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May 1, 2019 | Volume I, Issue 4
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Message from Dean Page

Everyone at a college of medicine should feel that they are in an environment where they can do a job, be respected, and be around others who are committed to treating each other—their colleagues and collaborators, their patients, their students, people who work for them, and the people they work for—in a professional manner. It makes patient care better when individuals are setting a fully realized example for others. This is an area that first became a focus for me when I was chief of cardiology at the University of Washington; I carried this priority with me to Wisconsin, where the professionalism initiative begun in the Department of Medicine was subsequently adopted across the entire College of Medicine.

Professionalism must be a core value of educators, scientists, caregivers, and all those who work in medicine and science. Because of medicine’s great importance in people’s lives—often literally sustaining them—that power has to be handled responsibly, and with humility. It is what we have to expect of ourselves, and it has to be the environment we provide for each other. I’ve been delighted with the acceptance that I’ve found here for this emphasis, and am appreciative of the work of our Professionalism Statement Task Force and many other members of our community to develop a Statement on Professionalism that serves as inspiration and aspiration for us all. 

Today’s celebration was just the beginning of a renewed focus on and commitment to our values, to our missions, and to each other. Thank you for all you do every day in education, research, and service, and for your support in creating a culture of professionalism at our Larner College of Medicine. This core value will serve as the foundation for all of our accomplishments in the coming years, in our three missions of patient care, research and education. 




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Russell Tracy

Tracy Appointed University Distinguished Professor

University of Vermont President Tom Sullivan announced the appointment of Russell P. Tracy, Ph.D., professor of pathology & laboratory medicine and biochemistry, as a University of Vermont Distinguished Professor, the highest academic honor that The University of Vermont can bestow upon a member of the faculty.

In his 35 years at the Larner College of Medicine, Dr. Tracy has become an expert in the field of biomarkers. Today, he is one of the international leaders in the field, with 700+ peer-reviewed primary and review publications, which have been cited over 110,000 times, an h-index of 144, and is recognized as one of the top 1% cited researchers in world for the last decade.

After receiving his Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Syracuse University and completed postdoctoral training at the Mayo Clinic, Dr. Tracy joined UVM in 1984 as Research Assistant Professor of Pathology and Biochemistry. He was promoted to Associate Professor with Tenure in 1993 and Professor in 1997, and served as Senior Associate Dean for Research from 2001-09 and 2014-15.

Dr. Tracy, along with new University Distinguished Professors Mark Bouton and Tina Escaja from the College of Arts and Sciences, will be honored at the UVM Commencement ceremony on May 19. Read more


Larner Faculty Innovators Recognized

More than a dozen Larner College of Medicine faculty and scientists were recognized for receiving patents and/or securing license agreements in the past year during the 14th Annual Invention to Venture (I2V) conference April 5 at the Davis Center. Hosted by the UVM Innovations office, the conference brings together academic researchers, students, entrepreneurs, business leaders and experts from across Vermont and New England to talk about how to protect, develop and finance ideas.

Yvonne Janssen-Heininger, Ph.D., professor of pathology & laboratory medicine (above, center) accepts her License Award from Gordon Jensen, M.D., Ph.D., senior associate dean for research (at left) and Richard Galbraith, M.D., Ph.D., UVM vice president for research. See the list of awardees.

Celebrating Global Health

Celebrating Global Health

The Global Health Program at the Larner College of Medicine hosted its annual "Celebration of Global Health" from April 24 to April 29, 2019. The celebration included an awards ceremony and reception during which members of the College community were recognized for their humanitarian efforts, passion for health equity, and leadership in global health. Pictured here (left to right) are winners Tendai Chiware, M.D., Mercedes Avila, Ph.D., Sheila Chamberlin, C.O., and Molly Moore, M.D., with Dean Rick Page, M.D. and Mariah McNamara, M.D. 

Simulation Lab

DAY IN THE LIFE OF: The Simulation Lab

As part of the emergency medicine clerkship, fourth-year students apply their point of care ultrasound skills during a session with standardized patients in the UVM Clinical Simulation Laboratory.

"This is true across the field of medicine: It's not what you know; it's how you think. We're helping students work through a challenging problem while asking them to think outside the box. We want them to draw connections, practice retrieving little bits of medical knowledge and apply it." - Sarah Schlein, M.D., assistant professor of surgery and emergency medicine clerkship director

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LCME Kickoff Event

Veronica Catanese, M.D., MBA

Friday, May 3, 2019 12:00-1:00 pm
Med Ed 300 (Reardon Classroom)
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The Teaching Academy presents Veronica Catanese, M.D., MBA, co-secretary, Liaison Committee on Medical Education, senior director, Accreditation Services Association of American Medical Colleges for the official kick-off of the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) accreditation process. In her presentation, Dr. Catanese will review the process and highlight the importance of the LCME accreditation to Medical Education. Everyone in the Larner College of Medicine community is invited.

Lunch is provided-RSVP 

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Maha Saleem

Quote MarksI’m the daughter of an immigrant and a sister to two brothers with developmental disabilities. I believe my family’s sacrifices and barriers are blessings that will help shape me into a more compassionate physician and leader. I want to serve the vulnerable, improve our health care system and change the face of medicine. I’m deeply grateful for the Bunker Scholarship that is opening so many doors for me.” - Bunker Scholar Maha Neha Saleem ‛22

The Robert B. Bunker Medical School Scholarship Program was established to help students pursue a career in medicine.

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Gordon Jensen
Gordon Jensen, M.D., Ph.D., professor of medicine and senior associate dean for research for the Larner College of Medicine, has been selected as a member of the American Society of Nutrition Class of 2019 Fellows, the highest honor that the Society bestows to recognize scientists who have had distinguished careers in the field of nutrition.

Maria Avila
Associate Professor of Pediatrics Maria Mercedes Avila, Ph.D., served as one of six members on the State Health Improvement Steering Committee. This committee recently published the Vermont State Health Improvement Plan 2019-2023, which focuses on topics related to health equity and underrepresented communities in Vermont. 

Allen GIlman
Gilman Allen, M.D., professor of medicine, was inaugurated as a fellow of the Society of Critical Care Medicine on February 18, 2019. He also received the 2019 Presidential Citation Award for Outstanding Service to the Society of Critical Care Medicine. 

Fuyuki Hirashima
Assistant Professor of Surgery in the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery Fuyuki Hirashima, M.D. has been appointed to serve as associate surgery clerkship director at the Larner College of Medicine. Dr. Hirashima will be collaborating with Meredith Collins, M.D., surgery clerkship director, to enhance the educational experience of the Larner College of Medicine students during their surgical rotations. 

Molly Rideout and William Raszka
A publication by Associate Professor of Pediatrics Molly Rideout, M.D., and Professor of Pediatrics William Raszka, M.D., titled "Hypovolemic Shock in a Child: A Pediatric Simulation Case," was a Top 10 Publication of 2018 in the Association of American Medical College's open access publication MedEdPortal, the Journal of Teaching and Learning Resources.

Carole Whitaker
Assistant Dean for Communications Carole Whitaker has been appointed to the Association of American Medical Colleges Group on Institutional Advancement (AAMC GIA) Steering Committee, serving as Communications Representative for 2019-20. 

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