Journeying on the Global Health Pathway: A Small Mountainside Village

Written by Maegan Neilson, University of Vermont Larner College of Medicine Class of 2023


Journeying on the Global Health Pathway is a new series featuring stories of the most recent wave of students enrolled in the Global Health Pathway at the University of Vermont Larner College of Medicine.

Women in Medicine

Written by Tendai Machingaidze, MD, Global Health Scholar from Zimbabwe and Global Health Program Site Director for the University of Zimbabwe


On my second day as a Global Health Scholar at Norwalk Hospital, I was invited to attend a “Women in Medicine” event organized by Dr. Robyn Scatena, Associate Director of the Nuvance Health Global Health Program at Norwalk Hospital and Director of Critical Care. Being new to the area, I was appreciative when Dr. Scatena kindly put me in touch with some of her residents who she had also invited to the event. The next evening, I was picked up by three lovely women and we drove the short distance to the event sharing our names, our origins, our places of study, and our areas of medicine. I immediately felt welcomed into their fold.

Journeying on the Global Health Pathway: A Multicultural Upbringing and Health Communications

Written by Anna Chamby and Jett Choquette, University of Vermont Larner College of Medicine Class of 2023


Journeying on the Global Health Pathway is a new series featuring stories of the most recent wave of students enrolled in the Global Health Pathway at the University of Vermont Larner College of Medicine.

Journeying on the Global Health Pathway: Stretching the Boundaries of Where I Call Home

Written by Naomi Koliba and Michael Larner, UVMLCOM Class of 2023


Journeying on the Global Health Pathway is a new series featuring stories of the most recent wave of students enrolled in the Global Health Pathway at the University of Vermont Larner College of Medicine.

Journeying on the Global Health Pathway: Honoring My Families

Written by Victor M. Abraham II, UVMLCOM Class of 2023


My mother is an Internal Medicine physician who graduated from Hahnemann Medical College in 1991. Born in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic, she fled her home country as a child due to the authoritarian regime and sought refuge in America. Soon after her arrival, her father died in a car accident, leaving her mother a widow and the sole caregiver for her, her three brothers, and her ill mother. My mother fought through great hardship to eventually become a physician.

Looking Back While Moving Forward

Written by Tendai Machingaidze, Associate Site Director for University of Zimbabwe


The field of global health has indeed come a long way. During Family Medicine Grand Rounds on October 29, 2018, Dr. Pierce Gardner took us on a journey from the indistinct beginnings of global health to where it is today. In his presentation on “Academia and Global Health: Benefits and Ethics,” Dr. Gardner highlighted how the driving force for global health work has changed across the decades. Be it out of humanitarian concerns, self-interest, economics, or scientific advancement, men and women across history have sought to cross the geographical and cultural divides that separate us, in order to bring healing to those most in need of it.

Kumusha

Written by Tendai Machingaidze, medical student studying in Russia who helped support UVMLCOM/WCHN global health participants in Zimbabwe


Having been an international student for the past seventeen years, I think about home a lot. In Shona, the concept of “kumusha” encompasses the ties that bind us to a specific portion of the earth, and the families and communities that formed us. Regardless of our physical location in the world, these roots determine who we are at our core, and who we will become.

Letter from the Editor: A Call to Write

Written by Mitra Sadigh, Writer/Editor at the UVMLCOM/WCHN Global Health Program and Editor of Global Health Diaries.


As reflective writers, we process our experiences and emergent feelings in the immediacy of writing them down, each word a wipe on a foggy mirror. In the midst of a slowly sharpening image, we uncover truths about ourselves, others, and the ways in which we exist in and interact with the world.

Culture As Construct: Looking Forward to a Global Health Elective in Vietnam

Written by Elizabeth O'Neill '20


Our view of culture is essentially a construct that differs both within and among communities, as its manifestation in traditions and customs impacts people in varied ways. I chose to attend the UVM Larner College of Medicine largely because I believe in the institution’s mission and vision to promote high-value, inclusive care to people of all cultures, both locally and globally. Direct experience with clinical practice embedded within different societies is necessary to develop into a socially responsible, culturally competent physician - qualities I strive to embody as a medical student and beyond.

Witness, Advocate, Exchange, Improve

Written by Anne Dougherty, MD, Assistant Professor at UVM Robert Larner, MD College of Medicine, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences, and founder and director of the UVM Global Women’s Health Education Program


On a whiteboard in my office, I have written the words: witness, advocate, exchange and improve. These are my pillars of global health. Witness, don’t rescue. Advocate, for a diversity of backgrounds. Exchange, sustainably and equitably. Improve, building appropriate technology and capacity. These core concepts may seem obvious, but they require training in global health ethics and the realities of on-the-ground work in low-resource settings.