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September 4, 2019 | Volume I, Issue 13


Larner Faculty Earn AAMC Challenge Grant 

A work group, led by Stephen Berns, M.D., (above left) associate professor of family medicine, was awarded one of five $25,000 grants from the Association of American Medical Colleges' (AAMC) Opioid Education Challenge Grant Program: Responding to the Training and Development Needs of Academic Health Centers. 

The “Opioids Education Work Group at the Larner College of Medicine," also includes Karen Lounsbury, Ph.D., (above right) professor of pharmacology, Elly Riser, M.D., clinical instructor in medicine, Martha Seagrave, PA-C, associate professor of family medicine, and collaborators in the Department of Psychiatry, the Teaching Academy, the Office of Primary Care, and Champlain College. Their goal is to develop an integrated pain management curriculum throughout medical school and residency that addresses clinicians' discomfort with prescribing opioids and the challenge of geographically scattered faculty members. To bridge this gap, the grant will be used to develop interactive, online modules containing case studies and assessments that will help clinicians apply skills to real world situations. The team will partner with Champlain College's Emergent Media Center™ to develop the modules. 

Read a recent AAMC News article about responding to the opioid epidemic.

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Jaworski Establishes Excellence in Teaching Award

Longtime Department of Neurological Sciences professor and UVM Kroepsch-Maurice Excellence in Teaching Award recipient Diane Jaworski, Ph.D., has established the Czyzewski-Jaworski Excellence in Teaching Award in memory of her parents, Jane (Czyzewski) Jaworski and Witold "Victor"Jaworski. The award will recognize faculty members who have demonstrated outstanding teaching skills, created an inclusive learning environment, and provided steadfast support for students' educational pursuits.  

Each year, one faculty member in each of the rank categories (Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, Professor) will be selected to receive this honor, which comes with a monetary award of $1,000. All full-time Larner College of Medicine faculty members (Clinical Scholar, Education Scholar, Research Scholar, Tenure-track) engaged in teaching are eligible to be nominated for the award. Nominations are due by Wednesday, September 18, 2019. Find more information or nominate a faculty member for the Czyzewski-Jaworski Excellence in Teaching award.

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Larner Faculty Serve on UVM Faculty Senate

As of this fall, 18 Larner College of Medicine faculty members are serving the University as representatives and officers on the Faculty Senate. Of note:

  • Assistant Professor of Surgery Thomas Ahern, Ph.D., M.P.H., Assistant Professor of Surgery Krista Evans, M.D., Professor of Psychiatry Evan Eyler, M.D., M.P.H., and Professor of Medicine Daniel Weiss, M.D., Ph.D., start a new two-year term (2019-2022).
  • Dr. Eyler was re-elected to serve another two-year term as a Member-at-Large to the Faculty Senate Executive Council.
  • The following faculty members have been elected to positions on UVM Faculty Senate committees (2019-2022):
    • Professor of Medicine Mary Cushman, M.D., M.Sc., was elected to co-chair the Research, Scholarship and the Creative Arts Committee, which also means that she will serve as a member of the Faculty Senate Executive Council
    • Associate Professor of Medicine Charlotte Teneback, M.D., Curricular Affairs Committee (2019-2022)
    • Professor of Medicine Cory Teuscher, Ph.D., Financial & Physical Planning Committee (2019-2022)
    • Professor of Medicine Daniel Weiss, M.D., Ph.D., Research, Scholarship and the Creative Arts Committee (2019-2022)
    • Professor of Medicine Marie Wood, M.D., Educational Research Technology Committee (2019-2022)

Read more about UVM Faculty Senate membership and subcommittee work, and find governance resources on the Faculty Senate website.


