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December 11 - December 17, 2017


The WeeklyWire is an official communication tool of the Larner College of Medicine. Student feedback led to its development and continues to inform iterative improvements. All non-curriculum-related email communications are directed through the Wire to help support manageable email inboxes for our students; it's your one-stop-shop for all med school happenings outside of the classroom! Please do not hesitate to contact the Office of Medical Student Education with any questions.

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CLASS INFORMATION

Class of 2018 

  • Pulse 2018 Yearbook Class of 2018 Members Half-Page Template Instructions: 03/15/18 submission deadline. Each member of the Larner College of Medicine Class of 2018 is allotted a half-page space for a photo assemblage in the Pulse Yearbook. Templates are provided. Read more...
  • SEEKING INPUT - Match Week & Graduation Week! As Student Council is planning the Week, we are seeking student input about what events and activities you would like to see. Fill out this short survey to give us a better idea of how we can create the best end-of-year for you. Email Stephanie Brooks with any thoughts/questions.
  • SEG & COMIS - Seeking Volunteers for Clerkship Tablet Introduction: COMIS is looking for a student who can help introduce the 2nd year students to tablet use during clerkship. The session would be in the afternoon on either Jan. 2 or 3. Were you a tablet user? Would you be interested? Please contact Jill Jemison.
  • IMPORTANT - Tracking Grad. Requirements: 01/01/18 Deadline. Please take a moment to check that your Oasis schedule reflects all course requirements needed for graduation. In accordance with the Graduation Degree Requirements policy, all requirements must be scheduled by January 1.  Please contact Advanced Integration Level Curriculum Coordinator Emma Faustner for assistance.

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Class of 2019

  • THIS WEEK - Everything You’ve Wanted to Know About Applying for a Surgical Residency: 12/12. Thinking about becoming a surgeon? Have tons of questions and don't even know where to start? Application stress got you down? Well, we can't fix everything, but we can invite you to this pretty awesome talk. Read more/Complete pre-attendance survey...
  • SEEKING NOMINATIONS (including self-nominations) - AMAF Physicians of Tomorrow Scholarship Program: 01/15/18 nomination deadline. These scholarships provide $5-10,000 tuition-assistance to medical students! Read more...
  • North American Society on Thrombosis and Hemostasis (NASTH) Student Research Fellowship: 03/30/18 application deadline. Fellows receive a $5000 stipend and $2000 travel allowance for attending and presenting results at a professional meeting. A mentor is required and that mentor receives a $1000 stipend. Read more...
  • Interested in a career in Ob/Gyn? Recently you had a meeting about choosing a specialty advisor and the lottery for 4th year courses.  If you are interested in pursuing a career in Ob/Gyn, Elise N. Everett, MD FACOG, ask that you do the following...
  • SEG & COMIS - Seeking Volunteers for Clerkship Tablet Introduction: COMIS is looking for a student who can help introduce the 2nd year students to tablet use during clerkship. The session would be in the afternoon on either Jan. 2 or 3. Were you a tablet user? Would you be interested? Please contact Jill Jemison.

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Class of 2020

  • THIS WEEK - Everything You’ve Wanted to Know About Applying for a Surgical Residency: 12/12. Thinking about becoming a surgeon? Have tons of questions and don't even know where to start? Application stress got you down? Buried under your well-worn copy of First Aid? Well, we can't fix everything, but we can invite you to this pretty awesome talk.  Read more/Complete pre-attendance survey...
  • APPROACHING RSVP DEADLINE -  Step 1 Support Series - NBME Dinner & Questions: Please RSVP no later than 12/19/17. Event is evening of 01/04/18. During this annual event, students will work in small groups on actual NBME exams with successful third and fourth year students. Read more/sign-up...
  • NBME Comprehensive Basic Science Shelf Exam (CBSSE) self-assessment voucher to prepare for Step 1: Members of the co2020 are eligible for one self-assessment voucher to prepare for Step 1; the purpose would be to guide your study for the exam by helping you to identify areas of strength and weakness. Please contact studentCOMservices to obtain your voucher and/or if you would like to schedule a discussion about the results to aid you in your study plan. As a reminder, UVM offices will be closed for the break; request any voucher you may want to use over the holiday break no later than Thursday, 12/21, at 3:30 PM.
  • Change in Minimum Passing Score for Step 1: 01/01/18. The recommended Step 1 minimum passing score will change from 192 to 194. Read more...
  • Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center 2018 Medical Student Summer Fellowship: 01/08/18 application deadline. A ten-week research program offered to first- or second-year students interested in the field of oncology. Read more...  

