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“Fake News” or Reputable Science? How to Tell the Difference

Written by UVM Associate Dean for Public Health
Jan Carney, M.D., MPH

By now, we have all heard of “fake news,” but what about “fake science news” – does it exist and how can we differentiate between fact and fiction? In January 2017, The Los Angeles Times wrote about epidemic spread of “fake news” to science and medicine. In February, Academic Medicine sounded a warning to academics everywhere about predatory publishing, an exploding and distracting publication practice characterized by “weak peer review, sloppy science, or even fraud.” Continue reading


A Day in the Life of a Fourth Year Medical Student: The Road to Match Day

Written by Laurie Griesinger ’17
Laurie Griesinger ’17, a native of South Bend, Indiana, hit the residency interview trail this year, with her sights set on a residency in pathology. Like thousands of her peers, she has interviewed in locations across the country in the months leading up to Match Day on March 17. No two journeys are alike, however. . In the Q&A that follows, Griesinger shares some of the things she learned about herself, as well as some practical advice about parking garages and what to make sure to have in your purse, all gleaned during her months of travel and interviewing. Continue reading


A Day in the Life of a Fourth Year Medical Student: A focus on LGBT-inclusive Education

Written by Nicholas Bonenfant ’17
All fourth year students at the UVM Larner College of Medicine are required to complete either a teaching month or a scholarly project, both to reinforce foundational sciences and to encourage the development of students as physician-scholars. For this scholarly project, Nicholas Bonenfant ’17 has been working with Michael Upton, M.D., assistant professor of psychiatry, to develop a series of educational eModules and presentations on topics related to LGBTQ health issues. He will be matching into pediatrics on Match Day, March 17. Read more in a Q & A with Bonenfant. Continue reading

Patient Care

Weighing the Costs: Why Investing in Preventative Health Matters

Written by Anna Lidofsky ’20
I have a friend at the Vermont Department of Health who studies unintentional injuries and violence as a leading cause of morbidity. She was talking to me the other day about how there is a tendency to overlook the importance of preventative health measures, likely because such policies are the victim of their own success. No one gives the Centers for Disease Control a pat on the back for preventing a seasonal flu outbreak. I am reminded of her wise words as I consider the new Congress and Administration’s aim to replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), a policy under which 30 million Americans are insured. I feel it is my duty to join others in taking a stand to support the policies I think will protect the health care needs of our patients. Continue reading

Global Health

Cui Bono? Who Will Benefit?

Written by Katherine Wang ’17
It was the combination of Grey’s Anatomy and Mountains Beyond Mountains that convinced me my senior year of high school to consider medicine as a career—the excitement of the operating room and the journey Paul Farmer took through Haiti and beyond. It obviously was an idealized notion of both surgery and global health, but it shaped my undergraduate experience. I chose to major in anthropology, and enrolled in an introductory writing course in the subject after reading about it in Tracy Kidder’s book. Continue reading