We’re excited to celebrate our Graduate Medical Education program through a blog series that will culminate with GME Appreciation Day on February 16. Get to know the names and faces of our program! The GME department is comprised of residents, fellows, program directors, associate program directors, program administrators and GME office staff.
I first laid eyes on the Green Mountains the very day I interviewed for a pediatrics residency at the UVM Medical Center.
I had never visited New England, or even seriously considered moving outside of Wisconsin. At the door, our Graduate Medical Education (GME) program staff greeted me by name and introduced me to the faculty and staff of the Pediatrics department. That day stands out with stark clarity in my mind — it made a strong first impression. With no experience or preconceived notions of life in Vermont or at the UVM Medical Center, I was first floored and then drawn in entirely by this caring team of people dedicated to both educating residents and caring for patients.
That first impression has proven true in my experience navigating the ups and downs of my first year as a resident physician. As residents, we spend time in a wide variety of clinical settings and our respective GME programs coordinate each experience. The day-to-day logistics required to maintain the personalized support, collaborative work environment, and rigorous education so crucial to residency training continue to amaze me. It takes the dedication of many to create our training experiences and I have been the glad recipient of this dedication since my very first Vermont visit.
The process of developing into a pediatrician comes with challenges, some days more than others. I think everyone entering into residency expects difficult days, exhausting nights, and even, on occasion, failure. What mattered to me in choosing to come to Vermont, and the reason I continue to believe so strongly in this place is that I am part of a team of people who share those experiences and support one another through them.
When it comes to the business of providing excellent care for Vermont’s children, I am not alone. From the beginning of my time here, I have been valued and able to contribute to the constant improvement that makes both the residency program and pediatric care truly excellent. And, I look forward to taking part in welcoming next year’s class of pediatric residents in the same way.
Calista Campbell, MD, is a first-year pediatrics resident physician at the University of Vermont Medical Center.