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April 22nd-26th, 2024


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Class Information- All Classes

  • Tell Us About Your Pet! Do you have a pet you love? Larner is planning a pet spotlight series on social media. Please submit a high-quality photo along with your name/pronouns /area of study/class year, pet's name, age, breed/species, and 1-paragraph description. Example spotlight: Meet Scooby, our first Larner Pet Spotlight of the semester! Scooby is a chatty five-year-old great dane who belongs to M1 student John Glenn. Scooby loves watching birds and squirrels through the window, scrounging for scraps of pizza, and bouncing for attention. John attests that Scooby is incredibly curious and sweet, and his "best friend in the whole world". Submit photos and descriptions to Margie Brenner, Digital Content Specialist.

 

Class of 2024

  • AAMCNews is collecting 55-word stories from 4th year medical students- deadline to submit is May 3. We are looking for reflections from graduating seniors on any aspect of their medical school journey – the moment when they decided on a specialty, an interaction with a patient or professor, how they’ve changed, what they found challenging or exciting, or any other reflection on medical school. We are collecting the responses via Google forms at this link, and will print a selection of responses in mid-May.

 

Class of 2025

  • Co2025: Seeking Student Members of the Admissions Committee- deadline April 29, 2024. The Admissions Committee is accepting applications for student members for the 2024-2025 season. To apply, please fill out the application here. Preference will be given to students who have worked as ambassadors or MMI interviewers, but all are welcome to apply.
  • Co2025- CDC Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) Fellowship- application deadline June 5, 2024, 5 PM. The CDC Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) fellowship has been investigating and responding to public health threats since 1951. This fellowship offers a 2-year hands on experience where EIS officers serve on the forefront of public health, protecting Americans and the global community, while training under the guidance of seasoned mentors. Officers are based at CDC sites or state, tribal, local, and territorial health departments. Apply at this link. Frequently Asked Questions about eligibility, fellowship details, benefits, and much more are here. Contact this email for specific questions.
  • Co2025: Applications for Look @ Larner Leadership are Now Open- will take place from September 27-28, 2024 at LCOM. Apply here.
  • Co2025: Visiting Students Elective Opportunity (ONLINE)- Compassion & Resilience Training- remote throughout 2024-2025 via University of Illinois COM Peoria. The Compassion, Resilience, and Emotional Awareness Training for Healthcare Professionals – CREATE Non-Clinical Elective, taught by Dr. Marcelo Bento Soares, will enable development of skills that promote emotional awareness, attention stabilization and clarity, meta-awareness, self-compassion, and compassion towards others. Deepening our experience of common humanity and the realization that others (our patients) are “just like me” enables the arousal of feelings of warm-heartedness, such that upon attending to someone’s vulnerability, empathic concern, and engaged compassion will naturally arise, i.e,the aspiration to bring about some level of comfort and a growing sense of urgency to act in whatever way possible to promote some healing. This course will be offered on Zoom, and will include didactic sessions, reflective writing exercises, guided meditation practices, small group and whole class discussions. For more information, please visit the course catalog (pgs.1 -2) as well as the UICOMP visiting students page .

 

Class of 2026

  • Co2026: Medical Education Working Group Looking for Student Reps- deadline Monday, April 29th at 12PM. The Thematic Working Group, a working group of the Medical Curriculum Committee (MCC) is looking for a class representative from the class of 2026 and 2027. The Charge of this group is to review the location (horizontal and vertical integration), quantity, and quality of thematic content in the curriculum, (ex. reproductive rights, EBMs, Palliative Care, etc.) and making recommendations for curriculum improvements to the Medical Curriculum Committee. Topics change quarterly at the recommendation of the working group and/or MCC, and meetings are held monthly. If interested, please forward a paragraph/statement of interest to Colleen Case no later than Monday, April 29 at noon. For additional information regarding this working group, please contact Colleen.
  • Co2026: Applications for Look @ Larner Leadership are Now Open- will take place from September 27-28, 2024 at LCOM. Apply here.

