Dean Newsletter Header in green

September 28, 2022 | Volume IV, Issue 19

Look at Larner

Second Annual "Look at Larner" Attracts More than Two Dozen Attendees

In 2021, the College of Medicine’s inaugural “Look at Larner” outreach program attracted aspiring medical students from across the country – two of whom, Shani Legore and Camila Salcedo, are now first-year medical students at the Larner College of Medicine. Created by Class of 2024 medical students Mialovena Exume and Warrick Sahene, Look at Larner provides an opportunity for students from backgrounds typically underrepresented in medicine (URiM) who have a strong interest in pursuing a medical degree to gain first-hand experience about what it’s like to be a medical student at Larner. The Larner admissions and diversity, equity, and inclusion offices support the initiative. 

For this year’s Look at Larner, Class of 2025 members Jasmine Bazinet-Phillips and Karena Nguyen served as co-leaders and welcomed 27 individuals to the second iteration of the program, with first- through third-year medical students opening their homes to host attendees.

During their Look at Larner visit, guests were invited to find their “mirror,” an individual in the Larner community whose personal story resonated with their own path and journey as pre-medical students. Attendees also heard from 11 physicians who each shared a personal story about their journey to medicine. 

Larner medical students are now connected via the Group Me app with Look at Larner alumni to provide further networking and admissions support, like advising on the necessary steps to apply and gain acceptance into Larner. 

Bazinet-Phillips said, “Both Karena and I believe that, with the support of Dr. Leila Amiri, the new associate dean of admissions, the Look at Larner program will continue to grow URiM representation in our community.”

Link to the full article about the second annual Look at Larner.

Pictured above: Look at Larner attendees observe as Abigail Hielscher, Ph.D., assistant professor of neurological sciences (front left), displays anatomical specimens in the anatomy lab in the Given Building at UVM. (Photo: David Seaver)

Dr. Moo

College to Welcome Alumni & Honor Awardees at Reunion Oct. 13-16

The Larner College of Medicine will celebrate Reunion 2022 October 13 through 16. Highlights include the Class of 1972 50th Reunion Medallion Ceremony, tours of the college and new Firestone Medical Research Building, 2022 Larner College of Medicine Alumni Association Awards ceremony on Friday, October 14, an Alumni Town Hall and Reunion Class Dinners on Saturday, October 15.

Medical Reunion kicks off on Thursday, October 13 with two lectures: Distinguished Graduate Alumni Award Lecture and the Annual John J. Ouellette, M.D.’60 and Sally Ouellette Endowed Lectureship in the Vermont Lung Center.This year’s Alumni Association Awardees include:

  • Distinguished Graduate Alumni Award: Elizabeth J. Kovacs, Ph.D.’84, Professor of Surgery and Director of the Burn Research and the Alcohol Research Programs at University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus 
  • A. Bradley Soule Award: H. David Reines, M.D.’72, Professor of Surgery, George Washington University Medical School; Clinical Professor of Surgery and Master Educator, University of Virginia School of Medicine
  • Distinguished Academic Achievement Award: James R. Howe, M.D.’87, Professor of Surgery, Surgical Oncology and Endocrine Surgery; Director, Division of Surgical Oncology and Endocrine Surgery, University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine; Jacqueline S. Jeruss, M.D.’97, Ph.D., FACS, Professor of Surgery, Pathology and Biomedical Engineering; Associate Dean for Regulatory Affairs; Director, Breast Care Center and Breast Surgical Oncology Fellowship; Michigan Medicine, University of Michigan Department of Surgery, Division of Surgical Oncology; Ken Sartorelli, M.D.’87, Green and Gold Professor of Pediatric Surgery, UVM Larner College of Medicine, Vice Chair for Education, Department of Surgery, Division Chief, Pediatric Surgery, UVM Children's Hospital and UVM Department of Surgery, Surgeon-in-Chief, UVM Children's Hospital; Sharon Savage, M.D.’97, Chief of Clinical Genetics Branch; Clinical Director of Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics; National Cancer Institute
  • Service to Medicine and Community Award: Mary Hamel, M.D.’92, Senior Technical Officer and Team Lead for Malaria Vaccines, World Health Organization; Susan Long, M.D.’92, FACS, General Surgeon, St. Joseph's Hospital, West Virginia University Medicine; Mariah McNamara, M.D.’02, M.P.H., Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine and Interim Assistant Dean for Students, UVM Larner College of Medicine; Attending Physician, Medical Director of Emergency Department, and Associate Chief Medical Officer for Medical Staff Affairs, UVM Medical Center
  • Early Achievement Award: Molly Hubbard, M.D.’12 (Posthumous award), Fellow, Pediatric Neurosurgery, Oregon Health Science University; Adam Polifka, M.D.’07, Associate Professor, Department of Neurosurgery, University of Florida

Read the full article about Reunion and the Alumni Association Awards. 

