The Importance of Narrative Discussion in Anti-Racism Medical Education

Grace EisenbieglerWritten by Grace Eisenbiegler '23
There is power in narrative. ery day on in the hospital and the clinic. It is the stories from our patients that allow us to learn who they are, what environment they live in, and who supports them. The story of a patient’s life informs how we care for them and allows us to treat the human rather than the disease. Read more

Graduate School is Tough. But You Can Do It! Here’s How

Megan PerkinsWritten by Megan Perkins
Graduate school is tough! As I look forward to my defense, I’d love to pass on some lessons I’ve learned along the way. Many incoming graduate students have not yet decided on a topic of study. Thus, graduate schools, including the University of Vermont, often encourage laboratory rotations — opportunities to “try out” working with different labs and advisors before committing to one.  Read more

Google, Can Doctors Be Gay?

Patrick ClarkeWritten by Patrick Clarke '22
“Can doctors be gay?” I typed the question into the Google search bar, I held my breath, and clicked search. It was 2009 and I was sitting at home in small town Connecticut. I knew exactly zero queer people, had no social connections to any doctors in or out of my family, and could never conceive of the next steps to becoming a doctor, let alone a gay one. The Google results were disheartening to say the least. Read more

U-MOO, I-MOO, WeAll-MOO

Jake ErmolovichWritten by Jake Ermolovich'24
The UVM-Med Outdoor Orientation, or U-MOO, is an optional camping trip offered to incoming first-year students at the University of Vermont Larner College of Medicine. The purpose of the trip – organized by current students - is to facilitate a welcoming experience and a chance to socialize while exploring the wilderness of Vermont. Fortunately, I had the opportunity to be one of the current students who volunteered to help with this trip. Read more

The Power of Collaboration: Migrant Farmworker Vaccination Campaigns

Kiana HerediaWritten by Kiana Heredia '24
So much of Vermont’s agricultural industry depends on the labor of migrant workers. These workers make up the fabric of our community and yet during the COVID-19 pandemic they are some of the most at-risk and hardest to reach populations. Given the long list of barriers that may dissuade migrant workers from accessing health services and particularly the COVID-19 vaccine, vaccine hesitancy among migrant workers can easily intensify. This is the third in a series of four posts about the partnership between the Larner College of Medicine's Global Health Program and UVM Extension's Bridges to Health. Read more