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A Day in the Life of a Fourth Year Medical Student: Surgery at Walter Reed

Written by Bridget Colgan ’17
As a member of the U.S. Army, Bridget Colgan ’17 has a different match experience than many of her peers. She applied to both the military Joint Service Graduate Medical Education Selection Board (JSGMESB) and the civilian Electronic Residency Application Service, with a goal of matching at a military institution in the specialty of her choice. Although she learned of her match earlier than her peers, she will reveal the location during Match Day here at the Larner College of Medicine on March 17. Read more in a Q&A with Colgan. Continue reading

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Protecting Athletes from Concussion Through the CARE Consortium

Written by Cori Polonski ’19
When I was little, I used to love the days when my dad brought me to work. For some kids this meant playing around in an office, but my dad sold programs at Fenway Park, and so some of my favorite childhood memories were walking around this historic ballpark and watching the Sox play at home. And when I watched the impossible happen in the ’04 American League Championship Series, I realized that sports are as close to magic as it gets. And so my desire to work in sports medicine has always come from a place of protecting the athletes who make us all believe in the impossible. Continue reading

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What Really Prepared Me for the Practice of Medicine

Written by Molly Markowitz ’18
I recently found myself in the midst of my first rotation of medical school, outpatient internal medicine. Excited, and honestly a little terrified, would have described my state of mind as my preceptor asked me to see my first patient by myself. As I stood in front of the patient room and prepared to knock, I told myself, “This is it, it’s really happening! All of my hard work over the years was to get to this moment.” Yet, I had a sense that I had done this before. I know now that what had really prepared me most for that moment had not taken place in medical school or even college, but back in my hometown, in Maine. Continue reading

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Partners in Global Growth: Dr. Paul Farmer Visits UVM

Written by Bryce Bludevich ’17
A few weeks ago, on a rainy Vermont afternoon, a man came to Ira Allen chapel to give a talk. He told us this was not going to be a talk about the “four S’s,” the shorthand for an approach he’s developed for his wide-ranging global health work. Instead, he said this was going to be a talk about change. A change in the mindset of those who think about and act on global health issues. The talk became personal for me from the moment it started. I have had the opportunity to travel to Russia and Uganda through the Robert Larner, M.D. College of Medicine Global Health Program, which has molded my world view and exposed me to the world’s healthcare disparities. Continue reading

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Addressing Language Barriers When Working With New American Patients

Written by Molly Markowitz ’18
As a third year medical student on my psychiatry rotation who aspires to someday work with children and families, I was in my element recently in clinic with a child psychiatrist at UVM Medical Center. Legos strewn across the floor, a magical looking jungle filled with plastic animals in the corner, and a life-sized stuffed dog on the black leather couch set the stage for our patient visits. On my first morning, we were meeting with a New American family who was there for an autism assessment for one of their children. Continue reading