Perspectives on Homelessness: With and Without the COVID-19 Pandemic

Raghav Goyal and Ronni PearlmanWritten by Raghav Goyal '22 and Ronni Pearlman
My understanding of homelessness has built over the last three years here in Burlington, Vt., and has revealed, for me, some basic truths: Homelessness is a transient condition that many people go in and out of; not everyone has mental health or substance abuse issues; and the people in the homeless community are unbelievably diverse in age, nationality, race, political bent, and education, with stories you would never anticipate. Read more...

Larner Responds: Fourth Year Student Return to ED as Nurse

Jack DubuqueWritten by Jack Dubuque '21
Before entering medical school, I worked for eight years as a registered nurse in the emergency department at UVM Medical Center, finally hanging up my nursing scrubs at the start of my clerkship year at the Larner College of Medicine. I did not expect to return to my roots, but as the COVID-19 pandemic began to upend the lives of everyone in our community, I started to explore how I could help. Read more...

Larner Responds: An EMT During COVID-19

Nathan Dow '23Written by Nathan Dow '23
Many universities across the country have a student-run emergency medical service, ranging from students first responding on bikes to transporting patients on ambulances. The University of Vermont is a rarity in that it is one of the few universities in the country that fields an undergraduate-run, 911 ambulance operating at the Advanced Life Support (ALS) level. After joining at the beginning of my sophomore year, I was hooked. Read more...

Notes from the Front Line: Flexibility & Courage in the ED

Joseph RaveraWritten by Joseph Ravera, M.D.'10
Flexibility is a must for any emergency physician. We never know what the next ambulance is going to bring.  The COVID-19 pandemic has forced us into a new paradigm. Instead of seeing pediatric patients, I’m in an outdoor screening area trying to treat low-risk individuals who may have COVID -19 in an effort to keep the ED as sterile as possible.Read more...

Notes from the Front Line: COVID-19 in Vermont

Katie DolbecWritten by Katie Dolbec, M.D.'10
The whole world has changed in a few short weeks; both personal life and work life have taken on a completely different feel. What used to be rote, normal, hectic, and routine has become apprehensive and earnest, but also, to a certain extent, calm and serene. The pace of life has slowed, and the focus has narrowed. It is easy to forget that there is more to life and clinical practice than COVID-19. Read more...