Pictured above: Graphic image of Dr. Moo and the date of Reunion.

Wilderness Medicine group rappelling

Wilderness Medicine Elective Tests Skills, Gets Fourth-Year Students Outdoors

Rock climbing, rappelling, kayaking, hiking and camping are among the activities that fourth-year medical students participate in during the two-week elective Wilderness Medicine course. The intensive curriculum takes students out of the hospital and into the woods, lakes, and mountains to learn and practice skills for rescuing people from drowning, diving accidents, altitude sickness, hypothermia, crush injuries, and suspension trauma.

Developed and led by Sarah Schlein, M.D., associate professor of emergency medicine and UVM Health Network Wilderness Medicine Fellowship director, the course provides an opportunity to focus on both the content and problem-solving of caring for patients in remote environments. Chance Sullivan, M.D., clinical instructor for emergency medicine and a Wilderness Medicine Fellow, also teaches in the course. 

“We put people in scenarios, and we talk about what happens," said Dr. Schlein. "Not just about the medical parts, but about the communication, leadership, and where things break down. The goal is to make mistakes and learn from each other.” 

“I love the idea of being a doctor without being in a hospital,” said medical student Nina Feinberg’23. “My dream is to work part-time in a hospital and part-time on expedition, helping people who want to be outside. For example, I could work at a research base in Alaska, or on hiking trips in the Grand Canyon ... It would be cool to be the doctor on board.” 

Read more and see photos from the Wilderness Medicine Elective course.Pictured above: Fourth-year medical students participate in mock rescues in the backcountry woods of Vermont.

Student Voices Banner
Jordan Franco

QuoteMarkBlueI think that the type of exam room-based interactions most likely to foster and support a patient’s good health and well-being will be characterized by trust, encouragement, and rapport."

Jordan Franco (pictured, at left), Class of 2025 medical student, in a UVM Larner Med blog post, titled , Class of 2025 medical student, in a UVM Larner Med blog post, titled "The Importance of Laboratory Literacy."

Save the Date

Info Session on NIH Policy for Data Management and Sharing New Funding Requirement 

  • Tuesday, October 18, 2022, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. (in-person: Howe Library, Room 123)
  • Friday, October 21, 2022, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. (Click here to join the meeting virtually on Teams)

Join Gagan Bajaj, Ph.D., Larner grant proposal developer in the Office of the V.P. for Research, and Christie Silkotch, MLIS, science and data librarian, for an info session about a new funding requirement that the National Institutes of Health (NIH) will be implementing called the NIH Policy for Data Management and Sharing. Learn about what’s changing, how this requirement will impact you, and the resources available to support you. A Q&A segment with representatives from research development, Sponsored Projects Administration (SPA), and UVM Libraries will also be offered. 

Green graphic that reads

Pride Parade

Larner, CNHS, UVM Health Network Show Pride

Check out our slideshow featuring some of the great photos captured by photographer Andy Duback and Larner staff and faculty at the September 18 Vermont Pride Parade.

(Pictured at left: Larner medical students wearing white t-shirts with rainbow flag images on the front of them pose for a group photo at the 2022 Vermont Pride Parade (Photo: Andy Duback)

Join Us text in a green circle

The UVM Cancer Center is hosting the

25th Annual Women’s Health and Cancer Conference, Friday, September 30, 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Dudley H. Davis Center at the University of Vermont and on livestream via Zoom.

Attendance is free and open to the public and continuing medical education credits are offered at no cost, but registration is required. 

Accolades & Appointments

Evan Hoffman headshot

Evan Hoffman, Ph.D., a graduate student in the Cellular, Molecular and Biomedical Sciences program, successfully defended his dissertation, titled “Defining Regional Lung Extracellular Matrix Composition: Implications in Disease and Repair Following Injury,” on September 16, 2022. Dr. Hoffman’s advisor is Daniel Weiss, M.D., Ph.D., professor of medicine.

