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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.