Who We Are

Adam Ackerman

Adam studied music at Berklee College of Music and New England Conservatory.  After graduation, he worked in the Department of Pathology at Massachusetts General Hospital focusing on fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) and then at Abbott Molecular.  His studies have been heavily influenced by a love for surgery, pathology, and oncology research.  He graduated from the University of Vermont College of Medicine in 2014 and is currently a completing his Surgery residency in Portland, ME.

email: Adam.Ackerman@themicroscopeexchange.org

Peter Cooch

Pete studied international relations at Dartmouth College and completed his medical studies at the University of Vermont.  He has worked as an EMT and travels extensively to Central America. Peter’s areas of interest include the prevention of maternal mortality and pediatric infectious disease. Pete is currently completing his residency in Pediatrics as UCSF.

email: Peter.Cooch@themicroscopeexchange.org



Colette Oesterle

Colette studied literature and creative writing at Columbia University and is currently a fourth year medical student at the University of Vermont.  She has worked as a clinical research coordinator in the Department of Neurology at UVM.  She has a love of children and an interest in pediatric and family medicine, and a son of her own who lets her practice those doctoring skills.




Taylor Goller

Taylor studied biology at Williams College, where he discovered his interests in global health and the role of medicine in social justice during travels through East Africa following a junior year abroad.  He is currently a third year medical student at the University of Vermont.




Elizabeth Landell

Elizabeth studied biology and chemistry at the University of Vermont, and is now in her fourth year of medical school at the University. She became interested in global health after living in northern Uganda to work as a teacher and volunteer in a local clinic. She plans to pursue international work in surgery


Karl Kristiansen

Karl studied economics at Middlebury College before coming to the University if Vermont for medical school.  Karl became involved in The Microscope Exchange after having the opportunity to work at the Uganda Cancer Institute in the summer after his first year.  He brings his organization skill and never-ending positivity to the TME team.


Amy Schumer

Amy Schumer is currently a third year medical student at University of Vermont.  She has spent time in Honduras and Uganda and hopes to continue to incorporate global health into her future career as a physician.


Alexandra Miller


Ian McDaniels

TME PicIan is a 4th year student at the University of Vermont College of Medicine from Thetford, Vermont. He is interested in healthcare delivery in resource-limited settings. He plans to begin a residency in Family Medicine in 2016.