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Opening My Eyes: A J1 Scholar from Vietnam Visits Connecticut

Written by Dr. Tran Quang Khanh
I had a truly amazing time in the United States. I spent six months, from July to December 2015, in a training course specializing in cardiovascular diseases at Danbury Hospital in Connecticut. The program was comprehensive. I attended each morning and noon conference, daily teaching rounds, weekly grand rounds and EKG conferences. I learned a great deal from the attendings who shared interesting cases and their experience-based insights about the best clinical practice strategies.
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Imaging the World: Providing Ultrasound to Underserved Areas

Written by Matthew LeComte ’16
I heard a short lecture on a non-profit organization called Imaging the World (ITW), which is based at UVM. Dr. Kristen DeStigter, co-founder of the organization and interim chair of the Department of Radiology, outlined the organization’s mission: to provide access to high-quality ultrasound imaging in remote and underserved areas. In fact, they have been providing obstetrical imaging in parts of Uganda since 2012. But, how? Using low-cost, compact, rugged, portable ultrasound devices and existing cellular/internet connectivity, images are acquired in these remote or underserved areas and the data compressed and sent wirelessly to trained personnel in the U.S., who then interpret the images and communicate findings back to the field. Continue reading

Student Life

Celebrating the Diversity of Medical Students: The 2018 Class Historian

Written by Eric Schmidt ’18
I would consider myself a social butterfly; I love attending a wide variety of school and extracurricular functions. I also enjoy documenting and reflecting on my own experiences through journaling and creating computer photo albums. So when I started my first year at the University of Vermont College of Medicine and learned more about the class historian position, I felt like I had found the perfect outlet for my creativity and passion. Continue reading

Guest Blog Posts

From Doctor to Patient: My Year-Long Cancer Journey

Written by Lisa Belisle, M.D.’96
It has been a year since I sat in an Old Port restaurant, surrounded by my sisters and mother, and told my three kids I had breast cancer. It had been my intention to break the news to my children with family nearby, so that no matter the outcome of my illness, they would not feel alone. There is no easy way to tell your children you have cancer. The way I chose was no better than any other. There was shock and there were tears. My mother, using words we mothers often use, said, “It’s going to be OK.” My sisters reached across the table and touched my children in sympathy. My sister-in-law, a relative newcomer to the family, sat quietly, trying not to intrude upon our pain. Continue reading

Patient Care

Planning for the End of Life: Advocating for Advance Directives

Written by Asaad Traina ’17
Last week I had the privilege of speaking about advance directives from a medical student’s perspective at a press conference held by Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT). Rep. Welch is proposing a bipartisan piece of legislation that would provide a $75 incentive for Medicare patients who complete an advance directive (AD). Even in my very limited clinical experience, I have seen the devastating effects of not having an advance directive. Continue reading


From Haiti to the Spiti Valley, Come to Learn, Go to Serve

Written by Shannon Brady ’18
My first year of medical school ended on a Friday, and by Saturday I was on a plane flying over 7,000 miles across the world. After a year of feeling mentally drained from studying and the constant flood of e-mails and appointment reminders that comes with medical school, I was entering a month of virtually no electricity, running water or connection to the outside world. I was on my way to meet meet up with my cohort of around 35 medical students (including a nursing student and occupational therapy student) and six attending physicians in Chandigarh, India, for a Spiti Valley, Himalayan Health Exchange (HHE) expedition. Continue reading


A New Tick-Borne Disease on the Rise in Vermont

Written by Molly Markowitz ’18
The results are in from the 2015 spring, summer, and fall tick season and the tick-borne disease, Anaplasmosis, is on the rise in Vermont. Many people may not be familiar with this emerging disease. I will answer some frequently asked questions. The first two cases of locally-acquired Anaplasmosis in Vermont were reported in 2010. According to the Vermont Department of Health, there has been a significant increase in the number of cases over the past five years. Continue reading