Randall Holcombe headshot
At the Vermont Academy of Science and Engineering’s (VASE) annual meeting held September 19 at Middlebury College, VASE formally inducted Randall Holcombe, M.D., M.B.A., professor of medicine and UVM Cancer Center director. UVM College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences Dean Linda Schadler, Ph.D., and Associate Professor of Education Regina Toolin, Ph.D., were also inducted into VASE membership this year. Chartered by the State of Vermont in 1995, the mission of VASE is “to recognize outstanding achievement and contributions in the broadly defined areas of science and/or engineering, to foster a deeper understanding and promote discourse on scientific and technical matters among the citizens of the State of Vermont, and to provide expert and impartial technical advice to the people and the government of the State of Vermont.” VASE administers a slate of grants and awards to foster science and technical fields in the Green Mountain State. Drs. Holcombe, Schadler, and Toolin join more than 60 members of Vermont’s community of scientists and engineers in the Academy. 

Beth Kirkpatrick headshot

On August 30, Beth Kirkpatrick, M.D., professor and chair of microbiology and molecular genetics, won her age group at the 2022 historic annual Hellespont Swim Race. This open-water swim race takes place in Çanakkale, Turkey, and involves a cross-continental swim across the Hellespont, the famous strait between Europe and Asia. According to Dr. Kirkpatrick, between 850 to 900 swimmers participated in the event, which takes place on Turkey’s “Victory Day.” Originally swum for the first time by the famous poet Lord Byron in 1810, the race is considered “the world’s oldest open water swim.”

Majid Sadigh, M.D., clinical associate professor of medicine, director of the Global Health Program at Nuvance Health/UVM Larner College of Medicine, and Trefz Family Endowed Chair in Global Health at Nuvance Health, presented at the Science Summit at the United National General Assembly on September 21. Dr. Sadigh participated in a panel discussion, titled “Creating an Empowerment Model in Global Health: An Evolving Practice to Build Capacity, Research Methodologies, Education Modalities, and Health Equity.” Panel presenters also included global health program partners from Makerere University College of Health Sciences, ACCESS UGANDA, University of Zimbabwe, Universidad Iberoamericana, Datta Meghe Institute of Medical Sciences, and the University of Botswana. Read more about the session and panelists here.

UVM Seal
UVM celebrated staff during its annual Staff Appreciation Week. Larner College of Medicine staff members recognized for milestone anniversaries of 25, 30, 35, and 40 years of service include:
  • 40 years - Sheila Russell, Department of Surgery 
  • 35 years - Ellen Dimick, Department of Medicine, Division of Dermatology
  • 35 years - Julia Valliere, Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
  • 30 years - Vicci Letourneau, Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
  • 25 years - Lynn Bateman, Department of Neurological Sciences
  • 25 years - Karen Bernard, Department of Psychiatry
  • 25 years - Cindy Groseclose, Vermont Breast Cancer Surveillance System, Office of Health Promotion Research
  • 25 years - Cathy Tilley, Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
  • 25 years - Lise Vance, Department of Family Medicine



Ouellette A, Mahendroo M, Nallasamy S. Collagen and elastic fiber remodeling in the pregnant mouse myometrium†. Biol Reprod. 2022 Sep 12;107(3):741-751. doi: 10.1093/biolre/ioac102. PMID: 35594450.

Bonnell LN, Clifton J, Wingood M, Gell N, Littenberg B. The Relationship Between Mental and Physical Health and Walking During the COVID-19 Pandemic. J Am Board Fam Med. 2022 Sep 12:jabfm.2022.AP.220090. doi: 10.3122/jabfm.2022.AP.220090. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 36096661.

Le MH, Yeo YH, Zou B, Barnet S, Henry L, Cheung R, Nguyen MH. Forecasted 2040 Global Prevalence of NAFLD using Hierarchical Bayesian Approach. Clin Mol Hepatol. 2022 Sep 19. doi: 10.3350/cmh.2022.0239. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 36117442.

Yaseen K, Nevares A, Tamaki H. A Spotlight on Drug-Induced Vasculitis. Curr Rheumatol Rep. 2022 Sep 21. doi: 10.1007/s11926-022-01088-0. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 36129631.

Jones JR, Tsai MH, Nguyen TT. Thinking in Bets: The Difficult Airway Algorithm. Anesth Analg. 2022 Oct 1;135(4):e27-e29. doi: 10.1213/ANE.0000000000006165. Epub 2022 Sep 15. PMID: 36108200.

