How to Reclaim Boredom from Your Smartphone

Written by UVM Assistant Professor of Medicine Tim Plante, M.D.'11
A cardiologist told me last summer that his favorite event of the week was mowing his lawn. This isn’t because he was unhappy with his clinical or research responsibilities or wanted to escape from his family. It was because it gave him an opportunity to be separated from his always-connected smartphone and be bored.

“Go Out and Heal Some Folks”

By Robert Macauley, M.D.
During the Commencement Ceremony for the University of Vermont Larner College of Medicine on May 20, Robert Macauley, M.D., stepped away from the podium to deliver a more intimate address to the Class of 2018. He told a story from the night before his first day of residency, when he was stopped by a police officer whose wise advice would stick with him for decades.

Commencement 2018: Medical School as a Musical

Written by Gayathri Prabhakar, M.D.'18
Now, reflecting back on the past four years, there are definitely song lyrics I could use to describe the different phases of our journey and a few lessons I have learned along the way that I’d like to share with you. I’ve also mentioned to a few of you that I used to sing in a previous life, so here’s your chance to hear that too. Bear with me.

Empowering Residents to Improve Health Equity

Written by Gaurab Basu, M.D.'10, M.P.H.
In the 19th century, there may have been no more consequential biomedical scientist than Rudolph Virchow. His scientific research at a molecular level has had a profound impact on modern medicine even today, more than 150 years later. For me, however, it is his work in social medicine that has made a lasting impression on my understanding of the responsibilities clinicians have to the health of their society.

Happyness: Advocating for Women’s Health in Rural Uganda

By Anne Dougherty, M.D., assistant professor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences, and founder and director of the UVM Global Women’s Health Education Program
Let me tell you a story about Happyness. Happyness is a young woman living in rural Nakaseke district about sixty miles outside Kampala, Uganda’s capital. She just had her second baby who was born premature, and will likely not survive to his fifth birthday. This pregnancy was conceived eight months after her last delivery, though we know that rapid repeat pregnancy, those conceived less than twenty-four months following a delivery, have dire consequences for both mother and baby.