Copeland Studies Effect of Parental Incarceration on Children

The numbers are staggering: nearly 1.5 million people in the U.S. were incarcerated in 2017, putting the country far in the lead globally. And more than half of those individuals were parents of children under age 18. A study, published in JAMA Network Open and led by Professor of Psychiatry William Copeland, Ph.D., and colleagues from the Center for Child and Family Policy at Duke University, examined this issue. They found stunning, but not surprising, results: offspring of incarcerated parents are six times more likely than other children to develop a substance use disorder, and several other issues, as adults. 
The team analyzed Great Smoky Mountains Study data gathered between 1993 and 2015 on the life experiences of children from the Appalachian Mountains in western North Carolina from age nine until age 30. “When we followed up with these participants in adulthood, we found these children had higher levels of anxiety and substance use disorders and were also more likely to have a felony charge, spend time in prison, not complete high school and experience significant financial strain,” said Dr. Copeland.


Elayna Mellas-Hulett and Sue Williams, Facilities Coordinators, Facilities Administration

Thinking about an office renovation or need a piece of equipment installed? Dean’s Office staff members Elayna Mellas-Hulett and Sue Williams are here to help. They support a wide range of College of Medicine facilities projects, including office redesigns, lab, and classroom renovations, equipment and furniture installation, and signage. They also play an invaluable role in ensuring every member of the college community is safe and comfortable. 
Elayna joined the college three years ago after serving as a UVM lab safety coordinator. She facilitates lab renovations and relocations, equipment installations, and construction projects, and serves as a liaison during emergencies and incidents within college facilities.

“There is always something going on that keeps us on our toes—each day is different and you never know what curveball will be thrown at you,” said Elayna. “We get to work with many amazing college faculty and staff. New faculty have this amazing energy and excitement as they work to set-up their new spaces.” 
Sue’s been at the college for 18 years and previously worked as a facilities coordinator in Continuing and Distance Education, and at Smuggler’s Notch. She specializes in administrative areas—like classrooms, conference rooms, offices, and common areas—working with design and construction teams, selecting furniture and signage, and assisting college occupants with issues with heating, cooling, and floods. 
“I love working with the various departments in the college and assisting them with their visions for their spaces,” said Sue. “I’m very proud of the facilities updates we’ve completed over the past few years, like the Larner Learning Commons, Office of Diversity and Inclusion suite, and installation of Catcard readers and security cameras.”  
"Elayna and Sue play an integral role in supporting our college’s clinical, education, and research missions," said Eric Gagnon, director of facilities administration and projects. “Each brings a tremendous collection of care, technical skill, and diplomacy to a wide customer base of internal and external constituents.

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Ulager150There is nothing more instructive – or more humbling – than witnessing your colleague in a moment of high professionalism, unless it is seeing the same thing in a resident, student, or even better a patient. I am specifically recalling two separate home hospice visits when – from their deathbed – my patients spoke words of healing and of comfort to me.  How much we learn from those we are here to serve!"  

~Excerpted from a blog post by Assistant Professor of Family Medicine James Ulager, M.D., on professionalism and his experience as a member of the Larner Statement on Professionalism Task Force.  Dr. Ulager is also the associate vice president of clinical operations at the University of Vermont Health Network Medical Group. Read the full blog post.

Accolades & Appointments


The Frank Ittleman, M.D. Endowed Chair in Cardiac Surgery at the UVM Medical Center, named in honor of the longtime UVM professor of surgery, has received an additional $500,000 from anonymous donors, residents of Addison County, as a part of a joint $1.1 million gift that also benefited the UVM Health Network-Porter Medical Center.


Participants from the Larner College of Medicine, UVM Medical Center, and UVM Health Network turned out in force for Vermont's first-ever American Heart Association CycleNation fundraising event, which took place on the Burlington waterfront on August 15. Two teams–"Clotbusters!" captained by Professor of Medicine Mary Cushman, M.D., M.Sc., (right) and "FloRiders," featuring top individual fundraiser Assistant Professor of Medicine Farrah Khan, M.D. (left)–were the top two fundraising teams, respectively. All combined, the UVM contingency raised a total of almost $8,000. 


Library Assistant Professor Gary Atwood, M.S.L.I.S, has been appointed interim director of the Dana Medical Library.  He joined the University of Vermont library faculty in the fall of 2012 from Springfield College in Mass., where he served as a reference librarian. He was previously assistant librarian at Bangor Theological Seminary in Maine. His research interests include innovative uses of technology in teaching and the research habits of students. 

