Student Interest Groups
Getting involved with interest groups is a great way for students to learn more about various careers in medicine. Students can connect with faculty, community physicians, residents, and senior medical students to learn more about career options,
research and educational opportunities, shadowing opportunities, and even residency application tips.
Please contact the Larner College of Medicine (LCOM) Student Council with any questions regarding student interest groups (SIGs).
Are you a member of the Larner College of Medicine community? You can learn more about SIGs in the SIG Larner Learning Commons space (MED credentials required).
View our contact list for all LCOM SIGs (UVM/UVMMC/MED Credentials required)...
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Each group is linked to their online collaborative workspace, where members of our LCOM Community can access additional information or resources relating to the interest group (LCOM credentials required).
The Anesthesiology Student Interest Group raises students' awareness about the field by presenting a range of events throughout the year. Previous events include faculty panels, informal resident Q&A, guest lectures, clinical skills practicum,
and journal club. The group facilitates faculty shadowing opportunities and residency advising for interested students.
The goal of the Cardiology Student Interest Group is to expose students to the field of cardiology while early in their training. The group will provide opportunities for students to meet cardiology attending physicians and fellows, offer clinical
training sessions, and provide shadowing opportunities for hands-on experience in the field of cardiology. It is the group's goal to foster a supportive environment where students could learn and further their interest within the realm of cardiology.
The Cardiothoracic Surgery Student Interest Group is dedicated to making careers in cardiac and thoracic surgery accessible to all Larner College of Medicine students. Educational experiences such as suturing clinics, knot-tying workshops, OR shadowing,
and student journal clubs will aid in developing the skills and knowledge base necessary for a future in cardiothoracic surgery. Specialty interest and professional mentorship with faculty will be additionally supported through case presentations
and residency application panels.
The Dermatology Student Interest group will increase interaction between attending physicians, residents and med students. It will provide an avenue for students interested in dermatology to find out more about the practice of dermatology. Though
panels and lunch meetings, this group will provide information to medical students about pursuing a career in dermatology. 3rd and 4th year students in the SIG will be able to offer advice to 1st and 2nd year students about coursework, research,
clerkship, and 4th year electives. The information will obviously be valuable for students who are interested in dermatology, but may also be interesting for students interested in primary care.
The Emergency Medicine Student Interest Group is for anyone interested in Emergency Medicine. Our goal is to bring people together with a common interest and hold events that allow students to learn more about Emergency Medicine. EMIG provides students
with access to IV, suturing, splinting, and ultrasound clinics. Our group is connected with EM research going on at UVM. We also provide students with access to shadowing and attending schedules at The University of Vermont Medical Center Emergency
The Family Medicine Interest Group (FMIG) is a student run organization, which seeks to provide a forum where medical students interested in family medicine learn about, address, celebrate, and integrate themselves into this dynamic specialty. The
FMIG group sponsors speakers during Primary Care Week, organizes procedure clinics, hosts brown bag lunches on a topics of key interest to members, and organizes an annual Family Medicine Picnic to welcome new students. Students identify a project
each year to support the community. Student members participate at the statewide Vermont Academy of Family Physicians annual meeting and board meetings, regionally at the Family Medicine Education Consortium Meeting, the Society of Teachers of
Family Medicine (STFM) national meeting, and at the AAFP's National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students.
The Hematology/Oncology SIG aims to expose students to the field, as well as facilitate shadowing, observation of procedures, and provide opportunities for giving back and forming meaningful relationships with patients and their families.
The Internal Medicine Interest Group (IMIG) is dedicated to providing information and clinical opportunities to students interested in a career in diagnosing and treating adults. We organize opportunities for medical students including shadowing opportunities
with IM physicians, oncology patient visitation, clinical skills simulation event in the Simulation Center with IM residents, and a barbecue with IM faculty. We also organize many "what is the diagnosis?" case presentation workshops, specialty
talks corresponding with the curriculum, and a research panel of faculty looking for medical students to contribute to their research.