 

Class of 2027

  • Co2027: Medical Education Working Group Looking for Student Reps- deadline Monday, April 29th at 12PM. The Thematic Working Group, a working group of the Medical Curriculum Committee (MCC) is looking for a class representative from the class of 2026 and 2027. The Charge of this group is to review the location (horizontal and vertical integration), quantity, and quality of thematic content in the curriculum, (ex. reproductive rights, EBMs, Palliative Care, etc.) and making recommendations for curriculum improvements to the Medical Curriculum Committee. Topics change quarterly at the recommendation of the working group and/or MCC, and meetings are held monthly. If interested, please forward a paragraph/statement of interest to Colleen Case no later than Monday, April 29 at noon. For additional information regarding this working group, please contact Colleen.
  • Co2027: Seeking Nominations for new co2027 LEAP Committee Representatives! Deadline Wednesday, May 1. The Learning Environment and Professionalism Committee is seeking nominations or self-nominations for 2 Vermont campus students and 1 Connecticut campus student from the Class of 2027. Full information here.
  • Co2027: Applications for Look @ Larner Leadership are Now Open- will take place from September 27-28, 2024 at LCOM. Apply here.

Upcoming and Ongoing Opportunities

  •  Find an alumni mentor! Every Monday in April, Every Tuesday in May, 12-2 pm Courtyard at Given, 1 South. The Alumni Office can connect you with alumni to support you as you progress through your med school journey! Join a member of the Larner Alumni Relations team to get connected to alumni and all of the resources they provide. Looking for guidance about a specialty or a place to stay during interviews? This is your opportunity to tell us what you need so we can match you up with a Larner alum who is excited to help! If you can’t make it in-person, but still want to connect, please email Dan Suder, Associate Director of Alumni Relations.
  • Volunteering Opportunity at Family Room- now through June 2024. The Family Room is seeking medical students to volunteer for their various programs (e.g., Supergroup, Supergroup Swim, and Garden Days). This local organization is a parent-child center that provides inclusive programs for all, including New Americans, refugees, and BIPOC families. More details about both opportunities can be found on the spreadsheet linked here. Before volunteering, you'll need to complete an intake form. You can find the link to the form in the top right corner of the spreadsheet. Once you've completed the intake form, please notify Claire Baptiste. Don’t hesitate to reach out with questions and share the opportunity with other classmates! Thanks!
  • Drop-In Hours with AHEC- Tuesdays, 11:30-1:30 through the end of May; at the Given Rolling Table/Counter (generally located in front of MedComm office space). These drop-in hours are provided for students and residents to connect with members of the AHEC team. Drop-in hours are offered regularly to ensure AHEC staff are available on-site to discuss our programs, including the AHEC Scholars Program, AHEC’s incentive scholarships and educational loan repayment programs, Vermont physician job placement services, and more. Schedule a time to visit with a specific member of the AHEC team or drop by any Tuesday between 11:30-1:30 to visit with the AHEC team member on-site. For more information, contact: Jennifer Gaudreau, CPRP, Physician Placement Professional or Patti Smith-Urie, MA, Outreach Professional
  • Deadline: NHSC Scholarship Program- Thursday, April 25th, 2024, 7:30 PM. The National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Scholarship Program awards scholarships to students pursuing eligible primary care health professions training. It’s the perfect opportunity to fund your health care career. Get financial support for your education and in return, serve at least two years in a community in need. Full info here.
  • Summer Opportunity for Graduate Students- Saturday, July 13 to Saturday, July 20 at VTSU Castleton Campus. Paid opportunity for graduate health professions students to join an interprofessional teaching/mentoring team at the 2024 Governor's Institute on Heath & Medicine! The GIV Institue on Health & Medicine is a 7-day, 6-night residential science enrichment and health career exploration program for high school students. Southern Vermont AHEC is seeking graduate health professions students to serve in two shifts - DAY mentors and NIGHT mentors. The mentor position includes in-person and asynchronous training (approximately 40 hours total) and one week of on-site mentoring and instructing (approximately 60 hours) at the weeklong institute. The stipend amount is $1,500. Mentors help with all aspects of the program during their shift and will have the flexibility to create their own active and hands-on learning modules for students. Please contact Amanda Richardson at SVTAHEC for training dates and additional details. This is an AHEC Scholars eligible activity for LCOM medical students. In addition to medical students, the interprofessional team includes graduate PT, Nursing, PA, and is open to all health professions students.

