Becoming a Better Teacher: My Year as a Simulation Fellow

Written by D. George Ormond, M.D., surgery resident at Danbury Hospital
After two years of surgical residency, I knew I had to become a better teacher. The title “doctor” originates via old French from the Latin, docere, meaning “teach,” and my instructor responsibilities were ever increasing. Also, as my seniority within the residency grew, I would be responsible for developing and implementing a resident learning curriculum, and the recent designation of Western Connecticut Health Network as a branch campus of the University of Vermont Larner College of Medicine ensures a steady supply of young, intelligent minds to mold.

A Bridge Connecting Two Beautiful Islands

Written by Majid Sadigh, M.D., Trefz Family Endowed Chair of Global Health
Forming and sustaining equitable partnerships with international colleagues is a challenging endeavor. It requires passion, leadership, transparency, cultural sensitivity, friendship, and endurance. All the time and effort spent is an investment toward something valuable, and mistakes and miscommunication are unavoidable. Pain is an inherent part of any growth process.

Guest Blog Post: Commencement Guest Speaker Michael Kaplan, M.D.’87

Written by Michael Kaplan, M.D.'87
I want to begin today with the premise that the practice of medicine is changing dramatically. Technological advances / financial considerations, hospital and clinical alliances, and sociological considerations have altered the landscape in fundamental ways since I sat where you do now.  But for all of that, much of what doctors do, have done, and will hopefully always do, remains much the same. We are assigned and assume responsibility for the welfare of our patients.

Honoring Our Surgical Heritage: The Inaugural Catamount Surgeon Award

Written by UVM Professor of Surgery Frank Ittleman, M.D.
On January 20, 2017, Richard Gamelli, M.D.’74, professor emeritus at Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University Chicago, received the inaugural Catamount Surgeon Award from the Larner College of Medicine at the University of Vermont. The award celebrates Dr. Gamelli’s many important contributions to the field. UVM Professor of Surgery Frank Ittleman, M.D., delivered the following remarks at the awards ceremony.

“Fake News” or Reputable Science? How to Tell the Difference

Written by UVM Associate Dean for Public Health
Jan Carney, M.D., MPH

By now, we have all heard of “fake news,” but what about “fake science news” – does it exist and how can we differentiate between fact and fiction? In January 2017, The Los Angeles Times wrote about epidemic spread of “fake news” to science and medicine. In February, Academic Medicine sounded a warning to academics everywhere about predatory publishing, an exploding and distracting publication practice characterized by “weak peer review, sloppy science, or even fraud.”