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Addressing Language Barriers When Working With New American Patients

Written by Molly Markowitz ’18
As a third year medical student on my psychiatry rotation who aspires to someday work with children and families, I was in my element recently in clinic with a child psychiatrist at UVM Medical Center. Legos strewn across the floor, a magical looking jungle filled with plastic animals in the corner, and a life-sized stuffed dog on the black leather couch set the stage for our patient visits. On my first morning, we were meeting with a New American family who was there for an autism assessment for one of their children. Continue reading


Autonomy of a Different Kind

Written by Stefan Wheat ’18
One of the many essays I wrote in applying to medical school was in response to the question, “is the medical profession unique?” My response rejected the notion that medicine is somehow unique, wary of the implication of self-importance contained within the word “unique” and hesitant to uphold the suggestion that doctors possess any intrinsically exceptional qualities. After all, experience has shown me that the qualities of compassion, intelligence, skill, and focus—so often lauded as essential to medicine—can be found in many other professions. Continue reading


Prevention & Patient Empowerment: Caring for Patients at Risk for HIV/AIDS

Written by Alexandra Miller ’18
In the 1980s and 1990s, when HIV/AIDS was stigmatized and poorly understood, the disease was a death sentence. Now, we have available to patients a pre-exposure HIV prophylaxis, known as PrEP, that can prevent HIV transmission, potentially opening the door to immense changes in patients’ lives as well as improved public health outcomes. As part of my public health project, I had the opportunity to survey primary care providers in every county in Vermont to better understand perceived barriers to prescribing PrEP. Continue reading

Guest Blog Posts

The College Celebrates John McCrae, M.D., Faculty Member & Author of In Flanders Fields

Written by Kate Bright
Dr. John McCrae (1872-1918) wrote In Flanders Fields, the most influential poem associated with World War I. At the Larner College of Medicine, we are proud to count him as part of our rich and deep history: From 1903 to 1911, he served as professor of pathology at the University of Vermont. On November 14th at 2:30 p.m. in the Larner Classroom, author Susan Raby-Dunne will speak about her newest book chronicling John McCrae’s fascinating life, just in time for Veteran’s Day. Continue reading


How One Medical Student Decided to #FacePoverty

Written by Molly Markowitz ’18
Earlier this year, as I strategized about how to help my fellow medical students #FACEPoverty, as part of a national campaign organized by the AAP Section on Pediatric Trainees, I knew I wanted to partner with the Women Infants and Children (WIC) program. I grew-up in a small rural town in Maine where I saw first-hand how WIC plays a critical role in the lives of impoverished families. Continue reading