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 Nicole Leonard ’19
Physical activity has always been a huge part of my life, and it is actually one of the things that motivated me to pursue medical school. I want to give people who are currently unable the chance to be active so that they can enjoy the outdoors, see the world, and lead themselves to a healthier life. Now as a member of the UVM College of Medicine running team, I’ve found a group that helps me stay active while also helping others increase their physical fitness and overall well-being.
Written by Sarah Kelso ’17
I became an aquatics coach for Special Olympics when I was 15 years old. I had been a competitive swimmer since the age of nine, and helping to coach this team was an opportunity to share my passion with a unique group of individuals. On that team most of our athletes were kids just like me, but they led very different lives because of their disabilities. Being able to bond over the common passion of being in the pool was special for both athletes and coaches.
Written by Yun-Yun K. Chen ’16
On March 18, I opened my green envelope in front of cheering classmates and friends at the UVM College of Medicine Match Day celebration, and found out where I am headed for the next step in my medical training. First up is Baltimore for a preliminary medicine year, and then Brigham and Women’s Hospital for anesthesiology. I couldn’t be happier! Having just survived the months of studying, preparation and travel that went into that moment I found out my match, this is a perfect time for new fourth-year medical students to pick our brains.
Written by Kristen Bartlett ’19
I’ve always had a passion for teaching. Though in terms of career path I chose a somewhat indirect application of this interest, I feel that education is inherent in the role that a physician plays in his or her patients’ lives. Over the years, I’ve held various mentorship positions and teaching roles in hopes of relaying at least some portion of the incredible wisdom and guidance that I have received throughout my life from those who have served as role models and mentors for me. Thus, when perusing the College of Medicine list of Student Interest Group offerings, the Med Mentors Student Interest Group immediately jumped out at me.
Written by Al York ’19
Fidgeting in my seat, I waited nervously in one of the most crowded waiting rooms I had ever been in. Suddenly, I felt like a bucket of ice water had been dumped down my back – my legal name was being called over the dozens of waiting room sniffles. My instinct was to remain glued to my seat, not to let anyone know that I was the person attached to that name. I might have done just that, if not for the reason for my visit – a prescription for testosterone.
Written by Matthew Jordan ’16
The fourth year of medical school is amazingly terrifying. By the time you begin the senior year of medical school, which happens here at the University of Vermont at little earlier than most med schools thanks to the Vermont Integrated Curriculum (VIC), it is time to make the decision on what you plan to do for the rest of your medical career. Some people know what they want to do long before this time. Others, like me, had it narrowed down to a specialty or two in the middle of third year and made the choice soon after.
Written by George “Bud” Vana, M.D.’14
As I reflect on my own Match Day nearly two years ago, I am reminded of all of the different transitions I have experienced since that time. My two years as a triple boarder (a combined residency involving pediatrics, adult psychiatry and child psychiatry) at Brown University have gone well, but there have also been significant challenges and changes.