Medical Student E-newsletter
November 15, 2017 · Volume 6, Issue 20

Schweitzer Fellows Day of Service

► Larner students visited the food shelf as part of a Schweitzer Fellowship Day of Service event November 9.  Above, left to right: Conner Soderquist '20, Alejandra Vivas Carbo '20, Kirsten Martin '20 and Lauren Donnelly '20 

Schweitzer Fellows Day of ServiceSchweitzer Fellows Help Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf with Holiday Prep

The annual Schweitzer Fellowship day of service took place at the Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf in Burlington’s Old North End on November 9. All seven Class of 2020 Schweitzer Fellows – including Eli Goldberg, Lauren Donnelly, Erin Hunt, Rachael Munoz, Conner Soderquist, Alejandra Vivas Carbo, and Kirsten Martin – volunteered at the three-hour event, helping with a variety of tasks, including processing donations, restocking shelves, sorting produce and bringing bread and pastries into the Food Shelf’s grocery store.

Office of Diversity and Inclusion Conversation DinnerFall Conversation Dinner Explores "When a Family Requests a White Doctor"

What should an African-American pediatrics resident do when the parents of a patient ask for a white doctor? The fall Conversation Dinner, hosted October 30 by Dean’s Advisory Committee for Diversity and Inclusion (DACDI) members Soraiya Thura '18 and Lindsay Howe '19, explored the topic of identity in medicine using an Ethics Rounds case published in Pediatrics. Following dinner, six small groups comprised of five to six medical students, faculty, staff and graduate students each reviewed the perspective shared by one of four different pediatricians, listing pros and cons, and then shared their points with the full group. Issues such as hospital policy, autonomy, hierarchy, patient comfort and professionalism were discussed. According to the Office of Diversity & Inclusion, Conversation Dinners have been used throughout the world, from China to Rwanda, to bring communities together. This is the third year the student-initiated dinners have been held at the College. Read the journal article >>.

Flag in front of the Davis CenterVeterans Day 2017: Q&A with Medical Students Who Have Served

The Larner College of Medicine at the University of Vermont is honored to have several veterans among its medical student population. We are grateful for their service to our country, as well as their commitment to serve their patients. Recently, the medical communications staff had an opportunity to conduct short interviews with two medical student veterans in honor of Veterans Day. Read the full Q&A with Michael Marallo ’19 and Richard Mendez ‘18 >>

Carolyn PayneOn the blog: Launching the American Public Health Association Student Interest Group

In partnership with the American Public Health Association (APHA), a new SIG has been created for Larner College of Medicine students to join. Learn more about the SIG and what it would mean to become a campus liaison in a blog post by medical student Carolyn Payne >>

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Music SIG practicingSIG Highlight: Music Student Interest Group

Advised by Professor of Psychiatry Magdalena Naylor, M.D., Ph.D., the Music Student Interest Group (SIG) not only provides musically-inclined medical students with an opportunity to connect with liked-minded classmates and faculty, but also a way for them to explore the link between music and medicine as it pertains to a burgeoning area of research in neuroscience that focuses on the same connection. Every year, students in the music SIG are also offered the chance to showcase and share their talents through events, such as a "Coffeehouse" performance, holiday caroling at the University of Vermont Medical Center, and volunteer performances at College and alumni events. On Thursday, November 9, the Music SIG introduced a new event to the yearly round-up - it's first-ever Open Mic Night in the Hoehl Gallery. Read about the Open Mic Night here >>


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  • October 30 - November 30: 2017 Winter Coat Drive sponsored by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. Drop of gently-used coats in the donation barrel in Given Courtyard for the Committee on Temporary Shelter (COTS).
  • November 16: Vermont Center on Behavior & Health Lecture series. "Sex Difference in Nicotine Use Disorder: Findings from Neuroimaging" presented by Reagan Wetherill, Ph.D. 12:00 pm in the Davis Auditorium.  
  • November 17: Fresh Friday in the Student Lounge at 12:00 pm. Hosted by the Wellness Committee. 
  • November 21: PubMed Workshop in Dana Medical Library from 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm.
  • November 23 - 24: UVM Offices close in honor of the Thanksgiving holiday.
  • December 7: "Home for the Holidays" reception at Allen House from 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm. More details here.

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