A Change the World Project: From Homeless Shelter Volunteer to Medical Student

Written by Hannah Woodruff '21
This fall, when I found out that I had received the Wilma Rayta Volunteer of the Year award from the Committee on Temporary Shelter (COTS), I was surprised and honored that they had thought of me. My relationship with COTS goes back years, and has been such a meaningful presence in my life as I’ve grown from a shy twelve year-old to a first-year medical student.

Shaping Medical Education: How Students are Leading the Way

Written by Audrea Bose '21 & Sidney Hilker '21
When we were applying to medical school, we imagined that our early months would involve a lot of time taking notes in lecture and studying material from PowerPoint slides or text books. But instead, we spend our days going through real patient cases with small groups of students and faculty. While learning about the circulatory system, we learned how to listen for heart sounds with standardized patients. Most weeks we have team-based learning sessions where we are asked to debate clinical scenarios using the information we have learned with our classmates.

Step Up Helps Cancer Survivors Lose Weight & Take Change of their Health

Written by Lauren Donnelly '20 and Kirsten Martin '20
We walked into a room full of 18 cancer survivors one August evening, unsure what to expect. We started the group by asking each of the women what had brought them to the program: a  free weight management group we had created to help women with obesity who had survived cancer to lose weight. As we listened to each of their stories, we started to appreciate the challenges these women had faced. They truly were survivors.

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.

“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.