“Am I Cut Out for Medicine?” (The Answer is ‘Yes’). And Other Fourth –Year Wisdom

By Vic Hudziak '18 and Julia Shatten '18
In the first and second years of medical school, the end goal – an M.D. – seems far away. But Vic Hudziak ’18 now knows that despite that first-year slow-mo feeling, four years actually flies by. She and classmate Julia Shatten ’18 have some great tips for current students and those getting ready for medical school.

Stand With Me: Designing a Therapeutic Standing Device for Children in Need

Written by Scott Mitchell II '20
For children with physical challenges or special mobility needs, a standing frame can be life-changing both physically and socially. These devices help children participate in daily activities – like eating dinner with family members - that may have been impossible without physical support allowing them to remain upright. The weight-bearing exercises the therapeutic frames allow often help to improve physical function, changing the quality of a child’s life over time.

“Big Sibs” Offer Camaraderie and Support

Written by Emily Vayda '20
As a first-year student at the Larner College of Medicine, I found comfort in knowing that I could reach out to someone in the class above me with questions about anything, even small things, thanks to a program called Big Sib/Little Sib. I had been living in Burlington for the previous four years, but the transition to medical school came with challenges that I did not expect.

What Birds Teach Me about Medicine

Written by Miles Grunvald '18
It’s not unusual for medical students to experience periods of painful self-doubt, unrelenting exhaustion and, at times, shear disappointment. I, like many of my colleagues, have occasionally experienced such emotions and have been fortunate in their brevity. During these low times I would often cope by making the facetious claim to my significant other that I was going to drop out of medical school and become a birder.