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February 19th-23rd, 2024


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CLASS INFORMATION

  • Leadership & Education Program for Students in Integrative Medicine- June 2-7, 2024; deadline March 1st. The Leadership & Education Program for Students in Integrative Medicine is a flagship program of the Academic Consortium, focused on leadership skills, integrative medicine education, self-care, and project management. The application deadline is March 1, 2024. Learn more and apply at this link.
  • Parking Notice-Undergraduate Spring Break-Please be aware-Friday, March 9th-Saturday, March 17th. During UVM UG Spring Break, all valid permits will be allowed parking in all campus parking lots, except the Beaumont Lot (seen in yellow here). You still need to have an active permit to avoid being ticketed. 

  • NOW OPEN - 2024 Dr. Hope Babette Tang Humanism in Healthcare Essay Contest- deadline Wednesday, March 13. This year’s essay prompt: Using a provided quote, reflect on an experience in any healthcare setting where you or another healthcare team member worked to put the person at the center of care... More information here.

 

Class of 2024

  • Co2024: Application deadline - Howe Award for Excellence in Surgery- Thursday, February 22nd, 2024.Established by Harry Howe MD’52, this award ($1000) will recognize a student for excellence in the field. To be considered submit an essay (<1000 words) on, “The Attributes of an Outstanding Physician” along with a brief personal statement. Submit to Lisa Washburn by 2/15/2024.
  • Co2024- Apply for the 4th Year Global Health Elective by March 11th, 2024. To learn more please watch the recording of last year's introductory meeting for the Global Health Electives. You can access the recording by clicking on the following link: Zoom Recording Link. If you are interested in participating in the Global Health elective during the winter-spring months of 2025, we kindly ask you to fill out the application form using this link: Application Form Link. To ensure smooth preparations, we request that you submit your application no later than March 11, 2024.For more information about the program and Global Health sites, please visit our website at nuvancegh.org. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to the GH program coordinator, Dilyara Nurkhametova, via email at Dilyara.nurkhametova@nuvancehealth.org.
  • Co2024: Save-the-Date for Match Day!- Friday, March 15, 11:45AM, Davis Center Grand Maple Ballroom (4th Floor.) Match Day 2024 is fast approaching and many of you have begun making plans for family and friends to join you for this important milestone in your medical school career. Tickets will not be required for guests. Match Day will be livestreamed and recorded. The link to the livestream will be shared with the Class of 2024 and posted on med.uvm.edu as Match Day approaches. To ensure all guests are able to enjoy the event, CART (Communication Access Realtime Translation) will be available. If you have a guest attending Match Day that needs an ASL interpreter please contact Liz Dohrman no later than February 23 with the specific services your guest needs. Class of 2024 students participating in Match Day should plan to arrive at the Scarlet Oak Lounge at 11:15 A.M. on March 15th. The Scarlet Oak Lounge is located at the base of the stairs on the 3rd floor in the Davis Center. Your class will meet in this space to process into the Grand Maple Ballroom. Our Match Day celebration will begin with remarks from leadership shortly after 11:45, with names being called for envelope distribution beginning at 12pm and ending by 1pm. Additional information about Match Day is available on the Match Day webpage and will be shared via email and in upcoming issues of the Weekly Wire.
  • Co2024: Are you an artist, musician, writer, or performing artist who is also a medical student? Share your story- the Match is looking for submissions! AAMCNews is seeking to interview graduating medical students who are accomplished musicians, artists, poets, authors, or performing artists for an upcoming article about The Match. We are hoping to profile individuals with compelling stories about the importance of the arts and humanities to their medical school careers  -- and how they have balanced coursework with their artistic pursuits. If you have a student willing to share their story, please feel free to reach out to Managing Editor Gabi Redford at gredford@aamc.org.

