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 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.
Written by Molly Markowitz '18 and Catherine Hayes '18
Last fall, we attended a lunchtime lecture at the University of Vermont College of Medicine given by Dr. Christina Nelson, a medical epidemiologist at the Division of Vector-Borne Diseases at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Fort Collins, Colorado. She was speaking about Lyme disease pathophysiology and prevention. At the end of her talk, Dr. Nelson described a program called Lyme Corps, a CDC-sponsored, interdisciplinary program consisting of medical students, public health students, and residents from the University of Vermont. We were immediately interested in joining the effort.
Written by Vito Imbasciani, Ph.D., M.D. ’85
O happy day! Congratulations to the Class of 2015 who brought us all here together to celebrate a great milestone in the life of this College, and in the lives of 113 newly certified physicians and MD-PhDs. Tomorrow you launch yourselves into a world sorely in need of your brains, your healing hands and your caring hearts. Few accomplishments in life require so many years of unwavering dedication: if your lives were a map, today would represent the Continental Divide. What happens to you here today you will carry with you forever, like a moveable feast.
Written by Tamar Goldberg, M.D. ’15
I climb into a “matatu” shared taxi van on my way home after a long day at Mulago Hospital. The paved roads are coated with orange-red sand and filled with other matatus with their religious slogans pasted across their front or rear windows. Boda boda motor cycles and pedestrians crowd the streets. People yell “muzungo, muzungo” (the Luganda word for white person) at me as we drive by, and the children walking home in their school uniforms wave and laugh. The roads are lined with yellow MTN umbrella stands where you can buy minutes for your phone, furniture stands selling huge arm chairs, and carts filled with jackfruit, plantains, and mangoes.
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?