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A Sense of Dignity for All Patients: Palliative Care in Uganda

Written by Kuang-Ning “Annie” Huang, M.D.
Uganda is currently one of three African countries (including South Africa and Tanzania) to have palliative care formally integrated into its healthcare policies. The idea of hospice and palliation is relatively new worldwide, with it only becoming an officially recognized specialty in the 1980s. The first hospice in Uganda was started in the 1990s (following Tanzania and Kenya) and has since seen impressive growth around the country and increased integration into healthcare delivery. The Palliative Care Unit at Mulago was started six years ago, and has made impressive strides for a relatively unknown and new specialty. Continue reading

Education

A Wild Ride: The Journey to Match Day 2015

Written by Sarah Gardner ’15
There is a folder with my name on it. This means I made it to the right city on the right day and they actually were expecting me to come. PHEW. During interview season for residency the actual interviews are probably the least stressful part of the process. First, when we try to submit our ERAS application, the entire program happens to crash and shut down for the 48 hours when we are supposed to hand it in. After that, we all neurotically refresh our e-mails waiting for interview invites. Continue reading

Student Life

Pitching in for the Community & Making the Most of the Winter: Mardi Gras in Burlington

Written by Theo Cisu ’18
Most of us non-Vermonters have been challenged to adjust to bitter wind chills and sub-zero temperatures these past few months. During that sometimes grueling process we have learned one thing: Burlington residents know how to make the most of the snow and the cold! The annual Mardi Gras Festival, sponsored by a local brewery called Magic Hat and a plethora of small businesses, is a prime example. Held in downtown Burlington, this year was the 20th annual edition, and the first that benefited the Vermont Food Bank. Continue reading

Student Life

Not Alone: A Cuddler’s Perspective

Written by Jessie Evangelista ’15
When I was in Kindergarten, my school bus used to drop me off at the hospital where my mother worked. My older sister and I would sit quietly in my mom’s office and do our homework while she finished up her work. Most of my friends would get stickers or McDonald’s for their good behavior, but if my sister and I were on our best behavior, my mom would reward us by taking us to see the babies in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) – where a multidisciplinary team cares for premature and critically ill newborns. Continue reading

Education

How We Are Structured and How We Function

Written by Gilana Finogenov ’18
Her features were flattened and deformed, showing she had been fixed. I thought of a Barbie doll whose limbs would stay in place as you lifted and moved her. A line drawn down the back and three across, like a knife in pale dough, and as fast. I felt very warm. A bead of sweat trickled down from under my arm. “Is it just me, or is it really warm in here?” I asked my lab group. Of course, it was just me. Lab is cold. Lab is always really cold. Continue reading

Education

“Closer to Falling Than Jumping:” The Winding Path to a Specialty

Written by Matthew MacKinnon ’15
Don’t be scared to be hypocritical, entirely convinced of one specialty one day only to be entirely convinced of another the following day. The process of answering is more important than the answer itself. Your mind is able to cast itself in the role of a surgeon, radiologist, or family practitioner when you verbalize your answer. You will begin having brief glimpses of your perceived future and develop a taste for the specialty as the words exit your lips. Continue reading