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December 17 - 23, 2018

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 of 2019

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Class of 2020

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Class of 2021

  • Foundations Award Celebration: 01/24/19. An annual event honoring the commitment of the faculty, staff, standardized patients, and teaching assistants who supported students during the Foundations curriculum and celebrates the achievements of the students as they transition from the classroom to the clinic. Read more about the Foundations Celebration...

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Class of 2022

  • APPROACHING APPLICATION DEADLINE - Summer Ethical Leadership Fellowship*: 12/28 application deadline. Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics (FASPE) is an intensive, two-week study program in professional ethics and ethical leadership taking place in Berlin, Krakow, and Oswiecim (the location of the former Nazi concentration camp of Auschwitz). Read more about this fellowship opportunity...
  • AOA Carolyn L. Kuckein Student Research Fellowship: 01/07 self-nomination deadline. To foster the development of the next generation of medical researchers. $5,000 award and up to $1,000 additional funding available for travel. Read more about the Kuckein Fellowship opportunity and how to apply…
  • CVRI Summer Research Fellowships for Cardiovascular-Related Research: first deadline is 2/4. Interested in doing a cardiovascular-related research during summer 2019? CVRI funds a limited number of summer research fellowships and in addition to the fellowship stipend provides $1,000 to each mentor for research supplies and expenses. Read more about the CVRI program...
  • Summer Internship - Vermont Physicians for a National Health Program*: VPNHP seeks applicants for their 2019 summer internship; provides a stipend of $1250 for 5 weeks of full-time work. Read more about this VPNHP program...

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  • DEADLINE THIS WEEK - Winter Break Voucher Requests: To request vouchers for Step 1, Step 2 or Clinical Mastery Subject practice exams, please email Student Services and indicate which practice voucher you are requesting (mastery vouchers specify subject). Please request any voucher you may want to use over the holiday break no later than Thursday, 12/20, at 3:30 PM.
  • THIS WEEK - TEMPORARY WIRE SCHEDULE CHANGE - Updated Submission Deadline & Two-week Issue: In light of the Winter Break, our 12/24 issue (12/21 submission deadline) will be a 2-week issue (12/24/18 - 01/06/19). We will return to a regular schedule with the 01/04/19 Friday submission deadline.
  • SAFETY & SECURITY - Please Do not Leave Personal Belongings Unattended and Please Secure Your Homes for Break: In case you missed it, please review this email from Medical Student Services regarding community safety and security. It includes a really great infographic on winter break tips, as well as other recommendations.
  • UVM Office Closures: 12/24/18 - 01/01/19. All UVM Offices, including the Office of Medical Student Education, are closed beginning Saturday 12/22/18 through 01/01/2019 for holidays and winter break, re-opening 7:30AM, on Tuesday, January 02, 2019. We apologize for any inconvenience. Read more about holiday closures/get this closure on your calendar...
  • Student Financial Services (SFS) Update on Spring Direct Deposits/Refunds: 01/07/19 receipt of funds. When UVM reopens post-break, 01/02/19, we will receive financial aid disbursements from the Dept. of Education. SFS will need a few business days to process direct deposits to your banks. Goal will be to have living expenses send by 01/04 to hit accounts by 01/07.
  • New Member of ODI: The Office of Diversity & Inclusion (ODI) was excited to officially announce the appointment of Anne Dougherty, M.D., as their new Gender Equity Liaison... 
  • MLK Day-Curriculum Calendars FYI: Martin Luther King Jr Day will be observed on Monday, January 21, 2019. Thank you to Dr. Raszka who, in mid-December, noticed this was not captured accurately on our online academic calendars. Apologies for any confusion!
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  • 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 webpage. 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)? Submit a request to Medical Student Services. Please indicate whether you need an electronic format/hardcopy/both and where to send the letter.
  • "Doctor" Your CV: Want to update your CV to reflect a more medically-inclined candidate? Helpful CV resources, including fun sample templates, are available under COMET >> Lounge >> Student Affairs >> Residency Application (note, the hyperlink will only work if you are already signed into COMET)...
  • Reminder from the Wellness Committee - What’s covered under the Student Health Services Fee we pay each semester? Services include CAPS and an assigned PCP. This is separate from Student Health insurance and everyone has access to some of these basic services. Visit the UVM Health Fees webpage and our Primary Care and Mental Health policy for information.
  • Update from Student Council - Group Study/Med Ed Rooms/Call for Feedback: In case you missed it in your email, please review this Student Council response, regarding Med Ed Rooms and group study. Also, please consider providing your Student Council with general feedback as they continue to advocate for the student community.
  • Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) Medical Honor Society FYIs: The LCOM AOA Selection Committee officially voted to approve an updated selection process for AOA selection in a pass/fail preclinical curriculum. Review the electronic memorandum from the AOA Faculty Councilor, Dr. Marie Sandoval, for a full overview of the official change for Class of 2020 and all subsequent classes. For more information re: LCOM AOA, including award opportunities and current membership, please visit the AOA Overview webpage.
  • Did you miss the recent LCOM Honors Societies Informational Session? No worries, OMSE Medical Student Services (MSST) recorded it! Please contact OMSE MSST with any questions.
  • Do you order pizza for student group/student events [with budget approval, of course]?* Your Student Services Coordinator just discovered that Papa John’s offers a 40% discount on orders for UVM Student Groups and Leonardo’s offers 10% off on UVM Student Group orders. If/when you are ordering for your student events, don’t forget to tell them we are tax exempt and request the discount (“this order is for a UVM student group").

