Welcome to the Fall 2019 Series of Community Medical School

Tuesday, September 10; NEW DATE: Thursday, October 10; Tuesday, November 12; Tuesday, December 10

Where: Carpenter Auditorium, Given Building, UVM Larner College of Medicine
When: 6:00-7:30 pm, including a Q+A Session.
Cost: FREE! Please note that these are not ticketed events.

Since 1998, Community Medical School at the Larner College of Medicine has created a venue for the greater Vermont community to learn about relevant and impactful health-related topics from leading experts and educators at the College, the University of Vermont, and the UVM Medical Center. The program shines a light on the excellence and expertise of Vermont's only academic medical center while providing attendees with a taste of what it's like to be a doctor-in-training. 

Presentations occur four times during each academic semester and typically attract between 80-200 attendees as well as a large live-stream audience. 

PAST: Tuesday, September 10

Solving the Mystery of Sleep: Patterns, Habits, & Tools

Pamela Swift, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Psychiatry

Why does the amount of sleep you need change from childhood into adulthood? Do sleep apps really work? Learn about the basics of sleep physiology, developmental changes in sleep needs and patterns, health risks of inconsistent bedtime habits, and proven tools and practices for sleep enhancement.

Resources from the presentation:

  1. Powerpoint Slides (PDF)
  2. Video (YouTube)
  3. Bio & Notes Sheet (PDF)
  4. Resource Sheet from the Frymoyer Community Resource Center (PDF)

PAST: Thursday, October 10

Opioids, Cannabis, and Chronic Pain: What Doctors Do & Don't Know

James Wolf, M.D., Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology

What is chronic—versus acute—pain and how is it treated? Gain an understanding of how opioids work, how they can be used safely, and how addiction develops. Discuss what the evidence shows about potential alternative pain treatments, including cannabis, and some of the initiatives in place to address the opioid epidemic.

Resources from the presentation:

  1. Powerpoint Slides (PDF)
  2. Video (YouTube)
  3. Bio & Notes Sheet (PDF)
  4. Resource Sheet from the Frymoyer Community Resource Center (PDF)

PAST: Tuesday, November 12

How Knowledge, Belief, & Truth Impact Medical Practice

Eike Blohm, M.D., Assistant Professor of Surgery

Why do treatments for some diagnoses change over time? What drives this change in medical practice? This presentation will explore how medical knowledge is derived and how it guides a doctor’s clinical decision-making during a patient visit. Audience members will acquire tools to critically appraise online medical information.

Resources from the presentation:

  1. Video (YouTube)
  2. Bio & Notes Sheet (PDF)
  3. Resource Sheet from the Frymoyer Community Resource Center (PDF)

UP NEXT: Tuesday, December 10

LOCATION: Carpenter Auditorium

Stem Cell Therapies: Hype & Hope

Daniel Weiss, M.D., Ph.D., Professor of Medicine

Stem cell therapy is being touted as a new miracle treatment for a wide range of diseases by a growing for-profit industry in the U.S and worldwide. But what is it really, and is it safe? Learn what evidence-based research has discovered about stem cells—part of the field of regenerative medicine—and what patients need to be aware of when considering this type of treatment.

Questions or Concerns?

If you have any questions about an upcoming Community Medical School presentation, please contact Michelle Bookless at michelle.bookless@med.uvm.edu.

Call for Proposals

The Community Medical School Advisory Committee seeks proposals for thought-provoking and timely presentations that are accessible to a broad lay audience for the Spring 2020 series of Community Medical School. The deadline for proposals is Thursday, December 10, 2019.

The Advisory Committee encourages presentation proposals on any topic, but suggests that applicants consider the following topics, which have been selected based on attendee requests, the current news cycle, and ongoing research at UVM:

  • screening & prevention
  • technology and health
  • inflammation
  • mental health
  • hearing/audiology

Submit your proposal here.

Downloads & More

The Archives

Were you unable to attend a past Community Medical School or enjoyed a particular one so much so that you'd like to re-watch it? Find videos of, handouts from, and resources for past presentations here.  

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