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June 30-July 14, 2024


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Class Information- All Classes

  • Tell Us About Your Pet! Do you have a pet you love? Larner is planning a pet spotlight series on social media. Please submit a high-quality photo along with your name/pronouns /area of study/class year, pet's name, age, breed/species, and 1-paragraph description. Example spotlight: Meet Scooby, our first Larner Pet Spotlight of the semester! Scooby is a chatty five-year-old great dane who belongs to M1 student John Glenn. Scooby loves watching birds and squirrels through the window, scrounging for scraps of pizza, and bouncing for attention. John attests that Scooby is incredibly curious and sweet, and his "best friend in the whole world". Submit photos and descriptions to Margie Brenner, Digital Content Specialist.
  • IMPORTANT REMINDER TO ALL CLASSES- All UVM students are required to have health insurance by 7/1/2024. Every year by July 1, you MUST sign up for the coverage offered by UVM or supply the name of your current insurance provider. This can be done by visiting the Health Fee, Insurance and Billing webpage and completing the Insurance Policy Decision/Waiver Form. Students who fail to complete the annual online insurance decision/waiver by the deadline will be billed, the insurance premium will be added to their UVM student account, and a hold will be placed on their student account. Once a hold is placed on a student’s account, they will not be able to register or make registration changes. For more information, please see the Medical Student Handbook. Questions should be directed to the UVM Center for Health and Well-being.
  • Continue Riding the GMT Bus Fare-free- through Thursday, August 1st (at least.) UVM riders will continue to show your CatCard (virtual or physical) to the bus driver to ride fare-free. This system will be in place until at least August 1. Read more here.


Class of 2025

  • Co2025 - 2024 AOA Eligibility Review Completed: All members of the class of 2025 considered eligible for AOA this year have been reviewed and invitations to apply have been sent to all students who met the criteria for application to the AOA on Friday, June 28, 2024. For more information regarding the UVM Larner Chapter of the AOA selection process and opportunities, visit our AOA webpage…
  • Co2025: ERAS and Careers in Medicine (CiM) are partnering for a new series of specialty-specific webinars for medical school advisors and residency applicants. Each webinar includes a program director and an advisor who will share best practices in preparation for the 2025 ERAS application season. You can access the webinar registration links here:

General Surgery, Wednesday, July 10 at 2 p.m. ET

Emergency Medicine, Thursday, July 25 at 2 p.m. ET

Find other key information about the 2025 ERAS application season including upcoming events on the AAMC Students & Residents website.

  • Co2025: Internal Medicine Residency Applications (Chair Letter)- contact by July 22nd, 2024. All students interested in applying to Internal Medicine for residency, and will need a Letter of Recommendation from the Department of Medicine/Chair, please contact Gina Sears (no preliminary medicine letters.)

 

Class of 2026

  •  Co2026: Harvard Plastic Surgery Research Fellowship- Funded research fellowship at BIDMC Harvard Plastic Surgery focused on lymphatic surgery and lymphedema. Hello everyone, My name is James Fanning, I am originally a member of the LCOM Class of 2025 but will be joining the LCOM Class of 2027 in March 2025. I am currently completing a paid, 2-year research fellowship at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Harvard Plastic Surgery studying lymphatic surgery and lymphedema under my mentor, Dr. Dhruv Singhal. Dr. Singhal is a world leader in lymphatic surgery and co-director of the Boston Lymphatic Center. We are currently looking for the next lymphatic research fellow to succeed me when I return to LCOM in March 2025. This is a sponsored 1- or 2-year position between 2nd and 3rd year / 3rd and 4th year, in which you will live in Boston, conduct compelling NIH-funded research, travel to conferences, and get to know the incredibly personable and well-connected team of plastic surgeons and medical student research fellows here at BIDMC Harvard Plastic Surgery. As a research fellow, you will lead projects in basic science, translational, and clinical research. This is an incredible opportunity for students interested in pursuing plastic surgery and general surgery residency. Prior to myself, Rosie Friedman (LCOM Class of 2024) was the lymphatic research fellow in the Singhal Lab for 2 years. This position is again being advertised to LCOM students first, so if you are interested or have questions, please email me at jfannin1@bidmc.harvard.edu before we expand advertisement of this position to other institutions. Please find the application here.