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AOA Medical Student Service Leadership Project Award: 2/15 application deadline (via AOA councilor). Up to $9,000 to complete a service project, across three years to complete a service learning project for an underserved population, e.g., the indigent, immigrants, homeless, etc., or a service project related to professionalism in the school, hospital, or clinic. Read more about this AOA service project funding opportunity…

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THIS WEEK - Zumba De-Stress Event: 12/17 @6pm. To help destress on the last week of classes, I’ll be running a short Zumba class. Class starts at 6, no experience needed. Add the Zumba event to your calendar...

THIS WEEK - Careers in Medicine Specialty Panel Series – Private Practice with Dr. Robert Emmons: 12/18 @ noon. Read more about the Careers in Medicine Fall panel series...

2019 MLK Celebration, Education & Learning Series Keynote Speaker Announced: 01/22/19 @4pm. Renowned activist, civil rights leader, community organizer and 2018 Maryland gubernatorial candidate Benjamin Jealous outlines what it will take to secure true equality for all Americans and to empower the next generation to lead toward a better future. Get the MLK Week event on your calendar...

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SUPPORT STUDENT RESEARCH - Survey on Medical Student Mentoring: A group of medical students from the USF Morsani College of Medicine are exploring the nature and role of current mentoring relationships in the medical education setting.  Please take 5-10 minutes to complete this survey. Any questions, please contact Jordan Karsch.

THIS WEEK - NOMINATION DEADLINE (deadline extended) - 2019 Pearl Birnbaum Hurwitz Humanism in Healthcare Award*: 12/21 deadline. If you know a remarkable woman who fosters humanism in the healthcare arena and has advanced, through her scholarship, advocacy, leadership or work, the well-being of vulnerable or underserved populations, nominate her today...

AOA Carolyn L. Kuckein Student Research Fellowship: 01/07 self-nomination deadline. To foster the development of the next generation of medical researchers. $5,000 award and up to $1,000 additional funding available for travel. Read more about the Kuckein Fellowship opportunity and how to apply…

AOA Robert J. Glaser Distinguished Teacher Award: 4/5 nominations deadline. To recognize outstanding contributions to medical education made by gifted teachers. Each awardee will each receive a $10,000 prize. The awardee's nominating institution will receive a grant of $2,500 for teaching activities, and, if the nominating institution has an AΩA Chapter, the Chapter will receive a $1,000 grant for support of its activities. Read more about the AOA Teacher Award...

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APPROACHING SUBMISSION DEADLINE - Annual William Carlos Williams Poetry Contest*: 12/31 submission deadline. The top three poets will be awarded $300, $200 and $100 respectively. In addition, the three winners will be invited to visit NEOMED on April 26, 2019, to read their poems. All travel expenses paid by NEOMED's sponsoring department. Read about the WCW Poetry contest...

APPROACHING SUBMISSION DEADLINE - AOA Pharos Student Poetry Contest: 01/04/19 submission deadline. Designed to encourage medical students to write effective poetry. Authors do not need to be part of AOA! Cash awards of $600 for first place, $350 for second place, and $200 for third place. Read more about the AOA poetry contest...

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS - 2019 Red Wheelbarrow: 01/30/2019 submission deadline. LCOM's literary and visual arts magazine, The Red Wheelbarrow, is looking for submissions in the literary and visual arts: prose, poetry, reporting, personal essays, photography, painting, graphic design, drawing and 3-D art. Read more about this publication opportunity/how to get involved...

The Scope*: Weekly emails with medical research summarized in a few easy-to-read sentences with humor; like theSkimm for the New England Journal. To help medical students keep up with evidence-based medicine; look great on rounds when you can cite recent journal articles. Check out a sample issues and subscribe at medicinescope.com. Questions? Contact adam@medicinescope.com.

AOA Pharos Student Poetry Contest: 01/04 submission deadline. To encourage medical students to write effective poetry. Authors do not need to be part of AOA! Cash awards of $600 for first place, $350 for second place, and $200 for third place will be given out to three students. Read more about the AOA poetry contest…

AOA Helen H. Glaser Student Essay Award: 01/15 submission deadline. To encourage medical students to write creative narratives or scholarly essays relevant to medicine. Cash awards of $2,000 for first place, $800 for second place, and $550 for third place. Read more about the Glaser Essay contest…

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* = All postings flagged with an asterisk are not UVM-sponsored/endorsed

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In light of the Winter Break, our 12/24 issue (12/21 submission deadline) will be a 2-week issue (12/24/18 - 01/06/19). We will return to a regular schedule with the 01/04/19 Friday submission deadline.

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.

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!