This is the second blog post in a series on professionalism at the University of Vermont Larner College of Medicine.
A Q&A with Lyndelle LeBruin, M.S., M.P.H.
A 12 member task force assembled by Dean Richard L. Page, M.D., recently crafted a new statement on professionalism for the Larner College of Medicine community. Task force member Lyndelle LeBruin, M.S., M.P.H., a senior lab/research technician and project coordinator in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, answers some questions about the statement’s purpose and legacy, and her role in creating it. This is the second blog post in a series on professionalism at the Larner College of Medicine.
What motivated you to serve on the task force?
I have always felt a special connection to the Larner College of Medicine community. I am a proud UVM graduate and the Larner College of Medicine has afforded me tremendous professional and career development opportunities. This was a unique opportunity to pay it forward and give back to a place that has given me so much. I was grateful for the opportunity to serve on such an important project for the College.
What did you learn from the process of creating the statement? What will stick with you?
We had a great team that was passionate about the charge received from Dean Page. From the onset, we hit the ground running until the job was accomplished. Although we serve in different capacities at the Larner College of Medicine, we listened and worked amazingly well together, sharing input from our individual experiences at the college. As a result, we were able to incorporate the richness of our differences and similarities into a statement that the Larner College of Medicine community could be proud of.
What do you hope the statement the task force developed will contribute to the College community? How do you hope to see it ‘in action’?
This is a legacy statement. It says who we are, our expectations and how we will demonstrate them. Moreover, it provides a conduit to introduce the Larner College of Medicine to new faculty, staff, students and visitors. I recently walked through my research lab at the Laboratory for Clinical Biochemistry Research, and saw the professionalism statement as a home screen on one of our computers. I couldn’t have been prouder to “see the statement in action.” It is my hope that all members of our community will see this as “our statement” and one that will form part of our identity while working and studying here.
- Read the Larner College of Medicine’s statement on professionalism and watch a short video
- Read the first blog post in the series from UVM Professor and Chair of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Debra Leonard, M.D., Ph.D., task force chair