“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.”

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!

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.

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.

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.