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August 17 - 23, 2020

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 of 2023

  • BEFORE ARRIVING TO CAMPUS - REQUIRED - COVID-19 Safety Training & Green and Gold Promise: Instructions on how to complete training went live on 08/03 and training & attestation must be complete no later than the day prior to arriving on campus for in-person instruction/curriculum. Students will not be permitted to enter UVM buildings/begin in-person instruction without completing this.
  • UVM COVID-19 Student Testing Protocol: All UVM students must adhere to the UVM COVID-19 Testing Protocol in addition to the state guidelines/mandates. If a student fails to meet the requirements, the systems are automated and your UVM ID will be deactivated until you return to compliance. All zero-day and subsequent testing occurs at the clinic, set up in the Davis Center.
    • Did you need to quarantine upon arrival to Burlington? Do not break your Vermont State-mandated quarantine to attend a clinic. You can complete your Vault test from home, based on your planned date to return to campus in-person; however, all subsequent testing occurs ON-SITE after completing your state-mandated quarantine process.
    • Day-Zero Testing (must occur within 48 hours of returning to campus, in-person): If you are planning for an 8/17 return to campus, please complete your 5-day as soon as it arrives (regardless of timing). If you missed the 08/14 zero-day testing clinic scheduled specifically for Class of 2023, please attend any of the clinics listed under Day-Seven Test (no sign-up required - your zero-day test is the priority).
    • Day-Seven Test: Your day-seven test CANNOT occur less than seven-days after your day-zero test.
      • If you tested the 8/08-08/09 zero-day testing clinic, you will should attend the 08/16, 8am-2pm, medical student clinic, in the Davis Center. If you miss this clinic, there is a clinic for arriving UVM students on Monday, 8/17, 9am - 5pm; please attend anytime outside of your course sessions; no pre-sign-up required.
      • If you attended the 08/14 day-zero clinic, you should attend the 08/21 clinic, 12-5pm, Davis Center (outside of your course sessions). No pre-sign-up required.
      • This week, the UVM Strong Fall 2020 COVID-19 Testing Team will launch the CoVerified App to support students to track their testing and compliance with the protocol.
      • Starting on 8/24, the testing center will be fully operational and students may attend the clinic for day-zero, day-seven, and subsequent testing. The clinic will be open in the Davis Center Mon-Thur, 9am-9pm and Friday, 9am-5pm.
  • UVM Transportation & Parking Services: Students who live off-campus and plan to drive to campus/"student commuters" should review this information regarding parking permits...

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Class of 2024

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Welcome to the new "Community Wellness" section of the WeeklyWire! Be sure to review this section for any announcements regarding student wellness! If you ever have any questions about this section, it's postings, or any wellness topics, please do not hesitate to contact our Director of Student Well-being, Dr. Lee Rosen.

  • The Fletcher Free Library will have a few notable events coming up:
    • A pop-up book sale will take place this Sunday, August 9 from Noon-2:30 PM on the library lawn (weather permitting). Cash sales only, so please bring some dollar bills, your mask, and a love of books! All proceeds benefit the library.
    • Window Art from Wingspan Studio: On Wednesday, August 12 Noon-4 pm, Maggie Standley from Wingspan Studio will bring the FFL front windows to life with her piece, "All Power to the Imagination". Bring your mask down to the Library lawn to watch as Maggie transforms the windows!
  • The UVM Library now has an institutional subscription to the New York Times. Create your free account through the library.
  • Seven Days' ongoing "Vermonting" section: This series features curated excursions to fun and educational places to visit and explore while staying local in Vermont.

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The Vermont Multilingual Coronavirus Task Force is offering a growing number of videos with information regarding Covid-19 in many of the the main languages that are spoken in our area.  Please use and share them widely.

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UVM Events under COVID-19:
Events should be hosted remotely where and when possible to support our current shelter-in-place recommendations. UVM campus will limit any events/group gatherings to no more than 75 people indoors, physical distancing must be practiced at all times (at least 6 feet apart with masks, at least 10 feet apart without masks), and hosts should always provide a remote attendance option. Review the most-recent COVID-19 Event Updates & Guidance...


  • Choosing Wisely Recommendation of the Week(s) - Choose Wisely and WIN! Join the LCOM Choosing Wisely STARS in promoting high value care in medical education. Review this week's spotlight recommendation and enter our PRIZE RAFFLE...
    • Thanks for Choosing Wisely! The winners of this month's raffle prizes are Kaileen Cruden and Grace Eisenbiegler! The Choosing Wisely STARS rep will email you with information on how to claim your prize. Don’t forget – every edition of the Weekly Wire includes another chance to win!




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STUDENT FINANCIAL SERVICES (Scholarships, Awards, & Finance FYIs)

  • THIS WEEK - Thinking of applying to outside scholarships? 8/22 9:30am. Check-out this webinar on how to write a winning scholarship essay...
  • Are you feeling food insecure? We all deserve access to nutritious, culturally appropriate food especially during a pandemic. The staff at Hunger Free Vermont is working diligently to ensure all Vermonters have access to the resources they need to stay healthy and nourished during this challenging time.

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Climate Change and Health*: Interested in a community of medical students working for a sustainable future? Check out this group...



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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!

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.