Seeing Medicine from the Patient’s Point of View

Written by Sunit Misra '19
As one of the first participants in the UVM Larner College of Medicine’s Longitudinal Integrated Clerkship (LIC) I have the luxury of connecting with my patients beyond a single encounter. The focus of this program, completed during the third year of medical school, is to gain the perspective of the patient, and see medicine from their point of view. Instead of the traditional block format, where students complete rotations in seven different medical specialties, we choose a panel of patients...

What Birds Teach Me about Medicine

Written by Miles Grunvald '18
It’s not unusual for medical students to experience periods of painful self-doubt, unrelenting exhaustion and, at times, shear disappointment. I, like many of my colleagues, have occasionally experienced such emotions and have been fortunate in their brevity. During these low times I would often cope by making the facetious claim to my significant other that I was going to drop out of medical school and become a birder.

What Really Prepared Me for the Practice of Medicine

Written by Molly Markowitz '18 I recently found myself in the midst of my first rotation of medical school, outpatient internal medicine. Excited, and honestly a little terrified, would have described my state of mind as my preceptor asked me to see my first patient by myself. As I stood in front of the patient room and prepared to knock, I told myself, “This is it, it’s really happening! All of my hard work over the years was to get to this moment.” Yet, I had a sense that I had done this before. I know now that what had really prepared me most for that moment had not taken place in medical school or even college, but back in my hometown, in Maine.

Promoting Powerful Voices through the SPEAK Program

Written by Liam Donnelly '18 For the past three years, I have volunteered for SPEAK Inc., a Vermont non-profit organization dedicated to promoting powerful voices for traditionally underrepresented individuals, such as incarcerated women and juveniles. Founded by UVM alumna and Schweitzer Fellow for Life, Jessica Bullock, it began as student group at Vermont Law School in the fall of 2014 and continued as an Albert Schweitzer Fellowship project in 2015-2016. Since SPEAK’s inception, the student-run organization has grown into a non- profit organization that teaches debate and public speaking skills around the world.

Addressing Language Barriers When Working With New American Patients

Written by Molly Markowitz '18 As a third year medical student on my psychiatry rotation who aspires to someday work with children and families, I was in my element recently in clinic with a child psychiatrist at UVM Medical Center. Legos strewn across the floor, a magical looking jungle filled with plastic animals in the corner, and a life-sized stuffed dog on the black leather couch set the stage for our patient visits. On my first morning, we were meeting with a New American family who was there for an autism assessment for one of their children.