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May 29, 2019 | Volume I, Issue 6

Class of 2019

Class of 2019 Commencement Marks Milestones, Celebrates Transformation

On Sunday, May 19, faculty, family and friends joyfully gathered in Ira Allen Chapel to celebrate 104 new physicians in the Class of 2019. The ceremony marked the first Commencement for Dean Richard L. Page, M.D and the last for outgoing UVM President Tom Sullivan, who received a standing ovation at the event in recognition of his service. 

Keynote speaker Rebecca Wilcox, M.D., associate professor of pathology and laboratory medicine, advised the graduates to store and use the same “transformed energy” that fueled them through their medical education for patient care and advocacy, and show gratitude to teammates and themselves. 

Student speaker Katherine Conn Warther, M.D.'19, echoed Wilcox's theme, saying "The beautiful thing about a career in medicine is that this transformation will continue to happen in every one of us throughout our professional lives."

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Silver Shovel Awardees

Pediatrics Wins the Clinical Department of the Year Award

During the Class of 2019 Honors Night on May 13, student representatives Hyunsoo No, M.D.’19 (far left) and Niko Patel, M.D.’19 (far right) presented the Department of the Year Award to the Department of Pediatrics on behalf of the senior class. The award comes with an engraved acknowledgement on the coveted Silver Shovel, and was one of several awards presented by the senior class to honor faculty and staff members. Pictured above with Drs. No and Patel are, from left, Associate Professor of Pediatrics Andrea Green, M.D.; Professor of Pediatrics William Raszka, M.D.; Associate Professor and Interim Senior Associate Dean Christa Zehle, M.D.’99; and Chair and Professor of Pediatrics Lewis First, M.D. with the Silver Shovel. 

Read more about all of the Honors Night awardees.

Masters Graduates

College Staff Earn Master's Degrees

Several Larner College of Medicine staff members celebrated a master’s degree from UVM this year. From left: Cary Jewkes, director of medical student admissions, earned a Master in Education, and Sarah Keblin, Vermont Cancer Center communications manager, was awarded a Master of Public Administration; and Rajan Chawla, technology services faculty technology liaison; Erin Post, M.Ed., medical communications senior writer; and Ian McHale, office of clinical trials clinical research coordinator earned their Master of Public Health (M.P.H.). Congratulations! 

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Research Collaborations: Glioblastoma from the Bench to the Bedside

Assistant Professor of Medicine Alissa Thomas, M.D. and Assistant Professor of Biochemistry Delphine Quenet, Ph.D., comprise one of many collaborative teams at the UVM Cancer Center working from the bench to the bedside and back to the bench to tackle some of cancer’s toughest challenges. With pilot funding awarded from the UVM Cancer Center, the pair are advancing a novel approach to treating glioblastoma, a particularly hard-to-treat form of brain cancer. 

Learn more about UVM cancer research.

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UVM Health Network Launches “Confronting the Opioid Crisis” Website

The University of Vermont Health Network has launched a dedicated website to highlight and share information about the collaborative work being done in Vermont and Northern New York to confront the opioid crisis. Developed with input from community and government partners, the site features perspectives, news, and stories of innovation, research, and recovery from local, regional, and national sources. Visitors can sign up for updates to stay informed about new postings and are encouraged to share or suggest a story to be explored and featured on the site. 

From Our Patients Banner

In 2017, New York City resident Brian Maas suffered a severe heart attack while visiting Vermont and received care in the intensive care unit (ICU) at the UVM Medical Center. His daughter, Young Adult genre best-selling author Sarah J. Maas included a message of gratitude for her father’s caregivers in the acknowledgements of her most recent book, A Court of Frost and Starlight:

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The incredible ICU team...will forever have my deepest gratitude. Not only for saving my father's life, but also for the unparalleled care and compassion that he (and my entire family) received during the two weeks we spent camped out in the hospital. […] You offered my family a ray of hope in the darkest days of our lives, and never once made us feel the tremendous weight of the odds stacked against us...thank you for all you do and have done, both for my family and for countless others.” 

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Larner Resource: Scholarworks@UVM

ScholarWorks@UVM provides easy online access to scholarly materials created by UVM faculty, staff, and students and their collaborators. The goal is to both increase access to the scholarly and creative output of the University, and to manage the preservation of these works in digital form.

The Larner College of Medicine’s collection features a variety of materials, including faculty publications, Teaching Academy Mud Season Retreat and Grand Round presentations, Family Medicine & Public Health projects, and more. The map above shows where—in the world— Larner College of Medicine publications in ScholarWorks have been downloaded. Dana Librarians can advise you on submission to ScholarWorks. Contact your library liaison or email for details. 


PNAS cover
The cover of the April 23, 2019 edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America featured a 3D image by Professor and Chair of Molecular Physiology & Biophysics David Warshaw, Ph.D. and Warshaw Lab former graduate student Andrew Lombardo, Ph.D. The image accompanied a Warshaw lab team study featured in this edition. 

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Department of Medicine Associate Professor Ryan Clouser, D.O., Professor Gilman Allen, M.D., and Assistant Professor Prema Menon, M.D., Ph.D., accepted one of 60 Society of Critical Care Medicine Star Research Awards for their abstract, titled “Navigating Patient- and Family-Centered Rounding with a Scripted Rounding Tool: ICAREMAP.” More than 1,700 abstracts were submitted. The team received the award at the Annual Congress of the Society of Critical Care Medicine in San Diego, Calif. 

Emma Faustner
The Class of 2019 honored Office of Medical Student Education staff member Emma Faustner with the Colette Award to recognize her outstanding service to the class. The award is inspired by former student affairs staff member Colette Ozarowski.

Richard Zubarik
Professor of Medicine Richard Zubarik, M.D., was named Division Chief of Gastroenterology and Hepatology in the Department of Medicine.

Nels Olson
Assistant Professor of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine Nels Olson, Ph.D., earned a Master of Public Health at UVM this month. 

Marianne Burke
Library Associate Professor Emerita and former Dana Medical Library Director Marianne Burke, M.A.L.S., AHIP, earned her Ph.D. from the UVM Clinical and Translational Science program.

Lisa Beaulieu
Lisa Beaulieu, systems and assessment coordinator in the Clinical Simulation Laboratory, received her BA (cum laude) in psychological science at the May 19, 2019 commencement ceremony. For this degree, she completed a full year internship in the Converse Home Memory Care Program. In 2017, she was inducted as a member of Psi Chi, The International Society in Psychology. 
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