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 Catherine Hayes ’18
Medical school reunion isn’t a likely topic for a blog post by a medical student. But in June, as the end of my first year came to a close, I was able to serve as a student volunteer for the University of Vermont College of Medicine reunion. Having only been to my fifth high school reunion thus far, I did not know what to expect, but I was excited to spend time with alumni and hear about their experiences at UVM.
Written by Michal Ursiny ’15
After experiencing the Match process and coming out the other side with successful matches at prestigious institutions across the U.S., a cohort of recent graduates of the University of Vermont College of Medicine were co-authors of a book for other medical and pre-medical students. Titled “Medical School and the Residency Match: A Post-Match Debrief from Recent Matchers,” it draws from their experiences and answers questions about everything from interview dinner etiquette to travel logistics to some strategies for fourth-year away rotations.
Written by Sabrina Bedell ’16
This year, I had the opportunity to interview prospective medical students when they visit the University of Vermont College of Medicine for the ever-important “Interview Day.” As a third-year medical student on a team of faculty, staff and students who conducted what are called Multiple Mini Interviews – a new format that allows applicants to meet with different interviewers, spending seven minutes at a time with each person – I learned a great deal about the interview process, and even more about myself.
Written by Elizabeth Carson ’18
“Lifelong learning” is a phrase that gets tossed around a lot in our profession. It takes about a quarter of one’s life spent churning out above-average performances in a formalized education system just to get to medical school. After that, you might spend upwards of a decade completing your education and training as a physician, and once you do become a fully licensed physician, you just have more responsibilities to balance with your learning.
Written by Anne Dixon, M.D.
Approximately 250,000 people per year in the U.S. develop asthma because of weight gain. Asthma is often thought of as a disease of children, who have difficulty breathing when their airways constrict in response to infections, exercise and allergies – and that is one type of asthma. However, we live in a time when many people (all over the world) are struggling with their weight. Gaining weight is now a major risk factor for the development of asthma, and the majority of people with severe asthma in the United States also suffer with obesity.
Written by Alexandra Miller ’18
Many medical students may very well have heard advice like this as they applied to schools: “It doesn’t matter where you go to medical school, you’ll all end up as doctors,” or “school doesn’t matter as much as residency.” Here’s the reality, though – medical school is a long, hard slog. You want to be in a supportive environment, and a place where you can feel at home for four years.
Written by Shannon Brady ’18, Rachel Carlson ’18, Catherine Hayes ’18, Samantha Siskind ’18, Brianna Spencer ’18, and Soraiya Thura ’18
On May 30th, almost 100 seventh and eighth grade girls from around Vermont arrived at the UVM College of Medicine for Girls’ Science Discovery Day. This annual event, sponsored by the American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA), gives female middle school students an opportunity to explore science and medicine.