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Class of 2021

  • THIS WEEK - Everything You’ve Wanted to Know About Applying for a Surgical Residency: 12/12. Thinking about becoming a surgeon? Have tons of questions and don't even know where to start? Dreaming in acronyms and anatomy structures in FOCS? Well, we can't fix everything, but we can invite you to this pretty awesome talk.  Read more/Complete pre-attendance survey...
  • APPLICATION DEADLINE THIS WEEK - Apply to be your co2021 Representative for the Committee on Advancement: 12/13 deadline. The committee works to ensure that the academic standards of the College of Medicine are maintained and upheld. Elected students are full voting members and serve over the course of their medical education. Read more...
  • APPLICATION DEADLINE THIS WEEK - Apply to be an AAMC OSR Representative for Your Class: 12/15 deadline. The AAMC OSR provides space for students to play an active role in advancing the AAMC mission of improving the nation's health, and it aims to give students a voice in academic medicine at the national level. Read more...
  • North American Society on Thrombosis and Hemostasis (NASTH) Student Research Fellowship: 03/30/18 application deadline. Fellows receive a $5000 stipend and $2000 travel allowance for attending and presenting results at a professional meeting. A mentor is required and that mentor receives a $1000 stipend. Read more...
  • Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center 2018 Medical Student Summer Fellowship: 01/08/18 application deadline. A ten-week research program offered to first- or second-year students interested in the field of oncology. Read more...  
  • Change in Minimum Passing Score for Step 1: 01/01/18. The recommended Step 1 minimum passing score will change from 192 to 194. Read more...

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WEEKLY FYIs FROM OMSE - WE ARE HERE TO HELP!

  • Student Financial Services (SFS) Update - Phone Issue Resolved: Recently, an email communication went out regarding unexpected and temporary phone technical difficulties. This has been restored and the Medical SFS Coordinator can be reached at the same 802-656-9203 / 6-9203. On a separate but related note, Kari Brayden has joined us on campus again and no longer works remotely. Please feel free to stop into OMSE if you have SFS questions and wish to discuss them in person. Appointments are highly encouraged but not required.  As always, email is also acceptable and she can be reached with the same comfao@uvm.edu or Kari.Brayden@med.uvm.edu. We are excited to offer in-person SFS services again!
  • Student Financial Services (SFS) Update - MedSFS Back on Campus: Kari Brayden has joined us on campus again (no longer working remotely). Please feel free to stop into OMSE (N107) if you have SFS questions and wish to discuss them in person. Appointments are highly encouraged but not required. As always, she can be reached at comfao@uvm.edu or Kari.Brayden@med.uvm.edu. We are excited to offer in-person SFS services again! 
  • Winter Dana Medical Library Newsletter: After-hour study space, Mobile-friendly website developed, and more...
  • Missing Chairs from Given Courtyard Given Square: Four chairs were removed from the Courtyard at Given Square (1st floor lobby area). These chairs have been missing for approximately one week or so. Read more...
  • UVM Office Closures: 12/22/17 - 01/02/18. All UVM Offices, including the Office of Medical Student Education, are closed 12/22/17 through 01/01/2018 for holidays and winter break, re-opening 8AM, on Tuesday, January 02, 2018. We apologize for any inconvenience.
  • New EM Voucher Available and Winter Break Voucher Request Deadline: The NBME now offers vouchers in Clinical Science Mastery for Emergency Medicine (EM). To request vouchers for Step 1, Step 2 or Clinical Mastery (OB/Gyn., Internal Med., Psychiatry, Surgery, Neuro, EM) practice exams, please email Student Services and indicate which practice voucher you are requesting.   Please request any voucher you may want to use over the holiday break no later than Thursday, 12/21, at 3:30 PM.
  • Dr. Tracy to Step Down as Director of Foundations: 02/16/18. Paula Tracy, Ph.D., will be stepping down from her role as Director of Foundations level effective February 16, 2018. Read more in the official announcement from the Senior Associate Dean for Medical Education.
  • UVM Gender-Inclusive Restrooms: There are many gender-inclusive, single-user, lockable restrooms on-campus. Most of them are simply marked “Restroom.” Gender inclusive facilities like these are available to and benefit everyone. Read more...

