The Journey to Professionalism: In Service to Community

Written by James Ulager, M.D.
I feel very fortunate to have had the opportunity to participate in Dean Page’s task force to draft a professionalism statement for the Larner College of Medicine. As is often the case, the most rewarding part of this group was the chance to work alongside truly outstanding colleagues, staff, residents, and students. It was also a wonderful opportunity to pause and consider for a moment the goal we call professionalism.

Scrubs Addressing the Firearm Epidemic: Speaking Up for Public Health

Written by Rose Martin '22
Andrew Black was a talented athlete and young brewer raised in Essex, Vermont. Late last year, at the age of 23, Andrew died by firearm suicide. Andrew’s death came without warning: he purchased a gun just a few hours before his death. Now, his parents share his story to advocate for a waiting period for firearm purchases in an effort to lower the likelihood of impulsive acts of firearm violence. Read more...

Building a Community through Professionalism at the Larner College of Medicine

Written by UVM Larner College of Medicine Professor & Chair of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Debra G.B. Leonard, M.D., Ph.D.
When our new Dean, Dr. Rick Page, arrived in October 2018, he pledged to listen and learn. But one thing needed to be done immediately: He wanted the Larner College of Medicine to develop a Professionalism Statement that would be featured in every offer and acceptance letter, ensuring everyone was aware of the expectations and aspirations for creating a welcoming and supportive environment in which to work and learn. Read more...

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.