June 29, 2022

HIV Stigma & Advocacy

On this episode of GMM, we are joined by Dr. Devika Singh, MD and Zpora Perry, LICSW to discuss modern HIV stigma, the power of advocacy, and building trust with marginalized communities. 

Happy Pride month! 

More about the history of HIV/AIDs: https://www.hiv.gov/hiv-basics/overview/history/hiv-and-aids-timeline

To make a confidential appointment and learn about your HIV/AIDS care options, call UVM Medical Center's HIV/ AIDS Comprehensive Care Clinic toll-free: 800-358-1144 ext. 4594



In this episode of Green Mountain Medicine, we are joined by Dr. Kevin Qin and Dr. Matt Gervais, two of UVM's internal medicine chiefs to talk about chief year, their careers, and the many wonders of living and working in Vermont. 



Sam Schuetz: samantha.schuetz@med.uvm.edu

Aneesh Singal: aneesh.singal@.med.uvm.edu


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In this episode of Green Mountain Medicine, we are joined by Dr. David Rand, an assistant professor of medicine,  oncology hospitalist and palliative care physician at UVM Medical Center.   We discuss his path to medicine, the pros and cons of global health experiences for medical trainees, and how to have a successful goals of care conversation.

Guests: Dr. David Rand DO


Aneesh Singal: aneesh.singal@.med.uvm.edu

Sam Schuetz: samantha.schuetz@med.uvm.edu


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In this episode we are joined by infectious disease physician and Professor of Medicine Dr. Tim Lahey as we discuss vaccine scale up and hesitancy in the United States and how Vermont used its social capital and followed the science to lead the nation in the vaccination effort.  We consider vaccine mandates, return to a new normal, and the role of physicians as advocates for public health.

Guests: Dr. Tim Lahey MD MMSc


Aneesh Singal: aneesh.singal@.med.uvm.edu

Sam Schuetz: samantha.schuetz@med.uvm.edu


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Join your new hosts, Sam and Aneesh, in saying goodbye to our pioneering old hosts, Dylan and Matt, as they graduate from LCOM and begin their journey as internal medicine interns at Emory University and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.  We chat about favorite rotations, advice for clerkships, life in medicine, and best Vermont memories. 



Matt Tsai MD:  matthew.tsai@med.uvm.edu

Dylan Koundakjian MD: dylan.koundakjian@med.uvm.edu



Aneesh Singal: aneesh.singal@.med.uvm.edu

Sam Schuetz: samantha.schuetz@med.uvm.edu


In this episode, we are joined by Internal Medicine PGY-3s and soon-to-be fellows Dr. Carrie Mahurin and Dr. Jen Bergeron. Together, they review the evidence for or against a broadened therapeutic role of SGLT2 Inhibitors beyond diabetes treatment, in light of new trials suggesting efficacy in heart failure and chronic kidney disease management.


Guests: Dr. Carrie Mahurin, MD, PGY3 at UVMMC, and Dr. Jen Bergeron, MD, PGY3 at UVMMC


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In this episode, we are joined by guest co-host Sienna Searles (MS4), Dr. Polly Parsons, and Dr.  Bridget Marroquin in a conversation about the experience of women in medicine. We discuss gender disparities and ways we can work to close the gap as a field, as allies, and as advocates.

Expert Guests:
(1) Dr. Polly Parsons, LCOM L. Amidon Chair and Professor of Medicine & UVMMC Medicine Health Care Service Leader

(2) Dr. Bridget Marroquin, LCOM Associate Professor of Anesthesiology

Guest Co-Host: Sienna Searles (MS4)

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In this episode, we speak with Dr. Garth Garrison on the utility of pulmonary prehabilitation in reducing post-operative complications and morbidity in patients scheduled for elective surgery, especially during an era when shelter-in-place orders and social distancing are the norm. We also discuss potential ways prehabilitation can be applied outside of the pre-operative setting. 

Expert Guest: Dr Garth Garrison MD

-Dylan Koundakjian (dylan.koundakjian@med.uvm.edu)
-Matt Tsai (matthew.tsai@med.uvm.edu)


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In this episode, we speak with Vermont Health Commissioner and former ACP VT Governor Dr. Mark Levine, on his experience as a physician leader in government during the COVID19 pandemic. We discuss his career path into public health, the role of physicians in government and the pandemic as we know it - from lessons learned to challenges ahead.

Guest: Dr. Mark Levine MD

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Our last bonus segment highlighted some of our amazing medical student peers in Vermont. Now, we are shining the spotlight on the equally incredible faculty members at the Larner College of Medicine. They share their thoughts on how COVID19 has impacted them in their professional and personal lives.

Guest Faculty (in order of appearance): Dr. Lewis First MD MS, Dr. Emily Greenberger MD, Dr. Meredith Collins MD, Dr. Andy Hale MD, Dr. Jen Gilwee MD, Dr. Jeremiah Dickerson MD, Dr. Elise Everett MD MSC, Dr. Matt Gilbert DO

Background Music by Shane Ivers: Bright Ideas, Fresh Lift, Precious Memories  - https://www.silvermansound.com

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