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July 05 - 18, 2021  (Summer Issue)


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.

Temporary Summer WeeklyWire Schedule: During the summer, the WeeklyWire becomes the "Bi-WeeklyWire" and is issued every other week for the June 21 - August 15 issues. Please note the following submission deadline schedule for the associated summer issues:

  • 7 a.m. EDT, Friday, July 02 (for Jul 05 - Jul 18 issue)
  • 7 a.m. EDT, Friday, July 16 (for Jul 19 - Aug 01 issue)
  • 7 a.m. EDT, Friday, July 30 (for Aug 02 - Aug 15 issue)
  • 7 a.m. EDT, Friday, Aug 13 - returns to weekly schedule (for Aug 16 - Aug 22 issue)

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CLASS INFORMATION

Class of 2022

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Class of 2023

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Class of 2024

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Class of 2025

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WEEKLY UVM Larner Med FYIs

  • THESE TWO WEEKS - UVM Offices Closed Monday, July 05: 07/05, all day. UVM Administrative Offices, including the Office of Medical Student Education, are closed in observance of Independence Day. Offices will re-open on Tuesday, July 06, at 8am. We apologize for any inconvenience.
  • Food Insecurity Resources: Vermont Foodbank is assisting students with applications...
  • Dana Medical Library Summer Hours: June 19-August 7. Need a study space? The Library is still open this summer!...
  • UVM Physical Plant Department - Project Notice: Rowell/HSRF/Given west plaza entry paving...
  • ACTION REQUESTED - Closed Captioning in Zoom: In an effort to support accessibility and inclusiveness, we ask that the closed captioning setting be turned on in your Zoom account & meetings. This is very important as there may be members of our community who rely on this for various reasons. Instructions for how to set this up on your Zoom account...
  • STILLED REQUIRED (even if you missed the 07/01 deadline) - Don't forget to sign-up for health insurance! 07/01 deadline. All UVM students are required to have health insurance...
  • Pre-Juneteenth Message from your Deans: We commemorate Juneteenth, the day in 1865 when, two-and-a-half years after Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation, those who were enslaved in the state of Texas finally were informed of their emancipation...
  • Currently Running - Temporary Summer WeeklyWire Schedule: During the summer, the WeeklyWire becomes the "Bi-WeeklyWire" and is issued every other week for the June 21 - August 15 issues. Please note the following submission deadline schedule for the associated summer issues:
    • 7 a.m. EDT, Friday, July 30 (for Aug 02 - Aug 15 issue)
    • 7 a.m. EDT, Friday, Aug 13 - returns to weekly schedule (for Aug 16 - Aug 22 issue)
    • 7 a.m. EDT, Friday, July 02 (for Jul 05 - Jul 18 issue)
    • 7 a.m. EDT, Friday, July 16 (for Jul 19 - Aug 01 issue)
  • Newly Appointed, at UVM:
  • UVM Larner Med in a Time of COVID - Special Reports, Information, & Resources:
    • In-Person Operations in the MEDPLEX - Updates: Work continues to prepare the MEDPLEX for the return of in-person operations by early August, and we ask that you please take note of the following...
    • Face coverings and masks are not required on campus by anyone outdoors. Indoors, we will continue to require individuals who are not vaccinated to wear masks. Others may decide for their own reasons to wear masks. Please be considerate of those around you and the masking decisions they make. We all saw the positive impact of mask-wearing this year as we had one of the lowest rates of flu in a long time. Visitors and guests who are not vaccinated must wear masks.
    • Physical distancing requirements that have been in place since the start of the pandemic are lifted. Classrooms and office spaces are being returned to full occupancy.
    • Visitors including speakers, prospective students and their families, and candidates for positions no longer need prior approval to come to campus effective Thursday, July 1, 2021. While not required, we strongly urge that all communications to visitors encourage full vaccination.
    • Gathering sizes that were restricted for both indoor and outdoor events during the pandemic are lifted effective immediately. There are also no limits or restrictions on the number of individuals being present at events. Again, we encourage you to make appropriate decisions in consultation with your primary care physician and to be considerate of those around you who may desire or need more distancing.
    • Events and meetings sponsored by UVM departments and student clubs and organizations occurring on or off campus are required to follow all current event guidelines and requirements until Monday, August 2, 2021.
    • External groups may begin again to use the standard approval process for requests for on-campus events, beginning Monday, September 13, 2021.
    • Vehicle and transportation restrictions—including for vans, buses and other work vehicles—are suspended effective Thursday, July 1, 2021 including capacity limits. UVM shuttle bus schedule will return to normal summer operations on August 2, 2021.
    • Hand sanitizers and wipe dispensers will remain in place.
    • Daily health screening for faculty, staff, and students is suspended effective Thursday, July 1, 2021.
    • Travel restrictions for domestic travel are removed effective Thursday, July 1, 2021. Must be preapproved by your dean or vice president. At least 14 days in advance of any travel, you must complete and submit a travel authorization in PeopleSoft. Travel must not begin without official authorization being given. Any travel conducted without prior authorization will not be reimbursed.
      • At this time, UVM-related international travel and fall 2021 study abroad will not be permitted. International travel considered essential will continue to follow the exception process currently in place.
    • Building hours for operations and access will return to normal as of Monday, August 2, allowing departments and units to make adjustments prior to the first day of classes.
    • University Dining Services, including catering, will return to normal operations with the start of fall semester. For information on hours of operation, check UVM Dining Services.
    • COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement for UVM Students: Vaccinations are highly effective and strongly encouraged for everyone. Once the emergency authorization is lifted, vaccinations will be required of our students, with exceptions only for those who receive a medical or religious exemption...
      • UPDATE: UVM Student Health Services is hoping to be able to provide COVID-19 vaccination, starting in Early August, as well. So, please note, students will be provided with UVM-provided vaccination opportunities in Vermont prior to the start of the academic year, if needed.