Health Center Quality Leader Awardee seal

During the last year, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) has recognized Larner College of Medicine Longitudinal Integrated Clerkship training affiliate Hudson Headwaters Health Network with several Improving Quality of Care Awards. The honors include being named a "Health Center Quality Leader" for New York, and recognition for "Electronic Health Records Reporters", "Advancing Health Information Technology (HIT) for Quality", and "Achieving Patient-Centered Medical Home Recognition". 

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1. Decoupling Complexity in Perioperative Systems.

Tsai MH, Mangar D.
Anesth Analg. 2019 Aug 22. doi: 10.1213/ANE.0000000000004406. [Epub ahead of print] No abstract available. 
PMID: 31453867 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]

2. Association of baseline inflammatory biomarkers with cancer mortality in the REGARDS cohort.

Akinyemiju T, Moore JX, Pisu M, Goodman M, Howard VJ, Safford M, Gilchrist SC, Cushman M, Long L, Judd SE.
Oncotarget. 2019 Aug 6;10(47):4857-4867. doi: 10.18632/oncotarget.27108. eCollection 2019 Aug 6.
PMID: 31448052 [PubMed] 

3. Eicosapentaenoic acid potentiates the therapeutic effects of adipose tissue-derived mesenchymal stromal cells on lung and distal organ injury in experimental sepsis.

Silva JD, Lopes-Pacheco M, de Castro LL, Kitoko JZ, Trivelin SA, Amorim NR, Capelozzi VL, Morales MM, Gutfilen B, de Souza SAL, Weiss DJ, Diaz BL, Rocco PRM.
Stem Cell Res Ther. 2019 Aug 23;10(1):264. doi: 10.1186/s13287-019-1365-z.
PMID: 31443678 [PubMed - in process] 

4. Safety of intravenous immune globulin in an outpatient setting for neuromuscular disease patients.

Waheed W, Ayer GA, Jadoo CL, Badger GJ, Aboukhatwa M, Brannagan TH 3rd, Tandan R.
Muscle Nerve. 2019 Aug 23. doi: 10.1002/mus.26678. [Epub ahead of print]
PMID: 31443119 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]

5. Primary care physicians' perceptions of barriers and facilitators to management of chronic kidney disease: A mixed methods study.

Sperati CJ, Soman S, Agrawal V, Liu Y, Abdel-Kader K, Diamantidis CJ, Estrella MM, Cavanaugh K, Plantinga L, Schell J, Simon J, Vassalotti JA, Choi MJ, Jaar BG, Greer RC; National Kidney Foundation Education Committee.
PLoS One. 2019 Aug 22;14(8):e0221325. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0221325. eCollection 2019.
PMID: 31437198 [PubMed - in process] 

6. Intermittent pneumatic compression in patients with ESRD.

Onuigbo MAC.
Hemodial Int. 2019 Aug 19. doi: 10.1111/hdi.12777. [Epub ahead of print] No abstract available. 
PMID: 31424618 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]

7. Risk factors for Cancer-Associated Venous Thromboembolism: the Venous Thromboembolism Prevention in the Ambulatory Cancer Clinic (VTE-PACC) Study.

Douce DR, Holmes CE, Cushman M, MacLean C, Ades S, Zakai NA.
J Thromb Haemost. 2019 Aug 18. doi: 10.1111/jth.14614. [Epub ahead of print]
PMID: 31423717 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]

8. Female cancer survivor perspectives on remote intervention components to support physical activity maintenance.

Gell NM, Tursi A, Grover KW, Dittus K.
Support Care Cancer. 2019 Aug 17. doi: 10.1007/s00520-019-05038-y. [Epub ahead of print]
PMID: 31422476 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]

9. Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Milestones: Initial Formulation and Future Directions.

