Medical Student E-newsletter
March 18, 2019 · Volume 8, Issue 5


Class of 2019 students (front, L-R) Maggie Johnston, Amelia Tajik, Julia Cowenhoven, and Kristen Bartlett react to a classmate's residency match announcement on Match Day March 15. (Photo: Andy Duback)


Class of 2019: RSVP for Honors Night on Monday, May 13, 2019. Find more information here. 


20190315_Match_Day_preview-020Class of 2019: The Match Is Right!

On Friday, March 15, 103 students in the Class of 2019, along with 11,467 soon-to-be-doctors from across the United States, learned which residency program they will be participating in after graduation in May. UVM's senior medical students matched to residencies at 71 different institutions and 41 of the matches were to a primary care specialty. Read the full story here or watch the highlight video.


Class of 2019: IMPORTANT COMMENCEMENT DEADLINE - Choose your guest hooder by Monday, April 8. Find important information here.

Clerkship photoTransitioning into Third-Year: Class of 2021 Readies for Clerkships

It was a week of milestones and transitions at the Larner College of Medicine – not only for the Class of 2019, but for the Class of 2021 as well. On March 11, the Class of 2021 officially became third-year medical students and were welcomed into their clerkship year by Associate Dean for Clinical Education Tania Bertsch, M.D., and Class of 2020 spokesperson Ava Bakhtyari. The newly minted third-year students were given "Clerkship Survival Kits" assembled for them by the new fourth-year class. In each bag, students found useful tools, such as penlights and the Maxwell Quick Medical Reference book, along with encouraging words of advice from their counterparts. As the week progressed, students prepared for rotations through scrub training sessions with Standardized Patients Deb Lyons and Julie Mitchell, by getting fitted for their hospital mask, and learning how to use the electronic health record. As most of the students move into their first clinical rotation the week of March 18, the Class of 2020 hopes they'll listen to the advice they received: "Lean into the moments when you feel lost and totally out of your league, because those are the moments when you will grow the most." 


Class of 2019: Commencement tickets available starting April 16. Find important information here.


image for mph poster sessionMPH Poster Session Makes Foray into the Virtual Arena

On March 6 and 7, the College’s online Master of Public Health (MPH) degree program took its annual capstone group research projects poster session into the virtual world. The former version of the event took place in person during the summer, a format that limited students' ability to discuss and share their posters widely with Larner College of Medicine faculty. This year, in an effort to engage the College community in a greater way, UVM Associate Dean for Public Health Jan Carney, M.D., M.P.H. and Library Associate Professor in the Dana Medical Library Donna O'Malley created an innovative approach. Rather than presenting their posters in person, students recorded their presentations and posted the audio and their poster file to an online portal. For two days, faculty, mentors, student peers, and other interested parties were able to log into the portal, view the posters, listen to the presentations, and then write to the students via a comment section which the students could then reply to. The six posters that were presented were: "Childhood Residential Mobility and Healthcare Utilization," "Associations Among Healthcare Utilization and Binge Drinking," "Vermont Hospitals' Emergency Department Utilization Charges by Insurance Payer," "Life's Simple 7 and Health Care Utilization Among Framingham Generation III Cohort," "Examining the Relationship Between Electronic Cigarette Use and Suicidal Behavior in Adolescents," and "Adolescent Alcohol Usage in Vermont State: A Comprehensive Review of Underage Drinking and its Associations with Suicidality."

kratzer_yorkOn the blog: Patient Stories, Long-Term Relationships at Hudson Headwaters Health Network

Read about the experiences shared by Collin York '20 and Izzy Kratzer '20, who recently completed their 12-month-long Longitudinal Integrated Clerskhip at Hudson Headwaters Heath Network.  "As students, we often have the privilege of time – we can afford to really sit with our patients and get to know them more as people," writes York. Read the full blog post here.


  • April 2: Community Medical School presents: "Vaping, Juuling, and E-Cigarettes: Public Health Implications, 6:00 pm, Carpenter Auditorium 
  • April 8: The 2018 Research Laureate and Professor of Medicine Jason Bates, Ph.D. presents "A Physicist's Approach to the Lung," 12:00 - 1:00 pm, Sullivan Classroom
  • April 13: "Cultural and Linguistic Competence to Address Disparities and Inequities," presented by Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Vermont Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities Program Director Mercedes Avila, Ph.D., 9:00 am - 4:00 pm, Room 4325 Rehab Wing, UHC, 1 South Prospect Street, Burlington, VT. Pre-register by emailing Jenny:

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