Medical Student E-newsletter
September 20, 2018 · Volume 7, Issue 15

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A group of #UVMFutureDocs participate in the Burlington Pride Parade on September 9

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Setting the Stage for Active Learning: Q&A with Jesse Moore, M.D.

As the new director of active learning at the College of Medicine, surgeon Jesse Moore, M.D., is charged with leading the curriculum's transition from a lecture-based model to evidence-based active learning methods that have been proven to achieve better retention and increased engagement. His team includes four instructional designers and a project manager who are all working to help faculty make the transition. Learn more about this transition, the active learning team and how the College is measuring outcomes in this Q&A.


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Mann_Stephanie (2)Quinn high resPopulation Health Pilot Launches at Hudson Headwaters Health Network

Students at Hudson Headwaters Health Network gain a deep understanding of what it’s like to care for patients and families over time through the Longitudinal Integrated Clerkship, which incorporates all of the core specialties over the course of one year. Now, they are also learning the fundamentals of population health through a pilot Health Systems Science Curriculum. Funded through a Teaching Academy grant, the 11-month pilot introduces students to the “triple aim” in healthcare, which focuses on improving the patient experience of care; improving the health of populations; and reducing the per capita cost of health care. Students also contribute new knowledge: As third-year medical students, they’re in a perfect position to propose solutions to challenges they observe, says Colleen Quinn, M.D., a family medicine physician and Hudson Headwaters site director. Students may see needs — like higher than average smoking rates, lack of breast cancer screening access, or transportation challenges — that if addressed would improve the health of communities. “Hopefully the connections they make and the genuine relationships they develop will help them to become committed to this type of care,” says Quinn. Through the program, students are positioned to become change agents as they go on to residency and practice, says Stephanie Mann, M.D., associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology and principal investigator on the Teaching Academy grant. “[Health systems science] is the future of medical education,” she says. “It’s not a soft addition or a luxury. It has to be part of what we’re teaching and practicing.” 

Story Corp#UVMLarnerMed Sib Stories: Harris, Ibrahim, and Adam

Big Sib/Little Sib is a peer support program here at the Larner College of Medicine. Each year, incoming first-year med students are paired with second-year med students who become their "big sibs" and provide 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 in their lives 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 Class of 2022’s Adam Fakhri, his big sib, Ibrahim Hussein ‘21, and his grand big sib, Harris Syed ‘20 in in this week’s episode.



Shatten - Holding PressureOn the Blog: Stay Creative, Find Your People, Fight for Social Justice

"We never know how the beautiful things in our life will impact the future, so stay connected with them. Connect to something creative."  Julia Shatten, M.D. ’18 describes her journey to and through medical school while keeping empathy close at heart.  Read the full blog post.

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SIG Highlight: Running Student Interest Group

The Running and Marathon Team is a team for runners of all levels. They aim to bring the medical school and the larger UVM/University of Vermont Medical Center community together by running the Vermont City Marathon and raising money for a deserving cause. Since 2013, they have raised money for Steps to Wellness, a rehabilitation program for cancer patients and survivors. Join them this fall as they take advantage of the cooler nighttime temps and take a break from their books while they cover a few miles together.

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  • Monday, September 24: Dan and Carole Burack President's Distinguished Lecture Series, "Why Words Matter: Lessons from Neuroanatomy", with Lisa Feldman Barrett, Ph.D., 4:00 - 5:00 pm, Livak Ballroom, Dudley H. Davis Center
  • Friday, September 28: The Teaching Academy Medical Education Grand Rounds, "Developing and Implementing the Critical Clinical Competencies", with Debra Klamen, M.D., M.P.H.E, 12:00 - 1:00 pm, Reardon Classroom
  • Tuesday, October 2: Community Medical School presents: "How Cannabis Affects the Body and the Brain," with Dr. Peter Jackson and Dr. Karen Lounsbury at 6:00 pm in Carpenter Auditorium
  • Friday, October 5: Class of 2022 White Coat Ceremony, 1:00 - 2:00 pm, Ira Allen Chapel
  • Tuesday, October 9: Welcome Reception for Dean Richard L. Page, M.D., 3:00 - 5:00 pm, Hoehl Gallery

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