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January 25 - 31, 2021 


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 2021

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Class of 2022

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Class of 2023

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Class of 2024

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WEEKLY UVM Larner Med FYIs

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COMMUNITY WELLNESS

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.

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UVM COVID-19 Student Testing Protocol

Any student accessing UVM Larner Med-VT Main and/or UVMMC Main Campus(es) in person must engage in COVID-19 surveillance testing every seven-days or less at our Davis Center COVID-19 testing center, per the UVM Green and Gold Promise. All students (remote and in-person learners) living in Burlington, South Burlington, and Winooski are required to test at the Davis Center every seven days. Walk-ins are no longer permitted; schedule your tests via the CoVerified app/browser-based platform.

  • Clinical Students Are Excused from the Curriculum to Complete Seven-Day Test: 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. 
  • Exemption Requests: If you are away and will therefore miss the 7-9 day testing window, you must submit a temporary exemption request.
    • One request can cover multiple weeks! Exemption should end the day you plan to return to campus.
    • You must use your netID@uvm.edu email address/Outlook account to enter the UVM portal and sign-into the request tool (UVM Credentials); this might require you to log out of your MED Outlook or open a guest window/profile in Chrome to use a browser without your remembered MED credentials.
    • You cannot step onto VT/UVMMC campus(es) during an exemption window. However, an exemption will not block you from testing at the Davis Center. 
  • 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!).
  • NEW THIS SPRING - COVID-19 Testing: All students (remote and in-person learners) living in Burlington, South Burlington, and Winooski are required to test at the Davis Center every seven days. Verify your permanent address reflects your real location in myUVM. If you feel you should be exempt, please include extenuating circumstance in your exemption request form(s).
  • REQUIRED - Spring Pre-Arrival COVID-19 Testing: All UVM students, including medical students, are required to take a pre-arrival COVID-19 test prior to the start of spring semester. Students living in Burlington, South Burlington, or Winooski who are enrolled as “at-home” learners and who do not have an approved testing exemption for spring 2021 are also required to take this test. Read more information and to access a pre-arrival planning tool...
  • COVID-19 Vaccine: As COVID-19 vaccine distribution occurs, we recognize there are many questions. For answers to emerging questions, the university has developed a COVID-19 Vaccine Q&A page that will be updated throughout the semester. Please note, his page does not currently host vaccine availability/distribution information. 
  • UVM Weekly Testing Report

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LCOMcares - WAYS TO HELP/VOLUNTEER

We are sharing opportunities and needs in the State of Vermont. The University of Vermont has not vetted or researched these opportunities and cannot warrant or recommend one opportunity over another. It is your sole responsibility to thoroughly evaluate any volunteer organization or opportunity before engaging. Please practice physical distancing and follow the established guidelines to keep yourself and your community safe. Consider the following opportunities independently and carefully after looking into the organization and their safety practices.

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UNIVERSITY OPPORTUNITIES & UPCOMING EVENTS

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

AAMC publishes updated education debt resource for medical students: An updated edition of the AAMC Education Debt Manager for Matriculating and Graduating Medical School Students; this comprehensive financial guide is designed to help students navigate the complexities of financing medical school through the responsible borrowing and repayment of student loan debt...

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RESEARCH, LEADERSHIP & FELLOWSHIP

AMA Presents "Look back - Combatting structural racism in UME and GME programming": November-hosted four-session series for the Accelerating Change in Medical Education Consortium titled “Combatting structural racism in UME and GME programming.”  View the brief introductory presentations and use the self-study guide to contribute to the conversation at your own institutions...

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ARTS & PUBLICATION

The Nocturnists - Conversations*: This year, we are thrilled to bring back The Nocturnists: Conversations series, in which Emily sits down with authors, filmmakers, and other creatives who have tackled themes of health, medicine, and healing in their work...

The Nocturnists - 30 Prompts in 30 Days*: For the next 30 days, the Nocturists are collecting 30-second audio clips from healthcare workers responding to daily prompts. This allows for small moments of catharsis, which may be whispered, spoken, or shouted. All emotions are welcome.

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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.