Jenkins recently completed a research year after her third year of medical school to develop the pilot course, with an aim to incorporate it permanently into the Foundations Level curriculum. Participating faculty include David Kaminsky M.D., professor
of medicine, Richard Pinckney, M.D., M.P.H., associate professor of medicine, Marc Hickock, CSCS, FMS, UVM director of athletic performance, and Matthew Lunser D.O., team physician for UVM.
Jenkins’ inspiration for the course stems from her experience as a medical student struggling to fit in exercise among coursework and clinical rotations. A longtime student-athlete, Jenkins played for and captained the UVM Women’s Soccer
team while pursuing a bachelor’s degree in neuroscience. After graduating in 2017, Jenkins worked as a physical therapy assistant and strength and conditioning and CrossFit coach. Now, as a Larner medical student, Jenkins is an assistant coach for UVM Women’s Soccer and a coach at CrossFit Burlington. She’s using these resources to create the course and share her knowledge with her peers, many of whom don’t know how to exercise
appropriately or what movements to recommend.
“I feel I don’t know enough about how exercise affects the body and health,” said participating student Ian Minearo ’26. Participant Briana Leger ’26 explained further: “Many doctors haven’t received training in exercise, nutrition, and holistic ways of taking care of yourself. I’m looking forward to learning about different varieties of exercise, and to be able to explain it to future patients.”
The Exercise As Medicine curriculum is proposed for Class of 2027 students in spring 2024.