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June 26, 2019 | Volume I, Issue 8

Collage of the Frymoyer Scholars

Frymoyer Scholars Project Topics Range from Firearm Injury Screening to Communication

For nearly two decades, investing in outstanding medical education and promoting teaching that emphasizes the art of patient care has been the mission of the Frymoyer Scholars Program. Recently, Teaching Academy Director and Assistant Dean for Medical Education Kathryn Huggett, Ph.D., and the Frymoyer Scholars Program Review Committee announced the five faculty projects selected to receive 2019 Frymoyer Scholarship funding.

This year’s scholars, and their respective projects, are (pictured above, clockwise from top left to right):

  • Bronwyn Bryant, M.D.: “Validating Entrustable Professional Activity-Based Assessment to Determine On-Call Competency in Pathology Residents;”
  • Richard "Mort" Wasserman, M.D.; Rebecca Bell, M.D., M.P.H.; and Thomas Delaney, Ph.D. (not pictured): “Firearm Injury Prevention Screening and Counseling;”
  • Rebecca Wilson, R.N.; Fuyuki Hirashima, M.D. (not pictured); Nicholas Bedrin, M.D. (not pictured); Serena Murphy, M.D. (not pictured); and Stephen Ranney, M.D. (not pictured): “Establishing UVMMC as a Training Institute & Center of Excellence for Cardiac Surgery Unit Advance Life Support;”
  • Leah Pryor; Christina Harlow, D.N.P., FNP-BC, A.P.R.N.; Rebecca Nagle, M.S.N., A.P.R.N.; Emily Clairmont, R.D. (not pictured); and Jana Lichtenfeld, M.D. (not pictured): “Integrative Nutrition Teaching Kitchen and Inter-professional Community Service Learning Curriculum;” and
  • Iris Toedt-Pingel, M.D.; Stephen Berns, M.D.; and Kaitlin Ostrander, M.D. (not pictured): “TalkVermontPEDS: Creating an Interprofessional Pediatric Advanced Communication Course.”
The Frymoyer Scholars Program is named in honor of former Dean John W. Frymoyer, M.D., and his late wife, Nan P. Frymoyer. Read more


Honorary Degree Recipient: Jackson JW Clemmons

Former Pathology Faculty Member Clemmons Receives Honorary degree from UVM

In 1962, when Jackson J. W. Clemmons, Ph.D., M.D., moved to Vermont to join the UVM Department of Pathology, he was only the second African American on the College of Medicine faculty, and the first to stay for any real length of time. That timespan turned out to be decades. His record of accomplishments as an innovative educator, both at the University and in the wider community, was recognized this May with an honorary degree at UVM's commencement ceremony. Clemmons practiced pediatric pathology at UVM until 1991, when he became an emeritus professor.

Soon after arriving in Vermont he and his wife, Lydia, who was the first African American nurse anesthetist at UVM, purchased a large property in Charlotte —148 acres with six historic buildings—and raised five children there.

After the doctor's retirement, the Clemmons family, concerned about the fact that African Americans as a group had, over the last 100 years, lost 93 percent of their U.S. agricultural assets, decided to preserve their property and launched Clemmons Family Farm, a multicultural center dedicated to celebrating African American heritage through the arts.

“It’s very rare to find a farm that is owned by black people in New England,” says Dr. Clemmons' daughter, also named Lydia. “It’s more than a family story. This is American history.”

You can read more about Dr. Clemmons in the upcoming summer edition of Vermont Medicine.

Pictured above: Dr. Clemmons, at right, receives his honorary degree from UVM President Tom Sullivan and Interim Provost Patricia Prelock at the May 19 commencement ceremony.

Video: Research Collaborations: Breast Cancer

Research Collaborations: Finding a Common Language to Treat Breast Cancer

In the second video of the three-part “Research Collaborations” series, Associate Professor of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics Jason Stumpff, Ph.D., and Professor of Medicine Marie Wood, M.D., both members of the University of Vermont Cancer Center, explain how they are working together to research a potential targeted intervention to treat triple negative breast cancer. Their collaboration was ignited by “repeated chats about cell division around the office coffeemaker” after a serendipitous discovery by Dr. Stumpff, who was studying the organization and division of chromosomes in his lab and discovered that cancer cells appeared to need a specific cell division protein to divide, while normal cells did not. Dr. Stumpff has since been awarded a Susan G. Komen Career Catalyst Research grant, for which Dr. Wood is a member of the mentorship committee.    

