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VERMONTMEDICINE THE ROBERT L ARNER, M.D. COLLEGE OF MEDICINE AT THE UNIVERSITY OF VERMONT W I N T E R 2 0 1 8 One Step Closer A journey through the final year of medical school FOCUS ON PALLIATIV

PROFILES IN GIVING A Legacy of Giving from Father to Daughter Thirtyfive years after Samuel Topkins, M.D., graduated from the University of Vermont College of Medicine in 1915, his daughter, Marjorie

V E R M O N T M E D I C I N E U V M L A R N E R C O L L E G E O F M E D I C I N E M A G A Z I N E W I N T E R 2 0 1 8 In This Issue 02 03 28 29 33 34 07 F RO M T H E D E A N COLLEGE NEWS A

F R O M T H E D E A N Ten years ago last August, I first took on the role of dean of this College. Now, after more than a decade at UVM, I look ahead to the time later this year when a new dean wil

C O L L E G E N E W S Capstone of a Career Dean Morin to Step Down Later in 2018 As the 20172018 academic year began, Dean Rick Morin, M.D., announced that he will step down as dean of The Robert L

C O L L E G E N E W S Campaign News LARNERS 66 MILLION HELPS SET NEW UVM FOUNDATION RECORD, 135 MILLION IN FY 17 Two Department Chairs Named in 2017 Two departments at the Larner College of Medicin

MOORE DIRECTS ACTIVE LEARNING NOTABLES C O L L E G E N E W S Susan Wallace, Ph.D. WALLACE ELECTED AAAS FELLOW Susan Wallace, Ph.D., professor and chair of microbiology and molecular genetics, was n

C O L L E G E N E W S Medicine from the Patients Point of View College Launches Longitudinal Integrated Clerkship A new program for the clerkship year has offered medical students the opportunity to

NIH AWARDS 20M TO UVM AND MAINE MEDICAL CENTER TO ADDRESS RURAL HEALTH CHALLENGES RESEARCH NOTEBOOK C O L L E G E N E W S Renee Stapleton, M.D., Ph.D. A fiveyear, 20 million National Institutes of H

COMMON GROUND BY ERIN POST TWO UVM STAFF MEMBERS HONORED FOR EXTRAORDINARY SERVICE Michael Cross T he University of Vermont Presidents Our Common Ground Awards celebrate the many contributions Tr

Center leads to many impromptu catchup sessions with students passing by. Guy Shane, UVMs manager of custodial services, said in his nomination letter that Cross is truly a UVM institution for his ab

BY ART PAPIER, M.D.88 Remembering Larry Weed, M.D. A MEETING AT A BROWN BAG LUNCH CHANGED A PHYSICIANS LIFE I f you ask internists older than 70 how the ProblemOriented Medical Record POMR and SOAP

had a lunch in a bag. As a result of his lecture, I went on to have two medical educations between 1984 and 1988 one at the medical school, and the other two miles away in the cramped attic office of

it. I was a medical student I knew close to nothing. He was sharing the big picture he knew what was important, and it was the patient and the care you delivered. This towering, insistent voice hammer

of the patient, and the possibility of an open source medical knowledge repository designed to improve decisions in the home and at the point of care. He strongly recommended that the National Library

BY ERIN POST PHOTOGRAPHS BY DAVID SEAVER AND ANDY DUBACK A Journey through the Final Year of Medical School 14 VERMONT MEDICINE WINTER 2018

a nervous, new medical student, to wearing it with a sense of purpose and responsibility as graduation looms ever closer. The fourth year also marks a beginning. Its a time when students make big deci

Studying for the Boards JUNE, 2016 IHsiang Shu, M.D.17, relied on a tried and true combination of prep and study tactics to get ready for a familiar rite of passage for fourthyear medical students ac

In Service to the Country JULY, 2016 When Bridget Colgan, M.D.17, arrived at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center for her acting internship in surgery, she was nervous about how she would fit

Learning to Listen OCTOBER, 2016 During his monthlong rotation in emergency medicine at UVM Medical Center, Eric Bennett, M.D.17, treated a wide range of patients and conditions, from minor injuries

On the Interview Trail NOVEMBER, 2016 After applying to 17 pathology residency programs and getting interview offers at all of them, Laura Griesinger, M.D.17, accepted interviews at 12 of the program

Healthcare Simulation Design JANUARY, 2017 As Simterns in UVMs Clinical Simulation Lab, Elizabeth Cochrane, M.D.17, and Kiyon Naser Tavakolian, M.D.17, learned how to use technology like stateofthear

The Next Step On to Residency After months of grueling travel and interviews, moments of selfdoubt and exhaustion, the day finally arrives Match Day. On the third Friday in March, medical students acr

22 VERMONT MEDICINE WINTER 2018 Steve Wetherby

BY CAROLYN SHAPIRO DECISION B TIME OB GRAMLING, M.D., D.Sc., Center and approached a patient sitting eyes were closed and a thick bandage loudly, delivering a high flow of oxygen The man had suffered

the fact that a lot of people wouldnt seek this help until theyre days to weeks from dying, he says. You still may have a year or more to live, Gramling explains. But youre sick and theres a lot going

Holly Miller says her gift to UVM highlights the crucial role of palliative medicine at the onset of a serious illness. After watching both of her parents die at home with little oversight from profe

At UVM, the new Division of Palliative Medicine grew from the longtime efforts of a small and successive group that championed this work. Zail Berry, M.D., an internist with expertise in geriatrics an

The UVM Health Network also has stretched palliative care across its medical centers and other clinical settings in Vermont and northern New York. One of the palliative teams longtime specialists and

Hall A P R E S I D E N T S N E WS N OT E S FO R L A R N E R CO L L EG E O F M E D I C I N E A LU M N I C O R N E R This academic year the UVM Medical Alumni Association began a program to connect

H A L L A C L A S S N O T E S If you have news to share, or updated contact information, you may submit it at go.uvm.eduinfoupdate. You may also contact your class agent or the Development Alum

MEDICAL ALUMNI STORIES The patient a medical student does his first history and physical on is like a mountain climbed. We practice for this. We stethoscope each other. We otoscope each other. We memo

H A L L A C L A S S N O T E S James Jarvis received a twoyear, 730,998 grant from the Arthritis Foundation to study how genes and environment work together to influence the immune dysfunction in

Flashback SMILE PLEASE For decades now, the SMILE DOCS program Students of Medicine Involved in Local Education Doctors Ought to Care has matched medical students with Northern Vermont elementary sc

H A L L A R E U N I O N 2 0 1 7 Connecting Across the Years Alumni from 1945 through 2012 gathered on campus to reconnect with class members and their families, and share memories with faculty a

Obituaries Wilton Warner Bud Covey, M.D. Dr. Covey died June 21, 2017. Born in 1919, he was raised in Manchester, N.H. He attended Middlebury College before coming to the College of Medicine. Respondi

H A L L A O B I T U A R I E S Jerold Lucey, M.D. Dr. Lucey died in Sarasota, Florida on December 10, 2017. Born in Holyoke, Mass. in 1926, he grew up in Northampton, Mass. He served in the U.S. N

A Legacy of Giving from Father to Daughter

October 10, 2017 315 P.M. A few days before the Colleges White Coat Ceremony, Professor of Radiology and Medical Alumni Association PresidentElect Betsy Sussman, M.D.81, places notes of encouragement

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