June 16, 2021 | Volume III, Issue 12
A Look Back on 40+ Years in the Department of PediatricsIn 1977, during one of four interview rounds for her first Department of Pediatrics position, Sue Victory was asked if she could commit to staying for at least two years — now, “here I am, going on 44 years this November,” she laughs.
Over the more than four decades since joining the front desk team at University Pediatrics, Ms. Victory has seen many changes, most notably the significant expansion of the Department of Pediatrics and branding of Vermont Children’s Hospital (now UVM Children’s Hospital). She became associated with the University of Vermont’s College of Medicine in the late 1980s/early 1990s when she became administrative manager for the department in addition to her University Pediatrics duties. Up until 2002, she handled the medical group for pediatrics primary care and specialty care. In conjunction with the branding of Vermont Children’s Hospital, she transitioned from her work with the medical group to take on a more diverse role as a liaison and resource for inpatient and outpatient care. She has handled human resources tasks, including recruitments, often meeting with physician candidates, and sharing information about working for both a hospital and university, and budgeting for both the clinical and academic sides of the department. She was also responsible for internal and external promotion of the Children’s Hospital.
Ms. Victory’s skill in taking on numerous roles during her tenure has been recognized by her colleagues. “I was always curious, wanting to learn more,” she says.
Ms. Victory has worked for every single department chair, including the late R. James McKay, M.D., who was the department’s founding faculty member and first chair; the late Carol Lee Phillips, M.D.; former interim chair Richard Colletti, M.D., professor of pediatrics emeritus; and current chair, Lewis First, M.D.
“There is no job Sue will not take on if asked—and that is more appreciated than words can describe,” says Dr. First. “Her creative ideas have contributed to the strong morale and collaborative spirit between staff and providers, as well as helped us achieve the strong patient satisfaction ratings that we receive annually.”
Read the full article about Ms. Victory’s career at UVM here.
Pictured above: Ms. Victory. Text reads: "Congratulations, Sue Victory!"
Chaarani, Garavan Publish Latest ABCD Study Findings
A new study published June 7 online in Nature Neuroscience by Assistant Professor of Psychiatry Bader Chaarani, Ph.D., and colleagues, features youth brain activation data from the largest longitudinal neuroimaging study to date. Specifically, the findings—part of the Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development Study (ABCD) Study—provide valuable new information on the cognitive processes and brain systems that underlie adolescent development and might contribute to mental and physical health challenges in adulthood.
Notable brain, cognitive, and emotional maturation—as well as the emergence of many mental health disorders—occur between the ages of 10 and 20, but most human neuroimaging studies to date have focused on adult functioning. Understanding neurodevelopment and how it is impacted by numerous risk factors emergent during adolescence is a critical area of interest.
“This study—likely the biggest task activation paper ever—shows the brain regions activated by each task, how well they capture individual differences, and will likely serve as a baseline for all the subsequent papers that will track the kids as they age,” says Hugh Garavan, Ph.D., professor of psychiatry at the University of Vermont, and a senior author on the study.
The brain activation maps and other findings from the study “will serve as a gold standard for the neuroscientific community and could help inform [future] study design,” says Dr. Chaarani.
Alicia Poquette, Office/Program Support Generalist, Office of Primary Care and Area Health Education Centers Program
Helping to care for the community–either in person or behind the scenes–has been the focus of Alicia Poquette’s career for more than 10 years. She brought that commitment and experience to the University of Vermont when she joined the Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) office in November 2019.
In her position, Ms. Poquette is responsible for collecting, entering, and maintaining data pertaining to programs delivered and/or coordinated by Vermont's AHEC network.
“Alicia Poquette is a welcomed addition to our team,” says Colleen Safford, assistant director of the Office of Primary Care and AHEC Program. “As point person for all data entry, Alicia knows when and what questions to ask, and is knowledgeable about identifying data inconsistencies [that need to be] reconciled.”
Born in Burlington, Vt., and brought up in Waitsfield, Vt., she worked first in finance at Ben & Jerry’s and then later worked as a health assistant at Folsom Education Center in South Hero, Vt., prior to joining UVM. For nearly a decade, she provided direct health care for a school of more than 130 students and 20 staff, and served as a liaison between families, primary care clinicians, and the school.
“I find my current role really rewarding, as it offers me the opportunity to work with an amazing group of people, helping to support workforce development and education so that all Vermonters have access to quality healthcare, including those who live in Vermont’s most rural areas,” says Ms. Poquette.
“Alicia understands our mission and the importance of her role and work,” says Elizabeth Cote, director of the Office of Primary Care and AHEC Program. “Through her attention to detail and accurate data entry we are able to show the collective impact of the VT AHEC Network.”
Pictured above: Ms. Poquette (courtesy photo). Text reads: “Meet the Staff.”
