Community Service

Serving the world we live in is a vitally important mission of The Robert Larner, M.D. College of Medicine at The University of Vermont. The College is a key partner with state leaders in finding solutions for the issues that affect patients, populations and policy, and many of our programs serve as national and global models of excellence. 

Faculty, Staff, Students, Alumni

Faculty, staff, students and alumni participate in community projects. Students are integral community members right from the start, with community engagement ranging from assisting with Vermont refugee resettlement to serving as mentors for the high school MedQuest program.

A Community Curriculum

In addition to providing a solid foundation in basic health science knowledge and clinical skills, the Vermont Integrated Curriculum (VIC) integrates programs in leadership skills, professional development, research and teaching skills. As advocates for equality and the civil and health care rights of our population, our curriculum has been developed with a cutting-edge health care approach to meet the needs of the LGBTQ—lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, gender-neutral and gender nonconforming communities.

Public Health Projects respond to health needs identified by local community agencies. A required course, students are mentored by both College of Medicine faculty and community agency staff. The students apply the principles and science of public health while working to improve the health of the community. Agencies overwhelmingly agree that projects benefit people served by their organization.

Global Citizen

Our faculty, residents and students participate in global health initiatives in multiple programs around the world, and we are pleased to host our international colleagues here in the U.S.

Community-Driven Alumni

Community engagement doesn’t stop at graduation. The Service to Medicine and Community Award is presented to alumni in recognition of their outstanding record of community service not directly related to medical practice.

Community Medical School


Community Medical School is a series of evening medical science lectures led by UVM/The University of Vermont Medical Center faculty experts. Save the date for Spring 2018, and view the dates and topics.

Free and open to the public, Community Medical School lectures take place in the Carpenter Auditorium, Given Building.

Vermont Area Health Education Centers

(AHEC) – in collaboration with partners, improves access to health care through its focus on workforce development. 

AHEC work includes: support for pipeline programs in health careers awareness and exploration for Vermont youth; support for and engagement of health professions students at the University of Vermont and residents at the University of Vermont Medical Center; and support to help recruit and retain an adequate supply and distribution of healthcare professionals in Vermont.

Community Resources

Community Spotlight

  • A Med Student and an Educator: Goldberg presents at Community Medical School
    Community Medical School is a health and healthcare focused public lecture series that occurs on the first Tuesday of each month from March through May and September through November. The series, which is designed to share the medical learning experience with community members in and around Vermont, features faculty, staff and student experts from the UVM Larner College of Medicine, the UVM Medical Center, and local community organizations. Last Tuesday, Eli Goldberg, a medical student in the class of 2020 joined panelists A. Evan Eyler, M.D., a UVM professor of psychiatry and family medicine, Kate Jerman, M.P.H., the director of the LGBTQA Center at UVM, and Lola Houston, a UVM standardized patient and Burlington-based relationship coach for a special panel presentation, "Transgender Health & Healthcare: Transitioning to Affirmative Care." The topic is one that Goldberg is an expert on both as a medical student and as a member of the transgender community.

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