From New Jersey and Vermont, Maisie Laud graduated from Boston College in 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in theater. She also holds a Master of Medical Science degree from UVM.
Laud recalls her interest in medicine began when she broke her finger playing softball in eighth grade, resulting in a staph infection, many surgeries, and ultimately a partial amputation of the digit. Laud says that experience, as well as interactions with healthcare
providers during a later Celiac Disease diagnosis, made her realize that
"some of her favorite people in the world" were physicians, and she wanted to emulate their traits of candor and humility.
However, childhood feedback that she wasn't serious or smart enough to succeed in life held her back from initially following her dream. Instead, a sense of well-timed humor, her gregarious personality, and a love of acting led her down the path to becoming an actor and stand-up comedian. Ultimately, it was stand-up comedy that led her back to medicine. "I thought to myself, 'If I have the tenacity to go up on stage and tell jokes in front of people I don't know, I should have the grit to follow this dream," she recalls.
Laud chose Larner as the place to pursue her medical career because she liked the hands-on and team-based learning approaches that are the focal point of the curriculum. "As one of the older medical schools in the country, steeped in tradition, I was amazed to find that the College is also at the forefront of medical education with team-based learning and active learning," she says.
Laud is looking forward, with some trepidation, to scrubbing into her first surgery and is interested in a future career in surgery.
When she’s not in class or on stage, Laud works as a medical respite support staff member for the Community Health Centers of Burlington, as a medical assistant for UVM Medical Center Dermatology, and enjoys sewing.