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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

Research / Student Life

How Joining the Running & Marathon Team Led to Cancer Rehabilitation Research

Written by Marie Lemay ’17
As a newly minted first year medical student, I remember passing by “the marathon team” sign-up at the student interest group fair and feigning disinterest. Marathon? I’m not doing one of those! It took my love of running, a second go-round at the fair, and much cajoling from the current captain, before I actually signed my name to the listserv. Thankfully, the general information meeting dispelled any notions that running an entire marathon was required. Aptly named the UVM COM running AND marathon team, this student interest group’s mission to promote unity and wellness amongst our first year class and greater COM community resonated with me. Continue reading


Hiking & Helping: Community Service at the UVM College of Medicine

Written by Catherine Suppan ’17
Fall in Vermont is beautiful, and the weather can be perfect for a weekend hike: crisp air, clear skies, and visibility for miles. This vision of autumn was the inspiration behind our first College of Medicine monthly community service event: a trail maintenance hike with guides from the Green Mountain Club, an organization responsible for building and maintaining Vermont’s Long Trail and beyond. Continue reading


Conservation Medicine: Be a Doctor, Save the Planet

Written by Stefan Wheat ’18
Every spring for the majority of my childhood I pranced down Main Street in my hometown of Olympia, Washington sporting outfits ranging from frog to jelly-fish to E. coli as a participant in the Procession of the Species, an annual artistic pageant parade that seeks to enhance cultural exchange through our mutual appreciation and respect for the natural world. I bounced down the streets of my hometown alongside children of all ages, learning something about the remarkable diversity of our planet. Unfortunately, the diversity that the Procession of the Species celebrates is critically threatened. Continue reading


Why I Walk: Supporting Community Health with the American Heart Association Sept. 27

Written by Amanda Peel ’15
The annual Vermont Heart Walk has been particularly rewarding, and it is coming up this year on Saturday, September 27th. I have seen this event grow significantly since I led my first team of medical students and faculty members in 2012, when we braved a mile-long walk in a downpour when it was 50 degrees outside to show our commitment to fighting heart disease and stroke. In 2012, just after the board was founded, 145 walkers raised $60,000, and, only one year later, 500 walkers raised $100,000 to support education, research, and advocacy efforts by the AHA. Continue reading


The Age Old Question: Is this Mistreatment?

Written by Sarah Gardner ’15
I became a famous actor this semester. Well, famous at the University of Vermont College of Medicine, at least. This spring, the College’s Learning Environment and Professionalism (LEAP) Committee worked with faculty in the Psychiatry department to put together a “Medical Student Mistreatment Module” to help raise awareness and educate both students and faculty about this perennial topic of conversation. Continue reading

Global Health

“Medicine, Culture & Humanity”: A Global Health Elective in Kampala, Uganda

Written by Elizabeth Cochrane ’17 & Amy Schumer ’17
We recently returned from six weeks in Kampala, Uganda, shadowing, doing research, and studying tropical diseases at Mulago Hospital and the Uganda Cancer Institute. We lived with a host family outside of the city and commuted to the hospital during the week. On weekends we relaxed in Kampala, explored the country, and traveled to Rwanda for a day. This international health elective, which we completed in between our first and second year of medical school,is offered through the University of Vermont College of Medicine in partnership with the Western Connecticut Health Network and Dr. Majid Sadigh. Continue reading