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October 26 - November 01, 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 INFORMATION

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COMMUNITY WELLNESS

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.

  • THIS WEEK - “The Write Prescription – Telling Stories to Process the Pandemics of COVID-19 and Racism” with Judith Hannan: Begins 10/30. This workshop is free and limited to 10 participants. Each participant is expected to attend all four sessions. The four-week workshop will be held on Fridays for 2 hours: noon to 2 p.m. ET on Oct. 30, Nov. 6, Nov. 13, and Nov. 20.
  • The Farmers to Families food box program is back in action during October: To pre-register, visit their website. Farmers to Families food boxes will be available at multiple daily food distributions throughout the state at the following locations and dates:
    • 10/26: Newport
    • 10/27: St Albans, Barre
    • 10/28: Shoreham
    • 10/29: Brighton
    • 10/30: Richford, South Burlington, Bethel, Brattleboro
  • Vermont Conversation Lab: Research demonstrates that telling the story about one’s experience helping to care for a cherished person who died in a hospital can improve the quality of life for the person who is grieving. The Vermont Conversation Lab's COVID-19 Story Listening Project is based on this research...
  • How to Make Friends During a Pandemic: Check out this blog post from the folks at UVMBored…

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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LCOMcares: VOLUNTEER/SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES

THIS WEEK:

  • Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai's Chat for Change - Anti-Black Racism: 10/30, 12-1pm, via Zoom (Meeting ID: 826 0413 9349). Part of a series of monthly dialogues focused on racism and bias. How are some ways that anti-Blackness presents itself in America and in non-Black communities of color? How does this relate to the ways in which we interact with each other in medical school? Join us for reflection and small group dialogue…
  • Volunteer at UVM's COVID-19 Testing Center! Learn more...

UPCOMING:

  • Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai's Chat for Change - Decentering Whiteness: 11/04, 12-1pm, via Zoom (Meeting ID: 895 4163 0108). What would it take for white culture to displace itself from the center? Moving whiteness out of the center is an ambitious and necessary goal that will require us to develop strategies and tactics in the service of making the transition. Join us to share and identify strategies and tactics that can be used in medical school…

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UNIVERSITY OPPORTUNITIES & UPCOMING EVENTS

Graphic Medicine: Will take place in November, evenings, live and via Zoom. Interested in graphic novels and comics? Would you like to work on a way to express ideas in pictures to patients or yourself?...

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UPCOMING:

RECURRING EVENTS:

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

Need students to join financial wellness advisory group: Have a passion for personal finance? Medical Student Financial Services continues to need students to work closely with us to determine the financial needs of medical students. This call for nominations is a rolling, ongoing request. If you are able to commit to about one quarterly meeting, Med SFS would love your collaboration so that we can make financial literacy as great as possible for our medical student community. Contact MedSFS@uvm.edu for more information and to volunteer! Thank you! This would also look great on your CV!

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)...

UPCOMING:

  • FIRST Friday Webinar - How to Manage Student Loans During Residency: 11/06 @ 1pm, free webinar (preregistration required). During this webinar, we will discuss how to choose the best repayment plan, when postponing payments may be a better option, and whether refinancing or consolidating is right for you. We will also review the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program and tax deductions. Space is limited, so register soon!

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RESEARCH, LEADERSHIP & FELLOWSHIP

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...

THIS WEEK:

  • 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.

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ARTS & PUBLICATION

Graphic Medicine: Will take place in November, evenings, live and via Zoom. Interested in graphic novels and comics? Would you like to work on a way to express ideas in pictures to patients or yourself?...

THIS WEEK:

  • “The Write Prescription – Telling Stories to Process the Pandemics of COVID-19 and Racism” with Judith Hannan: Begins 10/30. This workshop is free and limited to 10 participants. Each participant is expected to attend all four sessions. The four-week workshop will be held on Fridays for 2 hours: noon to 2 p.m. ET on Oct. 30, Nov. 6, Nov. 13, and Nov. 20. 

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YOU SAID, WE DID - YOUR WORDS IN ACTION

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.