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 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.
Written by Ashley Deeb ’18
I quickly exited the lecture hall and ran up the stairs two at a time to get to my locker. I had a couple of minutes to get into a t-shirt and shorts before meeting up with the marathon team. After some stretching and introductions, we exited the medical center and began our run towards the bike trail.
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.