Division News


  • Larner Docs Deplore ED ‘Boarding’ in VT Digger Opinion Piece
    February 8, 2024 by Lucy Gardner Carson
    (FEBRUARY 8, 2024) In an impassioned opinion piece in VT Digger, four Vermont emergency medicine physicians explain a crisis in our emergency departments known as “boarding” and plead for an increase in skilled nursing and long-term care beds, home health supports, and robust, reliable funding mechanisms to support both.
    Read full story at VT Digger
  • Leffler Comments on New UVMMC Program to ‘Close Haircare Inequity,’ per NBC5
    February 1, 2024 by Lucy Gardner Carson
    (FEBRUARY 1, 2024) UVM Medical Center President and Chief Operating Officer Stephen Leffler, M.D.’90, M.H.C.D.S., professor of emergency medicine, commented about a new UVMMC program announced on the first day of Black History Month that’s aimed at closing the patient inequity gap when it comes to patient hair care, NBC5 reported.
    Read full story at NBC5
  • StorySlam Rx: Humbling Moments in Medicine Shared Out Loud
    January 23, 2024 by Janet Essman Franz
    Medical students, faculty, physicians, and hospital staff stepped up to the microphone on January 18 to tell true stories about their most humbling moments at the sixth annual StorySlamRx: Voices in Medicine. Alpha Omega Alpha and Gold Humanism Honor Society members organized and hosted the event, held in the Hoehl Gallery. Inspired by The Moth live storytelling, story slam provides a safe space to share personal experiences and connect with others over shared emotions. For people in the medical community, telling and listening to each other’s stories facilitates wellness and quells burnout.
  • Leffler Explains Return of UVMMC Mask Mandate in VT Digger Article
    January 10, 2024 by Lucy Gardner Carson
    (JANUARY 10, 2024) The University of Vermont Medical Center is reviving its mask mandate for staff who work with patients. Stephen Leffler, M.D., president and chief operating officer of the hospital and professor of emergency medicine, says masking is a “simple step that we can take to keep our patients safe,” VT Digger reported.
    Read full story at VT Digger
  • Wolfson Interviewed by WCAX about UVMMC ED Peer Recovery Coaches
    November 10, 2023 by Lucy Gardner Carson
    (NOVEMBER 10, 2023) Daniel Wolfson, M.D., associate professor of emergency medicine, commented to WCAX-TV for a story on a pre-pandemic addiction treatment program that embedded peer recovery coaches in the UVM Medical Center emergency department—now it’s back, after an extended pandemic pause.
    Read full story at WCAX-TV
  • Pulcini Comments to STAT about Study on Lasting Effects of Gun Violence in Survivors
    November 6, 2023 by Lucy Gardner Carson
    (NOVEMBER 6, 2023) Christian Pulcini, M.D., M.Ed., M.P.H., assistant professor of emergency medicine, was interviewed by STAT for an article about a new study on the lasting effects of gun violence on young survivors.
    Read full story at STAT
  • Vieth Featured in WCAX Interview on Violence Against Frontline Health Care Staff
    October 27, 2023 by Lucy Gardner Carson
    (OCTOBER 27, 2023) Julie Vieth, M.D., assistant professor of emergency medicine and assistant medical director of the Emergency Department at the University of Vermont Medical Center, was featured in a story on WCAX-TV about a UVM Health Network project spotlighting violence against frontline health care staff.
    Read full story at WCAX-TV
  • New York Times Features UVMMC Emergency Department Video by Kielman and Mercer
    October 24, 2023 by Lucy Gardner Carson
    (OCTOBER 24, 2023) A powerful video on violence in the Emergency Department at the University of Vermont Medical Center by Roland Kielman and Ryan Mercer, communications specialists with the University of Vermont Health Network, with text by Helen Ouyang, M.D., M.P.H., associate professor at Columbia University, was featured in the New York Times Opinion section.
    Read full story at New York Times
  • UVM Professor Receives $1.3M Grant for Trauma Research
    October 10, 2023 by Angela Ferrante
  • Freeman Participating in New $12.1 Million Trauma Research with UPMC
    October 9, 2023 by Lucy Gardner Carson
    (OCTOBER 9, 2023) Kalev Freeman, M.D., associate professor of emergency medicine, is part of a University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) research team working on a new $12.1 million trauma research program, UPMC’s Inside Life Changing Medicine reports.
