UVM College of Medicine students share their thoughts with peers, mentors, family, and friends. Everything from what inspired them to choose a career in medicine, to their first-year experience, to fourth year rotations – the personal and the professional.
Written by Kathryn Schlosser ’15
“Katie, If you go into surgery, you’re going to miss patients.” It was three in the morning in the ED; the resident was feeling the strain of a 24 hour trauma call, and I was loving it… This was my last call night at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. I had driven across the United States for a series of electives on the West Coast, starting with an orthopedic trauma elective with University of Washington.
Written by Alissa Correll ’17
“Hey Vermont! What do you have to say about this?!” “Doesn’t Vermont get Canadian health care?” “I didn’t know anyone actually lived up there…how do you like the socialism?” Maybe it was the nametags announcing our origin, or maybe it was the glazed look in our eyes as we wandered into the warm Texas climate, but as Vermonters at the American Medical Association Interim Meeting in Dallas this past November, my colleagues and I got a lot of attention and even more interesting questions from our fellow attendees.
Written by Vanessa (Patten) Galli, M.D. ’14
I admittedly spent a good portion of the fourth year of medical school dreading internship. A year where I was expected to suddenly be a doctor and to have all the answers. A year where I would work long hours and carry several pagers at one time. I come to you in blog form to inform you of some of the truths about internship. I have been an intern in Family Medicine at the University of Utah for six months now.
Written by Marissa Mendez ’15
About two weeks into my transplant surgery rotation in Seattle, I boarded a small jet plane and took off to Alaska to retrieve kidneys for an organ donation. I was elated. Having the opportunity to do this was one of the reasons I wanted to do this rotation at the University of Washington. We were told late the day before that a young man had passed away in Alaska and his family had agreed upon organ donation.
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.
Written by Ashley Deeb ’18
I will be receiving my white coat this week. Even writing that sentence down is odd for me. We’ve all worked so hard to reach this point, but now that I’m here, it all seems so surreal.
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.