Latest Entries

Health Literacy & Latino Migrant Dairy Farmworkers in Vermont

Written by Jessica Huang ’17
While eating your breakfast this morning – maybe pouring milk into your cereal or coffee – did you stop to think about how it got to your table? Did you know that there is a hidden community of 1,500-3,000 Latino migrant farmworkers within Vermont working 50-80 hours a week, contributing more than 50 percent of the dairy production to support the state’s economy? Given the rural environment they live in, the sparse Spanish-speaking providers available, and their limited understanding of the U.S. healthcare system, these farmworkers face many structural, cultural, and linguistic barriers when accessing health services in Vermont. Continue reading

Student Life

Trick-or-Treating & Community Service: Med School Edition

Written by Catherine Suppan ’17
What better way to get involved with the community during the month of October than through Halloween? Last month, the UVM College of Medicine contributed over 70 hours to helping the O’Brien Community Center prepare for and carry out a night of fun, safe trick-or-treating for kids and teenagers in Winooski. Continue reading

Student Life

A Brief Intro to the Lives of First-Year Medical Students

Written by Mary Kate (“MK”) LoPiccolo ’18
My name is Mary Kate (MK/Ginger for short), and I am the only redheaded member of the UVM College of Medicine Class of 2018. I enjoy long walks through Michael’s, SNL reruns circa 1992, and eating copious amounts of Mexican food. I’m new to Vermont, and my first impression of this state is that I appreciate its appreciation for flannel…As my first blog post for the College of Medicine student blog, I thought I would try to shed some light on the hilarity that seems to be the first year of medical school. Continue reading


The Flight Group Lottery: What’s Next for the Class of 2017

Written by Elizabeth Cochrane ’17
Many important events happen during the second year of medical school: Our class reunites after a well-earned summer vacation, we study and take Step 1, and we end Foundations and begin our clerkships. Clerkships involve seven rotations (six or seven weeks each) in different medical specialties including Internal Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Family Medicine, Surgery, Pediatrics, Psychiatry, and Outpatient and Neurology. A less talked about event that only takes an hour and is full of stress and excitement is the clerkship selection. Continue reading

Global Health / Guest Blog Posts

Development of a Global Women’s Health Curriculum for Medical Students & Residents

Written by UVM Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology Anne Dougherty, M.D. ’09
When I was in medical school, I knew that my future lay in global health. At the time, I did not know that I would concentrate in maternal and reproductive health, just that I had a guiding desire to work with underserved populations and explore cross cultural differences in medicine. Initially, my picture of myself as a global health physician was of someone working in the trenches in far flung places, performing procedures with substandard equipment and saving the day. I will admit that there is a part of myself that still enjoys that image, but I now realize that my job in global health is broader than that. Continue reading