Sinha A, Sitlani CM, Doyle MF, Fohner AE, Buzkova P, Floyd JS, Huber SA, Olson NC, Njoroge JN, Kizer JR, Delaney JA, Shah SS, Tracy RP, Psaty B, Feinstein M. Association of immune cell subsets with incident heart failure in two population-based cohorts. ESC Heart Fail. 2022 Sep 12. doi: 10.1002/ehf2.14140. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 36097332.

Lawson MB, Herschorn SD, Sprague BL, Buist DSM, Lee SJ, Newell MS, Lourenco AP, Lee JM. Imaging Surveillance Options for Individuals With a Personal History of Breast Cancer: AJR Expert Panel Narrative Review. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2022 Sep 21:1-15. doi: 10.2214/AJR.22.27635. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 35544374.

Sico JJ, Seng E, Wang K, Skanderson M, Schindler EA, Ney JP, Lorenze N, Kimber A, Lindsey H, Grinberg AS, Kuruvilla D, Higgins DJ, Graham G, Sandbrink F, Scholten J, Shapiro RE, Lipton RB, Fenton B. Characteristics and Gender Differences of Headache in the Veterans Health Administration: A National Cohort Study, Fiscal Year 2008-2019. Neurology. 2022 Sep 13:10.1212/WNL.0000000000200905. doi: 10.1212/WNL.0000000000200905. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 36100437.

Pothineni NVK, Soliman EZ, Cushman M, Howard G, Howard VJ, Kasner SE, Judd S, Rhodes JD, Marchlinski FE, Deo R. Continuous cardiac rhythm monitoring post- stroke: A feasibility study in REGARDS. J Stroke Cerebrovasc Dis. 2022 Sep 14;31(11):106662. doi: 10.1016/j.jstrokecerebrovasdis.2022.106662. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 36115108.

Clayton DA, Eguchi MM, Kerr KF, Miyoshi K, Brunyé TT, Drew T, Weaver DL, Elmore JG. Are Pathologists Self-Aware of Their Diagnostic Accuracy? Metacognition and the Diagnostic Process in Pathology. Med Decis Making. 2022 Sep 20:272989X221126528. doi: 10.1177/0272989X221126528. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 36124966.

Rusch C, Wood M, Kennedy AG, Tompkins BJ, Frasca JD. Rapid infusion of infliximab biosimilars and the incidence and severity of infusion-related reactions in patients with inflammatory bowel disease. J Clin Pharm Ther. 2022 Sep 22. doi: 10.1111/jcpt.13779. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 36134561.

Blankstein M, Haimes MA, Nelms NJ. Selecting a Press-fit Stem for Total Hip Arthroplasty: The Rationale and Evolution of the Modern Femoral Prosthesis. J Am Acad Orthop Surg. 2022 Sep 16. doi: 10.5435/JAAOS-D-22-00074. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 35962989.

Corteselli E, Aboushousha R, Janssen-Heininger Y. S Glutathionylation-Controlled Apoptosis of Lung Epithelial Cells; Potential Implications for Lung Fibrosis. Antioxidants (Basel). 2022 Sep 10;11(9):1789. doi: 10.3390/antiox11091789. PMID: 36139863.

Pilcher F, Carney JK, Stein GS. Overcoming barriers to HPV vaccination in rural Vermont through a multicomponent peer-based approach. Hum Vaccin Immunother. 2022 Sep 21:2122494. doi: 10.1080/21645515.2022.2122494. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 36130214.

Yamaguchi H, Shen J, Little DR, Li M, Sozen S, Suzuki K, Mishina Y, Komatsu Y. Enhanced BMP signaling through ALK2 attenuates keratinocyte differentiation. Biochem Biophys Res Commun. 2022 Sep 10;629:101-105. doi: 10.1016/j.bbrc.2022.09.014. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 36116371.

Amartey J, Okagbue C, Saccoh A, Buffonge S, Francois A, Tcheandjieu C, Mitchell S, Tyrrell DJ, Kamin Mukaz D. Black In Cardio: promoting diversity and representation in the cardiovascular field. Nat Rev Cardiol. 2022 Sep 20. doi: 10.1038/s41569-022-00774-x. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 36127463.



Feedback? Contact Us!


View Archive | Subscribe

Published by the Office of Medical Communications
The Larner College of Medicine
at The University of Vermont
Copyright 2022