Written by Alexandra Miller, M.D.'18 In large, bold type on page nine of my Swahili medical dictionary and phrasebook is written “Bora kinga kuliko tiba,” which translates to “prevention is better than cure.” Although this is a common phrase in English, we forget that for some diseases there is no cure. Cervical cancer is often diagnosed beyond a curable stage in resource-limited settings, despite being a preventable disease.
Written by Julia Shatten, M.D.'18
We are all sitting in the classroom, staring at the Powerpoint. Our eyes lock on the trajectory of a line graph. It increases a bit and then plummets. The graph we are staring at is a part of a lecture with some nebulous title like “Professionalism in Healthcare.” It is showing the results of a study that assessed the trajectory of empathy during medical school training.
By Robert Macauley, M.D.
During the Commencement Ceremony for the University of Vermont Larner College of Medicine on May 20, Robert Macauley, M.D., stepped away from the podium to deliver a more intimate address to the Class of 2018. He told a story from the night before his first day of residency, when he was stopped by a police officer whose wise advice would stick with him for decades.
Written by Gayathri Prabhakar, M.D.'18
Now, reflecting back on the past four years, there are definitely song lyrics I could use to describe the different phases of our journey and a few lessons I have learned along the way that I’d like to share with you. I’ve also mentioned to a few of you that I used to sing in a previous life, so here’s your chance to hear that too. Bear with me.
Written by Julia Shatten '18
We flip the sheet over that we used for this patient in preparation for the next, a five year -old boy with a foreign body in the eye. He is too scared to lay down, so he sits playing with a toy piano on the operating table as the anesthesiologist administers the anesthesia. She catches him just in time, and lays him back. The rest of the operations that day were a blur.