First-Year

Posts that are topical for incoming or current first-year medical students.

Black and white photo of Matt Breseman face wearing surgical mask and with EEG leads taped to forehead and temples

The Student Becomes the Patient

Early on in my illness a friend sent me a meme.

“How do medical students get sick; can’t they just open a textbook and cure themselves?” it asked.

Although it wasn’t that simple, I learned a lot from the process of trying to discover what was wrong with me…I was getting a crash course on the art of medicine from the patient perspective, with my medical bill jokingly serving as the cost of tuition.

U-MOO, I-MOO, WeAll-MOO

The UVM-Med Outdoor Orientation, or U-MOO, is an optional camping trip offered to incoming first-year students at the University of Vermont Larner College of Medicine. The purpose of the trip – organized by current students – is to facilitate a welcoming experience and a chance to socialize while exploring the wilderness of Vermont. Fortunately, I had the opportunity to be one of the current students who volunteered to help with this trip.
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Criminal Records as a Metric in Medical Student Admissions

The University of Vermont Larner College of Medicine community proactively grapples with the most equitable ways to accomplish our mission “to engage with our communities to benefit Vermont and the world.” I am privileged to attend a school that fosters and elevates key discussions, such as a recent discussion around how our college can more effectively recruit persons taking action to seek a more just world – a conversation that was heavily influenced by the mass arrest of protestors using their first amendment rights to advocate for racial justice and condemn police brutality.
The University of Vermont Larner College of Medicine community proactively grapples with the most equitable ways to accomplish our mission “to engage with our communities to benefit Vermont and the world.” I am privileged to attend a school that fosters and elevates key discussions. Read more…