SIGN is part of a network of more than 150 medical school chapters across North America. We strive to foster interest in neurology and provide a wealth of information on clinical, research, and service activities in the field. We aim to disseminate
knowledge about various neurological pathologies and the most up-to-date research in Neurology, as well as functioning as a liaison for UVM medical students and American Academy of Neurology. SIGN is directed by Dr. Ann Augustine, Attending Neurologist
and Associate Professor of Sleep Medicine. We host many exciting events, including series of neurology lectures, Q&A sessions with patients with neurological disorders, clinical case reviews, and discussions about cutting edge topics in neuroscience.
Feel free to like/join us in Facebook!
The Neurosurgery Student Interest Group is devoted to helping students learn more about the field of Neurosurgery. Interested students will be given the opportunity to work more closely with attendings and residents at morning conferences, in the
OR, and clinic. Through journal clubs, micro-suturing workshops, knot-tying workshops, and case-study presentations, students can fully experience this complex field and develop an understanding of what a career in neurosurgery entails.
The OB/GYN student interest group is dedicated to helping medical students learn about the field of OB/GYN and the diverse opportunities it provides. We will work closely with physicians in the community to gain hands-on experience, explore topics
related to OB/GYN, and learn about matching in OB/GYN residencies. We hold regular procedural simulations/ trainings and provide panel and small group discussions on cases and topics relevant to OB/GYN and women’s health.
Ophthalmology is a constantly evolving and highly rewarding specialty. The goals of the Ophthalmology SIG are to introduce the field to medical students and provide important insights into ophthalmology as a specialty and as a career. We aim to achieve
this by combining a small series of educational clinics that demonstrate the ophthalmic exam, journal clubs that explore the current state of research and treatment developments, and Q&A panels with ophthalmology residents and faculty. We
also facilitate shadowing opportunities so students witness ophthalmology in clinical practice.
The Orthopaedic Student Interest Group provides students with opportunities to further their knowledge and understanding of the field of orthopaedics outside of the classroom. The overall goal is to promote an interest in orthopaedics and to provide
educational experiences for those interested. We host events with residents and attendings involving topics such as how to read and present orthopaedic radiographic images, what injuries are commonly seen in orthopaedics , and how such injuries
are treated. The OSIG puts on combined and "hands on" learning events in order to promote an understanding of how healthcare professionals from multiple fields come together to provide the highest quality of care to patients.
The Otolaryngology SIG aims to help those interested in the field get connected to faculty and physicians in the department. Students will get opportunities to conduct case reviews with faculty/physicians as well as participate in other sessions that
will enhance their skill levels and be more competitive applicants in this specialty.
To educate students on the importance of understanding palliative care in every specialty of medicine by bringing in speakers who work first-hand on palliative care teams to provide the best comfort to patients facing serious illness.
The Medical Student Pathology Interest Group (PIG) was formed to engage medical students who might be interested in a career in Pathology, the study of disease. The group typically meets several times each semester to take tours of different areas
of pathology, have panel lunches with pathologists and residents and go on fun outings such as apple picking with pathologists. These activities allow student to interact with members of the pathology department and gain a greater understanding
of the role of pathologists in medicine as a whole and pathology as a career.
The Pediatrics SIG holds activities focused on connecting with Pediatrics faculty members and physicians, as well as learning skills associated with treating and interacting with pediatric patients and their families. A variety of community service
and social events are offered in conjunction with faculty at The University of Vermont Children's Hospital. Recent events include a bake sale to fund raise for the Children’s Hospital, Saturday morning rounds with a pediatric attending,
a pediatric physical exam skills session, and a potluck for students, residents, and faculty. Our goal is to provide learning and networking opportunities to foster interest and connections within the field.
The Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Student Interest Group was established to create interest in PRS, get students to publish on PRS related topics, get students to interact with faculty, and create long lasting professional relationships with
UVM PRS alumni.
