Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights: Part III

Written by Florence DiBiase, UVMLCOM Class of 2019


She argued instead for prevention through education of all women and access to effective contraception for anyone who becomes sexually active. She stressed keeping girls in school as a fundamental way to decrease the high birth rate, unintended pregnancy, and maternal mortality. This is a more realistic and achievable goal, she argued, given that even access to contraception and sexual education are contentious due to religious and cultural beliefs.

Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights: Part II

Written by Florence DiBiase '19


I have now been at Kawempe General Hospital for three weeks. I initially carefully avoided the subject of reproductive justice altogether, determined to wait to ask questions until I gained a better sense of cultural attitudes. From the Ugandans I have met thus far - primarily the Okullo family and surrounding medical students on their Ob/Gyn rotation - religion is a vital component of life here.

Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights: Part I

Written by Florence DiBiase, UVMLCOM Class of 2019


As a future Ob/Gyn provider, I maintain a strong commitment to the fundamental rights of women. Beyond her basic right to gender equality and respect, I believe in a woman’s right to accessing safe and legal abortion as well as deciding how many children to have and when. I want to provide these services as a doctor. Every woman has a right to safe, consensual, pleasurable, and fulfilling sexual relationships. She should have access to information and options for both contraception and safe termination should she require them.

Butabika Psychiatric Hospital: 2019 UVMLCOM Global Health Day Reflection Contest Winner

Written by Brian Rosen, UVMLCOM Class of 2019


I excel at intellectualization. It is a fickle defense mechanism, allowing the observer to fully comprehend the situation in front of them without fully engaging in the emotional context. Throughout my medical training, intellectualization has aided me at many patient bedsides and through emotionally-charged family conferences. I am reminded of many moments on neurology wards when a patient’s emotionally charged question was reinterpreted and deflected through a purely intellectual and biologic lens.