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The MSCAN database includes medical student-led volunteer activities across the U.S.

A COVID-19 Action Network Takes Shape

On March 13, as the COVID-19 pandemic swept through communities large and small, Vinh Le ’23 founded the Medical Student COVID-19 Action Network (MSCAN) to help coordinate medical student-led volunteer efforts. With the help of 23 of his Larner classmates, he developed a list of contacts at every accredited U.S. medical school in the U.S. and began reaching out to them to gather data. The MSCAN database now contains hundreds of volunteer activities from 104+ schools in 40 states. The effort is supported by 57 medical students from the College and over 240 additional contributors.

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Gia Eapen ’22

Feeding Healthcare Workers

With clinical clerkships on hold in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, Gia Eapen ’22 and Sylvia Lane ’22 needed a way to feel useful. The LCOMcares Service Corps, a group of faculty, staff and students formed to help the community through this public health crisis, introduced them to Frontline Foods, a national organization that’s uniting hospitals with area restaurants to feed healthcare workers. Financial donations from the community pay local restaurants to prepare individually packaged meals that are then transported to area hospitals. Eapen and Lane have been in charge of marketing for Frontline Foods’ Vermont chapter, which boasts over 50 restaurants as members.

Claudia Russell ’22 (pictured on screen) teaches tai chi to Maria DesRochiers,

Connecting with Elderly Community Members

To help nursing home residents who can’t have visitors during the COVID-19 pandemic stay connected and engaged, Larner College of Medicine students organized a series of virtual activities at Vermont facilities. With leadership from Claudia Russell ’22 and Ashleigh Peterson ’22, and with the guidance of Janet Nunziata, M.S., associate director of the UVM Center on Aging and coordinator of the Queen City Memory Café, students have hosted virtual sing-alongs, tai chi lessons, book readings and more for residents of nursing homes in Burlington, Bristol, Montpelier and other Vermont towns.

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