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All future Community Medical School events postponed until a later date

In accordance with Centers for Disease Control & Prevention guidelines and recently-issued University of Vermont and University of Vermont Medical Center policies, our April 7 Community Medical School presentation on “Lung Cancer Screening,” will be postponed. We are currently exploring ways to deliver this program, as well as our postponed March 10 presentation on “ What HIV Teaches Us About Sexual Ethics” virtually, and will share further details once they have been confirmed.

For more information about CDC recommendations please visit:…/specific…/high-risk-complications.html.

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Spring 2020

February 11, March 10, April 7

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


Tuesday, February 11

Megan Malgeri, M.D., Assistant Professor of Family Medicine
Christine Vatovec, Ph.D., Fellow, Gund Institute for Environment and Adjunct Research Assistant Professor of Biochemistry

Rising sea levels, hurricanes, and drought — these extreme weather events aren’t just altering the land and air around us, they’re also impacting our bodies. Learn how global climate change is affecting Vermonters’ health and the many things we can do to minimize risks while supporting health at individual and community levels.




Tuesday, March 10

Timothy Lahey, M.D., M.M.Sc., Professor of Medicine and University of Vermont Medical Center Director of Clinical Ethics

Since 1981, the HIV pandemic has been a lightning rod for public policy and disputes about sexual ethics. Today, thanks to modern technologies like pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and potent treatments for people living with HIV, the conversation has changed dramatically. Using a learning format that parallels ethics education at the Larner College of Medicine, we will discuss the many ways HIV has influenced public and private ethics of sex.

Prepare for Dr. Lahey's lecture as though you're a UVM Larner College of Medicine medical student by reviewing these "course pre-readings" before his presentation.



Tuesday, April 7

Beth Zigmund, M.D., Associate Professor of Radiology
Garth Garrison, M.D., Associate Professor of Medicine

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States and, according to a 2018 study by the Vermont Department of Health, affects more Vermonters than any other type of cancer. Now, screening tests may help reduce lung cancer mortality. Learn about the rationale for lung cancer screening, how it works, and who is eligible.

ADA Accommodations and Accessible Parking

Our goal is to ensure all interested community members have the best experience possible at Community Medical School.

If you are in need of accessible parking, please find more information here and view a map of accessible parking spaces near the Given Building here. If you have further questions, please don't hesitate to email

Guests who have vision loss, hearing loss, or are deaf can request amplification, captioning, and ASL interpreters. If you require any of these services, please contact at least 3 weeks prior to the presentation, if possible, so we can work with our team to make these arrangements.

Questions or Concerns?

If you have any questions about an upcoming Community Medical School presentation, please contact the Office of Medical Communications at

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 Fall 2020 series of Community Medical School. The deadline for proposals is Friday, May 1, 2020.

The Advisory Committee encourages presentation proposals on any topic, but, in particular, those which are on trend with the current news cycle, breakthroughs in healthcare and medicine, and ongoing research at UVM.

All faculty, staff, and students of the UVM Larner College of Medicine are encouraged to submit proposals.

Submit your proposal now.

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Access PowerPoints, Videos, and Handouts from Past Presentations

To access PowerPoint presentations, videos, and handouts from the presentations last semester and before, visit the Community Medical School archive.