Web Extras

Summer 2021

Often there are extensions to stories featured in the print version of Vermont Medicine. Web Extras allow additional content to be shared online.

web_extra_vaccineOne Dose at a Time

It took a village to plan from scratch and move with Herculean speed to open the UVM Health Network’s vaccination clinic at the Champlain Valley Expo in Essex in December of 2020. In its seven months of existence, more than 80,000 vaccines were administered there, helping Vermont become the first state in the nation to vaccinate 80 percent of its population with at least one dose.

  • Read the complete series of stories about the vaccination clinic from the UVM Health Network.
  • Watch a video from the UVM Health Network titled "How Vermont Beat Back COVID, One Shot at a Time


Maija writing on a whiteboardA Search for Meaning

In their Vermont Conversation Lab in the Given Building at the UVM Larner College of Medicine, Bob Gramling and his team have assembled a breadth of research expertise focused on parsing the sentences we use, the words we choose—and the silent spaces in between—to understand how conversations bring meaning and comfort to patients and their loved ones.


Larner students Erik Zhang, Krisandra Kneer, and  Tyler Harkness
Fostering Socially-Conscious Clinicians

Scientific advancements such as genome sequencing, mRNA vaccines and point-of-care ultrasound have saved countless lives. But new technologies are only as successful as the practitioners who use them. In order to reduce the incidence of disease and improve health outcomes, particularly in historically underserved populations, the clinicians and systems that deliver patient care must also evolve.

  • Read a blog post by Nikkole Turgeon ’22 and Mialovena Exume ’24 titled "The Social Justice Coalition: Breaking Ouroboros."
  • Read a blog post by Elise Prehoda ’24, Sheridan Finnie ’22 and Mialovena Exume ’24 titled "Dismantling Systemic Racism: Reflections on Medical Apartheid."
  • Read a study in BMC Medical Education by a team of Larner students and faculty titled "The design and implementation of a longitudinal social medicine curriculum at the University of Vermont’s Larner College of Medicine."
Flora Liu, M.D.'22
Bearing Witness to the Patient Experience

"One patient in particular I will always remember, as following his journey was one of the most meaningful experiences during my third year of medical school. He showed me how important it is to bear witness to the full range of a person’s experiences, even as you work to diagnose and treat their medical conditions." - Flora Liu, M.D.'22

  • Watch a video of an interpretive dance Liu choreographed. performed, and filmed about her experience in the LIC, titled "In Between."