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October 19 - 25, 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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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.

UVM COVID-19 Student Testing Protocol

All UVM students (including all medical students) who physically visit/access UVM-UVMMC campus(es) must be testing weekly (every seven days), per the UVM COVID-19 Student Testing Protocol. All surveillance testing (i.e. not acutely ill) must occur at the UVM testing center.

Testing Protocol Compliance

Testing compliance will be monitored. Students who fail to remain in compliance will be notified and referred to the Associate Dean for students. Noncompliance is considered an egregious offense when referencing the sanctioning guidelines. A first offense includes a $250 fine, and referral to  the Committee on Fitness may be required. For a second missed test, student will be referred to the Committee on Fitness, which could result in an Administrative Leave of Absence or dismissal.

If you receive an email/sanction and believe it is in error, please do not hesitate to reach out to UVM Strong (and CC studentCOMservices). We are here to work with you and for you and support the rigorous protocol that is in place to ensure our campus and community remain safe.

Testing Information
  • Required Weekly Testing: Students should test at the Davis Center clinic 7 days from their previous test to remain in compliance. Students may also test earlier (i.e. 4-6 days from their most-recent test) to ensure compliance if/when adjusting for when you are able to visit the testing center. 
  • Securing a Test: Walk-ins are no longer accepted at the clinic. Students must schedule tests via the CoVerified app/browser-based platform. You must bring your UVM Student ID (CATCard) with you to your scheduled test.
  • Clinical Students Excused for Testing: The Clinical Level course directors support this protocol. They are aware of the weekly requirement and support students to be excused from their curriculum for 30 minute weekly testing windows.
  • Temporary Exemption Request Process: If you are away for a week and will therefore miss your 7-9 day testing window (i.e. State-mandated quarantine, family emergency, one-week rotation outside of Chittenden County, etc.), you must submit a temporary exemption request form via go.uvm.edu/testtemp to ensure you are not flagged for noncompliance. Students cannot step onto UVM/UVM Medical Center Campus(es) during an exemption window.
  • Vermont Travel Guidelines: All students must still continue to adhere to state and local health and safety guidelines, including travel and quarantine requirements. If you enter a travel-mandated quarantine and you are not experiencing any symptoms, you can secure your day-seven test via the Davis Center clinic (counts as your weekly test, too!).

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  • 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. See this week's spotlight recommendation and to enter our PRIZE RAFFLE...
    • Thanks for Choosing Wisely! The winners of this month's raffle prizes are: Maggie Carey, Nina Feinberg, Jenn Risi, and Mark Oet! 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)

AAMC released a report - Physician Education Debt and the Cost to Attend Medical School, 2020 Update: Summarizes the state of education debt for medical school graduates and the attendance costs of medical schools. Download the report (free PDF)...

CARES Act Funding Application has re-opened: Have you applied for a free CARES grant yet? Learn more...


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Migraine and the Microbiome Study Looking for Volunteers*: Are organisms in your gut associated with migraine? The UVM Headache Clinic is looking for volunteers with migraines...


  • Attend the Global Conference on Sustainability in Higher Education for FREE: October 20-22. UVM has unlimited FREE student, staff, and faculty registration passes for this annual conference. Learn more...


  • Information Session - Sarnoff Cardiovascular Research Fellowship*: 10/26 @ 7:30, via Zoom. Come learn from about this fellowship opportunity from Tuft's Medical School M4 Corinne Carland
  • Dean's Excellence in Research Celebration - Save the Date: November 4-5 via Zoom.

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2021 Karl Jaspers Award: 12/11 submission deadline. Award carries a cash prize of $350 and winning submissions will be offered publication. Award is given for the best paper in the area of philosophy of psychiatry...

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If you receive feedback from students and put that feedback into action, please let our student community know; submit postings/updates to Medical Student Services by 7am, on Fridays. Postings are reviewed by the Office of Medical Student Education Medical Education Leadership Team on Mondays for inclusion in an upcoming issue of the WeeklyWire. Community members can also view our database of current and past “You Said, We Did” submissions, in the Learning Commons.

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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.