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 read more

Weary Clippers top Wizards 113-97

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “This was important to close out,” Griffin said. “We kind of looked at it as like a Game 7 for us, being on the road. Game 7, got to win. I thought we responded well.”Griffin had 16 points and nine rebounds and was particularly vocal, keeping his teammates focused on the game at hand. The Clippers, on the road since Dec. 2, had already logged more than 6,000 miles on the trip. “Blake Griffin, every timeout, kept saying, ‘No letup. We’re the tired team, let’s not think about it. Let’s keep playing,”’ coach Doc Rivers said. Paul was also at the forefront of the don’t-let-up agenda. Sure, he was exaggerating when he called this a must-win in the wake of Thursday’s loss at Brooklyn, but sometimes that’s what it takes.“We’re going to make him say that every night,” Rivers joked. WASHINGTON — Chris Paul called it a “must-win.” Blake Griffin deemed it a “Game 7,” which, technically, it was. Like many weary teams before them, the Los Angeles Clippers could have mentally checked out when faced with the final game of a long road trip. Instead, they shared the ball impeccably and wrapped up a tougher-than-it-should’ve-been East Coast swing Saturday night with a 113-97 win over the Washington Wizards.“We wanted to try to turn this from an OK trip into a good trip,” Paul said. “There was a lot of factors. It’s a long flight back home, and we’ve got a lot of sore losers on this team.”Los Angeles never trailed and had assists on 27 of 39 field goals, including 16 of 21 in the first half. Paul finished with 38 points and 12 assists, and the Clippers shot 56 percent to conclude a 4-3 journey that included games against six Eastern Conference teams, leaving them 6-6 on the season against the pedestrian East and 10-3 against the mighty West.center_img Paul went 11 for 14 from the field and made all 11 of his free throws. Jamal Crawford played the fifth man instead of the sixth man, making his first start since April 9, 2012, and finished with 17 points. Jared Dudley, who apologized to fans on Twitter after a 1-for-7 shooting performance against Brooklyn, found his game and carried the Clippers early, going 4 for 5 in the first quarter and finishing with 16 points.“He’s a great shooter,” Rivers said. “It’s not going away forever. It just went away for a little while, and we wanted it to come back as soon as possible.”John Wall had 24 points and 12 assists for the Wizards, who have lost four straight since reaching .500 for the first time since 2009. The outcome appeared predetermined when coach Randy Wittman announced before the game that Nene would sit out again because of a foot injury. The Wizards have lost seven in a row when Nene doesn’t play and are 3-24 without the Brazilian forward since the beginning of last season.But even Nene probably wouldn’t have made much of a difference against the efficient Clippers.“You could see there’s a difference between the teams, the way they talk to each other, the way they communicate, just basically the rule of winning,” Washington center Marcin Gortat said. Gortat, who went 3 for 10 from the field, also stirred the pot by saying the Wizards aren’t using him the right way.“I don’t like the position I play,” Gortat said. “I’m constantly drifting more and more away from the basket and quite honestly, that’s not my game. … I just think I’ve got to talk to Coach and just clear things up.”The Clippers were always in control, but a 6-0 run consisting of nothing but dunks — one by Griffin, two by DeAndre Jordan — pushed the lead to 19 in the third quarter and pretty much settled the matter. The Wizards trailed by double digits for the entire second half.“They got everything they wanted,” Washington swingman Trevor Ariza said. “We didn’t get any stops.”NOTES: Crawford started ahead of Willie Green because Rivers wanted to see how Green played with Darren Collison on the second unit. Rivers isn’t sure if he’ll stick with that plan. … Washington’s Kevin Seraphin scored a season-high 16 points.———Follow Joseph White on Twitter: read more