 

Class of 2027

  • Co2027: Harvard Plastic Surgery Research Fellowship- Funded research fellowship at BIDMC Harvard Plastic Surgery focused on lymphatic surgery and lymphedema. Hello everyone, My name is James Fanning, I am originally a member of the LCOM Class of 2025 but will be joining the LCOM Class of 2027 in March 2025. I am currently completing a paid, 2-year research fellowship at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Harvard Plastic Surgery studying lymphatic surgery and lymphedema under my mentor, Dr. Dhruv Singhal. Dr. Singhal is a world leader in lymphatic surgery and co-director of the Boston Lymphatic Center. We are currently looking for the next lymphatic research fellow to succeed me when I return to LCOM in March 2025. This is a sponsored 1- or 2-year position between 2nd and 3rd year / 3rd and 4th year, in which you will live in Boston, conduct compelling NIH-funded research, travel to conferences, and get to know the incredibly personable and well-connected team of plastic surgeons and medical student research fellows here at BIDMC Harvard Plastic Surgery. As a research fellow, you will lead projects in basic science, translational, and clinical research. This is an incredible opportunity for students interested in pursuing plastic surgery and general surgery residency. Prior to myself, Rosie Friedman (LCOM Class of 2024) was the lymphatic research fellow in the Singhal Lab for 2 years. This position is again being advertised to LCOM students first, so if you are interested or have questions, please email me at jfannin1@bidmc.harvard.edu before we expand advertisement of this position to other institutions. Please find the application here.
  • Co2027: Share Words of Wisdom with the Incoming Class of 2028- Submissions are due by 5PM EST Friday, July 19th, 2024. The LCOM Student Council asks for students of the Class of 2027 to share any advice or Words of Wisdom that they might have for the incoming class of 2028. Feel free to submit more than 1 submission at this link.
  • Co2027: LCOM Connect Program Survey -Submissions are due by 11:59PM on Friday, July 19, 2024. The LCOM Connect Program (historically referred to as "Big Sib/Little Sib") is brought to you by the Larner College of Medicine Student Council. The LCOM Connect Program is brought to you by the Larner College of Medicine Student Council. It's a way to help incoming first-years find answers to questions, connect with students who have "been there", start school with a friend and have someone on their team for their first year of medical school. The LCOM Connect Committee will pair you (the 'Connector') with a member from the Class of 2028 (the 'Connectee'). Help us make the best matches we can by completing this survey and telling us about yourself! If you did not receive the email with your personalized survey link, please email the LCOM Medical Student Council.

 

Class of 2028

Class of 2028 - WELCOME TO THE WEEKLYWIRE! (and UVM Larner Med, of course)


  • Co2028: LCOM Connect Program Survey- Submissions are due by 11:59PM on Friday, July 19, 2024. The LCOM Connect Program (historically referred to as "Big Sib/Little Sib") is brought to you by the Larner College of Medicine Student Council. The goal of this program is to help incoming first years find answers to questions, connect with students who have "been there", start school with a friend and have someone on their team for their first year of medical school. The LCOM Connect Committee will pair you (the 'Connectee') with a member from the Class of 2027 (the 'Connector'). Help us make the best matches we can by completing this survey and telling us about yourself! Based on feedback from previous years, we will be doing an ‘opt out’ only for the class of 2028 so that everyone who wants to be paired with an M2 will be. If you do not wish to be included in this program, please let us know via email by the deadline.
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Upcoming and Ongoing Opportunities

  • Funds for Education and Scholarly Opportunities- FESO Deadline- Monday, July 1. The University of Vermont Larner College of Medicine’s Funds for Education and Scholarly Opportunities (FESO) is a source of funds, made possible by the donations of LCOM alumni, available to LCOM students that are presenting scholarly work and/or representing LCOM in a leadership role at a national conference. Full information here.


Events

  •  UVM Offices Closed for Independence Day- Thursday, July 4. UVM Offices, including the Office of Medical Student Education, are closed in observance of Independence Day. Offices will re-open Friday, July 5 at 8:00AM.

 

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Optional External Surveys

  • Seeking Medical Students for Research Initiative on Experiences with Racism and Ableism in Medical School- A new research initiative from the DocsWithDisabilities Initiative, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation,  titled "Experiences with Racism & Ableism in Medical School” is seeking medical students with disabilities from underrepresented backgrounds to participate in 1-2 hour research interviews. Their insights and experiences are invaluable in helping us understand and address the challenges faced in medical education and practice. The purpose of these interviews is to inform change and improve inclusivity in medical education. To participate, click this link.
  • Optional External Surveys for Medical Students on LGBTQI+ Experience in Didactic Years- Hey there! My name is Sam, I am a third year medical student at PCOM in Philadelphia. Two other queer medical students and I are conducting a research study aimed at understanding the unique experiences faced by LGBTQIA+ medical students during their didactic years…. More information at survey link here.  

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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.