“Presence & Attention”: A Meditation Guide for Medical Students

Q&A with Collin York '20
The UVM Larner College of Medicine recently launched a meditation guide for students, giving a broad look at the various ways integrating a meditation practice into daily life can help ease stress and anxiety, as well as foster health and well-being over time. Here, co-author Collin York ’20 talks about the goals for the project and the benefits to medical students. Read more...

Reflections on Butabika Psychiatric Hospital

Written by Brian Rosen '19
I excel at intellectualization. It is a fickle defense mechanism, allowing the observer to fully comprehend the situation in front of them without fully engaging in the emotional context...My habit towards intellectualization even followed me into psychiatry, a field that fully embraces the nuances and significance of human emotion. Read more...

From Mental Health Treatment to Melanoma Risk: Student Research

Featuring Marie Kenney '19, Cori Polonski '19, Michael Chmielewski '21 and Jason UnChan Pyon '19
The University of Vermont celebrates student research in all areas of inquiry through the annual Student Research Conference. Held this year on April 17, student researchers from across the university hosted oral and poster presentations during the day-long event at the Davis Center. The Larner College of Medicine was well-presented by students who have led research and published findings in a range of fields. Learn more about some of their projects...

Women in Rural Tanzania: Educating Patients, Improving Health

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.

Stay Creative, Find Your People, Fight for Social Justice

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.