The Psychiatry SIG was established to expose students to peers with similar interests and to the field of Psychiatry as a whole. The goals of the Psychiatry SIG are to connect students to mentors, career guidance, and shadowing opportunities both
here at UVM and nationally through psychSIGN. The Psychiatry SIG also helps its members obtain APA memberships. In addition, the Psychiatry SIG hosts guest lecturers, resident panels, and journal discussions throughout the academic year.
The Physiatry and Sports Medicine SIG seeks to raise awareness and provide opportunities for medical students to participate in workshops and discussions related to musculoskeletal medicine, spinal cord injury, stroke, brain injury, pediatric rehabilitation,
prosthetics/orthotics, and other rehabilitation related topics.
The goal of the Radiology Student Interest Group (RSIG) is to serve as liaison between Larner College of Medicine students and The University of Vermont Medical Center's Department of Radiology by providing a broad range of academic and pre-professional
support services. Throughout each year, RSIG hosts multiple case-based imaging tutorials with current radiology residents and an annual research fair. Through these events and others, RSIG strives to provide a convenient avenue by which interested
students can learn more about active or upcoming academic and clinical opportunities within the Department of Radiology, and to encourage active participation through research and clinical elective experiences.
The Surgery Interest Group (SIG) was formed in 1996 and is comprised of a group of medical students interested in learning more about careers in surgery. The SIG plays an important role in allowing students to gain insight into what the life of a
surgeon is like and what it takes to become a surgeon from both an academic standpoint as well as a personal standpoint. One of the strengths of the SIG is the support from all the attending surgeons and residents at The University of Vermont
Medical Center. Through surgical skill clinics and other events hosted by the SIG, students are able to interact with the surgical faculty and create contacts for operating room and other clinical shadowing. Ultimately the SIG hopes to assist
students in finding appropriate mentorship from the faculty of the surgery department for inspiration and guidance to a future career in surgery. Mission Statement: Promote surgery as a professional career for medical students.
The goal of the Urology Student Interest Group (USIG) is to expand medical student exposure to the field of urology, which is not a required rotation during clerkships and has an early match. Broadly speaking, urologists focus on the surgical and
medical diseases of the male and female urinary tract and male genital tract. The USIG is committed to providing students with mentorship and shadowing opportunities in the medical school, summer research guidance, and information on the uniquely
early match and residency application of urology programs. With subspecialties from pediatric urology and oncology to renal transplantation and female reconstructive surgery, urology has something for everyone. If you’ve never given urology
much thought beyond kidney stones, come to a meeting and check it out!
The Vascular Surgery SIG provides information, experience, and resources to LCOM students interested in vascular surgery. It fosters opportunities to learn about the specialty, practice surgical skills, interface with attendings, fellows, and residents,
and participate in research. This allows students earlier and greater exposure to the subspecialty, otherwise seen only briefly later in their schooling. The SIG is a source of information and career planning for students interested in applying
to surgical residencies, vascular fellowships such as the one at UVMMC, and integrated vascular residencies.
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The UVM Chapter of the Medical Student Section of the American Medical Associaion is an advocacy and service group affiliated with the American Medical Association (AMA). The group provides students with the opportunities to attend regional
and national AMA meetings as well as those of the Vermont Medical Association. They also participate in a number of community service related activities such as the AMA’s “Doctor’s Back to School” programs and provide
a resource to other medically interested individuals. The AMA UVM Chapter strives to help UVM build a strong community and give students the ability to become more involved in medicine on the national level as well.
Despite the extraordinary progress women have made in medicine over the last 150 years, there continues to be a pressing need for female role models and mentors, as well as increased study of women's health issues. Since 1915, the American Medical
Women's Association (AMWA) has been working to address these issues by serving as the voice of women's health for the advancement of women in medicine. Medical students can help preserve and advance the accomplishments already achieved by banding
together to expand and strengthen organizational systems such as AMWA. In AMWA, students establish a network for women in medicine and provide professional and financial support for female students as they study, train, and begin their careers.