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UNIVERSITY OPPORTUNITIES

THIS WEEK - Careers in Medicine Fall Specialty Panel Series: Tuesday, 12/12, 12pm, in Med Ed 200. Anesthesiology with Dr. Jacob Martin. View the full CiM Panel series schedule and contact Emma Faustner with any questions.

THIS WEEK - Dana Workshop - Introduction to EndNote FOR PC USERS: 12/13. In this workshop, you will learn how to export citations from journal article databases into an EndNote library; find, annotate, and save PDFs; and create bibliographies and add in-text citations in a Word document using a specified style. Read more...

THIS WEEK - December Dining with the Deans Luncheon: 12/13.  This month's special guest is Frederick C. Morin III, M.D., Dean of the Larner College of Medicine. Read more/Sign up...

THIS WEEK - Careers in Medicine Fall Specialty Panel Series: Thursday, 12/14, 12pm, in Med Ed 200. Obstetrics & Gynecology with Dr. Elise Everett and team. View the full CiM Panel series schedule and contact Emma Faustner with any questions.

SAVE THE DATE - Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration: 01/16 - 01/25/18. Please join us for our annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration, Education and Learning Events Series, including keynote Speaker Dr. Marc Lamont Hill. Read more...

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RESEARCH, FELLOWSHIP, AWARDS, & SCHOLARSHIP

APPROACHING APPLICATION DEADLINE THIS WEEK - African Federation for Emergency Med. (AFEM) Research and Education Training Group Coordinator: 12/12 Application Deadline. Seeking outstanding candidate for a 1-year  position in global emergency care development. Includes a living stipend and will be based in Cape Town, South Africa for the 2018-2019 year. Read more...

APPROACHING APPLICATION DEADLINE THIS WEEK - Dr. Edward Leitão Scholarship Memorial Fund Scholarship: 12/15. A scholarship Opportunity for Portuguese-American medical students, following the fund’s goal of filling the need among the community for Portuguese-speaking medical professionals. Read more...

Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science first Pathways to Physician Diversity: National Summit, in collaboration with AAMC: 02/09 - 02/10/18. designed to encourage national conversation on challenges and future solutions by involving a national stakeholders in exploring the current state of the access pathway for under-represented students in medical education. Read more...

World Congress on Vaccines Research and Development: June 28-30, 2018 Dubai, UAE. This world congress aims to gather researchers, renowned speakers, Microbiologists, Immunologists, Clinicians, Doctors, Clinical Practice Managers and other members of the Vaccines research from across the globe. Read more...

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Deadline for submissions is 
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for inclusion in the upcoming Monday issue.

PLEASE NOTE, In light of the UVM winter holiday, the 12/22 submission deadline was moved to 12/21 and covers a two-week, holiday issue: 12/25/2017 - 01/07/2018 issue (no January 01, 2018 issue).

Lost & Found

Lost something? Email the Office of Medical Student Education (OMSE) a description of the item. OMSE and the Dana Medical Library recently joined the UVM campus-wide lost & found system and search not only the College of Medicine, but campus as a whole to see if it's been turned in. If it hasn't, the office can file a claim for the item should someone turn it in soon!

Found something? Please turn it into either the Office of Medical Student Education (Given Courtyard n100) or the Dana Medical Library (First floor of the Medical Education Center) and we will be sure to log it into the Campus-Wide Lost & Found Database.

Found items are kept up to 30 days, and then are donated to various local organizations depending on the item. 

Housing Opportunities

Graduate students are highly sought tenants in the Burlington area and property owners often advertise specifically to them with special rates (less than would be offered to undergraduate students); thus, the Office of Medical Student Education pulls together a list of housing opportunities posted specifically for this group, so you don't miss out on a good deal. Moreover, medical students also try to keep good spaces "in the family" and are known to post to this list. Please contact the Office of Medical Education if you have any questions.

Don't hesitate to ask the contact if they would consider lowering the advertised rate to secure a graduate student; it never hurts to ask!