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 Eric Schmidt ’18
It’s a beautiful, 13 degree day in February. Lake Champlain is completely frozen over. Looking across the lake to New York’s Adirondack Mountains, there is a coat of ice and snow connecting the two shores. And there are hundreds of crazy people plunging into the lake.
Written by Gilana Finogenov ’18
Her features were flattened and deformed, showing she had been fixed. I thought of a Barbie doll whose limbs would stay in place as you lifted and moved her. A line drawn down the back and three across, like a knife in pale dough, and as fast. I felt very warm. A bead of sweat trickled down from under my arm. “Is it just me, or is it really warm in here?” I asked my lab group. Of course, it was just me. Lab is cold. Lab is always really cold.
Written by Matthew MacKinnon ’15
Don’t be scared to be hypocritical, entirely convinced of one specialty one day only to be entirely convinced of another the following day. The process of answering is more important than the answer itself. Your mind is able to cast itself in the role of a surgeon, radiologist, or family practitioner when you verbalize your answer. You will begin having brief glimpses of your perceived future and develop a taste for the specialty as the words exit your lips.
Written by John Paul Kelada ’15
POOR PATIENT. I read this label on a patient’s chart, realizing it served as a warning to the providers at Cho Ray Hospital. While I was aware of healthcare settings with limited resources, only here in Vietnam, working at what’s touted as the country’s largest and most advanced hospital, did I gain the unfortunate appreciation of realizing how severe it is: The emergency room is so crowded with patient beds that it’s a fire hazard and families bag intubated relatives day and night because of a lack of ventilators. Treatment is limited to what the family can afford, which is little when the average salary is less than $200 per month.
Written by Kathryn Schlosser ’15
I really wished I had brought my suit. I was exhausted, grungy, and a little bit shaky from overnight call. The voice in the back of my head was questioning whether the black sheath dress I had hung in my locker yesterday morning was too little, too much, or just not quite right for this presentation. But I had no other option – my newly tailored interview suit was 1,300 miles away, and there was no way I had the time or money to buy one for just a presentation. Thank goodness I had brought flats instead of heels. The adrenaline from the night before could only do so much.
Written by Nishan Bingham ’16
About a year ago when I was sitting in Med Ed 200 listening to the clerkship directors sell the different clinical sites, I decided that I wanted to go to Caribou, Maine, for Family Medicine. I wanted to see during the rotation what it was like to be an old-school country doctor—someone connected to the community who is ready for whatever walks in the door (and ready to walk out the door, if need be). I figured the more rural, the better.
Written by Amy Schumer ’17
Second-year students at the UVM College of Medicine have a unique opportunity to do some hands-on work in the community through a course called Public Health Projects. Students are paired with local organizations to help them meet a need, or answer a research question. The benefits are two-fold: We learn a great deal about public health, and the organizations have a group of enthusiastic and motivated students to help them do their important work!