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Education

A Journey 35 Years in the Making: Learning How to be “Me” as a Physician

Written by Peter Wingfield ’15
On the morning of our graduation ceremony for the University of Vermont College of Medicine, I sat on the bench at the bus stop outside the medical center. The sun was shining out of an almost clear blue sky and the flag of the United States of America hung untroubled by even a gentle breeze. How could anyone in my shoes not sit in contemplation of a long journey reaching its conclusion and fail to feel incredibly fortunate? Continue reading

Student Life

Reflections On Gratitude: How Do We Thank Our Anatomical Donors?

Written by Elizabeth Carson ’18
The first guest to arrive was an elderly man with a cane. He was by himself, and he arrived 45 minutes early. He entered the chapel downstairs, where my fellow singers and I were doing some last-minute polishing of our performance for the annual Convocation of Thanks at the University of Vermont College of Medicine. My classmate, Vic, jumped out of rehearsal mode to welcome the man. She took the elevator upstairs with him and, after helping him find a seat, she returned to where we were singing with a changed look on her face. “That man’s wife was a donor,” she said. “I don’t think I realized how emotional this might be.” Continue reading

Student Life

Supporting an Important Community Cause through the UVM College of Medicine Running Team

Written by Eric Schmidt ’18
Being a part of the University of Vermont College of Medicine Running Team has had a profound impact on my first year of medical school. Too often, medical students get sucked up in their studies, and it is pretty easy to lose your sense of self, your passion for hobbies you once loved, and your connection with the community around you. The running team has shown me just how easy and important it is to stay involved and connected. From my first week at the Student Interest Group Fair, I instantly fell in love with the running team. Continue reading

Student Life

Town Meeting: A Vermont Tradition Brought to the UVM College of Medicine

Written by Bryce Bludevich ’17
Growing up in Vermont I had the opportunity to attend our annual Town Meeting. Held on the first Tuesday in March, it’s one of the most well-known Vermont traditions and an example of democracy in its purest form. I remember sitting and listening to my fellow community members raise their questions and concerns about the town budget, the school district budget and other items of concern. Some folks just listened; some spoke passionately about their issues (usually a tax increase); some argued, and others just applauded. The important thing is that each year these meetings allowed residents in my town to gather and plan for the future. Continue reading

Education

Diary of a Fourth-Year Student: Pediatric Rehabilitation in Oakland, Calif.

Written by Kathryn Schlosser ’15
I am not a pediatrician. Don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against pediatricians. Some of my best friends are pediatricians. I love kids and I do fine on pediatric rotations. But by week two of the pediatric rehabilitation elective at Children’s Hospital of Oakland, I missed the straightforwardness of a surgical elective, when someone would hand me a retractor and tell me to hold still. The extensive conversations about our pediatric patients – what they felt, why they felt it, and how they expressed their suffering – at first seemed irrelevant to the pressing medical issues at hand. But as I began to contribute knowledge of my own patients to these conversations, I grew to embrace this explicit discussion of my patients’ emotional needs as essential to their recovery, and found myself applying this awareness to adults. Continue reading

Education

Match Day: A Freshly Minted Fourth-Year’s Perspective

Written by Matthew Cheng-Chun Lin ’16
Prior to medical school, the word ‘match’ had little meaning to me. I sometimes ‘matched’ pairs of socks after doing my laundry, but that was mostly about it. Now, after experiencing UVM Match Day for the third consecutive year, the term has taken on a whole new meaning. For me – and likely many other members of my class – it is a word that has become so simultaneously loaded with feelings of promise and heartbreak, anxiety and relief, that I will almost certainly never be able to look at my socks the same way again. Continue reading

Global Health

Studying Pathology in Uganda

Written by Ian McDaniels ’16
I arrived in Kampala, Uganda, at 11 p.m. last Tuesday night after departing from Hanover, N.H., at 6:30 a.m. on Monday. It’s amazing how a few hours in time difference and multiple layovers will evaporate days. My travels were smooth, except for trying to navigate the NYC subway system with two massive suitcases, as well as two smaller bags. After the embarrassing and frustrating experience of getting stuck in a malicious turnstile (whose grasp I required assistance freeing myself from), I gave up and took a taxi to the airport. Continue reading