    Read full story at Inside Life Changing Medicine
  • McNamara Comments to WCAX about Narcan Availability
    September 25, 2023 by Lucy Gardner Carson
    (SEPTEMBER 25, 2023) Mariah McNamara, M.D., M.P.H., associate professor of emergency medicine at Larner and medical director of emergency medicine at the UVM Medical Center, commented to WCAX-TV about dispensing more Narcan to the community.
    Read full story at WCAX-TV
  • Summer Scholars: Medical Students Dive Into Research
    September 12, 2023 by Janet Essman Franz
    Each summer, many rising second-year medical students engage in clinical, basic science or health policy-related research projects under the guidance of expert faculty. The students choose their topics based on personal passions and immerse themselves in projects tackling medical puzzles and unmet health needs. Engaging in research can be among the most valuable experiences during a medical education.
  • Incentive Scholarship Supports Larner Graduates Practicing in Vermont
    September 7, 2023 by Janet Essman Franz
    Cliff Reilly '24 aspires to work at a small community hospital in Vermont. As the inaugural recipient of an incentive scholarship that will pay back his medical school loans, this goal is within Reilly's grasp. The incentive aims to strengthen the physician workforce pipeline into Vermont, as the state competes nationally and globally to attract and retain a geographically distributed physician workforce.
  • Barkhuff Opines on Health Effects of Climate Change in VTDigger
    July 24, 2023 by Lucy Gardner Carson
    (JULY 24, 2023) “Existing scientific studies show that, as the mercury climbs, so do hospital admissions,” writes Daniel Barkhuff, M.D., assistant professor of emergency medicine, in an opinion piece in VTDigger warning of the health effects of climate change.
    Read full story at VTDigger
  • Mental Health Care for Children Lagging After Firearm Injury, Study Finds
    June 23, 2023 by Janet Essman Franz
    A study by UVM researchers and colleagues finds mental health care lagging after firearm injury, which increases risk for serious mental health conditions.
  • Healio Covers Pulcini Study on Access Rates of Mental Health Services after Pediatric Firearm Injury
    June 7, 2023 by Lucy Gardner Carson
    (JUNE 7, 2023) Greater efforts are needed to connect children with mental health services after a firearm injury, according to a study by a research consortium of Children’s Hospital Association professionals that included Christian D. Pulcini, M.D., M.Ed., M.P.H., assistant professor of emergency medicine, Healio reported.
    Read full story at Healio
  • Medical Students, Faculty, & Staff Recognized at Class of ’23 Honors Night
    May 17, 2023 by Jennifer Nachbur
    The Larner College of Medicine medical Class of 2023 Honors Night on May 15 featured recognition and awards for graduating medical students, faculty, and staff.
  • Delaney Tells Vox Safe Firearm Storage Is Key to Reducing Gun Violence
    April 26, 2023 by Lucy Gardner Carson
    (APRIL 26, 2023) Health care professionals play a critical role in promoting safe firearm storage, Associate Professor of Pediatrics Thomas Delaney, Ph.D., — who does suicide prevention work at the Larner College of Medicine — told Vox.
    Read full story at Vox
  • Wells Named Inaugural Director of Social Medicine at Larner
    March 22, 2023 by Jennifer Nachbur
    Christa Zehle, M.D., senior associate dean for medical education, has announced the appointment of Katie Wells, M.D., M.P.H., as the inaugural director of social medicine in the Office of Medical Education at the Larner College of Medicine at the University of Vermont, effective April 3, 2023.
  • Leffler, Eappen Comment to The Other Paper on New Surgery Facility
    February 23, 2023 by Lucy Gardner Carson
    (FEBRUARY 23, 2023) Stephen Leffler, M.D., M.H.C.D.S., professor of emergency medicine and president and CEO of the UVM Medical Center, and Sunil Eappen, M.D., M.B.A., president and CEO of the UVM Health Network, spoke to The Other Paper about UVMMC’s request for state approval to build a new surgery facility at its current Tilley Drive complex in South Burlington.
    Read full story at The Other Paper