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May 31  - June 06, 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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Class of 2025 - WELCOME TO THE WEEKLYWIRE! (and UVM Larner Med, of course)

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WEEKLY UVM Larner Med FYIs

  • THIS WEEK - All UVM Offices Closed Monday, May 31: 05/31, all day. UVM Offices, including the Office of Medical Student Education, are closed in observance of Memorial Day. Offices will re-open on Tuesday, June 01, at 8am. Please plan accordingly and we apologize for any inconvenience.
  • THIS WEEK - DISCOUNT EXPIRATION DATE - Vermont Public Health Association (VtPHA) Sally Kerschner Retirement Membership: 05/31 discount expiration date. A discounted/free membership to the VT Public Health Association.  VtPHA offers a student membership of $20 as a standard category...
  • Dana Medical Library Hours - The Library is open! The library is open regular hours through June 18! The Library is open Monday-Thursday, 7:30am-11pm, Friday, 7:30am-8pm, Saturday, 9am-8pm, and Sunday, 9am-11pm. Learn more on the Dana Library site...
  • Summer Health Services: Summer Health Services and Counseling and Psychiatry Services will continue to provide care over the summer for students. Eligibility for some services may vary based on where you’re spending the summer so please call to check availability or to schedule an appointment. You can also schedule with SHS via MyWellbeing. Learn more about summer hours or schedule an appointment...
    • WellConnect: Don't forget... WellConnect is always available to you. As you may know, WellConnect is an organization that provides mental health and wellness resources for academic institutions and has been highly recommended by other medical schools. It is available to students anytime (24/7) and anywhere.
  • Together We Learn Online Library Collection: Check out this library collection for some justice-themed summer reading/listening/watching. We also invite you to add any suggestions - add any suggestions to the Contact Us/Suggest a Resource tab on the left side! Also reach out if interested in being more involved! ~Richard Brach, M4, Social Justice Coalition
  • Proof of Enrollment: The UVM Registrar's Office provides "Proof of Enrollment" (often needed for ski passes, discounts on car insurance, etc.), via your myUVM portal. Instructions are under the Registrar's Office Enrollment Verifications web-page. Turnover is usually less than one business day! Please contact the UVM Registrar with any questions.
    • Need Something Call a "Letter of Good Standing" (different from proof of enrollment)? Email a request to Medical Student Services. Please indicate whether you need an electronic format/hardcopy/both and where to send the letter.
  • Just launched! New AAMC Careers in Medicine (CiM) website navigation and menu: The Careers in Medicine team is excited to have launched a new navigation structure for the CiM website! The new design is based on user experience. Please direct feedback or questions to AAMC CiM.
  • Office of Medical Student Education (OMSE) Office Closure: 06/21, 8am-1pm and  06/24, 8am-1pm. Office of Medical Student Education will be closed for a curriculum retreat.
  • COM Facilities Administration Update - Firestone Medical Research Building Construction Notice #6: The steel erection supporting the FMRB’s skeleton concluded with an impromptu topping off ceremony held earlier this month. Construction activities now pivot to formalizing the bond that joins the HSRF and FMRB and pouring the concrete slabs on levels 1-4 of the FMRB. Read the full project update notice and more on the Firestone Building web-page...
  • Leadership Follow-up on Action Plans related to Student Concerns Regarding the University’s Response to Sexual Assault and Misconduct: As a follow-up to our discussion about prevention of and responses to sexual assault and misconduct on campus, UVM and Larner administrative leadership recently provided some additional information...
  • As UVM Undergrads Leave, UVM General Services Can See Some Changes: Hours will be posted to websites; please verify hours prior to visiting a UVM Office/Department/Program.
  • UVM Larner Med in a Time of COVID - Special Reports, Information, & Resources:
    • THIS WEEK - Student surveillance testing: Effective Tuesday, June 1, 2021, any student who is fully vaccinated is no longer required to test every seven days. To be exempt from the required testing, you must provide verification to Student Health Services confirming that you are fully vaccinated.
    • UVM Face coverings/masks: Effective immediately, face coverings and masks are not required on campus in outdoor public spaces, whether you are vaccinated or not, provided sustained or prolonged close contact with individuals from outside your household is avoided. Fully vaccinated individuals are not required to wear a mask indoors or outdoors at/in UVM buildings/facilities; however, everyone, including those fully vaccinated, should carry a face covering with them at all times.
      • Everyone (fully vaccinated, or not fully vaccinated) still needs to wear face coverings on UVM shuttle buses and some UVM retail locations, depending on local ordinances. 
      • At this time, everyone who is not fully vaccinated is required to wear face coverings and masks indoors and to follow UVM’s face covering guidance
      • Friendly Note to Fully Vaccinated Folks: Please continue to be respectful of people's choice to wear masks (maybe even offer to put one on if it would make them more comfortable!) and please remain vigilant and respectful toward other institution's, organization's, and business's mask guidelines.
    • Travel: Vermont changed its travel guidance, eliminating all testing or quarantine requirements except for international travel. This applies to fully vaccinated and non-vaccinated individuals. Note that UVM-sponsored international travel is still prohibited—please refer to the Summer 2021 Travel Policy Addendum (pdf).
    • Physical distancing: Effective immediately, fully vaccinated individuals are no longer required to adhere to physical distancing. Unvaccinated individuals and those who are not yet fully vaccinated must still physically distance from others.
    • Unvaccinated/not fully vaccinated individuals: Anyone who is not yet fully vaccinated must adhere to the “two out of three” rule. The three requirements are (1) being outdoors, (2) wearing a face mask and (3) physically distancing. You must adhere to two out of these three requirements at all times while on campus or in a UVM facility or location.
    • Introducing UVM Forward: The UVMStrong newsletter is coming to an end; it began last summer as a vehicle to keep the UVM community, including students, families, faculty and staff, updated on responses to the COVID-19 pandemic. Watch for periodic updates to come this summer with information on the fall semester reopening, via the "UVM Forward" webpage...
    • Emergency Mortgage Assistance Program Reopened: The Vermont Housing Finance Agency is accepting applications again from Vermont homeowners who are behind on their mortgage payments due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This latest round of program funding provides grants for up to 12 months of past-due mortgage and property tax payments for eligible Vermont homeowners. Visit the website or call (888) 714-2260 to learn more and apply.
    • The Vermont Emergency Rental Assistance Program (VERAP) was created to help renters dealing with financial challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic. VERAP helps tenant households with paying rent, past-due rent balances (also known as arrears), utility and home energy costs, utility and home energy cost arrears, and other expenses related to housing. Rent expenses include rent, rent arrears.

