Community Medical School

Designed to share the medical learning experience with our greater community, Community Medical School is a public lecture series featuring relevant topics presented by University of Vermont College of Medicine/University of Vermont Medical Center faculty experienced with delivering scientific information in an engaging, easy-to-understand manner.

Community Medical School is held on the first Tuesday of each month in Carpenter Auditorium in UVM's Given Building from 6:00-7:30 pm, including a Q+A Session.

The Spring 2017 Community Medical School series includes the following presentations:

March 7 - Happiness: Exploring the Science of Well-Being

Rosenfeld_100x150Andrew Rosenfeld, M.D., Assistant Professor of Psychiatry

Can money buy happiness and do we have the ability to change our minds? Learn about the history of positive psychology, the brain's ability to reorganize itself, and the science behind relationships and happiness.

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April 4 - Battle of the Bacteria: Antibiotic Resistance and the Evolution of Superbugs

Alston_100x150W. Kemper Alston, M.D., M.P.H., Professor of Medicine and Division Chief, Infectious Disease

Explore a brief history of antibiotics and the mechanisms that lead to antibiotic resistance. Gain an understanding of "superbugs" - the bacteria that are resistant to many common antibiotics - what they are, how they evolved, and what we need to do to slow their speed.

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May 2 - Conversations in Serious Illness: Improving Clinician-Patient-Family Communication

Gramling_100x150Robert Gramling, M.D., D.Sc., Associate Professor of Family Medicine and Holly & Bob Miller Chair in Palliative Medicine

Encouraging highly effective communication between clinicians and seriously ill patients and their loved ones is at the core of the Vermont Palliative Care Communication Initiative. Find out about the rationale, design, and implementation of this innovative and timely public health project from a national expert and UVM's first endowed chair in palliative medicine.

June 6 - Facilitated Book Discussion: When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

Macauley_100x150Robert Macauley, M.D., Professor of Pediatrics and Medical Director, Clinical Ethics

Head to your local library, e-reader or bookstore and get a copy of When Breath Become Air by Paul Kalanithi, M.D., a neurosurgeon diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer who died in 2015. The group will discuss such issues as how we deal with an unexpected and underserved impending death, determine the legacy we leave behind, and how we wish to be remembered. 

Spring 2017 Community Medical School Brochure


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