Ames SE, Ponce BA, Marsh JL, Hamstra SJ.
J Am Acad Orthop Surg. 2019 Aug 14. doi: 10.5435/JAAOS-D-18-00786. [Epub ahead of print]
PMID: 31415296 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]

10. Imaging in Suspected Renal Colic: Systematic Review of the Literature and Multispecialty Consensus.

Moore CL, Carpenter CR, Heilbrun ML, Klauer K, Krambeck AC, Moreno C, Remer EM, Scales C, Shaw MM, Sternberg KM.
J Urol. 2019 Sep;202(3):475-483. doi: 10.1097/JU.0000000000000342. Epub 2019 Aug 8.
PMID: 31412438 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

11. Patterns of Breast Imaging Use Among Women with a Personal History of Breast Cancer.

Henderson LM, Ichikawa L, Buist DSM, Lee JM, Bush M, Johnson D, Onega T, Nekhlyudov L, Kerlikowske K, Miglioretti DL, Sprague BL, Wernli KJ.
J Gen Intern Med. 2019 Aug 13. doi: 10.1007/s11606-019-05181-6. [Epub ahead of print]
PMID: 31410813 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]

12. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics/The American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition Consensus Malnutrition Characteristics: Usability and Association With Outcomes-A Commentary.

Jensen GL, Malone A, Guenter P.
Nutr Clin Pract. 2019 Aug 12. doi: 10.1002/ncp.10380. [Epub ahead of print] No abstract available. 
PMID: 31407388 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]

13. Exosomal miR-16-5p as a target for malignant mesothelioma.

Munson PB, Hall EM, Farina NH, Pass HI, Shukla A.
Sci Rep. 2019 Aug 12;9(1):11688. doi: 10.1038/s41598-019-48133-0.
PMID: 31406207 [PubMed - in process] Free PMC Article 

14. Racial and Ethnic Differences Over Time in Outcomes of Infants Born Less Than 30 Weeks' Gestation.

Boghossian NS, Geraci M, Lorch SA, Phibbs CS, Edwards EM, Horbar JD.
Pediatrics. 2019 Aug 12. pii: e20191106. doi: 10.1542/peds.2019-1106. [Epub ahead of print]
PMID: 31405887 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]

15. Imaging in Suspected Renal Colic: Systematic Review of the Literature and Multispecialty Consensus.

Moore CL, Carpenter CR, Heilbrun ME, Klauer K, Krambeck A, Moreno C, Remer EM, Scales C, Shaw MM, Sternberg KM.
Ann Emerg Med. 2019 Sep;74(3):391-399. doi: 10.1016/j.annemergmed.2019.04.021. Epub 2019 Aug 8.
PMID: 31402153 [PubMed - in process] Free Article 

16. Diet Quality Is Associated With Mortality in Adults Aged 80 Years and Older: A Prospective Study.

Liu YH, Gao X, Mitchell DC, Wood GC, Still CD, Jensen GL.
J Am Geriatr Soc. 2019 Aug 6. doi: 10.1111/jgs.16089. [Epub ahead of print]
PMID: 31386173 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]

17. APOL1Kidney Risk Variants and Cardiovascular Disease: An Individual Participant Data Meta-Analysis.

Grams ME, Surapaneni A, Ballew SH, Appel LJ, Boerwinkle E, Boulware LE, Chen TK, Coresh J, Cushman M, Divers J, Gutiérrez OM, Irvin MR, Ix JH, Kopp JB, Kuller LH, Langefeld CD, Lipkowitz MS, Mukamal KJ, Musani SK, Naik RP, Pajewski NM, Peralta CA, Tin A, Wassel CL, Wilson JG, Winkler CA, Young BA, Zakai NA, Freedman BI.
J Am Soc Nephrol. 2019 Aug 5. pii: ASN.2019030240. doi: 10.1681/ASN.2019030240. [Epub ahead of print]
PMID: 31383730 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]

18. Self-Assembly and Biogenesis of the Cellular Membrane are Dictated by Membrane Stretch and Composition.

Naik AR, Kuhn ER, Lewis KT, Kokotovich KM, Maddipati KR, Chen X, Hörber JHK, Taatjes DJ, Potoff JJ, Jena BP.
J Phys Chem B. 2019 Aug 15;123(32):6997-7005. doi: 10.1021/acs.jpcb.9b04769. Epub 2019 Jul 31.
PMID: 31322890 [PubMed - in process]

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