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November 16 - 22, 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 every seven days per the UVM COVID-19 Student Testing Protocol, and all surveillance testing (symptom free) must occur at the UVM testing centerTesting 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.

  • 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: No walk-ins. Schedule tests via the CoVerified app/browser-based platform.
  • 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, you must submit a temporary exemption request , and you cannot step onto VT/UVMMC 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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AAMC GSA Guiding Principles for Civic Advocacy by Medical Students and Prospective Applicants: The AAMC Group on Student Affairs (GSA) Steering Committee released these guiding principles to guide medical students as they participate or consider participating in civic advocacy...

Done with a book? Donate it to Book Nook: The UVM Book Nook is asking for donations for its shelves, located on the first floor of Davis Center in Brennan's Pub. A drop box allows for contact-free donations. Learn more about UVM Book Nook...


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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: Alex Jenkins, Amy Golinker, Sean Muniz, and Kate Kurchena! 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)

New Personal Finance BOOK CLUB! Med SFS is excited to launch our personal finance book club, meeting virtually the 2nd Friday of every month from 12-1, beginning in January! We have 12 of some of the best and most inspiring personal finance books of all time (to date) lined up, and we can’t wait to discuss them with you. Let those phenomenal Amazon reviews lure you in! Happy reading! View the reading line up and RSVP...

NEW! Student Financial Services Drop-ins Sign-up Now Available: Sign-up for a drop-in with Kari Brayden, our Student Financial Services Coordinator...

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Green Mountain Medicine's 12th episode: SGLT2 Inhibitors - A Cardiac and Renal Perspective, is now online! In this episode, we are joined by Internal Medicine PGY-3s and soon-to-be fellows Dr. Carrie Mahurin and Dr. Jen Bergeron...

Call for your video story - Share a moment of human connection in healthcare: The Gold Foundation is collecting stories of humanism in healthcare in 2020, short, 1-2 minutes told in a video – simply you speaking to your video and sharing a story of the power of the human connection. Any moving story that helps other people understand more vividly why humanism in healthcare deeply matters would be appreciated...

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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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Please note, due to the Thanksgiving Holiday, the submission deadline for the 11/30 – 12/06 issue is 7am, Wednesday, 11/25.

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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.