Emergency Medicine and Here to Help Panel

Cross-Specialty Panel Explores How Homelessness affects Health in Vermont

How does homelessness affect health? On June 6, over 60 Larner College of Medicine medical students and College of Nursing and Health Sciences physical therapy students attended a panel presentation co-hosted by the Here to Help and Emergency Medicine medical student interest groups that addressed that question. Panelists included Larner College of Medicine alumnus Lincoln Heath, M.D.’12, and Kerry Goulette, PA-C, M.P.H., both representatives of the Community Health Centers of Burlington Safe Harbor Health Center; two representatives from the Committee on Temporary Shelter Serving Vermont (COTS), including Christopher Charron; and Assistant Professor of Surgery Sarah Schlein, M.D. The idea for the panel was initiated by Class of 2022 medical student Zeynep Tek, who, along with Julia Clemens ‘22 and Nikkole Turgeon ‘22, wanted a way to further explore social determinants of health beyond what has been covered in the curriculum to date. “I think that as future doctors, we need to know how to work with people from different backgrounds and socioeconomic statuses,” Tek said. “When we are working through a clinical vignette [in class] and are asked to think about what else we would want to know from a patient, we often don’t think to ask about housing or stability of housing,” Turgeon added. “I think that having the panel [presentation] may have put this in the back of many students’ minds.” The question-driven discussion covered topics such as alcohol and opioid use disorders, creative solutions to preventative care, and collaborative care models between different resources within the state.

Pictured above, from left to right: Kerry Goulette, PA-C, M.P.H.; Julia Clemons ‘22: Christopher Charron; Lincoln Heath, M.D.’12; Nikkole Turgeon ’22; Sarah Schlein, M.D.; and Zeynep Tek ’22

Infographic: Improving the Health of All

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From Our Patients Banner

Quote MarksWhen his care team came in, we would cluster in the seating area. Instead of looking down on a patient in a bed, you can sit in a circle. It changes the dynamic and is an incredibly powerful signal that you are in this together.” 

—Lauren Curry, a UVM Medical Center patient and family advisor whose husband was unexpectedly admitted to the medical center the weekend of June 1, commented on the benefits of him staying in the Miller Building


Lewis R. First, M.D.
Professor and Chair of Pediatrics Lewis First, M.D., was elected as an honorary member for life and chair emeritus at the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) Annual Meeting in March 2019. In the announcement about this honor, the NBME stated that “Dr. First’s contributions will reverberate through the NBME and USMLE (United States Medical Licensing Examination) for many years to come.”  

Frank P. Ittleman, M.D., FACS

Professor of Surgery Frank Ittleman, M.D., is the recipient of the 2019 Catamount Surgeon Award from the Larner College of Medicine Department of Surgery. The award recognizes Dr. Ittleman for his contributions to academic surgery and to the department.  

Mary Cushman, M.D., M.Sc.

Professor of Medicine Mary Cushman, M.D., M.Sc., was awarded the Department of Medicine Mentorship Award on June 14, 2019. The award recognizes Dr. Cushman for her "outstanding commitment to excellence in the education of residents and fellows."

Dr. Spector

Mark K. Fung, M.D, Ph.D., professor and vice chair for Population Health in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, was recently named to the board of directors for the Project Santa Fe Foundation, which “focuses on demonstrating the power of longitudinal clinical laboratory data to proactively augment population health in a value-based healthcare environment.” Dr. Fung also serves as a faculty member for the organization’s “Clinical Lab 2.0” initiative

Nataniel H. Lester-Coll, M.D.

Assistant Professor of Radiation Oncology Nathaniel Lester-Coll, M.D., was named an Outstanding Reviewer of 2018 for the International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics, known in the field as the “Red Journal.”

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