Student Governance

Student Council

President - Mohammad Mertaban
President-Elect - Stephanie Brooks
Faculty Advisor - Dr. Christa Zehle
Staff Liaison - Kiersten Hallquist

The Council represents all students enrolled at UVM LCOM. Duties include, but are not limited to, serving as a liaison between the student body and administrative offices, oversight of the class budgets and Student Interest Groups, and promotion of camaraderie among students through creation of various social functions, including class events, formals and the Osler Banquet.

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Robert Larner, M.D. College of Medicine at The University of Vermont Special Interest Groups (SIGs)

Getting involved with interest groups is a great way for students to learn more about various careers in medicine. Students can connect with faculty, community physicians, residents, and senior medical students to learn more about career options, research and educational opportunities, shadowing opportunities, and even residency application tips.

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Class Representatives


Class of 2017

Class of 2018

Class of 2019

Class of 2020

Chair of AdministrationBryce BludevichTaylor WolfgangSravana PaladuguAva Bakhtyari
Chair of SIGsMohammad MertabanStephanie BrooksHyunsoo NoElizabeth O'Neill
Chair of CommunicationsChi An (Andy) LiuAndre RobinsonJames DuguayNikolas Moring
Chair of FinanceMurtaza BharmalPaul BareselNiketu PatelWilliam Earle
Rebekah Wieland

Community Service Coordinators

Class of 2017

Class of 2018

Class of 2019

Class of 2020

Catherine SuppanTheodore CisuSean ClossEmily Vayda

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Class Historians

Class of 2017

Class of 2018

Class of 2019

Class of 2020

Allie BrownEric SchmidtChantal Mendes Harris Syed

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Wellness Committee

Faculty Advisor - Dr. Michael Upton

The Wellness Committee serves to promote the health of the student body through educational and recreational events within UVM LCOM. The group runs monthly peer support group meetings, provides confidential one-on-one peer support, and can connect students to mental health resources both within the university and the broader community. The committee continuously works to implement new ideas that promote the overall wellness of the student body, such as art afternoons, monthly fresh Fridays, a workshop with dieticians, and outdoor activities such as bird watching.

Class Representatives

Class of 2017

Class of 2018

Class of 2019

Class of 2020

Hillary AndersonMoshe BittermanStephanie KulagaAlexa Arvidson
Justin GenzianoAstia Roper-BatkerBenjamin SmithCaleb Knight
Danielle LeahyBrett PowersFlorence DiBiaseFlorence Lambert-Fliszar
John McLarenTim FlanaganDrew CorseElizabeth McLeod

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Student Education Group (SEG)

Faculty Advisor - Dr. Bill Jeffries
Staff Liaison - Sheri Youngberg

The Student Education Group is comprised of students dedicated to and actively involved in the improvement of the medical school curriculum. Representatives from each class meet once a month with the Senior Associate Dean of Medical Education, Dr. William Jeffries, to discuss a variety of issues pertaining to the student experience within the Vermont Integrated Curriculum (VIC). The group’s responsibility is to act as a liaison with faculty to provide a unified student point of view, and to appropriately bring pertinent educational issues to the attention of faculty and course directors. SEG is charged with reviewing course evaluations written by students at the close of each Foundations course and presenting that data to the Foundations Committee, which oversees the pre-clinical portion of the curriculum.

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Class Representatives

Class of 2017

Class of 2018

Class of 2019

Class of 2020

Dylan HershkowitzRachel CarlsonChris BernardChad Serels
William ManningElizabeth CarsonMarc Vecchio Daniel De Los Santos
Caleb SeufertCharlotte HastingsLaura DirectorEthan Witt
Brian TillPeter SeymourLawrence LeungHanna Mathers

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Foundations Committee

This committee is responsible for oversight of the pre-clinical portion of the curriculum, spanning the first and second years. The committee is chaired by Dr. Paula Tracy (Foundations Curriculum Chair), and is comprised of course directors, Dr. William Jeffries (Senior Associate Dean for Medical Education), the COMET manager, a Coordinator from the Dana Medical Library, and one student representative.

