The Power of Being Present

Written by Rosie Friedman '22
Mr. B wore an oversized shirt that read “Dad knows a lot but Grandpa knows everything.”  When I first sat down across from him, he began telling me about his cancer. He bluntly described his situation without any sugar-coating in an “I’ve got a few weeks left until I kick the bucket” kind of way. In the middle of his story, he paused and asked me what he was supposed to be talking about in our hour together.

Supporting Rural Vermonters in a Weekly Needle Exchange Program

From The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship Program
Katrina Thornburgh looks forward to her weekly trips to Franklin County in the Vermont Cares mobile outreach van. Thornburgh, an Albert Schweitzer Fellow and medical student at the Larner College of Medicine at the University of Vermont, is part of an effort to expand mobile syringe services in communities such as St. Albans, Enosburg, and Swanton in northwestern Vermont.

Social Medicine Consortium Campaign Against Racism

Written by Isi Beach '22
The Social Medicine Consortium is an international organization committed to educating those in the health professions on the social determinants of health. Currently, the Social Medicine Consortium is embarking on an exciting project known as the Campaign Against Racism, which, as its name suggests, is focused on fighting the different forms of racism that plague the medical profession around the globe.

Patient Stories, Long-Term Relationships at Hudson Headwaters Health Network

Written by Collin York '20 and Izzy Kratzer '20
Four third-year students at the Larner College of Medicine are completing the Longitudinal Integrated Clerkship at Hudson Headwaters Health Network. With primary care physicians as preceptors, and a primary care health center as a home base, each student becomes a key member of an interdisciplinary team providing comprehensive care to patients. Students progressively develop a panel of patients to satisfy all required clinical encounters for the clerkship level. They get to know their patients well over the course of the 12 month-long experience. Here, two students reflect on their time at HHHN.

Learning about Adverse Childhood Experiences in Medical School

Written by Kelsey Veilleux '19
In 1998, Dr. Vincent Felitti, Dr. Robert Anda, and colleagues published “Relationship of Childhood Abuse and Household Dysfunction to many of the Leading Causes of Death in Adults: The Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE) Study,” which set the stage for further research about this very important topic. It certainly influenced Dr. Nadine Burke Harris’ work in ACEs and in her 2018 book, The Deepest Well.