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2019 Frymoyer Scholar Recipients and Projects Announced

June 24, 2019 by Jennifer Nachbur

Teaching Academy Director Kathryn Huggett, Ph.D., and the Frymoyer Scholars Program Review Committee have announced that five faculty projects were selected to receive 2019 Frymoyer Scholarship funding.

Clockwise from top left: Bronwyn Bryant; Richard Wasserman and Rebecca Bell; Rebecca Wilson; Leah Pryor, Christina Harlow, and Rebecca Nagle; and Iris Toedt-Pingel and Stephen Berns.

Investing in outstanding medical education and promoting teaching that emphasizes the art of patient care is what the Frymoyer Scholars Program is all about. Recently, Teaching Academy Director Kathryn Huggett, Ph.D., and the Frymoyer Scholars Program Review Committee announced that five faculty projects were selected to receive 2019 Frymoyer Scholarship funding.

The Frymoyer Scholars Program is funded through the John W. and Nan P. Frymoyer Fund for Medical Education, which supports physicians and nurses who are actively engaged in teaching University of Vermont medical and nursing students and who embody the best qualities of the clinician teacher. The program is an investment in outstanding medical education and promotes teaching that emphasizes the art of patient care.

2019 Scholars and their respective projects include

  • Department of Pediatrics faculty members Rebecca Bell, M.D., M.P.H., Thomas Delaney, Ph.D., and Richard "Mort" Wasserman, M.D., received a Frymoyer Scholarship for their project proposal, titled “Firearm Injury Prevention Screening and Counseling.” The group aims to develop and assess innovative active learning modules to increase health care providers’ knowledge and confidence in screening and counseling patients and their families on firearm safe storage and firearm injury prevention.
  • Bronwyn Bryant, M.D., assistant professor of pathology and laboratory medicine, received a Frymoyer Scholarship for her proposal, titled “Validating Entrustable Professional Activity-Based Assessment to Determine On-Call Competency in Pathology Residents,” which aims to implement and validate Entrustable Professional Activity (EPA) -based assessments to help train pathology residents in their common On-Call duties. EPA-based assessments are a step towards competency-based training, providing opportunities for true graduated responsibilities for pathology residents, as well as training in providing timely and individual care to their patients. 
  • Department of Surgery residents Fuyuki Hirashima, M.D., Nicholas Bedrin, M.D., Serena Murphy, M.D., and Stephen Ranney, M.D., along with surgical intensive care nurse Rebecca Wilson, R.N., were selected to receive a Frymoyer Scholarship for their proposal, titled “Establishing UVMMC as a Training Institute & Center of Excellence for Cardiac Surgery Unit Advance Life Support.” This team’s goal is to train surgical staff to be cardiac surgical unit advanced life support (CSU-ALS) certified and to eventually become a training center for other hospitals across the Northeast. CSU-ALS expands upon and tailors the American Heart Association’s Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) algorithms to provide best practice resuscitation specifically for arrest in post-cardiac surgery patients.
  • Rebecca Nagle, M.S.N., A.P.R.N., clinical instructor in nursing; Christina Harlow, D.N.P., FNP-BC, A.P.R.N., clinical assistant professor of nursing; Leah Pryor of the University of Vermont Medical Center’s food services program; Emily Clairmont, R.D., clinical nutritionist at the UVM Medical Center; and Jana Lichtenfeld, M.D., assistant professor of pediatrics, received a 2019 Frymoyer Scholarship for their proposal, titled “Integrative Nutrition Teaching Kitchen and Inter-professional Community Service Learning Curriculum.” The program aims to provide graduate nursing students with a connection to food and health, and help them address the barriers patients and families face when adopting healthy eating habits for prevention of disease. The project will also provide the students with interprofessional community service learning opportunities.
  • Iris Toedt-Pingel, M.D., assistant professor of pediatrics; Kaitlin Ostrander, M.D., clinical instructor in pediatrics; and Stephen Berns, M.D., assistant professor of family medicine, were awarded a scholarship for “TalkVermontPEDS: Creating an Interprofessional Pediatric Advanced Communication Course.” This project will create an innovative pediatric version of the TalkVermont advanced communication skills program. The evidence-based and nationally renowned VitalTalk program, on which TalkVermont andTalkVermontPEDS are founded, trains providers in a method that is culturally sensitive, interprofessional, and oriented around patient values using engaging, hands-on teaching methods. The goal is to improve outcomes for seriously ill pediatric patients and their families as well as to increase provider satisfaction and well-being.

Learn more about the Frymoyer Scholarship.

(Content for this article was provided by the Teaching Academy at the Larner College of Medicine at the University of Vermont.)

Department Highlights

Please join Dr. Yvonne Janssen-Heininger in congratulating Allison Manuel and Evan Elko

Dr. Allison Manuel is a post-doctoral fellow in our group.  Her abstract to be presented at the American Thoracic Society conference was chosen to receive an Abstract Scholarship . The scholarship includes a full In-Training Registration to the 2019 ATS International Conference in Dallas, Texas.  

