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Patient-Centered Care in Surgery: How Best to Communicate with Families

Written by Lindsay Howe ’19
This is the fourth in a series of blog posts written by UVM College of Medicine 2016 Summer Research Fellows.
During my first year at the University of Vermont College of Medicine, I shadowed physicians as much as a schedule filled with lectures, labs and studies allowed. The opportunity to leave the classroom to interact with patients, families and medical professionals gave me an extra boost of energy and enthusiasm to complete each demanding week. I decided that I wanted to spend this summer conducting clinical research in the hospital, as it would be the only summer of medical school that would not involve demanding rotations. So I approached one of the surgeons about possible research opportunities during a shadowing experience in the Department of Orthopaedics. Continue reading

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Breast Cancer and Core Needle Biopsies: A Summer Research Project

Written by Margaret Johnston ’19
This is the third in a series of blog posts written by UVM College of Medicine 2016 Summer Research Fellows.
I have always been particularly interested in breast cancer because of my family history: my grandmother was a survivor of breast cancer, and my aunt is doing well after her diagnosis and double mastectomy last year. My grandmother and aunt were both incredibly strong throughout their diagnosis, surgery, and recovery, and were both pronounced cancer free. Unfortunately, not all women are that lucky. About one in eight women will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime and in spite of many of the advances in screening procedures, prevention, and therapy, breast cancer is still the second leading cause of cancer death in women. Continue reading

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Orthopaedics Research Over the Summer

Written by Geordie Lonza ’19
This is the second in a series of blog posts written by UVM College of Medicine 2016 Summer Research Fellows.
I started medical school with the inkling that I want to go into orthopaedics, which is well known as a highly competitive field. After speaking with an ortho attending and a few upperclassmen, I decided pretty early in my first year that I was going to spend my summer doing research on the musculoskeletal system. Continue reading

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From Bench to Bedside and Back Again: It Takes a Team

Written by Rebecca Robbins ’19
This is the first in a series of blog posts written by UVM College of Medicine 2016 Summer Research Fellows.
After three years of working in research laboratories after graduating from college, first as a research technician at MIT studying targeted therapies for lung cancer, and then working at a small biotech company in New Hampshire producing monoclonal antibody therapeutics, I had gotten used to pipetting all day, running PCRs and western blots and spending hours at a tissue culture hood plating cells. And I loved it! Continue reading

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Exploring a New Model for Clerkships: A Visit to Hudson Headwaters Health Network

Written by Holly Bachilas ’19
When I first heard about the Longitudinal Integrated Clerkship (LIC), I rejected it as an option for me. I was open-minded when it came to the idea of a new way to complete the clerkship level of the curriculum, but it seemed so unlike the vaguely formed visions of my third year of medical school that I had trouble seeing myself as a participant. However, after meeting leaders for the program and learning more about the model – where students go to one location for the entirety of their clerkship year, and focus on one group of patients as they navigate the healthcare system – I began to see the potential benefits. Continue reading