First woman editor of New England Journal of Medicine to keynote UVM med school graduation

first_imgFor the first time ever, University of Vermont President Daniel Mark Fogel, PhD, will confer medical degrees upon graduates in the UVM College of Medicine’s Class of 2011 during the school’s Commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 22, at 2:30 pm in UVM’s Ira Allen Chapel. Marcia Angell, MD, senior lecturer in social medicine at Harvard Medical School and the first woman to serve as editor-in-chief of the New England Journal of Medicine, will deliver the keynote address.Dean Frederick C. Morin III, M.D., and Melinda Estes, M.D., president and CEO of Fletcher Allen Health Care, will provide a welcome and President Fogel will present remarks prior to Angell’s address. Senior Associate Dean of Research Ira Bernstein, M.D., will recognize the 14 Graduate College students earning M.S. and Ph.D. degrees and Associate Dean of Student Affairs G. Scott Waterman, M.D., will announce Class of 2011 awards and honors. Following remarks from Class of 2011 student Ari Garber, Ed.D., Fogel will confer an honorary degree, as well as the medical degrees upon 110 members of the Class of 2011.Below are snapshots of some of the Class of 2011’s soon-to-be-doctors:â ¢ Taking action to bring about change is medical student Matthew Meyer’s motto. A Shelburne, Vt., native, Champlain Valley Union High School and Middlebury College graduate, he served in the Peace Corps in Tanzania before enrolling in medical school. As a first-year student, Meyer co-founded the College of Medicine Marathon Team ‘ a group of Vermont City Marathon runners who fundraise for pediatric cancer research ‘ and later organized health care policy forums with Vermont candidates. Fresh from completing a two-month Centers for Disease Control-Hubert Fellowship spent coordinating tuberculosis surveillance in Kenya and East Africa, Meyer counts seeing “my first birth and death and participating in my first surgery and code” among his best med school educational experiences. He will serve a surgical residency at Brown University.â ¢ Barre, Vt., native Alan Frascoia came from a long-line of stone cutters and worked in the granite industry as a sculptor himself before switching gears to medicine, volunteering at the People’s Health & Wellness Clinic in his hometown, and completing a post-baccalaureate premedical program at UVM prior to enrolling. Fast-forward four years and Frascoia is now readying himself for life on a different coast as a psychiatry resident at Los Angeles, Calif.-based Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.â ¢ A UVM undergraduate molecular genetics major, Michelle Shepard, Ph.D., of Hardwick, Vt., didn’t expect her career path to lead to pediatrics when she enrolled at the UVM College of Medicine. One of five M.D.-Ph.D. students who will receive their medical degrees on May 22, she studied the immune system during pregnancy for her doctoral thesis and expected to go into obstetrics/gynecology (Ob/Gyn). Two critical clinical experiences ‘ one in Ob/Gyn and an Acting Internship in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit ‘ led to a new-found interest in the miracle of birth and child development. Shepard, who hopes to do a genetics fellowship after her residency, will complete a residency at Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth.A graduate of Boston University School of Medicine, Angell trained in both internal medicine and anatomic pathology and is a board-certified pathologist. She joined the New England Journal of Medicine in 1979, became executive editor in 1988, and editor-in-chief in 1999. A frequent contributor to professional journals and the popular media on a wide range of topics, particularly medical ethics, health policy, the nature of medical evidence, the interface of medicine and the law, and care at the end of life, Angell is the author of Science on Trial: The Clash of Medical Evidence and the Law in the Breast Implant Case (W. W. Norton & Company, 1996), The Truth about the Drug Companies: How They Deceive Us and What to Do about It (Random House, 2005), and a co-author of the first three editions of the textbook Basic Pathology. She is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences and a Fellow of the American College of Physicians. In 1997, Time magazine named her one of the 25 most influential Americans.President Fogel will confer an honorary Doctor of Science degree to a family member of the late Thomas Sullivan, M.D., an alumnus from the College of Medicine’s Class of 1966, in recognition of his relentless passion for improving health care and health education and his transformative gifts in support of the education he valued so greatly.Faculty members William Raszka, M.D., professor of pediatrics, course director of Attacks and Defenses, and Class of 2011 Foundations Teacher of the Year, and William Hopkins, M.D., associate professor of medicine, course director of Cardiovascular, Respiratory and Renal Systems, and Class of 2011 Clinical Teacher of the Year, as well as Dr. Estes, will participate in hooding the graduates. In addition, some students will be hooded by their faculty mentors. College of Medicine graduates will take their professional oath at the conclusion of the degree-conferring portion of the ceremony.Beginning in mid-June, these new physicians will begin residencies in a wide range of subspecialties, including emergency medicine (18 students), internal medicine (14 students), pediatrics (14 students), and general surgery (11 students), at teaching hospitals across the country.A webcast of The University College of Medicine Commencement Ceremony will be available online on May 22 at is external). For more information about the College’s Commencement ceremony, visit is external) .###last_img

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