Evan Elko is a PhD student. He just received notice that his F31 NIH application entitled: “Role of peroxiredoxin-4 in Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis”  will be funded.

Congratulations to Evan and Allison.


Department alumni, Dr. Bobbi Pritt, M.D. featured in Vermont Medicine Magazine. To read her story click on the photo below.




Dr's Leonard and HuberA Remarkable Gift from Dr. Sally Huber, Ph.D.

At the end of last week's Research Day, Dr. Leonard gave a surprise announcement: a very generous bequethment of $5 million by research faculty emerita, Dr. Sally Huber! The funds will go toward two endowed professorships for junior investigators in our department. The endowments will be named for her parents, Elmer R. Huber and Blodwen S. Huber, and will support junior research faculty for five years.(9/2018)

This amazing support will allow junior faculty time and funds to gain independence while pursuing the milestone achievement of being awarded their first R01 grant.

Heintz Awarded 2018 Distinguised Graduate Alumni Award

Dr. Nick Heintz, Ph.D. received the 2018 UVM Medical Alumni Association’s Distinguished Graduate Alumni Award​, which is presented to Larner College of Medicine (LCOM) alumni who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in basic, clinical or applied research; education; industry; public service/humanitarianism; and/or outstanding commitment to the LCOM community.

He accepted his award at the college's Celebrating Research Excellence event at the end of October. (September 2018)

Kida Received Certificate of Commendation

Dr. Kida receives award from the State of more here. (August 2018)

Leonard and Committee Publish Through National Academies Press

Dr. Debra Leonard, along with a committee under the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, ​published "Returning Individual Research Results to Participants: Guidance for a New Research Paradigm" through The National Academies Press, Washington, D.C., 2018 (Committee Member). (August 2018)

Excellence in Education

The Larner College of Medicine’s second year medical students nominate and elect faculty who they want to recognize for their outstanding teaching and support over their first years of the Foundations education. (February 2018)

Pathology nominees (winners in bold):

AMWA Gender Equity Award  - Pamela Gibson; Sharon Mount; Rebecca Wilcox

Dean Warhsaw Integration Award - Rebecca Wilcox

Silver Stethoscope Award - Scott Andreson; Maureen Harmon; John Lunde

Above and Beyond Award - Ronald Bryant; Rebecca Wilcox

Foundations Course Director Award -Rebecca Wilcox

Outstanding Foundations Course Award

  • Cardiovascular, Respiratory & Renal Systems: (Ron Bryant; Kelly Butnor; and Pam Gibson are the primary pathologists in each section of the course, respectively)
  • Nutrition, Metabolism & the Gastrointestinal System: Course Director is Rebecca Wilcox

Foundations Teaching Award - Ronald Bryant; Pamela Gibson; Rebecca Wilcox; Christina Wojewoda

Dr. Yvonne Janssen-Heininger Receives Patent

Yvonne Janssen-Heinger was awarded a patent on the ​concept that strategies to inhibit GSTP has utility for the treatment of patients with pulmonary fibrosis. Congratulations, Yvonne! (January 2018)

Drs. Bronwyn Bryant and Phillip Munson inducted into the Teaching Academy

Last week Bronwyn and Phillip were inducted into University of Vermont's Teaching Academy. The Teaching Academy sustains and supports an interdisciplinary community of educators who value the scholarship of teaching and learning while facilitating educator development; improve the efficiency and quality of medical education through collaboration and scholarship; and promote an academic environment that increases the value and impact of educators locally, regionally, and nationally. (January 2018)

Dr. Leonard Video Recording Available 

Dr. Leonard gives a series of talks on Genomic Medicine in Vermont for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI)​. A video recording of the talk is available here >> (October 2017)

Department Members Took Part in the March For Science

Banner carriers: Dr. Debra Leonard, Sara Kwolek & Dr. Sharon Mount. Also, in view are Doug Taatjes,Ph.D., and Dr. Rebecca Wilcox. (April 2017)

Janssen-Heininger Featured Woman in Science

Dr. Yvonne Janssen-Heininger, Ph.D., was chosen as the featured ​Woman in Science by the Society for Redox Biology and Medicine! She got pretty colorful with some of her answers, so definitely worth a read. (March 2017) Read the story >>

Genomic Medicine Laboratory Grand Opening (January 2017)
Larner College of Medicine Foundations Awards

Pamela Gibson, M.D. won the AMWA Gender Equity Award, which honors a male or female faculty member who promotes a gender-fair environment for the education and training of physicians and gender diversity in the field. Pam is Co-advisor of the Gender and Sexuality Alliance. (January 2017)

Rebecca Wilcox, M.D. won the Foundations Course Director Award, and her Nutrition, Metabolism, and Gastrointestinal System (NMGI) course won Outstanding Foundations Course Award. Rebecca was also nominated for the Foundations Teaching Award. (January 2017)

Mark Fung, M.D., Ph.D. and Andy Goodwin, M.D. were also nominated for the Silver Stethoscope awards, which recognizes the faculty member who had few lecture hours, but made a substantial contribution to students’ education. (January 2017)