From Culinary Medicine to Health Equity: The Top Blog Posts of 2018

Written by UVM Larner College of Medicine students and alums
As we begin 2019, the University of Vermont Larner College of Medicine looks back at some of our most popular posts of the past year. From the benefits of culinary medicine to sage advice to first-year students to alums reporting back from residency, these posts highlight the diversity of experiences students bring to their work and their future careers as physicians. Here are the top five posts of 2018

Social Justice and Health Equity in Medical Education

Written by Christina Dawson '21, Sam Epstein '21 and Raghav Goyal '21
Barbara Ehrenreich and Deirdre English’s 1975 book, Witches, Midwives, and Healers, was the first text that the Larner College of Medicine’s Social Justice Coalition discussed in October of 2017. This excerpt sets up our charge—despite its authoritative and evidence-based veneer, the underpinnings of medicine are highly political, social, and temporal.

Studying Bacteria: How am I Supposed to Memorize All This?

Written by Jenna Dafgek '21
The hundreds of flashcards in my backpack were starting to feel ridiculous a week into bacteriology. At what point would they stop being helpful, especially if it took me hours to work through them? There had to be a better way. Luckily, there is, at least for me. Being a visual learner with a storytelling background (I write novels for fun), I decided that I needed to somehow personify these bacteria and morph them into characters rather than factoids.

Stay Creative, Find Your People, Fight for Social Justice

Written by Julia Shatten, M.D.'18
We are all sitting in the classroom, staring at the Powerpoint. Our eyes lock on the trajectory of a line graph. It increases a bit and then plummets. The graph we are staring at is a part of a lecture with some nebulous title like “Professionalism in Healthcare.” It is showing the results of a study that assessed the trajectory of empathy during medical school training.