Existing Projects

Research Connection

Research Connection is a project aimed at connecting students with faculty to assist with voluntary research projects while we are away from our regular curriculum. We really appreciate that UVA faculty have been busy helping on the frontlines and expanding on research efforts, and we have created a tool to facilitate medical students being able to help with these efforts. This program would be different from the MSSRP program because it would be on a completely voluntary basis without any expectation of compensation and the student contributions would be done remotely. We think that medical students could be most helpful in assisting with literature reviews, chart reviews, or data analysis. Fill out the google form below if interested!

Volunteer qualifications:

Must be a UVA medical student 

Contact: 

Carol Rowley, car4qu@virginia.edu

Virtual Camp with Camp Holiday Trails 

We're organizing two weeks of virtual daily challenges (tentatively June 8-19) for the campers of Camp Holiday Trails (CHT). CHT is a summer camp for children with medical needs, and the UVA School of Medicine fundraises money throughout the year to support their mission. Since camp was cancelled this year, we wanted to help them bring camp to the kids at home. The virtual challenges will be camp-themed and social distancing-friendly, and we hope to create a virtual memory collage at the end to bring the campers together in a unique way.

Volunteer qualifications:

UVA medical or nursing student 

Contact: 

Nicole Byram, ngb9va@virginia.edu

Zoe Roecker, zr2en@virginia.edu

Anthony Ignozzi, aji5bbs@virginia.edu

Bone Marrow Drive 

We are working together apart from each other and the hospital to save lives by promoting Be The Match’s Couch2Cure campaign! Save a life from your couch by texting UVASOM to 61474 for your at-home swab kit to register for the Bone Marrow Registry. Using social media, post a picture or video of you doing something on your couch (silly, sweet, or slothy) with a caption that encourages people to save lives from their own quarantined couches by signing up for Be The Match! Text UVASOM to 61474, #Couch2Cure @BeTheMatchVirginia @UVASchoolofMedicine

Volunteer qualifications:

Anyone can be involved

 

Contact: 

Jenna Milstein,  jam4ht@virginia.edu

Infographics Project 

 We are creating educational content about COVID-19 and public health pandemic response measures in the form of infographics. Using these posts, we hope to provide accurate, relevant, and digestible material that everyone can share through social media.

Contact: 

Jackie Lee, jrl9rc@virginia.edu

Blue Ridge Juvenile Detention Center Creativity Project

Students at the Blue Ridge Detention Center are in the process of making cards to share with healthcare workers who are fighting COVID-19 in our hospitals.  We hope these projects will cheer up both the healthcare workers as they go on tirelessly day in and day out, as well as the students who’ll get to show their appreciation.

Contact: 

Grace Forster, glf5gg@virginia.edu

SMD 22 & 21 Gratitude Committee

Creating expressions of gratitude for faculty as they create new curricula for us.

Contact:

Mike Salomon, mss2ud@virginia.edu

Senior Outreach

 Senior-student phone call program and card delivery/pen-pal program for isolated retirement-community members. Thus far, 250 cards have been delivered to the residents of Westminster-Canterbury nursing home

Volunteer qualifications:

Medical and Nursing students 

Contact:

Jessica Little, jln3az@virginia.edu

Lydia Prokosch, lsp7mz@virginia.edu

55-Word Story Project 

Dr. Marcia Childress and a group of third- and fourth-year medical students are compiling a collection of students' 55-word stories from their recent online “Confronting Epidemics” course. Together, these stories create a richly detailed snapshot of our lives during the coronavirus crisis and, especially, the early days of staying at home.

Contact:

Dr. Marcia Childress, woolf@virginia.edu 

Mask Task Force 

Makes DIY masks for various community organizations with the help of funding from Mulholland, as well as develop infographics on best-practices with mask-wearing.

Volunteer qualifications:

Anyone can be involved

Contact:

Julia Preziosi, jrp3xh@virginia.edu
Abigail Piccolo, anc4hd@virginia.edu

Plague-Stock 

Facebook Live Community Concert and  fundraiser to support local musicians.

Volunteer qualifications:

Anyone can be involved

Contact:

Cat Zisk, cfz3fp@virginia.edu

Medical Supply Drive 

UVA SOM team responsible for Central Virginia's chapter of the national non-profit organization. Work can be done remotely, hours very flexible. Tasks primarily include business outreach soliciting PPE donations, as well as delivering supplies to healthcare providers with critical PPE shortages (only if in VA and have a car). This is a high impact initiative which needs more help!