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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 or reach out to one of your Larner College of Medicine Wellness Committee representatives.

THIS WEEK:

UPCOMING:

ADDITIONAL WELLNESS RESOURCES/INFORMATION:

  • Summer Health Services: Summer Health Services and Counseling and Psychiatry Services will continue to provide care over the summer for students. Eligibility for some services may vary based on where you’re spending the summer so please call to check availability or to schedule an appointment. You can also schedule with SHS via MyWellbeingLearn more about summer hours or schedule an appointment...
    • WellConnect: Don't forget... WellConnect is always available to you. As you may know, WellConnect is an organization that provides mental health and wellness resources for academic institutions and has been highly recommended by other medical schools. It is available to students anytime (24/7) and anywhere.
  • UVM COVID-19 Policy Updates:
    • UVM Face coverings/masks: Effective immediately, face coverings and masks are not required on campus in outdoor public spaces, whether you are vaccinated or not, provided sustained or prolonged close contact with individuals from outside your household is avoided.
      • Fully vaccinated individuals are not required to wear a mask indoors or outdoors at/in UVM buildings/facilities; however, you must have a face covering on you at all times
        • Please continue to be respectful of people's choice to wear masks (maybe even offer to put one on if it would make them more comfortable! <3 ).
        • Please remain vigilant and respectful toward other institution's, organization's, and business's mask guidelines – masking is still required in limited circumstances (i.e., at your various clinical sites, schools, on public transportation, healthcare settings, long term care facilities, prisons etc.).
    • Travel: Vermont changed its travel guidance, eliminating all testing or quarantine requirements except for international travel. This applies to fully vaccinated and non-vaccinated individuals. Note that UVM-sponsored international travel is still prohibited—please refer to the Summer 2021 Travel Policy Addendum (pdf).
    • Physical distancing: Effective immediately, fully vaccinated individuals are no longer required to adhere to physical distancing. Unvaccinated individuals and those who are not yet fully vaccinated must still physically distance from others.
    • Unvaccinated/not fully vaccinated individuals: Anyone who is not yet fully vaccinated must adhere to the “two out of three” rule. The three requirements are (1) being outdoors, (2) wearing a face mask and (3) physically distancing. You must adhere to two out of these three requirements at all times while on campus or in a UVM facility or location.
  • Full Plates VT: The Vermont Foodbank is launching a new food box program called Full Plates VT, which will distribute food boxes made up of produce and other fresh and shelf-stable items at drive-through style distributions throughout all fourteen counties in Vermont.
    • The program is currently scheduled to run from June – September 2021.
    • To receive a food box you will be asked to self-certify that you meet the income requirements listed here (PDF). You will not be asked for documentation on the registration website or at the food distribution events. Registration opens on May 24, 2021.
  • 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 at the Davis Center COVID-19 testing center ( Green & Gold Promise).

