May 20, 2020 | Volume II, Issue 10
College Celebrates Class of 2020 at Commencement
The ceremony began traditionally, with “Vermont Passacaglia,” the Larner College of Medicine’s alumnus-composed processional. But instead of graduates and faculty marching into Ira Allen Chapel, a slideshow of photos depicting the Class of 2020’s medical school journey played on the screens of viewers in remote locations across the country and globe.
On Sunday, May 17, Dean Rick Page, M.D., College of Medicine and UVM Medical Center leaders, and guest speakers celebrated the College’s more than 100 graduates through the most extensive live online commencement ceremony held at a medical school during the coronavirus pandemic.
- Watch the Commencement livestream video
- View a slideshow of Class of 2020 photos
- Link to Dr. Goldberg’s student address on the blog
- Read more
Pictured above: Class of 2020 member photos from moments in their medical school journey.
Holmes and Stein Named 2020-21 University Scholars
Larner College of Medicine faculty members Gregory Holmes, M.D., professor and chair of neurological sciences, and Gary Stein, Ph.D., Perelman professor and chair of biochemistry and professor of surgery, have been selected to join the 40th class of University Scholars at the University of Vermont.
Dr. Holmes is an internationally renowned pediatric neurologist with expertise in pediatric epilepsy, whose research has improved understanding of the pathophysiological basis of cognitive impairment and other co-morbidities in children with epilepsy. Dr. Stein is recognized worldwide for his development of paradigm-shifting concepts and strategies that have opened the field of skeletal biology and pathology to molecular, cellular and epigenetic investigation.
Learn more about the UVM Graduate College’s University Scholars program.
Read more about Dr. Holmes’ and Dr. Stein’s scholarship here.
Pictured above: Dr. Stein (left) and Dr. Holmes
"Research Slam" Highlights Transdisciplinary Collaborations
On May 7, faculty members from three UVM colleges presented on COVID-19 research projects ranging from computer models of infection interventions to durable immunity in inpatient and outpatient patient cohorts at an online “research slam."
Hosted on Zoom by the Translational Global Infectious Diseases Research Center, Senior Associate Dean for Research, and the Larner College of Medicine Dean's Office, the event featured 16 presentations by investigators in the Larner College of Medicine, College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences, and College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.
Larner College of Medicine presenters included: Jan Carney, M.D., M.P.H.; Gary An, M.D., and Chase Cockrell, Ph.D.; James Hudziak, M.D.; Jessica Crothers, M.D.; Mary Cushman, M.D., M.Sc.; Allen Repp, M.D.; Leigh-Anne Cioffredi, M.D., M.P.H.; Renee Stapleton, M.D., Ph.D., and Matthew Poynter, Ph.D.; Brett Giblin, M.D.; David Krag, M.D.; Daniel Weiss, M.D., Ph.D.; Markus Thali, Ph.D.; Sean Diehl, Ph.D.; Jason Botten, M.D.; and Dev Majumdar, Ph.D.Link to a full list of Research Slam projects and presenters.
Vermont Medicine Spring Issue
The spring 2020 issue of Vermont Medicine is now online! View the latest issue, including a feature story that explores efforts to help students build a positive professional identity, on our website.
Alumni Panel Discusses Residency During COVID-19
On May 6, roughly 30 Class of 2020 graduates attended an online panel discussion featuring five recent alumni serving in residencies around the country. Titled “Residency in the Era of COVID-19,” the panel included Danielle Leahy, M.D. ’17, third-year anesthesiology resident at UVM Medical Center (UVMMC); Daniel Haddad, M.D. ’16, fourth-year anesthesiology resident at Yale New Haven Hospital; Justin Genziano, M.D. ’17, third-year anesthesiology resident at New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center; Dylan Devlin, M.D. ’17,third-year emergency medicine resident at Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals; and Hillary Anderson, M.D. ’17, third-year pediatrics resident at UVMMC.
Hosted by Senior Associate Dean for Medical Education Christa Zehle, M.D., Lee Rosen, Ph.D., director of student well-being and assistant professor of psychiatry, and Nathalie Feldman, M.D., director of the learning environment and assistant professor of obstetrics, gynecology, and reproductive sciences, the alumni shared reflections on working during the pandemic and answered questions about protecting themselves and loved ones from infection, using childcare for essential workers, how rescheduled surgical services may affect new interns, and anticipated changes to residency orientation. They also addressed non-COVID-related concerns, such as how to handle feeling overwhelmed, how to prepare for intern year, and intern teaching duties.
Pictured above, clockwise from top left: Dr. Anderson; Dr. Haddad; Dr. Leahy; Dr. Genziano; and Dr. Devlin.
I am impressed at the collective spirit and responsibility that Vermonters are showing by following physical distancing guidelines and adapting to the drastic changes to our day-to-day activities to help flatten the curve and protect the most vulnerable in our community. This is tough, and it will continue to be tough. I think we will eventually emerge from this with a profound appreciation for our community and all that it has to offer, and with an enhanced safety net for those in greatest need.”
~Excerpted from a UVM Larner College of Medicine blog post by Megan Malgeri, M.D., a Class of 2012 alum and family medicine physician at the UVM Medical Center’s Milton Family Practice. (Read the blog post.)
Read an article about how Dr. Malgeri and her husband, Ben Katz UVM’02, are serving on the front line in different ways.
Pictured above: Dr. Malgeri
Accolades & Appointments
Fifteen Larner faculty members were honored with emeriti status in conjunction with the UVM 2020 Commencement Celebration:
- Mark A. Capeless, M.D., Professor of Medicine Emeritus;
- Candace Fraser, M.D., Associate Professor of Family Medicine Emerita;
- Ruth Heimann, M.D., Ph.D., Professor of Radiology Emerita;
- Virginia L. Hood, M.B.B.S., M.P.H., Professor of Medicine Emerita;
- John R. Hughes, M.D., Professor of Psychiatry Emeritus;
- Craig Lawrence Kien, M.D., Ph.D., Mary Kay Davignon Green and Gold Professor of Pediatrics Emeritus;
- Martin M. LeWinter, M.D., Professor of Medicine Emeritus;
- John H. Lunde, M.D., Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Emeritus;
- Scott D. Luria, M.D., Associate Professor of Medicine Emeritus;
- Keith Peter Mintz, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics Emeritus;
- George J. Osol, Ph.D., Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences Emeritus;
- Mercedes Rincón, Ph.D., Professor of Medicine Emerita;
- Brenda V. Tessmann, M.S., Assistant Professor of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics Emerita;
- Guy Tousignant, M.D., Associate Professor of Anesthesiology Emeritus;
- Richard C. Wasserman, M.D., M.P.H., Professor of Pediatrics Emeritus.
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