Happyness: Advocating for Women’s Health in Rural Uganda

By Anne Dougherty, M.D., assistant professor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences, and founder and director of the UVM Global Women’s Health Education Program
Let me tell you a story about Happyness. Happyness is a young woman living in rural Nakaseke district about sixty miles outside Kampala, Uganda’s capital. She just had her second baby who was born premature, and will likely not survive to his fifth birthday. This pregnancy was conceived eight months after her last delivery, though we know that rapid repeat pregnancy, those conceived less than twenty-four months following a delivery, have dire consequences for both mother and baby.

“Am I Cut Out for Medicine?” (The Answer is ‘Yes’). And Other Fourth –Year Wisdom

By Vic Hudziak '18 and Julia Shatten '18
In the first and second years of medical school, the end goal – an M.D. – seems far away. But Vic Hudziak ’18 now knows that despite that first-year slow-mo feeling, four years actually flies by. She and classmate Julia Shatten ’18 have some great tips for current students and those getting ready for medical school.

My First Year as a Resident: A Sense of Shared Purpose

Written by Bryce Bludevich, M.D.'17
Almost every resident and attending will tell you that nothing prepares you for your first day of residency. I will tell you the same thing, but that said I have to admit that the Larner College of Medicine prepared me as well as possible. Thanks to the hard work and dedication of the residents and attendings at the University of Vermont Medical Center, I felt ready to start my intern year at UMass Memorial Medical Center.

Transforming Our Space to Support 100% Active Learning

Written by Larner College of Medicine Senior Associate Dean for Medical Education William Jeffries, Ph.D.
At a recent Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) national meeting I had the privilege of sharing the stage with my colleagues Dr. Kathryn Huggett, Assistant Dean and Teaching Academy Director and Jill Jemison, Chief Information Officer for Health Sciences. As one of three schools selected to present an Innovation Educational Space Transformation, The Larner College of Medicine had the opportunity to showcase the dynamic work happening here on campus to support active learning.

Four Years Later: Cultural Understanding in Medical School

Written by Soraiya Thura '18
I’ve grown in many ways during my four years in medical school, but one of the most striking has been related to my cultural competence. When I took the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) as a first-year medical student, my results showed that I understood similarities and universal values amongst individuals, but was still working on appreciating differences. Fast forward to my fourth year, when I had an opportunity to retake the IDI.  I was stunned when I reviewed my results.