Summer Research at the UVM College of Medicine: Exploring Opioid Addiction

Written by Emily Forbes-Mobus ’18
After finishing my first year at the University of Vermont College of Medicine, I had the chance to go back to my hometown of Springfield, Vermont, to help with a public health problem that has had a devastating effect on many of the families I grew up with: Opioid addiction. Through a summer research project with the Southern Vermont Area Health Education Center (SVAHEC), I spent a couple of weeks talking to patients seeking treatment, exploring what about the current treatment model is working and what additional resources could be useful.

How Joining the Running & Marathon Team Led to Cancer Rehabilitation Research

Written by Marie Lemay ’17
As a newly minted first year medical student, I remember passing by “the marathon team” sign-up at the student interest group fair and feigning disinterest. Marathon? I’m not doing one of those! It took my love of running, a second go-round at the fair, and much cajoling from the current captain, before I actually signed my name to the listserv. Thankfully, the general information meeting dispelled any notions that running an entire marathon was required. Aptly named the UVM COM running AND marathon team, this student interest group’s mission to promote unity and wellness amongst our first year class and greater COM community resonated with me.