Supporting Rural Vermonters in a Weekly Needle Exchange Program

From The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship Program
Katrina Thornburgh looks forward to her weekly trips to Franklin County in the Vermont Cares mobile outreach van. Thornburgh, an Albert Schweitzer Fellow and medical student at the Larner College of Medicine at the University of Vermont, is part of an effort to expand mobile syringe services in communities such as St. Albans, Enosburg, and Swanton in northwestern Vermont.

Social Justice and Health Equity in Medical Education

Written by Christina Dawson '21, Sam Epstein '21 and Raghav Goyal '21
Barbara Ehrenreich and Deirdre English’s 1975 book, Witches, Midwives, and Healers, was the first text that the Larner College of Medicine’s Social Justice Coalition discussed in October of 2017. This excerpt sets up our charge—despite its authoritative and evidence-based veneer, the underpinnings of medicine are highly political, social, and temporal.

Students in the Field: Pediatrics in Newport, Vt.

Written by Harshal Athalye '20
At the start of the rotation, I thought I had ruled out working in a rural area due to its potential isolation. But one pearl that has stuck with me from Dr. Bannach is that specialists are just a phone call away. Technology continues to close the communication gap for rural medicine, making it feel much less secluded. Though I am unsure of what my future holds in terms of medicine, after working with Dr. Bannach, I am considering rural medicine as a career path.