 

Events

  • Matter of Mind: My Parkinson's documentary screening and panel discussion- Tuesday, April 23rd, 7-8:45PM, virtual. Matter of Mind: My Parkinson's, coordinated by the National AHEC Organization presents the poignant true stories of individuals living with a degenerative illness. Join us for a film screening of the documentary Matter of Mind: My Parkinson's followed by a panel conversation/Q&A with film director and producer, Anna Moot-Levin and film participant, political cartoonist, and graphic novelist, Peter Dunlap-Shohl. The event will consist of a showing of the 57-minute documentary, followed by a panel discussion featuring one of the film’s subjects as well as a producer of the film. Click here to watch the trailer; more information and registration link here.
  • DesignMED SIG Lunch with BME Faculty- Wednesday, April 24, 12-1PM, MedEd Center 206. This will be a lunch event for DesignMED SIG members to hear from UVM BME faculty about current research in biodesign and opportunities to get involved- sponsored by the DesignMED SIG. Contact Jill Rogers for more information.
  • Repayment Strategies for Graduating Medical Students (with MLOC Demo)-Wednesday, April 24, 2024, 1 PM, virtual. Prepared for the Graduating Class of 2024, this LIVE webinar will include an overview of our new Guide to Money Management and Student Loans as well as an MLOC demonstration. We will review sections of the guide that showcase repayment plan options, postponing payments, whether refinancing or consolidating is right for you, and look at forgiveness programs for student loans. The session will wrap up with a special demonstration of the MLOC to assist graduating medical students on how to utilize the tool and help choose the right payment plan! Register now for access to the session and join to ask your questions LIVE.
  • Spotlight on Primary Care Series: Professional Advocacy with the Vermont Medical Society- Wednesday, May 1, 2024; 12:00-1:00 p.m-MedEd 300/The Reardon Classroom. **This one-hour session is an AHEC Scholars eligible activity. Participants will learn about… 1. Learn about the Vermont Medical Society and its Advocacy on Behalf of Physicians 2. Hear directly from physician advocates on different ways to advocate and the benefit to their practice and their wellness 3. Explore how you can get involved in advocacy. Brown bag event: bring your lunch and we’ll bring the snacks—first come, first served. Full information here.
  • Kahn Family Fund Speaker Event with Dr. Hargarten- Wednesday, May 1, 1:30PM- Davis Auditorium. Join us for an engaging forum on injury prevention featuring Dr. Stephen Hargarten, an esteemed emergency medicine physician with over 35 years of experience. Dr. Hargarten is a leading expert in injury prevention and control, renowned for his pioneering research that has significantly advanced our understanding of various injury issues. This forum, part of the Kahn Family Fund Speaker Series, will be facilitated by FM, Peds, and Global Health SIG leaders. Don't miss this opportunity to learn from Dr. Hargarten's extensive experience and expertise in this field as we discuss ways physicians can advance injury prevention initiatives. For more information, please see our flyer linked here.
  • Coffee/Tea/Cocoa with Dean Zehle-Friday, May 3, 7:30-8:15, outside Given Courtyard N100. Dean Zehle would like to invite you to stop by before class/rotations to join her for coffee/tea/cocoa. Feel free to stop by for a chat, catch up on events, share a story – whatever you would like to talk about – or simply feel free to grab a drink and head off to start your day! She often hosts special guests and looks forward to seeing you whenever you are able to come by. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to her Executive Assistant, Colleen Case for more information.

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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). Don't hesitate to ask housing contacts if they would consider lowering the advertised rate to secure a graduate student; it never hurts to ask!

Explore housing opportunities & housing support resources via the UVM Off-campus Housing Site...

Burlington Off-campus Living Guide: Includes information to help off-campus students have successful experiences off campus. Check out the 6th edition of the UVM Off-Campus Student and Community Relations (OSCR) Off Campus Living Guide....

Landlord/Tenant and Housing Questions and Issues: Please contact OSCR (802-656-9405)

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.