The election is held in the spring and is open all members of the third year class. Two months prior to end of the academic year, SEG calls for paragraphs of intent. A vote is held internally, and selection must be approved by the Office of Medical Student Education (OMSE).

Current Representative: Doug Chieffe, Class of 2017
(alternate: Laura Griesinger, Class of 2017)

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Clerkship Committee

This committee is charged with oversight of clinical aspect of the curriculum, which begins in the second year. The body performs an ongoing review of clerkship rotations at all affiliated hospitals, including evaluation of overall student exam performance and other student proficiency outcomes. The committee is comprised of each Clerkship Director, Dr. Tania Bertsch (Clerkship/Bridge Curriculum Chair), Dr. William Jeffries (Senior Associate Dean for Medical Education), and one student representative.

The election is held in the spring and is open to all members of the third year class. Two months prior to end of the academic year, SEG calls for paragraphs of intent. A vote is held internally, and selection must be approved by the Office of Medical Student Education (OMSE).

Current Representative: Omar Ikizler, Class of 2017
(alternate: Erin Pichiotino, Class of 2017)

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Medical Curriculum Committee (MCC)

Faculty Advisor - Dr. Bill Jeffries
Staff Liaison - Sheri Youngberg

MCC is the highest committee involved with curricular oversight at the Larner College of Medicine, bridging Foundations and Clerkship. The committee continuously reviews and evaluates educational programs and makes recommendations to the faculty, the Advisory Council, and the Dean of the Larner College of Medicine. This committee is comprised of the Dr. William Jeffries (Senior Associate Dean for Medical Education), 15 members of the faculty (seven appointed by the Dean and eight elected by the faculty) and one student representative from each class. Students serve as full voting members.

Class Representatives

Class of 2017

Class of 2018

Class of 2019

Class of 2020

Matthew ShearEric DaySuven Cooper

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Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Organization of Student Representatives

Faculty Advisor - Dr. Christa Zehle
Staff Liaison - Kiersten Hallquist

The Organization of Student Representatives (OSR) is the student wing of the AAMC, with each medical school sending delegates to biannual AAMC conferences. UVM OSR representatives serve as a link between LCOM and the organization, presenting those areas where LCOM can serve as a model for other medical schools, and bringing back relevant innovations from other institutions.

Class Representatives

Class of 2017

Class of 2018

Class of 2019

Class of 2020

Brian TillKathryn AndersonBrian Rosen

Charlie Nicoli

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Committee on Advancement

Faculty Advisor - Dr. Christa Zehle
Staff Liaison - Kiersten Hallquist

This committee is responsible for monitoring the progress of medical students struggling academically and assessing their ability to continue in the curriculum. The committee’s processes are outlined extensively in the student handbook. The committee is comprised of faculty members and one student representative from each class. Student representatives serve as full voting members, but do not vote in cases related to members of their class year.

Class Representatives

Class of 2017

Class of 2018

Class of 2019

Class of 2020

Michael HudsonMaggie GrahamLindsay HoweDavid Ung

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Dean's Advisory Council on Diversity & Inclusion (DACDI)

Faculty Advisor - Dr. Margaret Tandoh
Staff Liaison - Tiffany Delaney

The DACDI makes recommendations to the Dean in support of creating a diverse and inclusive community and acts as a catalyst to further the goal of creating a community of mutual engagement for all identity groups. The Committee is comprised of faculty, staff,

Members will:

  • Research, monitor and report on institutional efforts
  • Identify needs and areas of concern
  • Propose policies and programs
  • Collaborate with campus organizations

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Representatives

Class of 2017

Class of 2018

Class of 2019

Class of 2020

Samin ShehabSoraiya ThuraLindsay Howe

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UVM Board of Trustees, Student Member

Soraiya Thura, Class of 2018

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