Volunteer qualifications:

Anyone can be involved

 

Contact: 

Logan McColl, lfm4xy@virginia.edu

Covid-19 Creativity Project 

Submit poems, short literary works, memes, comics, sketches, paintings, music videos, etc. related to Covid-19 to be shared on VMED Covid-19 Initiative website. Please submit to Alina Zufall with subject line: COVID-19 Creativity Project.

Volunteer qualifications:

Medical students and faculty 

Contact: 

Alina Zufall, agz8pv@virginia.edu 

UVA Health Community Call Line 

This new community call line aims to connect patients--especially those without a primary care doctor--to a clinician to help meet essential primary care needs during the pandemic. This is a much needed service in order to keep these patients from having to risk visits to urgent care centers or emergency rooms, and to ensure that patients are not foregoing care that they need. 75 medical students are being trained to answer the call line, triage needs, and connect patients to on-call UVA family medicine, internal medicine, and pediatrics attendings and residents. Volunteering is currently limited to M3s and M4s with past clinical experience. *Our volunteer needs are currently met, but we will update here with any changes. Thank you for your interest!* 

Volunteer qualifications:

Must be third or fourth year medical student. 

Contact: 

Margot Mellette, mjm5db@virginia.edu
John Kalmanek, jk8wb@virginia.edu

Quarantine Trivia

Join us each week for Quarantine Trivia, a general-knowledge team trivia competition benefiting local Charlottesville charities. Log onto twitch.tv/jpwhite93 every Tuesday at 8:00, and play along as we quiz you on anything from pop music to ancient history. The winning team will receive a $25 gift card.

 

Volunteer qualifications:

All are welcome, and anyone can guest host of interested! 

Contact: 

Jeff White, jw5pb@virginia.edu

Julia Preziosi, jrp3xh@virginia.edu

UVA Volunteer Tutoring Network 

The COVID-19 pandemic has required elementary, middle, and high schools to transition to online learning for the remainder of the semester. This major shift in education has required many parents/legal guardians to take increasing roles in their child's education, potentially leaving gaps for families with essential jobs who have increased working hours. Students at the School of Medicine in partnership with Madison House have created the UVA Volunteer Tutoring Network, a free virtual tutoring service for children of healthcare workers at UVA Hospital and other clinics/nursing homes in Charlottesville and Albemarle County. ​Graduate students and faculty volunteers within the University of Virginia community are matched with K-12 students based on their indicated subject needs and meet through online videoconferencing with periodic follow up by program coordinators and teachers.​
 

Volunteer qualifications:

Graduate students and faculty 

Contact:

John Costello, jsc7xe@virginia.edu

SOM "Virtual" Blood Drive

Because of COVID-19 we have had to cancel our in-person Medical School Blood Drive for the spring semester. Despite this, the need for blood donations is still significant across the country, so we are instead encouraging you all to donate wherever you find yourself during this quarantine. UVA medical students who donate blood between April 1st and June 30th and fill out the raffle form to be entered in a raffle to win a giftcard with a total prize of $125! To donate, visit the American Red Cross website and enter your zipcode to Find a Drive. Don’t forget to bring a valid, state-issued ID with you on the day of your donation. To make the donation process more smooth, the American Red Cross offers donors the ability to fill out a Rapid Pass the day of the drive allowing you to shave 15-20 minutes off the donation process by answering health history questions before you arrive at the blood drive location. 

Tips for a successful donation:

1. Hydrate

2. Add some extra iron to your diet see the ARC's iron-rich food guide

3. Remember to eat before your donation

 

 

 

 

Contacts: 

Anna Hakkenberg, ah7rq@virginia.edu
Grace Kim, gjk4en@virginia.edu

Virginia Medical Reserve Corps (MRC)

The Virginia Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) is a force of dedicated volunteers supporting ongoing public health initiatives and assisting during emergencies throughout Virginia, including the current Covid-19 crisis, in medical, public health, and general support capacities.

 

 

 

Volunteer qualifications:

Anyone can be involved

Contact:
Andrew Burns, atb6cc@virginia.edu

Wellness Initiative 

We are compiling a list of resources for people to stay healthy, fit, and connected, such as virtual book clubs, fitness classes, and mental health resources. Please email us with any additional resources. You can find the link to all current wellness activities on the "resource links" page. 

 

 

Contact:

Nicole Calautti, nmc7zf@virginia.edu

Kara MacIntyre, kem4bn@virginia.edu

Steven Scherping, scs7nw@virginia.edu

ABOUT US >

We are a group of UVA medical students organizing volunteer efforts within the Charlottesville Community 

CONTACT >

Email: vmedcovid19initiative@gmail.com

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