless population in collaboration with the Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity; Alice Peng and Ellen Seyller, who will work with cancer survivors in the UVM Cancer Center’s Steps to Wellness program; Max Silverstein and Georges Tahhan, who will be working with fathers participating in the Janet S. Munt Family Room’s Fathers and Children Together program; Katrina Thornburgh, who is working on expanding mobile syringe services to Franklin County with the Vermont Cares mobile outreach van; and Hannah Woodruff and Mary Ann Kelly, who will be teaching classes to pregnant and new mothers in the Lund Residential Treatment Program. 

Julia ShattenOn the Blog: Ethics of the Theater: Ophthalmology in Uganda

“Although I was able to sneak out for food and water, I couldn’t ever quite regain my strength that day in the Theater. Were patients getting quality care? Was this version of sterility enough to prevent infection?" Class of 2018 medical student Julia Shatten’s essay, featured on the UVM Larner College of Medicine blog, won the Best Reflection Award at the recent Global Health Celebration hosted by the UVM Larner College of Medicine and Western Connecticut Health Network. Read her reflection on the blog

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SIG Highlight Stock ImageSIG Highlight: designMED 

Looking for a way to stand out when applying for your residency?  designMED’s goal is to provide a way for students to collaborate and develop inventions that can enhance the healthcare experience.  The SIG hosts workshops, such as the recent presentation by architect and scientist Regan Henry, Ph.D., titled, "How may we design a work schedule to prevent physician burnout?"  Contact Jhaimy Fernandez for more information about this SIG.

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  • May 10: SPARK-VT Program: “An Introduction to Venture Capital in Health Care,” 10:30 am, Lafayette 408
  • May 11: Neuroscience Grand Rounds: "Treatment Targets and Measures in Progressive Multiple Sclerosis," 12:00 pm, Davis Auditorium
  • May 14Honors Night, 5:00 pm, Davis Auditorium
  • May 16: VCBH Lecture: “The Multi-faceted Impact of Vaping on Population Health: Implications for Precision Regulation,” 8:00 am, Davis Auditorium
  • May 16: Dining with the Deans, 12:00 pm, Dean’s Large Conference Room.  Learn more and RSVP.
  • May 18: 2018 Medical Alumni Assoc. Service to Medicine and Community Award Recipient Veronica Rooks, MD '93, 3:00 pm, Hoehl Gallery
  • May 20Commencement, 3:00 pm, Ira Allen Chapel

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