APAMSA is a national network of 90 different medical schools in the United States. We aim to provide a public platform for Asian American and Pacific Islander medical students to meet, exchange experiences, and develop personally and professionally.
We strive to promote the health and wellbeing of Asian and Pacific Islander communities, and educate healthcare providers who work with such patients in a culturally sensitive manner. Ongoing APAMSA projects include Hepatitis B Education and Immunization
Project, Bone Marrow Donation Project, as well as campaigns targeting tobacco and alcohol abuse in the Asian and Pacific Islander community. Additionally, national conferences are held annually and have taken place in Washington University School
of Medicine, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Case Western Reserve University, Columbia University Medical Center, spanning themes such as “The Plurality of Others,” “Caring for Communities: Health Equity, Leadership,
and Innovation,” “Changing Perspectives: Patient and Provider Priorities,” “Leadership and Health Initiatives of Asian American Population,” and “Aging and Wellness in the API Communities.” Specifically,
the APAMSA Chapter at UVM Larner College of Medicine will serve as a forum and conduit for discussion, activism, and professional and leadership development through pan-ethnic events, conference attendance, and provide connections to mentors in
specialties we wish to pursue.
The UVM Chapter of Association of Women Surgeons (AWS) is a new organization focused on introducing female medical students to the dynamic careers within General Surgery and various surgical subspecialties. Our theme is "Finding Your Mentor," with
the goal of creating long lasting relationships between leading women surgeons and the next generation that aspires to follow in their footsteps.
The purpose of the Gender and Sexuality Alliance is to foster a nurturing and supportive environment for students identifying with the sexuality and gender spectrums and their allies, and to ensure all students have the skills and resources to become
skilled health care providers for people of all genders and sexual orientations. The GSA is also a member of the Medical Student Pride Alliance (MSPA),
serving as the Vermont Chapter. The MSPA is a national organization that connects LGBTQ medical students across the country and provides professional resources for these students as they begin their careers.
The Latino Medical Student Association is designed to unite and empower Latino medical students to become future leaders and advocates for Hispanic health through mentorship, service, and involvement in the local community.
Student National Medical Association (SNMA) is an organization which includes chapters based at allopathic and osteopathic medical schools throughout the nation. SNMA is committed to supporting current and future underrepresented minority medical
students, addressing the needs of underserved communities, and increasing the number of clinically excellent, culturally competent and socially conscious physicians.
SNMA at the University of Vermont Robert Larner M.D. College of Medicine aims to ensure that information about the application process and interviews at Larner College of Medicine are accessible to underrepresented minorities in medicine. In addition,
SNMA also strives to collaborate with other organizations on the Larner College of Medicine campus to ensure that medical education and services are culturally sensitive to the needs of diverse populations and to increasing the number of African-American,
Latino, and other students of color entering and completing medical school.
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The American Public Health Association SIG aims to promote population health, prevention, and health policy within the UVM LCOM, UVM, and Burlington communities as well as on a state and national level.
designMED is a student interest group started at UVM College of Medicine. Our goal is to provide a passionate community where medical students can collaborate with UVM students of various backgrounds to develop innovative healthcare solutions. Our
goal is that students may develop projects/inventions that may enhance future residency applications, while sparking their careers as leaders in healthcare innovation. In addition we hope to foster community within the medical school through teamwork
across all four classes.
Harm Reduction is a philosophy which aims to reduce the undue burden of unnecessary illness on people who are living with addiction. A critical part of this practice is reducing barriers to care, as the most marginalized and poorly resourced communities
are the most likely to face addiction. The Harm Reduction SIG would aim to reduce some of these barriers to care by creating a group of medical students dedicated to learning how they can improve the health outcomes of individuals who use drugs
as medical students and as future providers. We will hold events and discussions to try to involve students and the greater LCOM/UVMMC community that may not know a lot about harm reduction and hopefully inspire them to get involved in providing
compassionate de-stigmatized care.
