Guest Blog Posts

Words of Advice: Making the Transition to Patient Care

Written by Tania Bertsch, M.D., Associate Dean for Clinical Education
Dear Larner College of Medicine Class of 2019:

You each came to medical school to become a great doctor. You have accumulated a great deal of knowledge, skills and experience since your arrival at the Larner College of Medicine, but to be a really good doctor, you need to apply that knowledge. You are smart, and you have time dedicated to caring for your patients. You will be the lynchpin for both the patient assigned to you and their medical teams. Your patients need your curiosity, your ability to see the medical environment through new eyes. Those of us already working in the system may be blinded to new ways of doing things, but with your new eyes you can identify ways to make things better for patients. You are armed with new technologies that will help your team access new literature and new concepts. It is an awesome responsibility, but it can make a difference in the care your patients receive. Up to this point, you have had the opportunity to honor a course, now you have the opportunity to honor a patient; it is much more fulfilling! Continue reading

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Witness, Advocate, Exchange, Improve

Written by Ann Dougherty, M.D.’09
On a whiteboard in my office, I have written the words: witness, advocate, exchange and improve. These are my pillars of global health. Witness, don’t rescue. Advocate, for a diversity of backgrounds. Exchange, sustainably and equitably. Improve, building appropriate technology and capacity. These core concepts may seem obvious, but they require training in global health ethics and the realities of on-the-ground work in low-resource settings. Continue reading

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The College Celebrates John McCrae, M.D., Faculty Member & Author of In Flanders Fields

Written by Kate Bright
Dr. John McCrae (1872-1918) wrote In Flanders Fields, the most influential poem associated with World War I. At the Larner College of Medicine, we are proud to count him as part of our rich and deep history: From 1903 to 1911, he served as professor of pathology at the University of Vermont. On November 14th at 2:30 p.m. in the Larner Classroom, author Susan Raby-Dunne will speak about her newest book chronicling John McCrae’s fascinating life, just in time for Veteran’s Day. Continue reading

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What Color is the Sky? Remarks from Dr. Mandell at the 2016 White Coat Ceremony

Written by Fred Mandell, M.D.’64
When we leave a place like the College of Medicine at the University of Vermont, and look back as alumni, we become keenly aware of the “one of a kind” education we have received. Beyond the tools to practice medicine is what I call “the way.” The way our mentors taught us to listen, to perceive, to think beyond the algorithm. Continue reading

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The Opioid Crisis: How Every Medical Student Can Make a Difference

Written by Molly Markowitz ’18
My hometown is truly a postcard-worthy, seaside village on the coast of Maine. It is perched at the mouth of the Passagassawakeag River which flows into Penobscot Bay. There are old wooden schooners, a white steepled church tourist shops and restaurants which line Main Street, and a small, community hospital. Over the years the hospital was a second home to me as I spent many hours there with one of our beloved, local pediatricians. During my time at the hospital, I witnessed the birth of an epidemic: opioid addiction. Continue reading