Students at the Larner College of Medicine at the University of Vermont share their thoughts with peers, mentors, family, and friends. Everything from what inspired them to choose a career in medicine, to their first-year experience, to fourth year rotations – the personal and the professional.
Written by Bridget Colgan ’17
As a member of the U.S. Army, Bridget Colgan ’17 has a different match experience than many of her peers. She applied to both the military Joint Service Graduate Medical Education Selection Board (JSGMESB) and the civilian Electronic Residency Application Service, with a goal of matching at a military institution in the specialty of her choice. Although she learned of her match earlier than her peers, she will reveal the location during Match Day here at the Larner College of Medicine on March 17. Read more in a Q&A with Colgan.
Written by Cori Polonski ’19
When I was little, I used to love the days when my dad brought me to work. For some kids this meant playing around in an office, but my dad sold programs at Fenway Park, and so some of my favorite childhood memories were walking around this historic ballpark and watching the Sox play at home. And when I watched the impossible happen in the ’04 American League Championship Series, I realized that sports are as close to magic as it gets. And so my desire to work in sports medicine has always come from a place of protecting the athletes who make us all believe in the impossible.
Written by Jenna Conway ’19
I never thought I would raise a child through medical school; I had intended to focus solely on my studies. However, now that I am juggling both roles, I wouldn’t trade this experience for anything. Being a mother allows me to stay grounded in love and the importance of family through the demanding and often overwhelming journey of medical school. Coming home to my family is a joy, and most days it refuels my energy to continue to work hard.
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!
Written by Molly Markowitz ’18
I recently found myself in the midst of my first rotation of medical school, outpatient internal medicine. Excited, and honestly a little terrified, would have described my state of mind as my preceptor asked me to see my first patient by myself. As I stood in front of the patient room and prepared to knock, I told myself, “This is it, it’s really happening! All of my hard work over the years was to get to this moment.” Yet, I had a sense that I had done this before. I know now that what had really prepared me most for that moment had not taken place in medical school or even college, but back in my hometown, in Maine.