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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.

THIS WEEK:

  • Here to Help Event - Sandwiches! 06/05, 9am-2:30pm, at the Red Door Church 21 Buell St, Burlington, VT 05401. Want to help your local community? Do you love sandwiches? Come join this Here to Help event...

ADDITIONAL WAYS TO CARE:

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UNIVERSITY OPPORTUNITIES & UPCOMING EVENTS

THIS WEEK:

  • ALL WEEK:
  • MON, May 31: No UVM/UVM Larner Med community events posted for this day. 
    • All UVM Offices Closed Monday, May 31: 05/31, all day. UVM Offices, including the Office of Medical Student Education, are closed in observance of Memorial Day. Offices will re-open on Tuesday, June 01, at 8am. Please plan accordingly and we apologize for any inconvenience.
  • TUE, Jun 01: 
  • WED, Jun 02:
  • THU, Jun 03: No UVM/UVM Larner Med community events posted for this day. 
  • FRI, Jun 04: No UVM/UVM Larner Med community events posted for this day.
  • SAT, Jun 05: 
    • Here to Help Event - Sandwiches! 06/05, 9am-2:30pm, at the Red Door Church 21 Buell St, Burlington, VT 05401. Want to help your local community? Do you love sandwiches? Come join this Here to Help event...
  • SUN, Jun 06: No UVM/UVM Larner Med community events posted for this day. 

UPCOMING:

  • Good Morning Coffee/Tea With Dean Zehle: 06/11, 7-7:55am, via Zoom. Join the Zoom link and meet with Dr. Zehle. Catch up, discuss any issues or concerns, or share your favorite coffee/tea recipe. We hope to see you there!
  • Personal Finance BOOK CLUB: 06/11, 12-1pm, via Zoom.

RECURRING EVENTS:

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

UPCOMING:

ADDITIONAL SFS INFORMATION:

  • Emergency Mortgage Assistance Program Reopened: The Vermont Housing Finance Agency is accepting applications again from Vermont homeowners who are behind on their mortgage payments due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This latest round of program funding provides grants for up to 12 months of past-due mortgage and property tax payments for eligible Vermont homeowners. Visit the website or call (888) 714-2260 to learn more and apply.
  • The Vermont Emergency Rental Assistance Program (VERAP) was created to help renters dealing with financial challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic. VERAP helps tenant households with paying rent, past-due rent balances (also known as arrears), utility and home energy costs, utility and home energy cost arrears, and other expenses related to housing. Rent expenses include rent, rent arrears.

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RESEARCH, LEADERSHIP & FELLOWSHIP

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ARTS & PUBLICATION

UPCOMING:

ADDITIONAL ARTS & PUBLICATION NEWS:

  • Larner Medicine Issue: Larner Medicine | May 19, 2021 | Volume III, Issue 10 recently "hit the shelves." This issue announces the Class of 2021 Honors Celebration award recipients and includes a blog highlight for Sadie Casale, member of the class of 2024! Check out the latest issue of Larner Medicine...

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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). Don't hesitate to ask housing contacts if they would consider lowering the advertised rate to secure a graduate student; it never hurts to ask!

Explore housing opportunities & housing support resources via the UVM Off-campus Housing Site...

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.