How to Reclaim Boredom from Your Smartphone

Written by UVM Assistant Professor of Medicine Tim Plante, M.D.'11
A cardiologist told me last summer that his favorite event of the week was mowing his lawn. This isn’t because he was unhappy with his clinical or research responsibilities or wanted to escape from his family. It was because it gave him an opportunity to be separated from his always-connected smartphone and be bored.

Empowering Residents to Improve Health Equity

Written by Gaurab Basu, M.D.'10, M.P.H.
In the 19th century, there may have been no more consequential biomedical scientist than Rudolph Virchow. His scientific research at a molecular level has had a profound impact on modern medicine even today, more than 150 years later. For me, however, it is his work in social medicine that has made a lasting impression on my understanding of the responsibilities clinicians have to the health of their society.

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.

My First Year as a Resident: A Sense of Shared Purpose

Written by Bryce Bludevich, M.D.'17
Almost every resident and attending will tell you that nothing prepares you for your first day of residency. I will tell you the same thing, but that said I have to admit that the Larner College of Medicine prepared me as well as possible. Thanks to the hard work and dedication of the residents and attendings at the University of Vermont Medical Center, I felt ready to start my intern year at UMass Memorial Medical Center.