May 29, 2019 | Volume I, Issue 6
Class of 2019 Commencement Marks Milestones, Celebrates Transformation
On Sunday, May 19, faculty, family and friends joyfully gathered in Ira Allen Chapel to celebrate 104 new physicians in the Class of 2019. The ceremony marked the first Commencement for Dean Richard L. Page, M.D and the last for outgoing UVM President Tom Sullivan, who received a standing ovation at the event in recognition of his service.
Keynote speaker Rebecca Wilcox, M.D., associate professor of pathology and laboratory medicine, advised the graduates to store and use the same “transformed energy” that fueled them through their medical education for patient care and advocacy, and show gratitude to teammates and themselves.
Student speaker Katherine Conn Warther, M.D.'19, echoed Wilcox's theme, saying "The beautiful thing about a career in medicine is that this transformation will continue to happen in every one of us throughout our professional lives."Read more
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Pediatrics Wins the Clinical Department of the Year Award
During the Class of 2019 Honors Night on May 13, student representatives Hyunsoo No, M.D.’19 (far left) and Niko Patel, M.D.’19 (far right) presented the Department of the Year Award to the Department of Pediatrics on behalf of the senior class. The award comes with an engraved acknowledgement on the coveted Silver Shovel, and was one of several awards presented by the senior class to honor faculty and staff members. Pictured above with Drs. No and Patel are, from left, Associate Professor of Pediatrics Andrea Green, M.D.; Professor of Pediatrics William Raszka, M.D.; Associate Professor and Interim Senior Associate Dean Christa Zehle, M.D.’99; and Chair and Professor of Pediatrics Lewis First, M.D. with the Silver Shovel.
Read more about all of the Honors Night awardees.
College Staff Earn Master's DegreesSeveral Larner College of Medicine staff members celebrated a master’s degree from UVM this year. From left: Cary Jewkes, director of medical student admissions, earned a Master in Education, and Sarah Keblin, Vermont Cancer Center communications manager, was awarded a Master of Public Administration; and Rajan Chawla, technology services faculty technology liaison; Erin Post, M.Ed., medical communications senior writer; and Ian McHale, office of clinical trials clinical research coordinator earned their Master of Public Health (M.P.H.). Congratulations!
Research Collaborations: Glioblastoma from the Bench to the Bedside
Assistant Professor of Medicine Alissa Thomas, M.D. and Assistant Professor of Biochemistry Delphine Quenet, Ph.D., comprise one of many collaborative teams at the UVM Cancer Center working from the bench to the bedside and back to the bench to tackle some of cancer’s toughest challenges. With pilot funding awarded from the UVM Cancer Center, the pair are advancing a novel approach to treating glioblastoma, a particularly hard-to-treat form of brain cancer.
Learn more about UVM cancer research.
UVM Health Network Launches “Confronting the Opioid Crisis” Website
The University of Vermont Health Network has launched a dedicated website to highlight and share information about the collaborative work being done in Vermont and Northern New York to confront the opioid crisis. Developed with input from community and government partners, the site features perspectives, news, and stories of innovation, research, and recovery from local, regional, and national sources. Visitors can sign up for updates to stay informed about new postings and are encouraged to share or suggest a story to be explored and featured on the site.
In 2017, New York City resident Brian Maas suffered a severe heart attack while visiting Vermont and received care in the intensive care unit (ICU) at the UVM Medical Center. His daughter, Young Adult genre best-selling author Sarah J. Maas included a message of gratitude for her father’s caregivers in the acknowledgements of her most recent book, A Court of Frost and Starlight:
The incredible ICU team...will forever have my deepest gratitude. Not only for saving my father's life, but also for the unparalleled care and compassion that he (and my entire family) received during the two weeks we spent camped out in the hospital. […] You offered my family a ray of hope in the darkest days of our lives, and never once made us feel the tremendous weight of the odds stacked against us...thank you for all you do and have done, both for my family and for countless others.”
Larner Resource: Scholarworks@UVM
ScholarWorks@UVM provides easy online access to scholarly materials created by UVM faculty, staff, and students and their collaborators. The goal is to both increase access to the scholarly and creative output of the University, and to manage the preservation of these works in digital form.
The Larner College of Medicine’s collection features a variety of materials, including faculty publications, Teaching Academy Mud Season Retreat and Grand Round presentations, Family Medicine & Public Health projects, and more. The map above shows where—in the world— Larner College of Medicine publications in ScholarWorks have been downloaded. Dana Librarians can advise you on submission to ScholarWorks. Contact your library liaison or email firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
Citation HighlightsInhibition of the chimeric DnaJ-PKAc enzyme by endogenous inhibitor proteins. Averill AM, Rehman HT, Charles JW, Dinh TA, Danyal K, Verschraegen CF, Stein GS, Dostmann WR, Ramsey JE. J Cell Biochem. 2019 Apr 2. doi: 10.1002/jcb.28651. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 30938854
- Frequency and Prognostic Significance of Acute Kidney Recovery in Patients Who Underwent Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation. Azarbal A, Leadholm KL, Ashikaga T, Solomon RJ, Dauerman HL. Am J Cardiol. 2018 Mar 1;121(5):634-641. doi: 10.1016/j.amjcard.2017.11.043. Epub 2017 Dec 13. PMID: 29329828 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
- Novel Surfactant Administration Techniques: Will They Change Outcome? Barkhuff WD, Soll RF. Neonatology. 2019 Apr 11;115(4):411-422. doi: 10.1159/000497328. [Epub ahead of print] Review. PMID: 30974437 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
- The role of maternal T cell and macrophage activation in preterm birth: Cause or consequence? Bonney EA, Johnson MR. Placenta. 2019 Apr;79:53-61. doi: 10.1016/j.placenta.2019.03.003. Epub 2019 Mar 9. Review. PMID: 30929747 [PubMed - in process]
- Effect of a clinical evidence technology on patient skin disease outcomes in primary care: a cluster-randomized controlled trial. Burke M, Littenberg B. J Med Libr Assoc. 2019 Apr;107(2):151-162. doi: 10.5195/jmla.2019.581. Epub 2019 Apr 1. PMID: 31019383 [PubMed - in process] Free PMC Article
- Social media optimization in medicine: A journal's perspective. Chi G, Cushman M. Res Pract Thromb Haemost. 2019 Apr 1;3(2):144-146. doi: 10.1002/rth2.12199. eCollection 2019 Apr. No abstract available. PMID: 31011694 [PubMed] Free PMC Article
- Ten years of collaboration in Honduras. Chuang LT. Int J Gynecol Cancer. 2019 May 9. pii: ijgc-2019-000487. doi: 10.1136/ijgc-2019-000487. [Epub ahead of print] No abstract available. PMID: 31076450 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]