Dismantling Systemic Racism: Reflections on Medical Apartheid

Elise Prehoda, Sheridan Finnie, Mialovena ExumeWritten by Elise Prehoda '24, Sheridan Finnie '22 and Mialovena Exume '24
The Social Justice Coalition (SJC) at the University of Vermont Larner College of Medicine is a medical student leadership group committed to identifying, disrupting, and dismantling systemic racism within our various communities, in particular, medical education. In January, the SJC Book Club met to discuss Harriet A. Washington's book, Medical Apartheid. Three members of SJC who partook in the conversation share their responses to prompts discussed during the meeting. Read more

Bystander or Advocate for Equity and Inclusion—Who Do You Choose to Be?

Diane Magrane, M.D.Written by Diane Magrane, M.D.
Each year, as we pause to celebrate individuals from diverse backgrounds that are underrepresented in our community and especially in our leadership, I am reminded of a great and persistent problem. What is it about the culture of academic medicine, about the culture of Larner College of Medicine, that makes it necessary to reward equity as exemplary practice? Read more

#StopAsianHate: Addressing Recent Hate Crimes Against Asian Americans

APAMSAWritten by Erik Zhang, Linda Cui, Lily Deng, Ying Loo, Natalie Qin 

This year, February 12th marked the start of Lunar New Year. It is a time meant for reuniting with family, honoring our ancestors, and ushering in luck and prosperity. Traditionally a time of festivities and hope for the new year, this year’s celebrations were marred not only by the challenges of COVID-19, but also by a string of violence against the Asian/Pacific Islander American (APIA) community. Read more

The Importance of Storytelling: A Medical Comics Course

Olivia HarrisonWritten by Olivia Harrison '21
In November of 2020, a group of people from around the country met virtually and committed to a simple task: doodle daily. Many of us are involved in healthcare: medical students, residents, attending physicians. Some of us are not in the medical world at all, and absolutely none of us are professional artists. However, daily prompts (draw yourself flying! Draw something on your desk. Draw something very small and very large. Draw a diagram of your fridge!) unlocked a glorious range of possibilities and perspectives. Read more…