 

Class of 2025

  • Co2025: David and Eleanor Ignat Scholar Incentive Scholarship/Loan Forgiveness Program- Deadline Extended: March 1, 2024. Applications are now being accepted! This program was established in 2022 by the Founding Donors, David and Eleanor Ignat, and the University of Vermont Foundation and is administered in collaboration with UVM’s Office of Primary Care and Area Health Education Centers Program (AHEC), and UVM Student Financial Services (SFS). The purpose of the program is to strengthen the physician workforce pipeline and increase the number of new physicians practicing in Vermont to meet the health care needs of Vermonters. Full information here or on the AHEC website.
  • Co2025: Freeman Foundation Medical Legacy Scholarship- Deadline Extended: March 1, 2024. Applications are now being accepted! The Larner College of Medicine (LCOM) Office of Primary Care and Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) Program are pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for the Freeman Foundation Legacy Medical Scholarship for the Class of 2025. All medical specialties are eligible to apply. Typical awards range from $6,000-$10,000. Awards will be disbursed for the 2024-2025 academic year. More information here and on the AHEC Website.
  • Co2025: One-year LCOM Dean’s Medical Student Research Fellowship (DMSRF)- deadline to apply Monday, March 11th, 2024, 12PM. Are you interested in a one-year research fellowship? The deadline for our LCOM DMSRF is approaching. Please see the link here for complete information on the application. Due date is March 11, 2024, by 12 noon to Dr. Renee Stapleton (renee.stapleton@med.uvm.edu), Director of Medical Student Research. The DSMRF is intended to occur between the 3rd and 4th years, but there may be an option to participate between 2nd and 3rd years if needed.
  • Co2025: Marian Regional Medical Center (MRMC) is now accepting 4th year Medical Student applications for Family Medicine and Obstetrics/Gynecology (OB/GYN) Sub-Internship Rotations-deadline April 30th, 2024, to be scheduled during the months July thru January of the 2024-2025 Academic Year. MRMC has ACGME accredited Family Medicine and Obstetrics/Gynecology programs. Applications for the Family Medicine or OB/GYN Audition Rotations for the 2024-2025 Academic Year will be accepted through April 30, 2024. More information here.

 

Class of 2026

  • Co2026: USMLE Exam Study Break! Wednesday, February 21st at 3PM, Dana Health Sciences Library. We see how hard you’re working! Take a break from your USMLE exam studies with coffee and snacks in the Dana Health Sciences Library. February 21, starting at 3 p.m.
  • Co2026: One-year LCOM Dean’s Medical Student Research Fellowship (DMSRF)- deadline to apply Monday, March 11th, 2024, 12PM. Are you interested in a one-year research fellowship? The deadline for our LCOM DMSRF is approaching. Please see the link here for complete information on the application. Due date is March 11, 2024, by 12 noon to Dr. Renee Stapleton (renee.stapleton@med.uvm.edu), Director of Medical Student Research. The DSMRF is intended to occur between the 3rd and 4th years, but there may be an option to participate between 2nd and 3rd years if needed.
  • Co2026: Anatomy Convocation of Thanks- Sunday, May 5th, 2-5PM, Davis Grand Maple Ballroom. The Convocation of Thanks is an event in which students, faculty, and staff gather with the friends and family members of the individuals who have donated their bodies to anatomical science. We are reaching out to you to request your involvement in the program. There are many ways to volunteer including preparation of a slideshow and program that will be used during the event. You can also participate in the event itself through means of artistic expression. In previous years, students have read poems, played an instrument, sang a song, written a piece which they've read to the audience or MC'ed the event. Volunteers are also needed to help escort the attendees to the event hall. Volunteers for the event are requested to arrive by 1pm. You're also welcome and encouraged to attend the event. Family members and friends often enjoy speaking with the students.

 

