Building a Community through Professionalism at the Larner College of Medicine

Written by UVM Larner College of Medicine Professor & Chair of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Debra G.B. Leonard, M.D., Ph.D.
When our new Dean, Dr. Rick Page, arrived in October 2018, he pledged to listen and learn. But one thing needed to be done immediately: He wanted the Larner College of Medicine to develop a Professionalism Statement that would be featured in every offer and acceptance letter, ensuring everyone was aware of the expectations and aspirations for creating a welcoming and supportive environment in which to work and learn. Read more...

Reflections on Butabika Psychiatric Hospital

Written by Brian Rosen '19
I excel at intellectualization. It is a fickle defense mechanism, allowing the observer to fully comprehend the situation in front of them without fully engaging in the emotional context...My habit towards intellectualization even followed me into psychiatry, a field that fully embraces the nuances and significance of human emotion. Read more...

From Mental Health Treatment to Melanoma Risk: Student Research

Featuring Marie Kenney '19, Cori Polonski '19, Michael Chmielewski '21 and Jason UnChan Pyon '19
The University of Vermont celebrates student research in all areas of inquiry through the annual Student Research Conference. Held this year on April 17, student researchers from across the university hosted oral and poster presentations during the day-long event at the Davis Center. The Larner College of Medicine was well-presented by students who have led research and published findings in a range of fields. Learn more about some of their projects...

The Power of Being Present

Written by Rosie Friedman '22
Mr. B wore an oversized shirt that read “Dad knows a lot but Grandpa knows everything.”  When I first sat down across from him, he began telling me about his cancer. He bluntly described his situation without any sugar-coating in an “I’ve got a few weeks left until I kick the bucket” kind of way. In the middle of his story, he paused and asked me what he was supposed to be talking about in our hour together.

Supporting Rural Vermonters in a Weekly Needle Exchange Program

From The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship Program
Katrina Thornburgh looks forward to her weekly trips to Franklin County in the Vermont Cares mobile outreach van. Thornburgh, an Albert Schweitzer Fellow and medical student at the Larner College of Medicine at the University of Vermont, is part of an effort to expand mobile syringe services in communities such as St. Albans, Enosburg, and Swanton in northwestern Vermont.