Location: Burlington, Vermont
Year founded: 2019
Number of residents: six residents per year, three-year program
Explore This IssueACEP Now: Vol 38 – No 11 – November 2019
Secret weapons (medical)
Our program strikes the perfect balance between an academic tertiary Level 1 trauma center and multiple rural community hospitals in the UVM Health Network so that our residents learn to practice emergency medicine in any setting. We strongly emphasize resource-limited emergency care, with multiple opportunities in wilderness medicine, EMS, point-of-care ultrasound, and global health. Twenty of our 30 full-time faculty members have fellowship training in various EM subspecialties, and while all work clinically in the UVMMC emergency department, many work in our network community hospitals as well.
Secret weapons (nonmedical)
There is no better place in the United States to live and work than Burlington. The city is the largest in Vermont, with a population of just 43,000, and naturally has a small-town vibe. Burlington is one of the most environmentally progressive cities in the United States, and there is a real focus on community engagement and the arts. The tallest building in Burlington (and in the state of Vermont) is 11 stories. Along with the ban on billboards, this allows us to enjoy the lake and mountain views around the state. Burlington borders Lake Champlain, providing access to plenty of water sports in the summer, and in as little as 30 minutes, one can be hiking, biking, rock climbing, or skiing in the mountains. Vermont is home to 56 craft breweries, 67 farmers’ markets, 8,000 miles of dirt roads (compared with 6,000 paved), and 24 ski resorts (and residents at UVMMC get incredible discounts on season passes).
The acronym UVM doesn’t actually stand for University of Vermont but rather “Universitas Viridis Montis,” which is Latin for “University of the Green Mountains.”
—Richard Bounds, MD, FACEP, program director