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 Daniel Haddad ’16
I am incredibly grateful to everyone for having confidence in my ability to uphold the responsibilities of this position and will continue to do my best to remain accessible. I look forward to creating an environment that allows us all to continue to develop our interests, excel with our careers as medical students, and to provide opportunities for us to continue to grow interpersonally.
Written by George “Bud” Vana ’14
The Hasbro Partial Hospitalization Program is a medical-psychiatric program for children and adolescents. Patients there need to have both a chronic medical issue with a diagnosis as well as a psychiatric problem which could benefit from a temporary stay at this integrated program. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect; I didn’t know how the discussions of patients’ multifaceted treatment might go, and I did not know who exactly these patients might be. But many of the patterns in patients who came to the partial hospitalization program made sense.
Written by Kathy Chen ’16
Recent fever, occasional cough and night sweats made me instantaneously think of tuberculosis as it classically presents with these three symptoms. Looking at the patient however, a healthy appearing 16 year old female with no recent travel history, a diagnosis of seasonal allergies with a recent cold was much higher on the differential. It was then that I remembered someone saying to me on my first day of medical school: “When you hear hoofbeats, think of horses not zebras.”
Written by Liz Abernathey ’15
March 21st. Match Day for the Class of 2014. It’s hard to believe another Match Day is upon us – and when I say “us,” I mean the Class of 2015. As the day draws nearer, I find myself reflecting a lot on the past several years of our medical education. Perhaps because Match Day is such a recognizable milestone, occurring on the third Thursday in March, it lends itself well to reflection.
Written by Nicole Benson ’14
When I began the interview season, I had no idea what to expect. So I prepared carefully for my first interview, meticulously checking that I had everything I might need for travel to the interview and studying my answers to difficult questions that might arise.
Written by George “Bud” Vana ’14
I applied to a weird residency. It is not so much that I am going to be performing strange medical procedures; it’s just that I generally have to take a few moments to explain what my residency program plans mean. I applied to something called the ‘Triple Board,’ as well as combined adult-child psychiatry residency programs.
Written by Gabriel Edwards and David Mealiea ’15
The following blog post, titled “Not Far Enough?”, is an opinion piece that first appeared in the Perspectives section of The New Physician . The authors argue that health care for all is an “economic and moral necessity.” Mealiea’s co-author, Gabriel Edwards, is a second-year student at Oregon Health and Science University.