You Are a Saint

Written by Monica Rodgers, '20


This week started off a bit chaotic, with the uncertainty of “first day on the job” compounded on that of “first day in a new country.” In the year and a half since I last worked abroad, I had forgotten how important it is to master the art of waiting. Though at times awkward and uncertain, waiting is a meaningful way to take in surroundings, get a sense of the flow of things, observe, and ponder. On Thursday, I began my Family Medicine rotation with two residents who go to La Barquita, an underserved neighborhood of the city, to do daily consults in a small clinic. The impoverishment of this area was immediately clear to me.

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La Doctora Americana

Written by Jessica Huang, M.D. '17


Among the sea of residents dressed in well-fitted white jackets, pressed white pants, and white shoes, I stood out like a sore thumb in my baggy light blue UVM scrubs, navy blue clogs, neon socks, and dirty white coat overstuffed with my stethoscope, Harriet Lane handbook, notebook, pens, hand sanitizer, and tissue paper. Unlike in the United States, the training level of medical residents in the Dominican Republic are identified by the color of their tops with green signifying first year resident, yellow for second year resident, blue for third year resident, black for first year fellow, etc. There are no specific colors for the interns (equivalent of fourth year medical students) while the pre-interns (equivalent of third year medical students) wear light brown scrubs.

Al final del día el cuidado del paciente es lo más importante

Written by Jessica Huang, '17


The long line of patients waiting outside the hospital as soldiers guard the entrance, the prayers beginning each morning report, the sharing of patient beds/cribs, and the lack of running water … these are some of the things that stood out to me when I first arrived at Hospital Maternidad Nuestra Señora de la Altagracia (HUMNSA). Everything seemed foreign as I tried to learn the workflow and how to integrate into a medical team in a new country and medical system. However, as my ears acclimated to new medical terms while rounding in a different language, my first impressions developed into a realization of the importance of religion in the Dominican Republic as well as the limited resources and high volume of patients at this public hospital. Inside the walls of this institution, work and teaching truly prioritize patient care.

Messages from the Leadership of UNIBE: Dean Marcos Núñez and Dean Loraine Amell

Written by Marcos Núñez, Dean of Health Sciences, UNIBE, and Loraine Amell, Dean of International Affairs, UNIBE


Through our exchange with Western Connecticut Health Network/University of Vermont Larner College of Medicine, we have learned more about what global health means and how it can be incorporated into a career in medicine. We have been inspired to work toward making global health an integral component of Universidad Iberoamericana (UNIBE).

A Symphony of Spring

Written by Leah Moody, Global Health Program Coordinator at WCHN/UVMCOM Dominican Republic The car lurches up a hill to reveal a dilapidated concrete foundation that lies within a small clearing of land. The building is like an abandoned skeleton that has been left to rot within the thick tropical forest of the Dominican Republic, soon to be consumed by the impending ecosystem that surrounds it.

Congratulations to Wendy Perdomo!

Dominican Republic Congratulations to Dr. Wendy Perdomo who has been granted a scholarship to come to Western Connecticut Health Network for one month of clerkship in a specialty of her choice! Dr. Perdomo was awarded this scholarship for scoring the highest mark on a final examination in a rigorously challenging and intensive clinical epidemiology and biostatistics course.

In the Heart of Things

Written by David Leon, '18 Dominican Republic In the heart of things. This week was full-on cardiology, involving rotations with residents through various departments of the stand-alone cardiology hospital here in Santo Domingo, the Instituto Dominicana de Cardiologia, IDC for short. As if to get your mind on the subject, the hill leading up to the IDC is steep, and many patients with a consult appointment end up walking directly to the emergency department complaining of shortness of breath, fatigue and sometimes even chest pain.