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.”

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.