Scrubs Addressing the Firearm Epidemic: Speaking Up for Public Health

Written by Rose Martin '22
Andrew Black was a talented athlete and young brewer raised in Essex, Vermont. Late last year, at the age of 23, Andrew died by firearm suicide. Andrew’s death came without warning: he purchased a gun just a few hours before his death. Now, his parents share his story to advocate for a waiting period for firearm purchases in an effort to lower the likelihood of impulsive acts of firearm violence. Read more...

Studying Bacteria: How am I Supposed to Memorize All This?

Written by Jenna Dafgek '21
The hundreds of flashcards in my backpack were starting to feel ridiculous a week into bacteriology. At what point would they stop being helpful, especially if it took me hours to work through them? There had to be a better way. Luckily, there is, at least for me. Being a visual learner with a storytelling background (I write novels for fun), I decided that I needed to somehow personify these bacteria and morph them into characters rather than factoids.

Patience, Creativity and Perseverance

Written by Katie Grenoble '20
The six weeks I spent with physicians and clinical officers in Uganda were a lesson in the fundamentals of medicine. In Uganda, doctors do not enjoy the luxury of being able to order any lab test they may need. Imaging is often performed off-site and rarely returned with an interpretation. Medications are purchased only if the patient can afford them, and the two EKG machines I saw seen were donated by Danbury Hospital in Connecticut.

Stand With Me: Designing a Therapeutic Standing Device for Children in Need

Written by Scott Mitchell II '20
For children with physical challenges or special mobility needs, a standing frame can be life-changing both physically and socially. These devices help children participate in daily activities – like eating dinner with family members - that may have been impossible without physical support allowing them to remain upright. The weight-bearing exercises the therapeutic frames allow often help to improve physical function, changing the quality of a child’s life over time.