The Importance of Science Communication

Katharine Beca (Tooke)Written by Katharine Beca (Tooke)
If you think of science communication like a pipeline, there are many ways that information gets lost when going from the lab bench to the public. This seems obvious, especially living through the COVID-19 pandemic - which the World Health Organization has referred to as an “infodemic.” In my opinion, there are three main pitfalls that contribute to leaks in the science communication pipeline. Read more

“Choose to be Part of the Dialogue:” Commencement 2021

Elizabeth LynchWritten by Elizabeth Lynch, M.D.'21
Medical school is a grueling and isolating experience at times, and it can take a mental and physical toll on students. Before I begin, I want to take a moment to remember a peer who is not here. Collins Oguejiofor was in the Class of 2022 and he died almost a year ago. Although he was not in our cohort, his magnanimous personality permeated our student body. Collins was a beautiful soul, and no measurement or epithet could ever encapsulate the value of his life, so I will not attempt to. The world will never be as magnificent without him. Read more

Bearing Witness to the Patient Experience

Flora LiuWritten by Flora Liu '21
During the past year, I have been a student in the Larner College of Medicine’s Longitudinal Integrated Clerkship at Central Vermont Medical Center. This gave me the opportunity to follow multiple patients through their illnesses and their journeys, getting to know them over the course of time. Some patients recovered quickly; others had multiple complications and took many months before they felt better. One patient in particular I will always remember. Read more

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

#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