The Integrative Health SIG exposes students to various approaches to healing and holistic care. We explore disciplines such as meditation, yoga, nutrition, acupuncture, mindfulness, and Chinese Medicine, in addition to traditional western medicine,
and how they can be used in conjunction to attain and maintain a greater sense of well-being. The IH SIG organizes semi-regular events which may include guest speakers, discussion panels and lectures focusing on various aspects of Integrative
Health. For all of our events, we partner with nursing and physical therapy students in order to foster a better understanding of inter-professional collaboration in patient care.
The primary goal of the Medical Ethics SIG is to promote thoughtful discussions on ethical issues in medicine on every level. This includes everything from personal interaction with individual patients to more broad considerations of racial, social,
political, and economic impacts on the medical field.
The Military Medicine SIG is a community of military-affiliated and military-interested medical students that aims to connect students, faculty, and staff to helpful resources, networking opportunities, and physical training.
SAFE is for students interested in learning ways to support our patients through research, education, and support of evidence-backed policy on gun violence prevention. SAFE aims to provide students the opportunity to learn more about physicians’
roles in the gun violence epidemic, and provide ways for students to become involved in gun safety and advocacy as future physicians.
The Social Justice Coalition (SJC) serves as a platform to coordinate and create accountability for already ongoing efforts in the LCOM community aimed at promoting critical social dialogue in our training and establishing systems of justice and equity
in the community. By pooling resources and seeking common ground between the efforts of different groups and individuals, we hope to encourage an atmosphere of critical social consciousness and reflection at LCOM. In coalition, we seek to build
sustainable curricular and extracurricular vehicles for making social justice and cultural competency a key tenet of LCOM’s identity.
We are a group of medical students, residents, fellows, attendings and others who enjoy learning about backcountry medicine. Our group is always open to new members and we try to hold one event every month to give the student body a chance to have
fun and learn some new things in the meantime. In the past we have hosted events such as SCUBA diving in Lake Champlain, mountain biking around Trapp Brewery, day hikes to Mt. Philo, an overnight at UVM's cabin on Bolton Mountain, as well as interactive
educational sessions hosed by The University of Vermont Medical Center medical staff on backcountry medicine topics such as hypothermia, altitude sickness, splinting broken bones, emergency evacuations and more. Our objective is to give students
a chance to get out, have some fun, and learn about wilderness medicine with The University of Vermont Medical Center medical staff.
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Community Service/Service Learning
Grand Friends is an initiative set forth to promote and connect medical student volunteers with older adult volunteers in the community. The goal of the program is to offer companionship by partnering up students and older adults 1:1 (pairs will meet
at least 4-5 times per academic semester), promote student exposure to a geriatric population and setting, gain insight from participants about how the program affects them by completing a short survey, and potentially expand the program to other
organizations and/or community-dwelling seniors.
The Here to Help SIG provides a monthly service day for the homeless community of Burlington. Service includes meals, free clothing, free haircuts, free toiletries, and free access to showers. Other organizations often collaborate with Here to Help;
therefore, Here to Help aims to further create the idea of community involvement and inclusiveness.
The goal of Med Mentors is to interact with high school students in the Burlington area who have an interest in a career in health care professions. Medical students will help students who are considering health care fields by offering advice, career
mentoring, classroom experience, and clinical exposure. This will be accomplished by matching high school students with medical student mentors who will work with their mentee to accomplish the goals of the program. Events will also be held both
at the Robert Larner, M.D. College of Medicine at The University of Vermont as well as at local high schools to give high school students exposure to medical practices, motivational interviewing, medical ethics, and other topics related to healthcare.
SMILE DOCS matches medical students with local elementary school classes to provide a fun learning experience about medicine and the human body. Members visit classes four times each semester and teach children using real pathology specimens, models,
and interactive learning activities. SMILE DOCS allows students to interact with the local community in a fun, low stress atmosphere.
The Woodside Project aims to serve the population at the Woodside Juvenile Rehabilitation Center in Colchester, VT by teaching health classes on a variety of topics to the teens at the Center several times per month.
