Weighing the Costs: Why Investing in Preventative Health Matters

Written by Anna Lidofsky '20 I have a friend at the Vermont Department of Health who studies unintentional injuries and violence as a leading cause of morbidity. She was talking to me the other day about how there is a tendency to overlook the importance of preventative health measures, likely because such policies are the victim of their own success. No one gives the Centers for Disease Control a pat on the back for preventing a seasonal flu outbreak. I am reminded of her wise words as I consider the new Congress and Administration’s aim to replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), a policy under which 30 million Americans are insured. I feel it is my duty to join others in taking a stand to support the policies I think will protect the health care needs of our patients.

UVM Performance Improvement Collaborative: Bridging the Gap in Quality Improvement and Patient Safety Education

Written by Samantha Magier '19 Medical errors are the third leading cause of death in the United States—as rising physicians, we can improve this statistic. In order to effect change as the next generation of healthcare providers, we must be equipped with the necessary resources. This requires us to critically assess the operating procedures that we follow and effectively collaborate with interdisciplinary teams of health professionals to optimize healthcare delivery. Creating opportunities to take such action is the cornerstone of the Larner College of Medicine at the University of Vermont and Jeffords Institute Performance Improvement Collaborative.

Planning for the End of Life: Advocating for Advance Directives

Written by Asaad Traina '17 Last week I had the privilege of speaking about advance directives from a medical student’s perspective at a press conference held by Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT). Rep. Welch is proposing a bipartisan piece of legislation that would provide a $75 incentive for Medicare patients who complete an advance directive (AD). Even in my very limited clinical experience, I have seen the devastating effects of not having an advance directive.