Class of 2027

  • Co2027: Summer Internship Opportunity- Physicians for a National Health Program- apply now for June-July 2024. Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP) is offering several paid, full-time summer internships for medical students who wish to augment their knowledge and leadership skills in the area of health system reform. Highly qualified health professions students will also be considered. The internship is 5 weeks long (dates TBD depending upon participants' schedules) and carries a stipend of $1350. Interns will evaluate the successes and failures of US and foreign systems of health care organization while meeting in a seminar atmosphere under the guidance of PNHP faculty and a distinguished group of medical, corporate, and political leaders. The goal is to enhance interns' confidence in advocating for policies likely to improve their patients' access to humane, affordable health care. Full application available at this link.
  • Co2027: UMass Chan EM Summer Internship- Applications for July 2024 are now open. Notifications will begin on a rolling basis starting February 15th. UMass EM is offering a 4-week intensive summer program for first year students who are underrepresented or from diverse backgrounds and motivated to pursue EM.The BOLD-EM program is a 4-week intensive summer program introduces students to the different facets of EM and primes them for a future career in EM and leadership through shadowing, workshops, mentorship, and experiential learning. We encourage first-year medical students who are underrepresented in medicine or from diverse backgrounds motivated to pursue EM as a potential career path to apply. Each student will be paired with a faculty mentor and will interact with our faculty, fellows, and residents. We are offering a limited number of stipends up to $1500 for eligible students. For more information, please visit the website.
  • Co2027: AHEC Scholars Summer Projects 2024- Applications due February 22, 2024. **AHEC Scholars eligible activity**. AHEC Summer Projects fall into one of two tracks: Research/Quality Improvement or Education/Mentoring. Projects are typically 100 hours (40 didactic hours and 60 field-based/project-specific hours) and pay a stipend of $1,500. A program overview, description of each project, and the application can be found on the AHEC website: AHEC Scholars Summer Projects.All projects relate to AHEC Scholars priority areas such as health equity and social determinants of health. Applications from LCOM class of 2027 will be accepted until February 22, 2024. Many students complete an AHEC project alongside other summer opportunities. Certain projects require some in-person time in Vermont, other projects may be completed via hybrid or fully remote participation. Questions about AHEC Scholars or the AHEC summer program can be directed to Patti Smith Urie. Sign up for an in-person or zoom meeting: Signup Genius.
  • Co2027: 2024 NYU/Bellevue Emergency Medicine Diversity Equity Inclusion Fellowship- Application Deadline Extended! - Apply by March 1st, 2024. The Ronald O. Perelman Department of Emergency Medicine at NYU Langone Medical Center and Bellevue Hospital Center in conjunction with the NYU School of Medicine is pleased to sponsor the 2024 NYU/Bellevue Emergency Medicine Diversity Equity Inclusion Fellowship.  Our department is committed to promoting diversity within the field of Emergency Medicine. The goal of the program is to provide interested medical students with an in-depth exposure to Emergency Medicine early on in medical school education (students who have completed their first year of medical school). Please share with all first year medical students who are interested in Emergency Medicine. We are offering 5 funded positions, including NYU housing & travel to New York City.  Full opportunity description is here; the program website is here.
  • Co2027: Anatomy Convocation of Thanks- Sunday, May 5th, 2-5PM, Davis Grand Maple Ballroom. The Convocation of Thanks is an event in which students, faculty, and staff gather with the friends and family members of the individuals who have donated their bodies to anatomical science. We are reaching out to you to request your involvement in the program. There are many ways to volunteer including preparation of a slideshow and program that will be used during the event. You can also participate in the event itself through means of artistic expression. In previous years, students have read poems, played an instrument, sang a song, written a piece which they've read to the audience or MC'ed the event. Volunteers are also needed to help escort the attendees to the event hall. Volunteers for the event are requested to arrive by 1pm. You're also welcome and encouraged to attend the event. Family members and friends often enjoy speaking with the students.


Upcoming and Ongoing Opportunities

  • Need med school guidance? LCOM Mentors can help! The LCOM Mentors program pairs medical students who are members of groups underrepresented in medicine with faculty members and/or residents who have common interests and goals. The mentorship relationship can support the medical student (the mentee) to become familiar with institutional expectations, networks, and practices that are relevant to productivity and advancement at the Larner College of Medicine (LCOM). For more information contact Eileen Cichoski Kelly  and to sign up, fill out this survey.
  • The Lucey Prize- Deadline for Proposals is Thursday, April 4th, 2024. We are pleased to announce the fifth annual Jerold and Ingela Lucey Early Career Investigator Prize for Innovations in Infant or Child Health (aka "The Lucey Prize"). The Lucey Prize is awarded annually to recipients in any or all of the following career levels who reflect new horizons and innovations in neonatology and/or other areas of pediatrics: · A current medical student or graduate student at the UVM Larner College of Medicine · A resident and/or fellow in UVMMC/UVM Children’s Hospital graduate medical education programs · An early career faculty member (meaning one who was appointed and has held the rank of Instructor and/or Assistant Professor for no more than ten years combined). Investigators at all three levels are encouraged to apply….. More info on the submission process and the history of the Lucey Prize can be found here.

