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March 08 - 14, 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 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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  • The Farmers to Families food box program continues in March for the following dates/towns (pre-register at their website):
    • 3/3: Vergennes, Brighton
    • 3/4: Manchester, Bethel
    • 3/5: Bennington, St Johnsbury
    • 3/8: Newbury, Richford
    • 3/9: Newport, Shoreham
    • 3/10: Rutland, Barre
    • 3/11: Brattleboro, North Hero
    • 3/12: Bennington, Burlington

ADDITIONAL WELLNESS RESOURCES/INFORMATION:

  • Mental Health Resources: COVID-19 can lead to increased feelings of anxiety and depression. Students, don’t hesitate to reach out to the Center for Health & Wellbeing and make an appointment with a counselor, or drop in for a Let’s Talk conversation. Students are typically able to connect with a counselor the same day they call. Make an appointment with a counselor...
  • Take Care of Others with Help from the CARE Team: Are you concerned about a UVM student? The CARE Form is a way to share a concern about the health, safety, or wellbeing of a UVM community member (anonymously if needed). The number one priority is to support a healthy and safe community for everyone, so we also want to hear from you if you are concerned about a specific event you’ve witnessed.
  • Taking Care of You: Caring for your body, mind and heart is more important than ever. UVM CHWB came up with a short video with a few tips on taking care of your mental health. If you’re looking for additional info for staying centered, want someone to talk to, or are concerned about a friend, check out our COVID-19 mental health resources page for additional support...
  • UVM COVID-19 Student Testing Protocol: All students who are on-campus/in-person (UVMMC and/or UVM-VT) and/or who live in Burlington, South Burlington or Winooski and who do not have a testing exemption must engage in UVM COVID-19 surveillance testing (Green & Gold Promiseverify your permanent address reflects your real location in myUVM). Schedule tests via the CoVerified app/browser-based platform.
    • 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.
    • Feeling Unwell? In the midst of cold and flu season, it can sometimes be hard to determine whether symptoms you’re experiencing are signs of a normal winter illness, or of COVID. If you are experiencing symptoms like fatigue, a fever, sore throat, cough or congestion, don’t wait for your next scheduled test. Contact Student Health Services so you can be tested as soon as possible—better safe than sorry is the mantra to follow.
    • 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 . If you fall under "required to test" guidelines and still feel you should be exempt, please include extenuating circumstance in your exemption request form to help expedite processing.
      • 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.
      • Acceptable exemptions include:
        • "I am enrolled in clinical rotations occurring outside of Chittenden County with no intention of physically visiting the UVM or UVM Medical Center campus(es)."
        • "I will miss testing due to essential travel or extenuating circumstances (briefly describe circumstances)"
        • "I do not attend in-person curriculum at UVM-VT and/or the UVMMC campus(es), and I am not living, meeting or socializing with any student, faculty or staff who is going to either campus(es)."
        • SPECIAL APPROVAL FOR 2nd Weekly Testing Exemption Only (exemption should frame second testing cycle with exemption end date to land on your day-seven test): "I’ve completed a full COVID-19 Vaccination cycle (2 doses and 2+ weeks out from second dose)"
    • 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!).
    • 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)

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RESEARCH, LEADERSHIP & FELLOWSHIP

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ARTS & PUBLICATION

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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.