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.

Neurocognitive Disorder in HIV Positive Adults: My Summer Research

Written by Katherine Clifford '19
When I received a 2016 Larner College of Medicine Summer Research Fellowship, I was thrilled to have the opportunity to return to the world of research. For my summer research fellowship, I worked at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Memory and Aging Center on a project investigating longitudinal brain atrophy rates in virally suppressed HIV-positive adults over the age of 60 compared to age-matched HIV-negative controls.

A Focus on the Health Care System: Quality Improvement and Patient Safety

Written by Kathryn Patton '20
As medical students, we are focused on the human body – how to improve health and well-being, and cure illness. In the world of quality improvement and patient safety (QI and PS), we are focused on the healthcare system as a whole. How can we make it better for our patients? Here at the Larner College of Medicine, I help to lead a group focused on introducing medical students to these important areas in healthcare, in the hopes that they develop the same passion for QI and PS that I have.