Notes from the Front Line: Rapid Response in L.A.

Raghav Goyal and Ronni PearlmanWritten by Michael Ohkura, M.D.'18
The initial surge of coronavirus patients never quite slammed us in Los Angeles the way that we were expecting. We watched as NYC struggled to cope and wondered if we would be next. The U.S. Navy ship, “Mercy,” was deployed to dock in our harbor, and we raced to plan. As a second-year resident in the UCLA Family Medicine Residency Program, I was on the family medicine inpatient service in the hospital when COVID-19 started becoming a very real concern. Read more...

Notes from the Front Line: Family Medicine Adapts

Megan MalgeriWritten by Megan Malgeri, M.D.'12
Coronavirus has certainly changed the way that I practice medicine. I work in family medicine, at a clinic that is the teaching site for family medicine residents. We are one of the busiest primary care clinics in Vermont - learners, preceptors administrators, providers and patients are always moving through our doors. Once the COVID-19 pandemic reached Vermont, this process of providing care and teaching needed to change, and rapidly. Read more...

“Imagine What a Few Hundred Future Doctors Can Do:” Climate Change and Health

Written by Megan Malgeri, M.D.'12
One year ago, more than 100 medical organizations, representing over six million health care professionals in 125 countries signed a global “call to action.” That statement began with the words“Climate change is a global health emergency." The World Health Organization has a list of the top ten threats to global health, and climate change is at the top of the list this year. The message is clear: Climate change poses an alarming threat, and our health is on the line.
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Students in the Field: Family Medicine in Waitsfield, Vt.

Written by Jennifer Boccia '20
It’s wonderful to have the opportunity to work with different people and get the advantage of their differing backgrounds. It’s not just valuable in terms of physical exam skills; observing the different ways and the different styles of each physician as they talk to patients and get their stories is great. Everyone has a unique style, and the more exposure we get as students to different physicians the easier it is to develop and refine our own personal touch.