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The purpose of the Athletics SIG is to promote medical student health and wellbeing through exercise and athletic competition. The Athletics SIG will manage and support Larner College of Medicine sports teams and will provide an environment for faculty
and students of all classes to socialize outside of the classroom and hospital, and promote the development of professional relationships with our colleagues. We will assume responsibility for athletic events such as the proud annual UVM LCOM
tradition of the Specimen Cup honoring former Larner College of Medicine faculty member Bruce Fonda.
Many medical students have dogs who need exercise and socialization. The purpose of this SIG is to have a weekly time for us to bring our dogs for a collective n playdate. Students who love dogs but are not owners are able to attend and get their
dog fix in. Additionally, the group is a support network for dog owners to navigate dog ownership in Burlington and potentially coordinate dog care.
The mindfulness SIG is a way for students of all experience levels to learn about and practice meditation and mindfulness. We hold weekly meditation sessions before and after class, with tea and time to chat afterwards. Our mission is to create a
calm and comfortable space for medical students to look inward and find peace during the day. There are monthly talks with subjects ranging from the neuroscience of mindfulness to different types of mediation. We are dedicated to supporting our
fellow students with knowledge and resources for their own mindful journey through medical school, while fostering a community practice that welcomes all students with all levels of experience.
Through discussion and activities centered on the connection between music and medicine the Music Interest Group (MIG) will educate students about a burgeoning area of research in neuroscience. They will also provide an opportunity for students to
connect with other students in a stress-free and fun environment, and showcase their talents in a Coffeehouse performance. Additionally, the Music Interest Group will provide music in the hospital with events like caroling during the holidays.
The Running and Marathon Team is a team for runners of all levels. We have weekly runs and participate in races in the Burlington area. We aim to bring the medical school and the larger UVM/University of Vermont Medical Center community together by
running the Vermont City Marathon and raising money for a deserving cause. In the past, we have raised money for Steps to Wellness, a rehabilitation program for cancer patients and survivors, as well as Never Give Up Ever, a charity aimed at supporting
the families of children with chronic illnesses in the Children’s Hospital.
The purpose of the Science Whiz SIG is to create a positive connection between medical students at UVM and sick children staying at the hospital. Medical students will perform fun, hands-on, and engaging science experiments with patients at the hospital.
The purpose of this program is to engage patients, who may be bored or lonely staying in the hospital, in an educational and meaningful way. Experiment ideas include making slime or putty, exploding little rockets, creating "wizard's potions"
or lava lamps, dissecting DNA from strawberries, building toy rocket cards, and more. Medical students will guide patients through these experiments. Patients will have the chance to build, create, and learn about exciting STEM topics.
Students for Mechanical Augmentation, Social Habit, and Mindful Demeanor”, (S.M.A.S.H. MD for short) is an interclass group of students committed to the formation of comradery between medical students, promotion of student wellness, and developing
interest in the changing field of medicine through simulation and technology. We organize student run gaming tournaments, have fun, de-stressing games of the popular game Super Smash Brother’s, and aim to integrate community service through
streaming fundraisers and charity work.
We encourage students to care for their physical and mental health by offering a free, weekly evening yoga class on the medical campus. Classes are led by instructors in the Burlington community, mats and blocks are provided, and all levels are encouraged
The Table Tennis Student Interest Group is a group dedicated to ensuring students have a chance to practice wellness throughout the day. By having a more organized schedule for playing ping pong, anyone who is interested will be able to learn, practice
their skills, and form new friendships. This will all culminate in the “Dean’s Cup,” a single player knockout tournament with the winner earning the chance to play against the Dean of the Medical School, Dr. Rick Page. To quote
the dean, “Live long, play pong, and practice winning every day.
Taste Buddies is a group for anyone who enjoys food, cooking, and eating. Some of our annual activities include a maple syrup boil and a backyard brick oven pizza making event at Dr. Low’s. Our goal is to provide UVM medical students with opportunities
to expand their culinary experiences and connect with other foodies.
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