Larner Receives a B+ on LGBTQ+ Equity Report Card
Through a new initiative called the “LGBTQ+ Equity Report Card,” the National Medical Student Pride Alliance (MSPA), seeks to “survey current medical students to collect and share information about safety and support for LGBTQ+ individuals at medical schools in the United States.”
When the Report Card was launched in 2020, MSPA indicated that while survey responses from participating schools were limited, each of the 35 schools had at least two student respondents. Larner was one of five schools that received a B+ grade, meeting expectations for eleven criteria. Only one school, Oregon Health and Science University School of Medicine, received a higher grade (A-).
[Graphic description: Horizontal bars in green, yellow, orange, and blue arranged in rainbow order with grade scale from A - D in background. B+ horizontal bar is highlighted in white and B+ is circled. Text reads: “Report Card 2021 LGBTQ+ Equity:”]
Save-the-Date: July 9 at 5:00 PM
Join the UVM Larner Med Social Justice Coalition Book Club on July 9 from 5:00 - 7:00 PM for a guided discussion of Edward Said’s “The Question of Palestine.”
All Larner faculty, staff, alumni, graduate students, and medical students are welcome to attend.
[Image description: Class of 2024 med student and SJC member Erik Zhang sits under a tree reading Edward Said’s book “The Question of Palestine.” Text overlaid on top of image reads “Join the UVMLarnerMed Social Justice Coalition Book Club July 9, 2021 | 5:00 - 7:00 PM”]
Accolades & Appointments
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Waheed W, Carey ME, Tandan SR, Tandan R. Post COVID-19 vaccine small fiber neuropathy. Muscle Nerve. 2021 Apr 13. doi: 10.1002/mus.27251. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 33851437.
Whitman TJ, Noyes CD, Hale AJ, Singh D, DeVoe SG, Repp AB, Pierce KK, Polish LB, Kirkpatrick BD, Dejace J, Smith LM, Lahey T, Huston CD, Catoe LJ, Ghatage P, Bullis S, Alston WK. Impact and costs of a hepatitis C virus screening programme for adults hospitalised at an academic medical centre. BMJ Open Qual. 2021 Feb;10(1):e001248. doi: 10.1136/bmjoq-2020-001248. PMID: 33593729; PMCID:PMC7888362.
Goyal RK, Dawson CA, Epstein SB, Brach RJ, Finnie SM, Lounsbury KM, Lahey T, Eldakar-Hein ST. “The Design and Implementation of a Longitudinal Social Medicine Curriculum at the University of Vermont’s Larner College of Medicine” BMC Medical Education 2021 Feb 24;21(1):131. doi: 10.1186/s12909-021-02533-x.
Stein CM, Benchek P, Bartlett J, Igo RP, Sobota RS, Chervenak K, Mayanja- Kizza H, von Reyn CF, Lahey T, Bush WS, Boom WH, Scott WK, Marsit C, Sirugo G, Williams SM. Methylome-wide analysis reveals epigenetic marks associated with resistance to tuberculosis in HIV-infected individuals from East Africa. J Infect Dis. 2021 Jan 5:jiaa785. doi: 10.1093/infdis/jiaa785. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 33400784.
Lahey T. How Should Clinicians Respond if Patient HIV Denial Could Exacerbate Racial Health Inequities? AMA J Ethics. 2021 May 1;23(5):E382-387. doi: 10.1001/amajethics.2021.382. PMID: 34038345.
Ivanova MY, Achenbach TM, Rescorla LA, Turner LV, Dumas JA, Almeida V, Anafarta-Sendag M, Carlos Caldas J, Chen YC, da Silva Oliveira M, Erol N, Funabiki Y, Guðmundsson HS, Kim YA, Leite M, Liu J, Markovic J, Misiec M, Oh KJ, Shi S, Sigurðardóttir SH, Sokoli E, Tomasevic T, Zasępa E. The generalizability of empirically derived syndromes of collateral-reported elder psychopathology across 11 societies. Res Nurs Health. 2021 Jun 14. doi: 10.1002/nur.22161. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 34125443.
Adotama P, Hutson SD, Rieder EA, Stein JA, Kim RH. Revisiting Solitary Pedunculated Lipofibromas. Am J Clin Pathol. 2021 Jun 14:aqab075. doi: 10.1093/ajcp/aqab075. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 34124747.
Viswanathan S, Ciccocioppo R, Galipeau J, Krampera M, Le Blanc K, Martin I, Moniz K, Nolta J, Phinney DG, Shi Y, Szczepiorkowski ZM, Tarte K, Weiss DJ, Ashford P. Consensus International Council for Commonality in Blood Banking Automation-International Society for Cell & Gene Therapy statement on standard nomenclature abbreviations for the tissue of origin of mesenchymal stromal cells. Cytotherapy. 2021 Jun 8:S1465-3249(21)00644-7. doi: 10.1016/j.jcyt.2021.04.009. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 34116944.
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