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 Ross Sayadi ’17
On one particularly harsh winter evening, I remember walking down a long hallway in our medical school building and seeing a few of my friends in the library cramming information into their brains prior to our final exam. As I stood there wondering what I could do to brighten their day, and hopefully give them a surge of energy, a decent idea hit me.
Written By Hillary Anderson ‘17, Justin Genziano ‘17, and Brian Till ‘17
Handwrite a thank you notes to the people that go out their way for you. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Find a significant way to make COM a better place over your four years and execute on it. Fall in love.
Written by Stefan Wheat ’18
“I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear.”
The epigraph above, a Bene Gesserit quote from Frank Herbert’s Dune, resonates for anyone who has applied to medical school. Fear petrifies us, leaving us utterly incapable of demonstrating our potential. I cannot count the number of times that I have been afraid in the process of my pre-medical education. Now I trade my fear of medical school interviews and the MCAT for new sources of dread, both familiar and altogether foreign. These new fears are our reward for entrance into medical school. Hooray!
Written by Abishag Suresh ’17
Although instruments are fantastic, there’s just something about voices. There’s a mesmerizing quality to the intonations of the human vocal cords that inspires camaraderie, dancing inside your spirit and a fulfillment of sorts. Maybe this sounds a bit dramatic, but in all honesty this is how I perceive music and singing in particular.
Written by Janel Feliz Martir ’16
I gripped the curved Macintosh blade tightly in my left hand. I moved the dummy patient’s head into the sniff position (head and neck in gentle extension). The mouth opened, and I easily visualized a perfect Mallampati class I airway (meaning that I can clearly see the dummy patient’s uvula, tonsils and soft palate). I inserted the laryngoscope into the mouth, displacing the right side of the hard plastic tongue, and searched for the epiglottis at the very back of the throat. I saw it!
Created by Melanie Ma ’17
Watch a ‘vlog’ post that follows the Taste Buddies Student Interest Group as they learn how to make croissants at the South End Kitchen in Burlington, Vt.
Written by Matthew MacKinnon ’15
When I was seven days old my parents had to bring me back to the hospital. I was listless and my breathing was shallow. Over the next few days I continued to deteriorate. After a prolonged investigation, the doctors were left with a mountain of negative test results and no ideas as to what was making me sick. The decision was made to conduct exploratory surgery if I didn’t turn the corner by nightfall. (This blog post was republished with permission from the author. It first appeared on MacKinnon’s Mindfulness, M.D. blog in May of 2014.)