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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.

THESE TWO WEEKS:

  • Vermont Comedy Club - Improv in the Park*: A popular family-friendly improv show. Join us on the second Saturdays of June, July and August in City Hall Park to enjoy this unique brand of on-the-spot, interactive comedy. Bring your own blanket/towel/lawn chair for seating. These shows are great fun for all ages...

UPCOMING:

ADDITIONAL WELLNESS RESOURCES/INFORMATION:

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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.

THESE TWO WEEKS:

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UNIVERSITY OPPORTUNITIES & UPCOMING EVENTS

THESE TWO WEEKS:

UPCOMING:

  • Good Morning Coffee/Tea With Dean Zehle: 07/23, 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!
  • Monthly Medical Student Services Open Forum/Town Hall: 07/23, 12-1pm, via Zoom.

RECURRING EVENTS:

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

THESE TWO WEEKS:

UPCOMING:

ADDITIONAL SFS-RELATED ANNOUNCEMENTS AND RESOURCES:

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RESEARCH, LEADERSHIP & FELLOWSHIP

THESE TWO WEEKS:

UPCOMING:

ADDITIONAL RESEARCH, LEADERSHIP &/or FELLOWSHIP RESOURCES:

  • Research Study - University of Vermont Vaccine Testing Center is Seeking Healthy Volunteers Age 18-50: Healthy volunteers, age 18-50, needed for a research study to help develop a Zika Vaccine. 6 month, outpatient study. Up to $1490 compensation. For more information, call 802-656-0013, e-mail UVMVTC@UVM.edu or visit UVMVTC.ORG.

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ARTS & PUBLICATION

UPCOMING:

ADDITIONAL ARTS & PUBLICATION NEWS:

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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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Temporary Summer WeeklyWire Schedule: During the summer, the WeeklyWire becomes the "Bi-WeeklyWire" and is issued every other week for the June 21 - August 15 issues. Please note the following submission deadline schedule for the associated summer issues:

  • 7 a.m. EDT, Friday, July 02 (for Jul 05 - Jul 18 issue)
  • 7 a.m. EDT, Friday, July 16 (for Jul 19 - Aug 01 issue)
  • 7 a.m. EDT, Friday, July 30 (for Aug 02 - Aug 15 issue)
  • 7 a.m. EDT, Friday, Aug 13 - returns to weekly schedule (for Aug 16 - Aug 22 issue)

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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.