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The University of Vermont Robert Larner College of Medicine

Medical School

Mailing Address
89 Beaumont Ave.
Burlington, Vermont 05405
Phone
(802) 656-8577
School Information
"Founded in 1822, The Larner College of Medicine is the seventh oldest medical school in the nation. In 2016, a gift from Class of 1942 graduate Dr. Robert Larner and his wife, Helen, strengthened the College's efforts to provide a medical education that is second to none. Initiatives included digitizing the curriculum, creating innovative classrooms to facilitate active learning, building an enhanced simulation center to help students learn clinical skills, and the recruitment of an endowed Professor of Medical Education to lead the Teaching Academy. Vermont ranks 1st in the nation in active patient care primary care physicians per capita, and 5th in all physicians per capita (AAMC State Physician Workforce Data Book, 2019). The Larner College of Medicine ranked 8th for Rural Medicine education (US News & World Report, 2016). "Admissions is highly selective, from a pool of 8,814 applicants, Larner College of Medicine enrolled 124 students in the class of 2025" (Source: http://www.med.uvm.edu/about).

Actions Taken

Admissions Policies
  • The school's DEI office states that "diversity and inclusion supports the cultural humility that enhances clinical effectiveness, informs research and results in effective interaction in cross cultural situations."
  • In September 2021, Dr. Marissa Coleman became the school's first vice president of DEI. Prior to this appointment as a senior DEI advisor, she "co-facilitated more than 20 racial equity listening sessions, developed meaningful forums for sharing the organization’s workforce assessment survey findings, and worked collaboratively to create two employee resource groups – one to support employees who identify as Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) and the other to support employees who identify as LGBTQ+. She also co-led numerous education sessions on racial humility and equity for employees and leadership, creating a safe space for employees to talk about these sensitive issues in new ways."
Program and Research Funding
  • Contained within the school is The Health Disparities and Cultural Competence groupp, founded in 2015 with an express mission to "advocate for health equity in the state and nationally, and ensure all communities have equitable access to opportunities in housing, education, employment, health care, and supports within social contexts."
Resources
  • The school has numerous anti-racism resources, including "How to Be an Anti-Racist" by Ibram X. Kendi.
  • The school's blog contains a section dedicated to discussing the topics of "race and racism" and "implicit bias."
  • The UVM Larner College of Medicine has a Social Justice Coalition, which "works to advance social justice and equity" in medical education and healthcare.
Symbolic Actions
  • The UVM Larner College of Medicine hosted a "Voices of the College: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion" Zoom, where various faculty, staff and medical students addressed the importance of DEI within the institution.
  • Vermont's Seven Days newspaper wrote an article about diversity at UVM College of Medicine. In the article, it highlighted the comments of Elizabeth Bonney, a black professor at the medical school. Bonney believes that while the college has made "some strides in recruiting minorities," she thinks it's "just as important to cultivate an inclusive environment so [UVM] students can be successful." Bonney states that "the critical problem, which is a conflict between white and male supremacy and the quest for justice, equality and self-determination, has continued to exist...It continues in academic medicine and science at some level."
Last updated November 27th, 2022
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