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    Events

  • Dinner & Dialogue Spring Series - "Active Hope"- Thursdays, Feb 15th, 22nd and 29th, 2024, 5:30-7:00PM, UVM Interfaith Center (FREE, RSVP Required). We are thrilled to invite you to a unique series of gatherings that promise to nourish both body and soul. Our "Dinner and Dialogue" evenings are designed to bring our community together for meaningful conversations over a shared meal, fostering connections and inspiring positive action. This year’s theme is “Honoring from Active Hope”- exploring how we can acknowledge and respect our interconnectedness with each other and our planet. Join with students, staff, faculty, and community members to explore and discuss Active Hope through the lens of spirituality, religious, and philosophical traditions. DINNER IS FREE! RSVP here.
  • Wellness offering for LCOM Medical students: "Empowered Doctor" workshop- Thursday, February 15th and Thursday, February 22nd, 6-7:30PM, HSRF 200. A workshop for medical students focused on managing the many challenges facing medical students navigating training and the health care system, including moral injury, anxiety, juggling complex demands, and navigating hierarchical systems. Session two will build on session one but students who can only attend one of the workshop dates are nonetheless welcome to join us for either of the sessions. A light meal will be served. More information here; RSVP here.
  • Home Financing for Medical Students and Residents (AAMC Webinar)- Tuesday, February 20th, 1-2:00PM via Zoom. This informative session, presented by Tal Frank, President of PhysicianLoans (www.physicianloans.com), will explain the ins and outs of obtaining the best home financing for graduating medical students and residents. Emphasis will be placed on the proper steps to take when applying for a loan and the exact questions to ask loan officers. Additional topics will include what mortgage loans are available for doctors (including special no money down home loans), understanding budgeting for a home purchase, debt ratios and estimating funds required to close a mortgage will be covered. Register today and bring your questions! *The opinions expressed by the presenter(s) do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the AAMC or its members. Registration Link: Webinar Registration - Zoom
  • Spotlight on Primary Care Series: Scholarships & Educational Loan Repayment (Rescheduled from January)- Wednesday, February 21, 2024, via Zoom. *This one-hour session is an AHEC Scholar eligible activity; be sure to add your name to the Zoom chat to add it to your AHEC Transcript. Speakers: Jennifer Gaudreau, CPRP, Office of Primary Care and AHEC Program Dr. Charles MacLean, Office of Primary Care and AHEC Program AHEC Scholars. Participants will learn about… 1. Incentive Scholarships available through VT AHEC for all specialties (applications currently open for the Class of 2025 and Class of 2026) 2. The VT Educational Loan Repayment Program 2. The Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program 3. The National Health Service Corp (NHSC) 4. Resources available for more information. Join the Zoom Meeting at this link. Meeting ID: 932 2523 3351 This session will be recorded. For more information, please contact Jennifer Gaudreau, CPRP, Physician Placement Professional.
  • Spotlight on Primary Care Series: Why Oral Health Matters- Wednesday, Feb 28th 2024, 12-1PM. MedEdCenter 200 Sullivan Classroom *This one-hour session is an AHEC Scholar eligible activity to begin building your AHEC transcript (be sure to complete the sign in form at the session). Panelists: To be determined. Brown bag event: bring your lunch and we’ll bring the snacks—first come, first served while supplies last. Contact Jennifer Gaudreau, Physician Placement Professional : jennifer.gaudreau@med.uvm.edu
  • Monthly Student Education Committee Meeting: Tuesday, March 5th, 5:30-7:30PM via Zoom. The Student Education Committee is comprised of students dedicated to and actively involved in the improvement of the medical school curriculum… More information here.
  • Filing Taxes and Student Loans (AAMC Webinar-)Wednesday, March 6th, 1-2PM via Zoom. Filing taxes is important during and after medical school. Join Martin Penn, MBA, CPA, of Albert Einstein College of Medicine, who will discuss filing requirements, including when to file and what documents or information you need to do so, as well as provide key dates / deadlines. We’ll also touch on the implications filing taxes may have when looking at retirement savings and student loan repayment options. *The opinions expressed by the presenter(s) do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the AAMC or its members.

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    Staffing Update

  • Please join us in welcoming Kauther Hassan to the OME.  Kauther will be working with Melanie Sestokas and Lisa Wilda as a temporary HR and Business Coordinator, supporting many of the administrative pieces of OME’s processes, including temporary employees, onboarding and off boarding of all employees and assisting with PUR card reallocations.  Kauther comes to us as a former student of the University of VT where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Business Administration. She has a background in tutoring while in college and accounting with the Howard Center.  Please offer Kauther a warm welcome. 

 

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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.